Killchain to Release Debut EP
The Mumbai death metal band pack in military-grade violence on the four-track ‘Psychosis’
It’s not tough to guess where KillchainÂ frontman Vineet Sharma is comingÂ from when he discusses the conceptÂ for his band’s debut EP PsychosisÂ [a retired soldier who loses his grip on realityÂ and sets out on a mindless slaughterfest].Â The lyricist and ammunition enthusiast forÂ the Mumbai-based death metal band ”” whoÂ also has a fondness for “learning how criminalÂ minds work” ”” explains, “I come fromÂ an air force/military background so I’ve kindÂ of automatically been inclined towards it.”
Psychosis comes after nearly two yearsÂ of Sharma forming the band with guitarist Niraj Chauhan [guitarist Aditya Mohanan, bassist Aashay Papnoi and drummer Yash PathakÂ settled in after a few lineupÂ changes] and gaining traction on the metalÂ circuit with gigs like [extreme metal fest]Â Domination: The Deathfest and [Bengaluru-based gig series] Bangalore Doom Syndicate.Â The four-track release, which channelsÂ the likes of death metal giants Bolt ThrowerÂ [England], Hypocrisy [Sweden], Death andÂ Obituary [both American], sees the bandÂ revisiting and reworking older live material:Â “We already had a good setlist that mightÂ have been an EP, but we realized we can doÂ better, so we did the tracks all over again,”Â explains Sharma.
Psychosis follows a soldier through his returnÂ from the military [“Armed Lunacy”],Â his post-traumatic breakdown [“Mouldered”]Â and psychotic outbreak [“Fallout”]Â and the near schizophrenic conflictÂ between life and death [“Psychosis”], all inÂ four pounding killing-spree soundtracks.Â Says Sharma, “It’s about a person who hasÂ seen life very differently from what weÂ usually absorb. He comes back home and isÂ not really happy with how things are”¦ Eventually,Â he loses his mind, [and since] he hasÂ access to military grade equipment he goesÂ out killing people.”