Sunday, 18 May 2014


This is a list of bands I know not many people have heard, in different parts of the country I've asked people if they've heard these bands - once, maybe seen them live somewhere is the common response.

I bring to you, from different parts of India, some fine bands that you need to look out for. They're doing a good job, some of them even locally, and they deserve to be heard. Cheers!


The Down Troddence
This is one of the finest representations of Indian metal, in the true sense of the term. We're all aware that as much as we're united by a few gigs now and then, we haven't heard half of the bands from different regions of the country, like the north east and sometimes the south too. The Down Troddence from Kerala/Bangalore is easily one of the best I've heard so far in the country. Groove and Indian folk? Perfect blend. This song 'Nagavalli' is from their debut album released last year called 'How Are You? We are Fine, Thank you', produced by Keshav Dhar of Skyharbor fame. They've been nominated for the Rolling Stone Metal Awards this year.

MUST LISTEN. 2.41min is a flipper!

Buy their debut album from Flipkart here or buy it a digital copy from iTunes or OKListen (India).
Visit them on Facebook.
Watch the lyric video for 'Nagavalli' and others here on Youtube.

Escher's Knot

Escher's Knot was a four-piece metal outfit from Chennai, now in Bangalore. You might have spotted these guys opening for Lamb of God and playing festivals like Deccan Rock. Yes, they've had some big gigs, and they've just released a new song. They have an EP called 'Tessellations', yeah I remember getting my hands on a copy a very long time ago. They're awesome musicians too. Do check them out.

Visit them and like them on Facebook.

Last Ride Home
Mumbai-based five-piece post-hardcore/alternative metal band release their song 'Unknown Address'. They sound good, production is pretty killer too, thanks to Ariel Samson and help from Chinmay too.

The band is currently in the process of recording for their debut full-length album 'Signs' and are set to release it by August this year. They're definitely a band to watch out for!

'Like' them on Facebook.

Theorized is a four-piece thrash metal band from Bangalore. These guys have been around for a while. Their first release was EP titled 'False Hope of Tyranny' and they've played fests like Rock N India, SummerStorm, Bangalore Open Air, October Fest & Hornbill sharing the stage with bands like Opeth, Kreator, Lacuna Coil, Suidakra, Nervecell and more! This song 'Symbiote' is from their 2014 album 'Psychosphere'.

Buy the album from iTunes (Worldwide)OKListen (India) and this for merchandise.
Their Facebook page.

Heretic is a five-piece alternative metal band from Cochin/Bangalore. I discovered them when vocalist Akhil Unnikrishnan won a Rolling Stone Metal Award for 'Best Vocalist' last year and they were also nominated for the 'Best Metal Band' category. They sound pretty good, not like anything I've heard recently. Check them out.

This song is from their album 'Words to Epilogues' available for download from OKListen.

Visit their website and watch the Official Video for the song

Alien Sky Cult
They title themselves hardcore/metal, but I'd say three-four piece progressive metal band, currently from New Delhi. Also another Keshav production, the first time I heard them was also RS Metal Awards nominations. Modern progressive lovers, check these guys out.

Visit them on Facebook and you could buy the digital copy of the EP on Bandcamp.

When this band came out, it was full-on star caste! An unexpected Sahil Makhija (Demonic Resurrection, Reptilian Death, Workshop) was on drums, Raj (ex-Workshop) on guitars and Akshay Deodhar (Spook) on vocals, making music in old hard rock and heavy metal vibes. The band has some high-pitched vocals to go with some good old-school riffs. Old school lovers will love this one.

Visit them on Facebook or follow this link for Soundcloud.

The Wishess
This is a four-piece heavy/power metal band from Imphal, India. It's time to get over and listen to some bands from the North East too!
Yes, having played tons of shows, headlining, guesting and winning, this band will reach for your soul.

Look at them here on Facebook

Cynic Bliss
What's interesting here is that this band is from Jabalpur, India, a place I was not sure metal music even spread. This four-piece metalcore band is one to give a listen. Drawing influences from Slipknot, Parkway Drive, As I Lay Dying and All That Remains, you can check Cynic Bliss out for more information on Facebook.

This is their entire EP. The EP is produced by Ashwin Shriyan, bass player of Demonic Resurrection and Reptilian Death.

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