Heathen Beast are a band from India that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of black and death metal with elements of Indian ethnic music and this is a review of their 2015 compilation album "Trident" which was released by transcending Obscurity and consists of their 3 ep's "Ayodha Burns" "The Drowning Of the Elephant God" and "The Carnage Of Godhra's" and only the first 2 ep's will be reviewed since the 3rd one was reviewed a few months back and here is a link to it http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/heathen-beastthe-carnage-of-godhra2015.html.
A very heavy and melodic death metal sound starts off the ep along with the solos and leads using a great amount of melody and once the music speeds up a great amount of high pitched black metal screams and blast beats are utilized along with the guitars also bringing in exotic sounding scales and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the drums also bring in a tribal feeling at times and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the last track also brings in a small amount of clean playing, death metal growls and ritualistic yet melodic chanting.
Protests and chants start of the second ep before the high pitched black metal screams kick in and the music starts going into a very brutal blackened death metal direction that also utilizes a great amount o blast beats and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
At times the guitars also bring in a great amount of melodies at times and a couple of the tracks are long and epic in length and after awhile tribal beats make their presence known on the recording and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. while some riffs also add in a touch of thrash and as one of the tracks also brings in a brief use of clean playing along with more traces of Indian ethnic music.
Heathen Beast display more of a grim black metal style on the earlier recordings while still having a great amount of death metal and ethnic music elements that they expanded more upon on the current release, the production sounds very professional on the ep's while the lyrics cover Atheism, Indian Culture, Mythology, Society and History.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding anthology of Heathen Beast's present and current releases and if you are a fan of black and death metal mixed in with ethnic music, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Religious Genocide" and "Contaminating The Ganges". 8 out of 10.