If you're a regular on the music festival circuit, chances are you've heard of Bhayanak Maut.
Often replete with mosh pits swarming with head-banging fans of the genre, performances by this 10-year-old city-based death metal band are said to be experiences in themselves. Most recently, the band was part of the line-up for the Red Bull Bus Tour that took place on October 18 at Richardson and Cruddas, Byculla.
We get the six-member outfit's frontman, Vinay Venkatesh, to tell us more about their music and inspirations.
What is your music about?
Our aim is to make people uncomfortable with our music. Our music is about destruction, violence, mayhem and chaos. By making them (the audience) uncomfortable, I don't mean to suggest that we take up certain issues in our songs and sing about them. We just want to create a general atmosphere of destruction and havoc.
And why do you want to make people uncomfortable?
Well, because no other band does… I don't see anyone experimenting with this topic. We like doing it simply because we have the power to do so.
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Which musicians, would you say, have influenced you?
I think The Beatles have been very influential. The way they approached music was great. Apart from that, we don't have too many influences. We hardly listen to other metal bands. We like to make and focus on our own music.
You've been part of the industry for over 10 years now. How have you seen heavy metal evolve?
For me, and even for the band, in general, we don't like to divide music into genres. Music is music. I listen to all kinds of music from rock to jazz and Hindustani classical music. We listen to all kinds of music and then experiment with it to create our own kind.
You have a large fan following. What do you think keeps your fan base intact?
Most of the people, who listen to our music, want to vent their emotions in some way or the other. We help them do so. It keeps us satisfied and gives them some form of gratification too.
Do you have any new projects in the pipeline?
Yes, after a gap of five years, we are releasing our new album by the end of this month. We have also compiled a book with a bunch of stories about serial killers. All the songs on the album are about these stories.
What do you guys do when you're not performing?
All of us have day jobs. One of us is a psychiatrist, two are full-time musicians and one member of our band is in advertising.
How would you describe your band in one sentence?
Six very good friends who like to make music.