Mizoram’s Third Sovereign Return with Nine-City Tour, Long-Awaited Album
The Aizawl-based death metallers will share the stage with their Shillong counterparts Plague Throat on the Blood and Roots tour in December; to release ‘Perversion Swallowing Sanity’
The past year has been an eventful one as far touring is concerned. It witnessed full-fledged multi-city tours put together not just by bigger artist management firms but also independent organizers ”“ from the 2Stroke Tour to pan-India gigs by local bands such as Delhi psych rockers Peter Cat Recording Co. and up-and-coming Bengaluru alt rockers White Mug.
Metal bands aren’t far behind. In an added bonus, it’s not just the same old headliners who have been chosen for the nine-city Blood and Roots tour. Two of the best known death metal bands from the North East ”“ Aizawl-based act Third Sovereign andÂ Shillong’s three-member band Plague Throat ”“ will join a host of Indian metal outfits as they make gig stopovers at Guwahati [among other North East cities], Bengaluru, Mumbai and South and West of the countryÂ between December 10th and 26th.
While Plague Throat released their new single “Dominion Breach” last week, Third Sovereign will be promoting their first new material since their 2010 single “Sarcophaga.” Says vocalistÂ Vedant Kaushik BaruaÂ about their second albumÂ Perversion Swallowing Sanity, “We wanted to give it a better finish since it was our first release after our hiatus. We are not a band that follows any trends, so we like to take our time.”Â The nine-track album, comprising older, unrecorded material like “Burnt Epitome” and newer songs, the Mizo war cry, “Grave of Humanity,” is set to release on underground metal label Transcending Obscurity India in November.
Blood and Roots tour is co-organized by Bengaluru event management company Sound Awake, along with local hosts in each city, ranging fromÂ ennui.BOMBÂ in Mumbai to Hard Rock CafÃ© in Hyderabad. It will also include performances by Bhopal deathÂ metallersÂ Elemental, Mumbai brutal death metal bandÂ Gutslit, among other acts. Says Sound Awake co-founderÂ PreethamÂ Rao, “It was quite difficult to make this massive tour happen, mainly because there isn’t the right infrastructure to organize a touring circuit, especially when it comes to metal bands. We had to create our own tour with the help of the right organizers. Preparations started off very well in advance. We got in talks with other organizers, bandsÂ etc. from mid-June itself. It’s good to see things shaping up well.” Although the tour almost scaled up to include 14 cities,Â sponsors and venues were difficult to lock down.
The other big inclusion for the Blood and Roots tour is a special visual production by Toadlabs, who are creating hologram visuals for performances. Says Kaushik, “We’ll be traveling with hologram boxes and they’ll be placed on either side of the stage. We have animations that will interact with the crowd. There’s visual mapping and other stuff too. This might make it [the performances] much more meaningful than a normal visuals and backing lights.” Rao adds, “We believe that a good creative production may attract more ears and give death metal some recognition in the commercial front, and also bring respect towards this form of art.”
Blood and Roots Tour 2015 w/Third Sovereign and Plague Throat
DecemberÂ 10thÂ ”“Â ShillongÂ w/
DecemberÂ 11th ”“Â GuwahatiÂ w/ Lucid Recess,Â Syphilectomy
DecemberÂ 13thÂ -Â Bengaluru ”“ InsurrectionÂ ftÂ Inner Sanctum, Eccentric Pendulum and more
DecemberÂ 17thÂ – Hyderabad
DecemberÂ 18th ”“ Kochi w/Amorphia, Occultism
DecemberÂ 19th ”“Â ChennaiÂ w/Blood Covenant,Â Vidyut
DecemberÂ 20th ”“Â MumbaiÂ w/Gutslit
DecemberÂ 21st ”“Â PuneÂ w/Gutslit
DecemberÂ 26thÂ -Â Imphal
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