Let Salvatore introduce you to the latest band she discovered: Ionic Bond, a 6 piece Epic Melodic Death Metal act from Chittagong, in Bangladesh. Find out all there is to know about them from the mouth of vocalist Mir Hisham, including the long awaited release date of their sophomore album Goodbye Dying Light.
Salvatore: Could you please tell us something about you and your band?
Mir Hisham: Hello! I am Mir Hisham, vocalist of my band Ionic Bond. Well, what can we say, we play something called Melodic Death Metal (we add the word Epic in the beginning) from the riverine beds of Bangladesh. We are a 6-piece outfit and a plus 1, our producer!
S: How are you guys handling the current Covid-19 crisis and the quarantine?
MH: I tell you, our band spawned from a group of introverted nerds (we are not that anymore I hope), hence the home lockdown isn't difficult for us. Besides it gave us the time off from our day to day affairs of being a job holder/student. We successfully finished recording a new song called ‘Sword of The Alchemist’ and released it. Also to add, we remastered one of our old music videos that we didn't feel good with the former production. So you see, lots going on in this quarantine.
S: What led you into a life of music?
MH: All of us have different roots, but one common ground was Chittagong School of Music, a music academy where we were associates by many means, back in 2010. And also to add, freaking Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom. We literally ate and drank COB songs, every day.
S: What’s your thoughts on your current musical journey?
MH: We do not take it as profession/career but we do take it very "professionally", if you know what I mean! Sincerity is there as we grow together as a family, as a band. We have collectively experienced lots of ups and downs, and these stories make us who we are.
S: Any plans for a new album, song, merch?
MH: Definitely, the sophomore release Goodbye Dying Light will be out soon. Maybe not this year because of the situation, but this album was announced back in 2016, yet took a lot of turns to come into shape. We are almost done with the recording and also planning for some more music videos. Merch, yes we have our in-house merch line covered!
S: What can you tell us about your last album and some of its tracks?
MH: Last album was the debut in 2015, very experimental. Not one single resembled the other which was a con, but the sound quality topped in that moment. Entitled Amavashya Lore, an album of 10 tracks with 1 intro and 1 acoustic reprise. The album is very Folkish and resembles the Swedish part of Melodic Death Metal. The title track however, incorporates Bengali Folk tunes. Lyrics were different each song. The title track is about the ghost folklore’s of West Bengal, that I indulged in as bedtime stories when I was a kid. Betaal Panchimvshati, you must read if you are into folk tales and lore.
Some songs were more political like ‘The Judgement Machine’ and ‘Crush The Iron Dome’ (oppression, racism, Islamophobia, etc!). ‘Searchlight Kill’ featured Bangladeshi Liberation War theme and heinous killing of intellectual minds on the 25th March 1971. The other songs were personal experiences.
My favourite from the album is ‘Lake Ran Red’ very Dark Wave inspired MDM (Melodic Death Metal) if you prefer! There's also an extended almost instrumental song called ‘Warborn Rhymes’ (teenage does this to you!).
S: Any plans for a tour when they start back up?
MH: We would love to go to Sweden to see In Flames live, man. Anywhere in Finland just to feel the cold. Talking realistically, we would love a tour in India and Nepal, and maybe Japan soon! We haven't toured much outside our hometown, so this is a huge leap!
S: What’s some of the collective likes of Ionic Bond?
MH: As quoted, Children of Bodom, In Flames, Kalmah, Eluveitie, Equilibrium, Norther, Iron Maiden, Kreator, some stuff from Metallica, and lots of other "not Metal" acts influence us every now and then. We are avid fans of epic score music, hence the Epic Melodic Death Metal. Hans Zimmer, Yanni, Jablonsky and the likes of them are very, very favourite!
We love travelling, food, Horror movies and grilling!
S: Who is your musical inspiration?
MH: Personally, I think my uncle (who played for the underground band Dead Sense) has inspired me the most. Next comes Alexi Laiho.
S: Do you have a message for your fans?
WE LOVE YOU GUYS!