It’s been a pretty solid year, as far as heavy music is concerned. Some of my favorite artists surpassed even the highest of my expectations, such as Full of Hell, Primitive Man and Blood Sun Circle, while I feel lucky to have been introduced to a few stellar new acts. Bands like Chepang and Sunlight’s Bane completely blew me away with their debut full-length releases, which are both refreshingly unique and utterly intense. This year was also an incredible one for death metal, with a slew of legendary bands offering up impeccable releases, and in some cases, their best work in years. Without further delay, here are my top 20 picks for the best of 2017.
Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, the currently NYC-based “immigrindcore” act Chepang are set to release their debut LP, titled Dadhelo – A Tale of Wildfire, on November 3. The album is the follow-up to their 2016 EP, Lathi Charge, and is a natural progression of their vicious, politically-charged grindcore/punk sound. The band build on the intensity of their dual vocal attack and take their approach to an even more extreme level, with the introduction of a second drummer.
Dadhelo – A Tale of Wildfire also incorporates more groove elements into their technically proficient style, which adds yet another layer to their chaotic crust- and powerviolence-infused grind. In this recent interview with Svbterranean, vocalist Sanket Lama discusses how Chepang came to be, the new release and how it compares to Lathi Charge. He also talks about the Nepali-based lyrical themes featured on Dadhelo – A Tale of Wildfire, how the cover art ties in with those themes and more.
NYC-based “immigrindcore” band Chepang (originally from Kathmandu, Nepal) are set to release their debut LP, titled Dadhelo – A Tale of Wildfire, this November. The follow-up to their 2016 Lathi Charge EP takes their vicious, politically-charged grind approach to a whole other level of intensity, with the introduction of a second drummer.
In anticipation of the upcoming album, Chepang are offering up a taste of the release right here on Svbterranean, with a video for the track “Bech Bikhan.” The song is less than a minute worth of sheer sonic chaos, while the video captures the recording process, showcasing the band’s two drummers performing and recording simultaneously. Check it out after the break.