A name recognised by metalheads as one of the genre’s most technically proficient drummers, death metal musician George Kollias made his first trip to India this week. The drummer, a member of bands like Nile and Nightfall, was in town to conduct a one-hour drum clinic at the Mumbai PALM expo.
Kollias spoke of the metal community in India, saying, “I haven’t heard too many Indian metal bands, except Demonic Resurrection and one or two others I checked out online. But judging from what I saw on the Iron Maiden DVD, and all these people who’ve come here to attend my workshop, it’s safe to say that a massive metal movement is already underway in this country”.
The drummer reveals that he will take a break from conducting drums workshops later this year to record his fourth album with Nile, of which the band already have two songs prepared.
Also in the pipeline is an album from his solo project, which recently made its online debut with the track Aeons of Burning Galaxies..., to favorable critical reception. Both albums are slated to begin recording around December 2011.
Kollias also confirms that rumours of Nile playing a concert in India are true. “We’ve been attempting to fetch a gig here for a long time now,” he says, adding, “We haven’t been able to so far due to the costs. India seems to be a very expensive country to play in. Hopefully, we’ll able to drop by here in 2012, when we’re scheduled to play a few concerts in and around Singapore.”