Top 5 Metal Bands in India
Many people in the world think that metal music is just about noise, heavy riffs and growling. What they do not understand is that metal means defiance. It means questioning the regular norms, expressing yourself the way you want to, keeping your spirit alive and not caring about what people think of you. Dark and disturbing, the music is honest about human nature
Here is a list of 5 best metal bands(in no specific order) of our very own indie scene that have kept the spirit of metal alive in India-
1. Bhayanak Maut
Mumbai-based groove metal band, Bhayanak Maut, has been around in the indie scene for quite a long time. They have wooed metalheads to their sound all over India. A Progressive Metal band from Mumbai, the band's name was inspired by a Ramsay Brothers’ Hindi horror movie of the same name, which it translates to "Horrific Death". Although the band claims their name is inspired from a Ramsay brothers movie, there is no such movie that goes by the name of Bhayanak Maut. Their music is an eclectic mix of groove metal, hardcore and death metal.Till date, they have released 1 E.P. and 4 full length albums, from which the album MAN was released in 2014, amidst huge expectations of their followers. It’ll be safe to say, that those expectations were duly fulfilled.
2. Demonic Resurrection
Right from its inception in March 2000 Demonic Resurrection has been raising eyebrows.
Starting out as bunch of 17-year-olds looking to give India a taste of extreme metal, then a nearly untouched genre, the band, spearheaded by Sahil ‘The Demonstealer’ Makhija, released their first album Demonstealer within nine months of formation. It was an amateurish first attempt but a bold step in a scene dominated by tribute and cover bands that got Demonic Resurrection noticed.
It’s been a long and sometimes arduous 10-year journey for the band – a story of struggle, brickbats, bottles, adulation and acceptance but most of all of incredible amounts hard work, determination and perseverance – and even naysayers will be hard-put to argue that DR are one of the most important bands to have come out of the Indian music scene. But yet, for Demonic Resurrection, the journey is only beginning…
3. Undying Inc.
Undying Inc.,a band known for making some overwhelming heavy music in today's metal scene, combines a lethal blend of speed, technique, groove and extreme aggression. Undying Inc create a sound they can proudly call their own that defines the state of the world address!
The band has been around since 2004 and has been consistently building a formidable reputation due to their never-say-die attitude. The relentless riffing intensity, sharp twists & breakdowns; rapid time signature changes and fluid gear shifting between polyrhythms make their music a lesson in monumental ferociousness. The result is crushing modern metal combat! Like adrenaline in the bloodstream, at once powerful, explosive and yet abstract. Undying Inc live is a wrecking ball, having honed their destructive skills from thrashing numerous small clubs to large venue festivals and always ready to obliterate the masses with an aural assault of pure and punishing heavy music.
Here is music that will make you want to spit into the face of life, burn everything you hate and chokehold the world you live in!
From a file on a computer sitting in New Delhi, to a full-fledged touring band with members from around the world formed over the internet – Skyharbor have defied convention every step of the way. The debut album ‘Blinding White Noise’ was released worldwide in 2012 to critical acclaim, and earned the band a dedicated fan following across the globe. Since then, Skyharbor have been performing regularly around the world and making waves with their distinctive brand of sweeping, ethereal progressive-rock, fronted by Daniel Tompkins’ powerful and emotional storytelling vocal style. Having played at some of the biggest festival stages in the world barely 20 shows into their career, Skyharbor continue to grow rapidly as a group and musical entity as they prepare to launch their second album ‘Guiding Lights’ in November 2014.
Zygnema is a Mumbai based 4 piece heavy/thrash/groove metal band that mainly focuses on the social/political issues and loves to dig deep down on riffs that are heavy and groove oriented.
The band, over the last 6 years, has won numerous national and international accolades that only do so much to correspond to the powerhouse that the band is. One such accolade is the award for Rolling Stone Metal awards 2011 Best Metal band and Best Metal Song in the popular choice category. Zygnema was formed in December 2006, and since then, have been grooving steadily to the tunes of success and uncompromising determination.
So, these are the top 5 metal bands in India. Give ‘em a listen, if you haven’t yet. They are sure to blow your brains off with their relentless growling, shrieking screams, face-melting guitar solos and hard-hitting drums. They are comparable and at par, with the International metal bands, but they haven’t gained that much exposure, due to the unavailability of a platform.
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