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Himsa

In the '90s, Seattle was closely identified with grunge, but not every Seattle-based rock act that emerged in the '90s had a grunge or post-grunge outlook. Seattle's Himsa, for example, has never sounded anything like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, the Stone Temple Pilots, or the Foo Fighters. Formed in the late '90s, Himsa is a ferocious, punishing, harsh metalcore band. The name Himsa is a play on the Sanskrit word "ahimsa," which refers to peace and nonviolence. (Historians have often noted that civil rights activist Mahatma Gandhi, a Hindu, was a firm believer in ahimsa, as was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who considered Gandhi his hero and was influenced by Hinduism even though he was a Protestant minister -- and members of the Hare Krishna sect have often asserted that they promote vegetarianism because they believe that killing animals for food goes against the ahimsa principle.)

By dropping the "a" from ahimsa, Himsa is saying that their sound is the opposite of peaceful. The Pacific Northwesterners aren't actually promoting or encouraging violence, but they are saying that they have a violent sound -- which is certainly true. Musically, Himsa's metalcore is unapologetically vicious. While metalcore is the band's orientation, Himsa draws on a variety of metal and punk influences and has incorporated elements of thrash metal, power metal, death metal/black metal, grindcore, and, of course, hardcore (metalcore is a style that takes hardcore to the extreme). The list of bands that Himsa's admirers have cited as influences is a long one; it's a list that ranges from Slayer, Obituary, Megadeth, and Sepultura to the Cro-Mags to power metal favorites Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. But while there are traces of Maiden and Priest in some of Himsa's guitar parts, those British bands are considerably more melodic and intricate -- and even though Slayer's brutal thrash/death metal assault is a strong influence on Himsa's playing, Slayer doesn't have the sort of growling, screaming, larynx-ripping, satanic-style vocals that one gets from Himsa.

Himsa got started in 1998, when three members of the band Trial -- drummer Mike Green, bassist Derek Harn, and guitarist Brian Johnson -- decided to leave and form a new band with guitarist Aaron Edge. After writing and practicing some material, the four of them hired Himsa's original lead vocalist, Christian Schmitt (who had moved to Seattle from Philadelphia). In 1999, Himsa recorded their first full-length album, Ground Breaking Ceremony, which was released on the Revelation label. Then, in 2001, Himsa recorded an EP titled Death Is Infinite (also on Revelation). Along the way, the band has had quite a few lineup changes; by the time Himsa recorded Courting Tragedy and Disaster in 2003, Schmitt, Green, Edge, and Brian Johnson had all left the band -- and the lineup included only one original member: Derek Harn, who was joined by John Pettibone on lead vocals, Kirby Charles Johnson on guitar, Sammi Curr on guitar and keyboards, and Tim Mullen on drums. Brian Johnson went on to form the metalcore outfit Hell Promise, as Courting Tragedy and Disaster was released by Prosthetic Records, a small independent label based in Los Angeles. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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Himsa was f**king great , what the f**k!!!
metal is metal...some is good, and some is not. all the genres of metal have one thing in common....ME T A L ! ! !
shabadoo1028
deicide sucks hahaha
ummm mayhem is black metal not death duh! and you misspelled deicide which is also not only gore-grind or grindcore but yes death they even say this themselves
:( Sucks these dudes broke up...
seriously guys... i LOVE this! lol <3 death metal!
One of my favorite bands. Saw them close to 20 times before they broke up. Funnest shows, I miss it.
ruin them... first song i ever heard from these guys... not bad at all
this band has some great stuff but not exactly great although summon in thunder is a great song
Decide is more gore-grind dude. They are not innovators of death metal, Mayhem was around before them and they played death metal. And I brought up Nickleback because they are mainstream and bullshit. And maybe I was ranting.
i sure hope your not talking about DEICIDE..... (one of the innovators of death metal) cause if you are then you can go drink a bucket of piss for your nonsense. and wtf does nickleback have to do with anything?
Hey, Himsa was a f**king great band, how they combined black and death metal is amazing. If you want to hate on Himsa, go listen to s**tty bands like Decide(who rip off beter gore-grind bands) and Nickleback.
tonelocster
'They speak in swarms' has some nice riffery. Not bad...i think its pretty fkn solid
poop metal
The description claims that they are "Metalcore". . .
I think that this band is so not metalcore, because personally i think metalcore is gay...on some occations its alright...
Too bad there done, they were decent. Not great....may b e could have been but just didnt really stand out as anything too special, didnt seperate themselves from the pack, enough.
itsonlyskin7
very selective on what songs i like from these guys... saw them at the whiskey back in 03.
this r crap
second the motion on poop metal
bryanjclark
a highly underrated band
It's a shame that Himsa broke up, I'll miss them.
Nah. It's more melodic than the older stuff. If you're a hardcore kid, the old stuff is nice. But, I like the melodies, especially on Hail Horror (Like Seminal). All in all, some great music.
ground breaking ceremony is so much better than this metal poop.
Sweet Metal! Rock On! This is awesome
nice.... the song hooks as hands sounds like five finger death punch xDD
ronbabu9
f**king brutal

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