Ready to Thrash: Systemhouse33
Mumbai thrash metallers Systemhouse33 on being straightup pissed off on their new album ‘Regression’ and their debut Europe tour
The year was 2005. ThrashÂ metallers Systemhouse33 hadÂ just won college band competitionÂ series Campus Rock Idols inÂ Chandigarh. Vijay Nair, then an artistÂ manager for the likes of groove metal bandÂ Pin Drop Violence [PDV], liked what heÂ saw. Frontman Samron Jude recalls thatÂ Systemhouse33 went on to play in MumbaiÂ and open for PDV and could have gone on toÂ bigger things had other commitments notÂ intervened. Says Jude, “I moved to MumbaiÂ but the rest of the band was still in Nagpur.”
A decade and a couple of releases later,Â Systemhouse33 is finally ready to take off.Â They will support American death metallersÂ Six Feet Under as part of their annual tourÂ series Xmas in Hell in December, with 10Â consecutive shows in Germany and Austria.Â Jude says the tour was in the works sinceÂ February this year, and the band is poolingÂ their resources to be a part of the lineupÂ alongside at least three other bands. The vocalistÂ adds, “We couldn’t refuse. They say atÂ least five shows are always sold out.”
For the tour, the band is jamming withÂ thrash/groove metal band Zygnema’s drummerÂ Mayank Sharma, since their foundingÂ member Atish Thomas has a busy scheduleÂ with retro rock band The Other People. SaysÂ Jude, “It’s something great for him [Mayank]Â as well, to tour on this scale.” Jude,Â the former vocalist of thrash veterans Sceptre,Â says the band is getting used to a solidÂ practice routine for the tour.
“I look at musicÂ globally, so itÂ can’t exist in aÂ box, like just inÂ Mumbai, WeÂ have to makeÂ our way outÂ there, ” saysÂ Samron Jude.Â
The follow-up to 2013’s Depths of Despair,Â the band is wrapping up trackingÂ seven tracks for Regression and want to releaseÂ it ahead of the tour in November. JudeÂ and Thomas are using their own respectiveÂ home studio setups and That Studio inÂ Mumbai for tracking their parts. Says JudeÂ of the new album, “It’s very catchy and hasÂ definitely raised the bar for us. Thematically,Â it’s about what we’re going through in IndiaÂ ”” which is regression. It’s like a negativeÂ energy, the growth of which you can’t stop.”Â Unlike Depths of Despair, their new albumÂ is no-nonsense thrash metal on tracks suchÂ as “Lift This Plague,” “Namesake,” and “MaliciousÂ Mind.” Says the frontman, “KeepingÂ the music straight makes it so powerful,Â I’ve realized. Don’t forget, we’re stillÂ in a market that loves MetallicaÂ and Slayer.” Mixed and masteredÂ by Mumbai-based soundÂ engineer Anupam Roy, who hasÂ previously worked with the likesÂ of metallers Bhayanak Maut,Â Regression is all about “the disintegratingÂ country.” Says Jude,Â “We’re doing more and changingÂ things around us, but we’reÂ still feeling worse.” They alsoÂ take aim at religion on “DetestableÂ Idolatry,” which will be released with aÂ lyric video in November.
Jude assures that this isn’t just a one offÂ tour to promote new material or sell anÂ album. Systemhouse33 already have anotherÂ US or Europe tour on the anvil forÂ March 2016. Taking cues from the likes ofÂ extreme metallers Demonic ResurrectionÂ and Bengaluru old school metal act Kryptos’Â regular international tours, the frontmanÂ feels there’s much more chanceÂ of a return on investing in a EuropeÂ tour than an India tour. HeÂ adds, “My aim is to do two orÂ three international tours everyÂ year. I look at music globally, soÂ it can’t exist in a box, like just inÂ Mumbai. We have to make ourÂ way out there. That [US/UK] isÂ the culture that understand theÂ music, so we really need to beÂ that good to make it there.”