Dirge, although they’ve been around since their formation in 2014, they might be a new name to some, so let’s just say this despondent post-metal, and it has to be said, as heavy as a proverbial shit, outfit from Mumbai are currently helping to spearhead the flourishing doom, sludge and stoner underground in the Indian subcontinent of Southern Asia.
After the release of their debut Ah Puch in 2018, the band are bracing themselves to unshackle their sophomore album, simply entitle Dirge, on the 10th March through their own imprint Immersive Sounds. Featuring four tortuous tracks over a forty-three-minute runtime, bassist Harshad Bhagwat explains…
‘The album is an attempt to evoke emotions that lie at the core of discomfort. 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.’
Now today, and following on from the first single Condemned, The Shaman is beyond ecstatic to bring you the devasting second single in the form of the Smriti Thakur filmed, harrowing and monochrome video for the track Hollow, so click play below and immerse yourself in the mournful tones of Dirge…
More On Dirge And Their Self-Titled Album
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 on 10th March 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.
Clocking in at just over forty minutes, Dirge consists of four explosive tracks that demonstrate 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).
Ashish Dharkar – Guitars
Varun Patil – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Harshad Bhagwat – Bass, Backing Vocals
Tabish Khidir – Vocals
Aryaman Chatterji – Drums
The Self-Titled album from Dirge is set to be released via their own imprint, Immersive Sounds, on the 10th March. Pre-sales are now available, head over to their Instamojo webstore if you reside in India, and for the rest of the world, use Bandcamp.