Old Castles Massacre:
Brutally Awesome Band!
Old Castles Massacre (OCM) is a death-defying band that proves that
despite being brutal in their music, a surprising fanbase is now on the
rise from the depths of extreme metal.
as the only brutal death metal band in Sri Lanka, OCM consists of
Shalinda a.k.a Shali on vocals who also brainstorms the lyrical content.
Ranga is the raving OCM drummer while Keshan and Dilanka handle the
guitars with mayhem mania.
The OCM concept is “Extreme music for extreme people”, states Shali
and he met Ranga in 2004 after AL in school. “Our music deals with
releasing your inner feelings and repressed anger that is inside,”
emphasised Shali on their genre. Delving into the depths of your soul
and energising your body for brutal metal is what OCM is notorious for
A sizzling hit for these metallers is ‘Matricide’ which is receiving
positive metal feedback. “We wrote this song in 2005 but we actually
recorded it in 2006” reminisces Shali.
However, the song was revealed to an unsuspecting public in 2007 and
was then only available for download. It filled a painful void that was
empty in the brutal death metal scene and now they have a huge following
from the hills of Kandy to near-city Nittambuwa.
Their head-gorging numbers include ‘Suffocation of Carnage’, ‘Rectrum
Impaled’, ‘Infant Blended Nectar’ and an aptly titled severe song called
‘Just Me and My Rotten Carcass’.
Round the top, they name their major influences as ‘Nile’,
‘Disgorge’, ‘Cannibal Corpse’ and ‘Vader’. About their persona, they
state that: “Our time on stage includes face-painting effects with red
blood to really highlight our performance to the max!”
As for careers, Shali works at a leading company while Ranga is in
the IT field. Keshan and Dilanka are both studying.
As for advice to bands trying to break into the brutal metal scene,
“Don’t give up hope on what you are doing, play what you like, stick by
your kind of music and be original”. Shali notes that even the metal
industry has wannabes but there are many who really are focused on their
stuff and really strive in putting it out.
In the future, OCM would like to take their music to Century Video in
USA, which is a famous underground metal label to put them on the
international map. OCM hopes that they can record their music in better
studios with state-of-the-art technology and high quality sounds.
They acknowledge their strong fan base from all parts of Sri Lanka
and thank Forlorn Hope, former band Siblings of Hatred and all black
metal bands who have stood by them through thick and thin.
OCM especially thanks the KRM for their support and thanks their
families, friends and fans for all the help extended. Upon parting OCM
says “Keep it Brutal!”