Rock star Sahil Makhija, of Demonic Resurrection, and Reptilian Death, recommends the most promising metal bands in town.
1. The Minerva Conduct: When you talk of some of the best players in the Mumbai metal scene coming together, you think of The Minerva Conduct. The core group -- Ashwin Shriyan, Nishith Hegde and Pratheek Rajagopal -- dish out some crazy, experimental, progressive metal. These guys give you serious envy with their skill levels.
2. Darkrypt: A promising new band which has just released their debut album, Delirious Excursion, featuring collaborations with international artists for their artwork, lyrics and even the mixing and mastering. I saw them live before the album came out, and they showed a lot of promise. Their album has set them a high benchmark to match up to when they play live now. Check it out if death metal is your thing.
3. Killchain: Their music is primal and raw death metal. It reminds me of Obituary, if I have to think of a reference point. They are a good live band, and are currently working on their EP, which I’m quite excited to listen to. They can definitely be a force to reckon with if they stick around.
4. The Calvin Cycle: Honestly, they aren’t the tightest live band, but they bring something new to the Mumbai scene with their brand of Gothic metal. Think Evanescence and Lacuna Coil. If these guys can hone their chops, they can go a long way.
— By Sahil Makhija, drummer, Reptilian Death, and vocalist and guitarist, Demonic Resurrection
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