This is surely not the first time I chant the praises of Bangladesh’s extreme music scene, one of the most brutal and surprising I encountered thus far in my travels across Asia.
Dhaka has a burgeoning subcultural scene that gravitates around the University of Liberal Arts… funny how a bunch of eggheads are the ones saving the musical destiny of a country that most consider as an assemblage of wreckage, flood and destruction. Well, let me tell you that it’s all what you’re going to get listening to DISSECTOR, a very interesting old-school thrash metal band from… errr… DHAKA!! Where else, actually? Barisal? Probably not.
Yes. It’s all been heard a thousand times before. The riffage is a blend of Slayer, early Megadeth, Nuclear Assault, “Agent Orange”-era Sodom, and other Teutonic thrash such as Destruction and Kreator. BUT… it really sounds tight, fresh, and good. Tropically good. South Asian good, like a hot plate of Chicken Kasha garnished with the right masala. Oh yes…
In a metal world that’s currently bent backwards, inspecting the 1980s leftovers of crap around his own arsehole and assessing which one’s the most authentic, I pick modern day DISSECTOR’s “Samsu the Slaughterer” and raise my horns to the sky!!!