Transcending Obscurity Asia

The Wandering Ascetic – Crimson Review

The Wandering Ascetic – Crimson Review

“Who determines the subgenre of an album? Is it the band itself? The label? Metal Archives? The listener? Satan? Honestly, this is a question that hadn’t really seemed important in my mind until reviewing this album from Singaporean band The Wandering AsceticCrimson is the band’s first full length, but they began playing together in 2011 and released an EP in 2013. The project is being touted by Transcending Obscurity Asia as the more streamlined blackened thrash outlet for vocalist Kathir, whom fans of Rudra may recognize as that band’s longtime frontman. Streamlined blackened thrash sounded really nice while I was perusing promos, so I decided to join The Wandering Ascetic for a walkabout.” Lost in the woods.

Sahon – Chanting for the Fallen Review

Sahon – Chanting for the Fallen Review

“During my last job interview, a favorite question of mine popped up: ‘What are your weaknesses?’ Because I don’t believe anything or anybody is perfect, I remember digging deep for a few strong examples of my shortcomings but being sure that I excluded the fact that I hate people. I also recall my mind wandering off to what many friends consider my greatest weakness: that I only listen to metal.” HR knows your weaknesses.

Rudra – Enemy of Duality Review

Rudra – Enemy of Duality Review

“I must admit, prior to reviewing Rudra‘s eighth full-length, Enemy of Duality, my only exposure to the band was bassist/vocalist Kathir’s vocal contribution for the song “देवदेवं (Devadevam)” on the new Rotting Christ album. Granted, while the song failed to win me over, it succeeded in making me aware of the Singaporean black metal band. Curious to check out the band’s self-proclaimed “Vedic metal,” and noticing that the band just dropped Enemy of Duality, I grabbed the promo and my trusty cans to see what the fuss was about.” Don’t be rudra.