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Indian Folk Nu-Metal: Bloodywood Bring the Ruckus on “Gadaar”


Here’s a fun way to kick off your otherwise hum-drum Wednesday: there’s a new song and video from Indian folk metal outfit Bloodywood!

The most prominent musical features of “Gaddaar” are nu-metal grooves, rapping and traditional Indian folk instrumentation, including the dhol (a drum), a flute, and the single-stringed tumbi (similar to a sitar to these Western ears). If that sounds like an eclectic mix, well, it is! Plenty of other folks seem to think so, too; “Gadaar” has racked up over 42,000 views on YouTube since its premiere less than 24 hours ago. I totally understand the appeal, although I wager a lot of metalheads took one quick look at this article’s headline and internally messaged the puke emoji to themselves.

The band comments on the new single: 

“It’s been a while since our last song, so we wanted to come back heavy with ‘Gaddaar!’ It’s a song that’s aimed at a complete separation of religion and politics across the world. Everyone deserves equal rights and equal treatment at the hands of their governments no matter who and how they worship. We’ve seen the use of religious and divisive politics globally in recent years and it needs to be spoken about.

“It’s the first single we’re releasing in the build up to the album because musically speaking you’ll hear something familiar, but there’s also enough to hint at the evolution of our sound. That’ll become evident across the release of the next couple of singles and the album itself. We gave the album everything we had and can’t wait to unleash it all.”

Bloodywood’s debut full-length, Rakshak, arrives on February 18, 2022; pre-order here.

Upcoming tour dates:

Sat Mar 05 2022 – Im Wizemann Stuttgart, Germany Tickets
Sun Mar 06 2022 – Zoom Frankfurt am Main, Germany Tickets
Mon Mar 07 2022 –  Die Kantine Cologne, Germany Tickets
Tue Mar 08 2022 –  La Madeleine Brussels, Belgium Tickets
Wed Mar 09 2022 –  Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands Tickets
Fri Mar 11 2022 – Gruenspan Hamburg, Germany Tickets
Sat Mar 12 2022 – Pumpehuset Copenhagen, Denmark Tickets
Sun Mar 13 2022 – BI NUU Berlin, Germany Tickets
Tue Mar 15 2022 – Freiheitshalle München, Germany Tickets
Fri Mar 18 2022 – The Factory San Martino Buon Albergo, Italy Tickets
Sat Mar 19 2022 – Slaughter Club Paderno Dugnano, Italy Tickets
Sun Mar 20 2022 – Z7 Konzertfabrik Pratteln, Switzerland Tickets
Tue Mar 22 2022 – LE TRABENDO (Parc de la Villette) Paris, France Tickets
Thu Mar 24 2022 – Prince Albert Brighton, United Kingdom Tickets
Sat Mar 26 2022 – Cathouse Glasgow, United Kingdom Tickets
Wed Mar 30 2022 – O2 Institute 2 Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom Tickets
Thu Mar 31 2022 – O2 Academy Islington North London, United Kingdom Tickets
Thu Aug 11 2022 – Bloodstock Open Air 2022 Walton on Trent, United Kingdom Tickets

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