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Invisible Oranges alumnus Julia Neuman first turned me onto the budding world of Indian doom metal via Bevar Sea. There’s an excess of doom out there right now, but the problem with most of it is that it prizes great tone over great songwriting; Bevar Sea manages both. The band knows how to bring leaden fuzz more indebted to grunge and noise, and balance it with so-called epic doom songwriting.

Three years after the band’s self-titled debut, they’re preparing to release a sophomore LP, Invoke the Bizarre. Guitarist Srikanth Panaman had this to say about the album:

“I have always been a fan of epic metal, even within the framework stoner and doom metal,” he said. “The album contains a couple of fully slow songs, a little acoustic tune, some mid-paced ones, but this one's the other extreme, and it all makes for a complete package of ups and downs.”

What we’ve heard so far is in line with the band’s prior work, while also exploring some of the more driving rhythms of modern contemporaries like Crypt Sermon and Grand Magus. The band has already premiered the song “Sleeping Pool” on their Soundcloud page, and now we’re proud to present a second new song, “Where There’s Smoke… (There’s a Pyre)” below.

— Joseph Schafer

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Invoke the Bizarre will be available later this year, with a release date to be announced. Follow Bevar Sea on Facebook, or on Twitter at @bevarsea.

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This article has been edited to more accurately reflect Srikanth Panaman's role in Bevar Sea.

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