Indian Stoner Doom Stalwarts BEVAR SEA sign to Metal Assault Records
Metal Assault Records is thrilled to hereby announce its first international signing from outside of North America. Please join us in welcoming to the MAR roster, stoner / doom metal group BEVAR SEA, all the way from Bangalore, India.
Stalwarts of the Indian stoner doom scene for well over a decade as well as carrying a solid fanbase in the international heavy underground, Bevar Sea has signed a multi-album deal with Metal Assault Records. The label will release the band's third full-length studio album, The Timeless Zone, in early 2022 on various physical formats and on all digital platforms. Album pre-orders will be launched in Fall 2021. We are pleased to unveil the stunning cover artwork for the album here, as well as the track listing. More details surrounding the pre-order launch, merch bundles, etc will be made available in the coming weeks.
The Timeless Zone track listing:
1. The Timeless Zone
2. Alpha None
3. Sterilise The Divide
4. The Circle
5. Kiss The Sigh
6. Cadaver Awake
The band revealed the title track as a standalone single earlier this year, along with its own artwork and a fantastic lyric video. Without further ado, here it is for your listening (and viewing) pleasure. Proceed with caution, for once you dive in, there's no turning back!
MAR owner Andrew Bansal shares his thoughts on the new signing:
"This one is special, and close to home (literally). When I briefly moved from Los Angeles to India in 2012-13, little did I know that I'd get to discover this amazing band. I happened to attend a gig in Mumbai wherein I got to see Bevar Sea live for the first time. It was their debut album release show and they left an indelible impression on me with their musicianship and performance that night. I made sure to attend as many of their shows as I could, particularly the ones in their hometown of Bangalore. Even after moving back to the US in 2013, I kept track of Bevar Sea's progress and stayed in touch with the band members. Fast forward to 2021, they are now signed to my label and I could not be more excited!"
Bevar Sea's statement on signing to MAR:
"Having managed the first two releases ourselves and having seen where most of our fans and orders come from, we looked out for a North America or Europe based label to release The Timeless Zone, essentially to fix some of the issues we’ve had with worldwide distribution and logistics, and also to allow us to focus more on the music itself. We’ve known Andrew as a friend and a fan for many years, and quick trivia, he was also our manager for a short while back in 2012, so his label and its diverse roster is an ideal match for us for this album and beyond."
More about Bevar Sea and The Timeless Zone:
Five years after releasing their sophomore album Invoke the Bizarre, Bangalore’s Bevar Sea used the Covid-19 imposed lockdown as an opportunity to regroup and start working on the third album, The Timeless Zone. With the backdrop of the lyrics portraying a tryst with the consciousness of man, storying into travels and visions within the self, the music on this song and over the course of the album, pays homage to the glory years of the 70s and 80s hard rock and metal with the typical rifftastic stoner/doom sound the band has embraced on the two albums prior to this.
With their beginnings in 2008, the band roared into the live scene in 2011, and in the following year their eponymous album ‘Bevar Sea’ was released, which earned them the "Best Emerging Act" at the Rolling Stone Metal Awards India and a slot in the coveted Maryland Deathfest in 2013 and rave reviews worldwide. Mixed and mastered by the legendary Billy Anderson, the album was regarded highly for their 45-min hook-laden stoner/doom experience by fans and quickly garnered the band a firm reputation in their country and internationally. The fan favourite (Abishtu) which narrates the tale of a serial killer out for hipster blood and on the run from the law became a permanent chant by fans whenever they stepped on stage, while the 14-min ‘Mono Gnome’ about a short-statured man and his love for a witch closed the album and turned out to be the pick in the doom circles with their reefer-pleasing, ‘Sleep’– esque flow of slow riffing and raspy vocals.
Bevar Sea followed up their debut release with ‘Invoke the Bizarre’ in 2015. Drifting into new sonic territories, the band crafted a sinister mood for their audience in the first three tracks ‘Bearded and Bizarre’, ‘Bury me in Nola’, and ‘Sleeping Pool’ which boasted hooks over neck-twisting grooves, the down-tempo chug of the guitars and soaring lead guitars. With the vocal melody chanting ‘Look to the Sky’, the band closed the album with the epic ‘The Grand Alignment’ which comprised of a sublime cascade of riffs, solos, bass lines and vocal hooks. Recorded at a breakneck pace over 10 days at Adarsh Recording Studio and mixed and mastered by Matt Lynch (LA's Mysterious Mammal Recording, also from the incredible band Snail), ‘Invoke the Bizarre’ was well received by the press and fans alike for their intricate song arrangements, unique story-telling, mature and well-rounded performances.
Bevar Sea The Timeless Zone lineup (2021):
Ganesh Krishnaswamy - Vocals
Srikanth Panaman - Guitars
Michael Talreja - Guitars
Avinash Ramchander - Bass
For Fans Of: Black Sabbath, Spiritual Beggars, Trouble, Cathedral, Orange Goblin, Sleep, Motörhead