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  BANGLADESH METALLERS BANISH THE POSERS
Banish The Posers Festival: An Omnipotent Manifestation of Barbarity
Russian Cultural Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh


fahran muhtasim
Farhan Muhtasim



banish the posers bangladesh

On October 7th, inside the Russian Cultural Center (RCC), underground pestilences of Dhaka witnessed an inhuman demonstration of upsurge as Banish the Posers Fest 2016, by Primitive Invocation, shook the ground mercilessly for the fourth time in a row cannonading Sonic Predator, Infuscation, Burial Dust, Enmachined, Warhound and Riverge - the H-Bomb Thrashers smuggled from the country of the rising sun.

Yes in Dhaka. The capital still recovering from the wound created by the recent terror attack.

banish the posers bangladesh
Photo: Inkiad Hasin

The gates opened at around 3.30pm and the invocation continued from 4.00pm onwards and queueing for longer than expected just detailed the crowd projection this gig had to offer. The venue is tight and small but outweighs other competitors in terms of location, sound and shape; an almost seamless and perfectly engineered auditorium but this event could have taken place in a larger venue.

The usual tight venue security was much needed when you have a foreign band playing, especially after some recent turmoil inside the country.

Sonic Predator were the first to unleash the rattle of steel. This was their second show since the inception, and luckily I managed to witness both. One of the notable things about their live set is the performance of their vocalist, Abir, who has an operatic voice with a spectacular range and also happens to be the frontman of Enmachined. They gave a great intro to every song in their set and managed to engage and interact with the crowd well.

Monarch Korvus, the guitarist of a local Black Metal act, Abominable Carnivore, did a great job as a guest while covering 'The Invisible Guests' by King Diamond. Upright showmanship, old school Heavy Metal reminiscent and crowd gravitation have put them in a higher order and numerous chanting of the band name by the homegrown headbangers tells more.





banish the posers bangladesh
Photo: Sakib Raeein

banish the posers bangladesh
Photo: Sakib Raeein

The next regiment to destroy the stage was the death/thrash act Infuscation, probably the most anticipated local band at the gig. Mark my words, in this era of plagiarized and 'knock-off pseudo Metal', they stand amongst the others loud and clear. Unique in every sense, solid framework, astounding composition and that dark sinister atmosphere are what contextualizes their music.

However, despite their overall performance, there were some notable yet minor mistakes that will abate with experience and more live shows. This deadly trio can contribute much to the scene and become the next big thing if they continue to work with music at this intensity. They met expectations and their forthcoming release is now highly anticipated.





banish the posers bangladesh
Photo: Sakib Raeein

banish the posers bangladesh
Photo: Sakib Raeein

The crowd started moshing at this stage of the gig with blast welcomed with fierce moshes but there was some 'carpet issues' creating trouble. The main wires of the sound systems were channelled through the middle of the square in front of the stage, the place where fans tear down each other through intense moshing. It was nagging and pesky.

Burial dust, perhaps the most theatric Black Metal band of the scene right now wowed in the black blood to give the crowd a lesson in darkness and pulled it down with enough corpse paint and smoke to create the customary Black Metal atmosphere. A notable thing was the change of the appearance of their guitarist whom a few mistook for Nokkvi of Svartidaudi.

The most magnificent moment was the debut of the title track from their forthcoming album 'Mrittu | Agni | Bhrom | Mukti' ('Death | Fire | Deception | Freedom' in English).

banish the posers bangladesh
Photo: Sakib Raeein

banish the posers bangladesh
Photo: Inkiad Hasin



During the gig a few photographers and personnel were moving on stage, and at some point it would have been easy to mistake one or two photographers for band members and things could have been stricter regarding this issue. It might seem not much of a problem to most, but this being an extreme DIY event, it was not what the bands deserved.

Afterwards came Enmachined and Warhound consecutively. Two of the comparatively senior and experienced Thrash and Death Metal bands and the maturity and experience were evident in their playing. Frontman Abir, who had earlier performed with Sonic Predator, had a lot fun onstage with guitarist Papai and two former Enmachined member, guitarist Noor and drummer Sabbir, enjoyed the set with full force, a priceless moment.

To quote Zoheb Mahmud, a crew member of Primitive Invocation: "ll of the members of Enmachined's demo line-up are my good friends, so yeah, seeing them, even if they were here as a crowd, reminds me of the old days."

There was a new track, 'Serve It To The Goat', which surprisingly the crowd sung along with. Only magnificent showmanship can result in such a response.

banish the posers bangladesh
Photo: Inkiad Hasin





Warhound came with that heavy punchy old school Metal death essence and was a near outstanding experience at RCC, but wait... what happened to the guitar in the middle of the show? The common yet so repulsive trouble giving headache to the organizers and musicians since the first gig ever held - a sudden loss of connection. This has become something inevitable but it's a good thing it didn't take much time to recover.

It was a mature overall performance with top notch drumming. We expected to hear a new track but unfortunately there were none but Warhound did a smart job by bringing their previous vocalist to cover some of their own numbers.

banish the posers bangladesh
Photo: Sakib Raeein

banish the posers bangladesh
Photo: Inkiad Hasin



Violent, fast and incomprehensible, the headliner band came at last. Forceful, energetic and barbaric and the oldest and most experienced Metal band to set foot on the soil of Bengal. Destructive, overwhelming and blistering. The preaching and practicing of old school music is quite frequent these days but only a few get to hold and witness that actual title and timeline tag and keep that cult status lit.

A spectacular, mighty and overwhelmingly robust performance from vocalist Shoji Nakamura who succefully managed to feed the crowd with violence, moving and jumping all over the stage and throwing fists in the air at times to vanguard the mad crowd. Bassist Yukiteru Takeshita and guitarist Shoji Nakamura were spitting unlimited reprisal from two sides with a serious yet playful attitude at the same time which only demonstrates their absolute command and control over their play.

#When drummer Yusuke Yamagiwa unbuttoned his shirt before playing it was obvious he was up to something destructive and during the show, he was firing heavy artillery from the two magic wands he had - an entire blazing and hammering experience. Fed with ultimate ferocity, the crowd initiated the vicious moshing spree despite the 'carpet of disgust'. They took the stairway to heaven instead.

Zero fucks given.

banish the posers bangladesh
Photo: Sakib Raeein

banish the posers bangladesh
Photo: Sakib Raeein



Riverge had to cut a few minutes from their set as the venue authorities were demanding an end to the show. We ended the night tormented, crushed and beaten with severe gig hangover, however the night was worth it. Massive hails to the musicians, Riverge and the organizers.

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