The Indian underground metal scene is an extremely promising space right now, what with a dedicated and loyal fans base, proficient musicians and a growing number of venues. Not only that, cult bands like BhayanakMaut and Scribe have performed at some of the biggest international metal festivals in the world like Inferno Extreme Metal Festival in Oslo and have shared the stage with international heavyweights like Lamb of God, Fear Factory and AmonAmarth. Such achievements have only served to inspirethe younger generationof metal bands to aspire to create even badder, louder and heavier music.
With the sixth edition of Harley Rock Riders fast approaching, and being headlined by none other than metal gods Megadeth and reggae music pioneers The Wailers, we would like to share with you five Indian metal bands that are definitely worth checking out:
Hailing from Delhi, Kraken are a six-piece metal band that won last year’s Harley Rock Riders Find Your Freedom contest (to participate in this year’s Find Your Freedom contest click here: harleyrockriders.in).The promising band grabbed their chance to emerge victorious from a stellar group of competitors and established themselves as an emerging force in the metal scene. As winners of the contest, they recently performed at the European Bike Week 2015 in Austria. You can catch them performing in Mumbai this October as part of Harley Rock Riders VI lineup.
Alien Sky Cult
Originally from the North East but now based in Delhi, this five piece metalcore band has recently started doing gigs in the circuit. Their debut EP, You Are Not Alone was mastered by none other than KehsavDhar of Skyharbor fame, and was well received within the metal community. With a groovy sound and a unique approach to the overall genre, Alien Sky Cult is one of the bands to definitely look out for if you’re a metal fan in India.
Abraxas are a five piece metal act from Pune. While currently busy working on their debut full length album, the band has played regularly at venues across India and amassed quite a dedicated fanbase. Their claim to fame was winning the 5th edition of Campus Rock Idols which led to them opening for heavy metal giants Iron Maiden at Rock in India alongside bands such as Cyanide Serenity, De Profundis, Slain and Parikrama. They too are a part of the stellar lineup at the year’s Harley Rock Riders VI.
Escher’s Knot is a four-piece metal band from Chennai. The band comprises of members from Theorized, IIIrd Sovereign, Blood and Iron, and Ston’d. A measure of just how good the band is can be made from the fact they have already opened for Swedish metal band Hammerfall, and for Italian goth metal act Lacuna Coil. The band has carved out its own unique sound with a blend of technical riffing and drumming, heavy bass lines and growls and screeches. Regularly touring the gig circuit, the band is currently working on new material to add to their heavy metal setlist.
Pangea is a five-piece band from Mumbai that, in their own words, makes “sit on your couch and blaze music.” The band dropped their debut EP in 2011 and has since played several gigs and released a few more singles to fill a growing body of work that lets them play live sets that are a headbanging delight. Started as a studio project by founding member AkshayRajpurohit (of Scribe fame), the band is an amalgamation of sounds that cannot be pigeon-holed into a specific genre which not only adds to their ambiguous sound but also lets them reach out to a more broader audience.