Indian musician Kartik Baisoya has picked up the remnants of his high school band and, over a decade later, taken it upon himself to bring the old school music (literally) to life.
Now based in Thunder Bay, in Ontario, Canada, he has launched Pain as a technical heavy metal solo project. His music is filled with manic drums, heavy vocals and wild riffing that he summarises with the line “expect the unexpected.”
He sent us Feed Humans Not God, from 2018 debut EP Cycle of Hate. It opens up with growing vocals and guitar then drops into a huge wall of booming chugging guitar, bass and drums that continue under big guttural vocals. A wild high-tuned lick jumps in over pounding drums, then the chugging guitars return alongside a low growl.
Distant vocals take over in a more melodic chorus, before another fast-paced guitar solo. And chugging guitar chords return to bring the track to a close. Give it a listen below:
We’re particularly enjoying the song of Time To Wake Up!, which doesn’t sound too dissimilar to one of our favourite bands Yashin, albeit much heavier. It opens up with a cool riff then a barrage of heavy guitars and drums give way to heavy vocals supported by growing guitars. Give it a listen below:
We had a chat with the man behind the music Kartik Baisoya to find out more. Read on below…
GR: What/who is/are Pain?
KB: “Pain is a solo project started by me from the remains of the previous band I was leading back in High School. Pain is a concept that we as humans share the pain and the sky together, so I wanted to unite this pain, the sky we all share through music. I am from India, New Delhi but I am residing in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada currently.
GR: You sent us Feed Humans Not God. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
KB: “We break peoples’ expectations of what and how a metal band should sound like. If people are expecting some good riffs, weird timings, melodic solos or just to listen to something brand new, they came to the right place.
Problems because of poverty, injustice and religion-inspired me to write this song, along with Deepanshu Bhoj (guitarist) who will always be a part of this project.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
KB: “Our sound is different and intriguing in many ways. Expect the unexpected as our songs are not based on conventional song patterns or structure. It’s technical yet melodic at the same time with a little touch of madness!”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
KB: “I have been in love with metal since my teenage days and this genre opened my eyes to the worldwide problems people were facing because of bad leaders and governments. So, a 14-year-old kid thought he will not be unheard and ignored anymore. He will shout his lungs out and let all the injustice known to this world through music and to show that the people who are suffering this pain are not alone. Fast forward 11 years. Here I am trying the same just doing it a little better.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
KB: “For me Slipknot, Megadeth and Slayer have been a really huge influence over the early years of me growing up. As an adult, I fell in love with Meshuggah, Animals as Leaders and Pink Floyd.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
KB: “I am working on a single, currently it has been arranged and composed. In the summer, I will collaborate with musicians across the globe to bring this song to life as this will be the first song I will compose and produce since high school. The EP Cycle of Hate is the final version of the remains of our original songs from high school.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
KB: “I am back and I am doing it alone. I always loved composing more than performing every single day for funds. The upcoming music is will weirder and mature than my previous songs. We will have better recording equipment and some small new surprises.”