Bringing Heavy Music to MTB, pt. 3: Anup Sastry, Vilarum, and Failgiver

5 Sep

Welcome back to “Bringing Heavy Music on MTB”! This column features new (and not so new) heavy bands/artists (Hardcore, Metal, etc.) that you should check out! I promise to do more regular updates, and I apologize that I let this slip through the cracks. Anyway, this time I am featuring Anup Sastry, Vilarum, and Failgiver!


Anup Sastry

Mr. Sastry is a drummer and currently plays for Intervals, Jeff Loomis, and Skyharbor. I feel that his rhythmic expertise has led to some interesting work on his solo albums. His latest solo album, Titan, is a tasty load of riffage and interesting polyrhythms. I also recommend, in particular, his work on Ghost (another of his solo albums) and with the band Intervals! 

Find his work at . Also, check out Intervals at .



Vilarum is a band I discovered through’s Recordings Subforum. With excellent use of vocal samples, a barking vocal delivery reminiscent of early Slayer, and pounding Thrash riffs…Stalingrad is excellent. I am a big Thrash fan. This album satisfies all the parts of what I love about Thrash!

Vilarum can be streamed and downloaded at .



Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, Failgiver’s chaotic hardcore should satisfy fans of Converge, early Norma Jean, and Botch. They mix interesting rhythms with somewhat melodic parts, resulting in a gripping hardcore record. An admirable thing is that all proceeds from downloads of their digital album go  to the Pride Centre of Edmonton. (It’s pay what you wish.)

Download Failgiver at .

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