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Eind 2017 kregen we de debuut EP van het uit Bangladesh afkomstige H2SO4 (oftewel: Zwavelzuur) binnen. ’British Bangla Testament’ is een lekker oldschool agressieve en opgefokte thrash schijf, met wat heavy metal invloeden en teksten over de Britse wandaden op het Indisch subcontinent, tussen 1905-1947. Ik hou wel van dit soort energieke releases en omdat we bij Lords Of Metal nou eenmaal graag beginnende bands wat meer podium geven, namen we contact op met zanger Shuvo Vox om het over hun bestaan als band tot nu toe, eerste EP en toekomstplannen te hebben. Voor de liefhebber, ‘British Bangla Testament’ is onder andere te vinden via de bandcamp pagina van H2SO4.

Door: Sicktus | Archiveer onder speed / thrash metal

Hi there! I really enjoyed your debut EP. Before we get to the EP, could you please introduce yourself and the band first – and maybe tell our readers a bit about the background of the band?
Hi... I am Shuvo Vox, the vocalist of H2SO4. Well, H2SO4 was formed in Sylhet, Bangladesh back in 2011, by me (Vocals/Guitar) and Rahul (Lead Guitarist/Backing Vocals). H2SO4 consists of me on vocal, Rahul, Imteaz (Bassist), Meethu (Drummer), Rafi (Riff Guitarist) and we are delivering new wave thrash with our own elements. Marshan (Bassist) and Rahat (Drummer) formerly worked with the band. We started writing in late 2013, but got derailed by some issues and then finally started writing some serious stuff from last year. The band has one release so far, the ‘British Bangla Testament’ EP, recorded at God’s Eye Production Studio in 2017. Back in 2015 we released a single on the compilation ‘Tyrants Shall Fall’ by Dust And Guilt Records. Throughout the years we performed our originals on numerous shows.
Let’s start with the band name. H2SO4, Sulphuric Acid, why that name? It certainly is something that stands out, but it is a bit hard to pronounce... Or do you call yourselves “Sulphuric Acid” and just write it like the molecular formula? (Fun fact: our chief editor has actually made H2SO4 himself)
We were teenagers when we started out and the name made a lot of sense then. It sounded unique and obviously metal so we stuck with it and yeah we call it H2SO4.

The EP has been out now for a couple of months. That has given you guys some time to look back. Are you happy with the result? Anything you would do differently, if you could go back in time to do so?
The content of the EP is quite satisfying to us. Maybe we should have done some more early promotion before the release.

And how have the reactions been so far?
Reaction’s from the magazine’s and fans are overwhelming!

You started out as a heavy metal band, if I’m correct? Obviously, you are now a thrash band, but I still hear some heavy metal influences, plus oldschool German thrash mixed with Bay Area thrash. At what point did you change your musical course? And who brings what to the band, when it comes to influences, songwriting?
Yes, that’s true we did start as a heavy metal band with different band members. But with time, we felt needed some more speed and thrash as we all were largely influenced by Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth from the start. I guess when we grew as a band, we better understood what we really wanted to do. The writing was a long process for us with changes in the line-up. Rahul kept on writing riffs and drums and I was also there through the whole process and wrote vocal parts. We will try to write new songs with all members as the line up is quite stable now.

Was the EP originally meant to be self released, but now it is being released through God's Eye Production? Or how did that work? And please tell us something about the label and how you ended up there.
We didn’t really have much of a plan for the release, but we thought it would be better to release it on our own, for our own good. And given the fact that God’s Eye Production is our own production company, we pretty much did everything ourselves.

Can you tell our readers a bit about the recording process?
The first song ‘Illuminator’ was recorded almost a year ago and the last three were composed and recorded more recently. All the tracks were recorded at God’s Eye Production and Rahul did all the mixing and mastering stuff.

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Let’s talk about the title of your EP, ‘British Bangla Testament’. That is a nod to the deeds of the British Empire on the Indian subcontinent in the 1905-1947 period. Tell our readers a bit about the period, the history. And what made you decide on this topic?
Everyone knows about the colonial history of the British Empire. We tried to write about the events that took place throughout Indian continent, but mostly Bengal, like the holocaust of Bengal, the partition etc. The truths and often conspired facts that are unknown to the mass are the main content of our lyric’s, which was nicely portraited in the artwork by our friend Prince.

The EP title also has Testament in it, is that a nod to Testament, as an influence? Because I certainly hear some Testament in your music. If so, what other bands besides Testament have molded your sound?
We didn’t think of this while deciding on the title. We wouldn’t mind people interpreting like this way though. And the main influences would be Slayer, Megadeth, Testament, Death, Exodus, Nevermore, Kreator and some new age thrashers like Warbringer and Havoc.

With the debut being an EP, the obvious question is: will there be a full-length any time soon? Are you working on that, any plans yet? Or can we expect more EP’s perhaps? I have to say, I’m a big fan of the EP format!
We have plans for a full-length and if everything goes well we’ll start writing soon.

What is the metal scene in Bangladesh, or more specifically, your town of Sylhet like? And are there any other bands or projects from your area our readers should check out?
In terms of a Bangladesh metal scene, is has been running pretty strong for some time now. In Sylhet it is growing fast. Bands like Revolution, Chronicles Rhapsody and Jovial are also putting out their music and doing really well in the scene.

You have had the EP release show in October, what was that like? What other tracks besides these four on the EP do you guys play live? And what is your favourite one to play?
The show was good. We performed all songs from the EP and they came out really well. Other acts also let out the assault and it turned out well. And we love all of our songs to perform but if you ask for a favourite one I guess it will be ‘Bengal Holocaust’.

You have been playing quite a few gigs if I’m not mistaken, do you have any good road / live stories to share?
Well, once we went to a remote place (Habiganj) to perform and we didn’t expect that much from that show. But when we started to play, they all went nuts. They banged their heads better than us, made a wall of death and three or four got injured from serious mosh-pits. We were surprised watching them shouting our names loudly. We didn’t expect anything like this and possibly that’s why it is a memorable show to me.

You have existed relatively short as a band, but this EP is quite a nice way to announce yourselves to the world. What goals are next for H2SO4? Any plans, tours, releases you want to share here?
Release our full-length album this year has got all of our attentions. And we are looking for a quality record labels to get signed to. We have got a couple of gigs in India during February and March and we are quite excited about this thing!

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