When you think of Pakistan , you don't think of heavy metal. When you think of heavy metal , honestly does Pakistan even cross your mind ? Probably not, right ??? Let me help change that. I was recently introduced to an incredible group of guys from Karachi that make up the band Reincarnated ( https://www.facebook.com/ReincarnatedMetal ) The brothers Joshua and Moses were nice enough to answer a few questions , which was awesome of them considering a 12 hour time difference and a few technical difficulties :)
A : Tell me again about the music scene over there ?
R : The Music Scene over here is not that great to be honest, there is a lot of talent out here and we got a lot of good musicians but since there is no platform for them, so they give up. Metal is Dead out here. No one really listens to metal, its pretty much noise to everyone, or the first thing they think is that we are cussing in our songs or talking about satan (haha) which we for one find very amusing. There are band out in different cities of Pakistan who are functioning but then again they're only functioning for Gigs no one is interested in making an album, even if they are there is no audience here. We are the only Metal band alive in our City (Karachi). We are struggling and we are trying to make it happen through the power of our music. We've always wanted to do this and we won't give up that easy and if not for anyone we'll do it for ourselves and be proud of what we do. (Joshua/Moses Joseph).
A : Names / instruments of the members ?
R : This one is easy HA HA.
We got Moses on Lead Guitars/Composer
Then there's (ME) Joshua on Vocals/Lyrics/Manager
Rodney Joseph on Drums
Hamza Haider on Bass Guitar
Daniyal Raffat on Rhythm Guitar.
A : Tell me about the history of the band ?
R : The band was originally formed in 2009 under the name Prophecy, initially intended to be an alternative rock band. The members at this time included Sohail Farooqui (Bass), Raza Khan (Lead Guitars), Moses Joseph (Rhythm Guitars) and Joshua Joseph on (Vocals). However, the band members soon parted ways due to musical differences and difficulties in finding a drummer. Unsullied by this minor setback, the brothers continued to work and make music at their own pace, their musical style undergoing much evolution before arriving at its final destination: the relentless genre of Death Metal. In their endeavour to create quality death metal music the brothers were influenced by bands such as Lamb of God, Arch Enemy, Opeth, Carcass,Trivium, Sepultura, Death, Etc. The duo recorded their first demo track in the summer of 2011 titled “End of Nightmare”. The song was an instant success and brought the two members much needed positive response and attention from the crowd. Thus “Reincarnated” was born, and though their band was still only partially developed, lacking more than two members, the duo then went on and started working on their next demo track titled “Lilith”. Upon receiving positive responses upon releasing a teaser of the track, Josh and Moses set out to complete what would soon be known as one of their finest songs. The duo faced a lot of difficulty while recording the song at their home studio, and it took them 4 months to complete the track. “Lilith” remains to this day a fan favourite, their loyal followers loving the dark momentum of the song from a scary beginning to a furious demon roar at the end, the song has been loved and appreciated by all those who have heard it. Soon after the, the duo recorded their third track titled “Wake Up”. The duo experimented with several styles, from melodic death metal to doom and each experiment gained them more and more acclaim.
Soon after the release of their fourth track “My Enemy” the band was approached by drummer Waqas Kayani (Xarar) who told the duo that he was interested in joining the band. Having successfully found a drummer, the brothers began to search for a Bassist and a 2nd Lead Guitarist to complete their lineup. They found a bassist in their good friend Hamza Haider, who had approached the band during the Lilith Sessions. The band then recruited Daniyal Raffat, who was familiar with the bands work, as their second guitarist.
The line up was now complete. Joshua on vocals, Moses and Daniyal on lead guitars, Hamza on bass and Waqas on drums, the line up seemed perfect. However, despite the complete line up, the band rarely jammed, and recorded only one track during this period. Upset with the progress of their band, the brothers decided to have a meeting with their bandmates to resolve the issue of delay that was stopping Reincarnated from progressing. After the meeting, drummer (Waqas Kayani) announced that he didn’t want to be a part of the band and left due to personal reasons.
This brought the band back on the same road that they had started from setting them back again. The Search for a new drummer began and the four members looked desperately for a drummer, Joshua then contacted one of his friends back from school Ronald Joseph ( Vocalist , D.H.A “Dark Horse Association”.) who had recently put his band on a hold as he left for the United States and asked if his brother Rodney Joseph (Drums, D.H.A “Dark Horse Association”.) was available. He then contacted Rodney and a Meeting was set up, Rodney liked what he saw and the band liked what he had to offer
and the rest is history. The band officially recruited Rodney Joseph as the band’s new drummer. Reincarnated found the missing piece of their puzzle, the formation was complete and soon after the band went on and performed their very first Gig and people loved what they saw. Reincarnated went public and the response they got, gave them a well needed pat on the back. The band recently recorded their 6th track titled “Grey”.
Among the bands recent endeavors have been a highly acclaimed performance at the metal festival Hellfest held in Islamabad in April. Following the huge increase in fans following this performance, the band has now begun working on their debut studio album.
A : Who are your musical influences ?
R : Lamb of God, Arch Enemy, Opeth, Carcass, Trivium, Sepultura, Death, Bloodbath, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage. Etc.
A : What does the future hold for the band?
R : Music is all we've wanted to do and that's what we intend to do. We are in the process of searching for a label, an audience and a platform where we could be heard and show what we have and we want to show what we're capable off.
A : Anything else you guys want to add / share with the world ?
R : All we would like to say to the readers, listeners, fans is that "Thank you for the Appreciation, the support and the love that we get every now and then. It gives us the Motivation to do and explore more sides of music and bring you the best of us. Each song has been created with dedication and passion and heart". We also urge everyone to listen and share us around, let us be heard. We are just like you, we work, we strive and we are the same. Its our dream to make music and we want to live it. and we wil do anything to make it happen, no matter what, no matter where we are.
Music is universal yall \m/ I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as it was to do :) Check out Reincarnated on facebook https://www.facebook.com/ReincarnatedMetal and on their ReverbNation page at http://www.reverbnation.com/reincarnatedmetalband