Author Archives: Ishan Vartak

May 10, 2013

Interview with Devoid

By - on 10/05/2013 at 6:59 am


We had fun catching up with thrash metal band Devoid to chat about their new EP ‘The Invasion’. We also managed to spend some time talking about their new line-up, their song writing process and much more. Have a look!Interviewed by Ishan. Filmed by Diane Vaz and Siddharth Dugha.

February 23, 2013

The Jack Daniels Rock Awards 2013

By - on 23/02/2013 at 9:42 am


      The eighth edition of the annual Jack Daniels Rock awards was held on the 22nd of February at Mehboob Studio amidst little hype and no fanfare. The invite-only event hosted by Sameer Malhotra and The P-Man (Rohit Pereira) saw successful rock bands from the scene, across genres, being feted for their musical efforts over the past one year, by people who had little or nothing to do with the scene. Bombay punk rockers, Blek kick-started the evening performing songs from their debut album, Hexes + Drama & Other Reasons for Evacuation to an audience of around 100 people. Their half hour long set included some of their popular songs like ‘Minus the…

February 2, 2013

The Invasion(EP) by Devoid

By - on 02/02/2013 at 8:18 pm


Devoid, one of the heavyweights of Bombay’s ever growing thrash metal scene are out with a new concept EP for their sophomore release – The Invasion. Post the release of their first album A God’s Lie in 2010 with Demonstealer Records, the band saw a couple of line-up changes with Sanju Aguiar and Abhishek Kamdar replacing Keshav Kumar and Frank Pawar on lead guitar and bass respectively. Shubham Kumar continues to handle his drum duties, while vocalist and rhythm guitarist Arun Iyer doubles up as the bands producer and engineer for this EP making The Invasion their first DIY release in its 7 years of existence. With only 5 tracks clocking in at a little…

January 30, 2013

Made Love To The Dragon by Workshop

By - on 30/01/2013 at 9:48 pm


After almost a four-year long break, the Demonstealer is back with his funny hard rock outfit – Workshop, with their second studio release Made Love To The Dragon. Post the release of their first studio album – Khooni Murga in 2009, the Bombay band has witnessed a couple of line-up changes with Devesh Dayal and Aditya Kadam replacing Rajshri Battacharya and Riju Dasgupta, on guitars and bass respectively. Much like their previous album, the band mostly uses comical, lyrical themes to tickle your funny bone; however the guitar tracks through the album, song compositions and the production quality in general have gone up several notches. My only real concern with the album is that Sahil Makhija sounds like every man…

October 27, 2012

Bevar Sea by Bevar Sea

By - on 27/10/2012 at 9:28 pm


Firstly, to all the old school metal Nazis out there – I am no patron of old school metal. I happened to stumble upon the band Bevar Sea when I was in Bangalore this summer. The name, which means bastard in Kannada, immediately caught my attention. So I went to their Facebook page and was blown away by a lot of their art work, branding and promotion strategies, and of course their music.  This five piece Stoner/Doom metal outfit from Bangalore comprises of Ganesh Krishnaswamy on vocals, Srikanth Panaman on lead guitars, Avinash Ramchandar on bass, Deepak Raghu on drums and Rahul Chacko– who plays the guitar and does all the cool artwork for the band. The band has been around for two years now and…

September 2, 2012

Thermal and a Quarter at Hard Rock Cafe, Pune

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August 14, 2012

Interview with Sarvesh Srivastava of Sickflip

By - on 14/08/2012 at 8:00 am


Sarvesh Srivastava is a 20 year old music producer and DJ from Mumbai, most famous for his work with Mental Martians. At the moment, Sarvesh is focusing on his collaborative solo project called Sickflip. Apart from playing shows across the country, he’s also currently working on his album which will be released by the Dutch record label, Rub-a-duck records. WTS: How did you get started in electronic music? Sarvesh: I took a DJing and Music production course from this DJ friend of mine, after which I started making music electronically. I was making minimal and really experimental minimal sounds and when I listened to bass heavy music and when I heard it the first few times,…


The third edition of The Rolling Stones Metal Awards took place at The Blue Frog, a venue that has supported this initiative of celebrating the Indian metal scene by giving bands due credit for the efforts they’ve put in over the year. The event had a total turnout of around 600 people and one could safely say that they all had an amazing night. Rohit Pereira, popularly known as the P-man, was the emcee for the night who tickled everyone’s funny bones with his comical antics and witty one-liners. The first band to take to the stage was Pangea – the progressive metal band from Bombay consisting of Akshay Rajpurohit, Shadaab Kadri and Kuber Sharma on guitars (all seven…


May 26th, 2012 as many diehard metal heads had predicted was brutally EPIC. You would have had to be extremely daft to expect anything less from a lineup that read – Escher’s Knot, Bhayanak Maut, Skyharbor and finally Lamb of God. Thanks to the new government rule which prohibits Palace Grounds from hosting any further gigs, the concert took place at Clarks Exotica, which looked like a rather serene resort till the Metal gods took to the stage and tore the place apart. The venue was by no means a letdown but comparing it to the Mecca of heavy metal in India, Palace Grounds, would be extremely unfair (to both Palace Grounds and Clarks Exotica)….