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INTERVIEW WITH TRIDENTERRORCULT + FULL ALBUM STREAM
“We haven’t known Sri Lanka to be without conflict,” says Chathuranga Fonseka (a.k.a. Tridenterrorcult), the mouthpiece for Colombo-based death metal squad Genocide Shrines. Though the Sri Lankan Civil War officially ended in 2009, it’s an uneasy peace that has settled over the island nation. Chathuranga grew up in a city that served as the focal point for a crippling three-decade-long war between the Sri Lankan military and the Tamil Tigers. He witnessed his hometown’s transformation into “a warzone, with barbed wired checkpoints and constant security checks,” where the threat of suicide bombings hung in the air like an unfulfilled promise. Violence was everywhere, and it bled into his art. Genocide Shrines was born in 2011, and immediately caused a stir with their debut EP, Devanation Monumentemples. Its doom-heavy death incorporated Eastern interludes and samples that saw Genocide Shrines both celebrate and desecrate their heritage, setting the stage for what would develop into fully-fledged “anti-Dharmic” metal of death over the course of two more releases.
The band’s most recent outing, a full-length entitled Manipura Imperial Deathevokovil (Scriptures Of Reversed Puraana Dharmurder)—out May 22 via Vault of Dried Bones)—is another leap forward; the production is far better, and they’ve upped their pace and intensity. “Hurl Burning Spears To Exhume The Raavanic Throne Of Sivvhela Retaliation” is the kind of huge, rumbling epic that Nile wish they could still dig up, and songs like “Aerialdishamanic Bonethrone Omega” underline the sonic similarities Genocide Shrines shares with bands like Grave Miasma, Malthusian, or, yes, Incantation, yet manage to sound fresh and inspired. The band is rounded out by drummer BlasphemousWarGoat and two newer members, Naga Yakka of Funeral In Heaven (for whom Chathuranga also does vocals) and Obliterator from Serpents Athirst, pulling together talent from every corner of Sri Lanka’s thriving extreme metal community. The album’s release is a slightly complicated affair—May 22 is the new release date for the digital, cassette and CD editions, while the vinyl version will be available later this summer through Vault Of Dried Bones and Iron Bonehead Productions.