Heathen Beast are a band from India that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of black, death metal and ethnic music and this is a review of their 2016 ep "The Rise Of The Saffron Empire" which was released by Transcending Obscurity Distribution.
A very heavy and melodic sound that mixes Indian music and metal together starts of the ep before going into a very fast and raw black metal direction that also utilizes a great amount of high pitched screams and blast beats while also mixing in with the other musical s tyle that is very very huge part of the recording.
A great amount of tremolo picking can be heard in the faster riffing and the solos and leads are done in more of a melodic fashion and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and you can still hear a touch of death metal on this recording while the music is more blackened than than previous recording and at times the drum beats have a tribal feeling to them while t he last track also adds in musical instruments from the homeland.
Heathen Beast creates a recording that is more black metal than previous releases while still mixing in the ethnic music of their home country, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover the political corruption of an extremist Hindu government.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Heathen Beast and if you are a fan of black metal and ethnic music, you should enjoy this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACK "The Systematic Annihilation Of Islam". 8 out of 10.