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Rendezvous with black metal in the city

Ritika Purang, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 18, 2013
First Published: 17:58 IST(18/2/2013) | Last Updated: 00:52 IST(19/2/2013)

Formed in 2006, Delhi-based black metal band, 1833 AD has been nominated in the Best Metal Band category at a coveted annual rock award. The four member ensemble also has an album to its credit. Vocalist Nishant Varghese, talks about the band’s future endeavours and more.

How did 1833 AD come about?
Sushmit and I initiated the band after school. Rahul joined in 2006 while Raghav joined the band two years back on our sound engineer’s  recommendation.

Why the genre and why the name?
Our drummer (Raghav) and I were into black metal music since school. The melancholy, chaos, and the array of emotions always made me feel closer to it. I had written the song 1833 AD, which is about the age of destruction.

How has the response to heavy metal changed in the music scene since 2005?
India has come far ahead in terms of accepting heavy metal music. The country is now hosting plenty of rock and metal music festivals. The scene has evolved to be stronger and will continue to grow so in the future.

Your ‘End of Time’ tour covered five cities including Delhi, how was your first experience here?
Performing in Delhi has always been special for us since our first performance in 2008. It has been an uphill task for us to introduce black metal to India and we have to admit that Delhi has been the toughest.

What do you think people remember most about your gigs?
The intensity of our music is what really brings out the best in us whenever we perform. Also, it is the aura of chaos and darkness that we feel our music creates which appeals to our fans.

Any new singles or albums in the offing?
We have been working on certain new singles. Hopefully, by the end of this year our fans would get to hear a different side of 1833 AD. We’ll keep it a surprise.

What has been the most memorable moment for the band?
Releasing our debut album My Dark Symphony has been one of the most memorable moments for us. It took a lot of pain and efforts to ensure that we come out with an album, which lives up to the expectations of our fans.

Catch them live
What:
1833 AD live with Acrid Semblance
Where: Blue Frog Delhi, The Kila, Seven Style Mile, opposite Qutab Minar, Mehrauli
When: February 20
Timing: 9pm onwards
Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar on the Yellow Line

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