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Indian sludge/post-metal merchants Dirge present their sophomore self-titled album, out today via Immersive Sounds

Mumbai, India based sludge/post-metal outfit Dirge presents their sophomore self-titled album, which just dropped this Friday, March 10th, 2023 via Immersive Sounds.

Says the band: “Our new self-titled album is out now via Immersive Sounds worldwide. You can listen to the entire album on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music & YouTube. You can stream & order the album / merch from: Bandcamp (Worldwide) and Instamojo (India).”

01. Condemned
02. Malignant
03. Grief
04. Hollow

Courtesy of Sheltered Life PR:

Mumbai’s sonic sludge/post-metal merchants Dirge are back in early 2023 with the long-awaited follow-up to their 2018 debut!

Since their formation in 2014, Dirge have become one of Mumbai’s most talked-about post-metal bands.

Regularly showcasing their unique blend of doom rock, metal and psychedelic sludge across the Indian underground, Dirge has toured with contemporaries such as Primitiv, Shepherd, Bevar Sea and Djinn & Miskatonic, opened for world-beating international acts, and performed at festivals across India, including Bangalore Open Air and Control Alt Delete in Mumbai.

Using their time post-pandemic to write and record a follow-up to 2018’s »Ah Puch«, the band’s forthcoming self-titled album – scheduled for release in early 2023 on Immersive Sounds – finds the quintet taking a sonic journey of discovery. Offering up a truly devastating and personal statement, particularly when compared to the wide-sweeping vistas of Mayan myths and South American jungles of their debut, Dirge looks inward while simultaneously reflecting our world at large.

Photo by Ankit Virdi

“The album is an attempt to evoke emotions that lie at the core of discomfort,” explains bassist Harshad Bhagwat. “The soundscapes have been designed to suit the ethos of each song and the lyrics are inspired from real life experiences of anger, guilt, sorrow, and fear. We want to take the listener on a journey of self-actualisation through this album, as our aim is to create a sense of catharsis through the experience.”

Clocking in at just over forty minutes mins, Dirge will consist of four explosive tracks – the first of which you can hear right now in »Condemned« – that showcase just how truly special these guys are. Produced by the band and long-time associate Apurv Agrawal (Pacifist, Cowboy & Sailor Man, Honey’s Dead) who also added synths to the album, it has been mixed by Sanford Parker (YOB, Pelican, EyeHateGod) and mastered by Brad Boatright of Audiosiege (Sleep, Neurosis).

Order »Dirge« here:

All music composed, arranged and performed by Dirge.
Lyrics and concept by Dirge.
Additional synth layers by Apurv Agrawal.
Produced by Dirge & Apurv Agrawal.
Recorded by Apurv Agrawal at Blue Cassette Studios (Mumbai), Gray Spark Studio (Pune) & Stained Class Productions LLP (Bangalore).
Mixed by Sanford Parker at Hypercube Studios, Chicago, Illinois.
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, Oregon, Portland.
Art direction/artwork/design by Gaurav Basu (Acid Toad).
Photographs by Ankit Virdi.

Dirge is:
Ashish Dharkar – Guitars
Varun Patil – Guitars, Backing vocals
Harshad Bhagwat – Bass
Tabish Khidir – Vocals
Aryaman Chatterji – Drums

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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