“I’m hearing subtle hints of Behemoth, instantly showcases what talents this one man army can produce.” Metallum Sub Terra
“Super-tight grooves meet sweet riffy melodies in a furious and yet easy-to-follow EP” Invisible Oranges
“Four tracks of blistering blackened death metal from one of the best in the business.” The Killchain Blog
“A really great EP; reminds me of Deicide, Vital Remains.” Inside The Darkness
“This is an EP that you just want to listen to again and again.” Metal Noise
“If you love melodic Death Metal, then do not miss And This Too Shall Pass’” Jupiter Variation
“This is a frighteningly rich EP, full of influences as complementary and dark than raw strength” Acta Infernalis
“A shot of dynamism and modern sound with very good production” Greek Rebels
“Some solid, no-nonsense melodic death metal.” The Razors Edge
“There is little to be critical of here.” Musipedia of Metal
FFO early IN-FLAMES, BEHEMOTH, KATAKLYSM
Two days ahead of its official worldwide release, US-based extreme music website, Invisible Oranges is currently hosting an all-exclusive stream of Sahil Makhija aka Demonstealer‘s brand new EP, ‘And This Too Shall Pass’. The stream is accompanied by one of Makhija’s most detailed and in-depth interviews conducted by prominent Invisible Oranges writer, Ivan Belcic. It sees Makhija talk about being a metal musician, politics, his alternate life as a celebrity YouTube chef, and creativity at large. Listen to the EP in its entirety and treat yourself to a “furious and yet easy-to-follow EP” right [HERE].
Mumbai-based death metal multi-instrumentalist, Sahil Makhija aka Demonstealer, is all set to release his next solo EP titled ‘And This Too Shall Pass’ on the 11th December, 2020. The 4-song EP is being self-released with the help of a crowd-funding campaign that Makhija personally set up in July earlier this year. Three years after The Last Reptilian Warrior, it was the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown in the country that provided Makhija with a new perspective and the inspiration to write new music. And This Too Shall Pass sees Makhija return to his absolute roots. He adds, “I guess this is me at my most vulnerable. It’s just me, no incredible musicians to back me up, just me putting my expression and feelings and thoughts into songs for the world to listen to”.
An extreme music old-timer Makhija has long been a crucial part of the Indian metal scene; be it founding the country’s biggest extreme metal band (Demonic Resurrection), or starting up an independent record label (with releases by Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir) or setting up a premium recording studio dedicated to extreme metal – Makhija has had an enormous role in shaping the country’s heavy music landscape. After a successful third album, which saw collaborations with Kévin Paradis (Benighted, Svart Crown), Romain Goulon (Necrophagist), Kerim Lechner (Septic Flesh, Decapitated) and David Diepold (Obscura) amongst others, Makhija has resurfaced with a brand new Demonstealer release.
The release was mixed and mastered at the esteemed Hertz Studio (Behemoth, Decapitated, Vader), a first for Makhija who is otherwise known to mix all the Demonstealer releases. The glorious artwork for the EP was provided by Indonesian artist Adi Dechristianize (Embalmer, Disgorge). All music on And This Too Shall Pass has been written, played and recorded by Makhija — making it truly a solo effort — a feat he hasn’t performed since his debut album released in 2008.
And This Too Shall Pass releases on 11th December, 2020. Pre-orders for the digital release are now available on the band’s Bandcamp [HERE]. The EP will be available on all streaming services including YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music.
01. This Crumbling Earth (06:26)
02. A Festering Wound (04:06)
03. Systemic Failure (04:30)
04. From Flesh To Ashes (06:09)
Total runtime – 21:11
All music written, played & arranged by Demonstealer
All music recorded by Demonstealer at Demonic Studios, India
All music mixed & mastered by Hertz Studio, Poland
Album artwork & layout by Adi Dechristianize
Sahil Makhija – vocals, guitars, bass and drums