Track Premiere: Dark Helm – ‘Obey’

Indian progressive group Dark Helm have taken the modern extreme metal sound and fused it with a variety of ethnic instruments. The end result is what you hear on songs like “Obey,” which takes a downtuned, rhythmic approach a la Meshuggah and combines it with shimmering, clean sections. Led by composer and guitarist Mohanish Deshmukh, “Obey” provides a familiar yet unique take on groove and progressive metal.

“Obey” comes from Dark Helm’s upcoming album, Hymnus de Antitheist, which Deshmukh offers an explanation of. Dark Helm take aim at people they feel have ignored logic to exploit others; read Deshmuk’s thoughts on Hymnus below and hear “Obey” right now.

“This album is the sum total of all my hatred towards the state of humanity today. Let me clarify though; over the past few years, I have noticed my stance harden, as a rational thinker. My belief that ‘divinity is poison’ has grown from a mere commentary on the human condition to a desperate need for a global change (if we are to survive the coming of age of the human race and become an advanced civilization worthy of wielding the tools we create). I absolutely and equally hate the idea of ‘New Age’ spiritualism (crystal healing, myths about pineal glands, quantum mysticism, etc) and every pseudoscience scientific schmuck (Deepak Chopra and Rhonda Byrne’s names come to mind) trying to make a quick buck. I also detest ignorant people who establish their allegiances to political parties rather than political stances (people who go ‘I love Mr. /Mrs. XYZ, hence every policy he/she suggests is a good one’). I hate unregulated ‘organic food’ that gets sold under the guise of being good for you, while harming the earth’s resources and the fear mongering and misrepresentation of GMOs that goes with it. I hate homeopathy, mystics, gurus, astrologers, anti-vaxers, ‘Vastu Experts,’ flat earthers, 432hz’ers and every other enemy of reason. They have made people’s insecurities and ignorance into a multimillion dollar industry.”

Hymnus de Antitheist is out December 25. You can find more Dark Helm on Bandcamp.