Genre: Progressive/Thrash metal
Around mid 2007, a five piece band emerged out of Hyderabad called Skrypt. Although hard to classify the music due to the vast range of influences and tastes, Skrypt is primarily a Thrash Metal band with Death metal and Progressive influences. Ramya and Scenic, who used to jam together were looking for a drummer. They managed to get hold of Rajiv who, at that time, was jamming with Akhil. So as a 4 piece, the hunt for a bassist started. Scenic then managed to get hold of Abbas who had just moved back to India from New Zealand. At a time when metal was fading away and when there were barely one or two active metal bands, Skrypt had arrived with a new approach never seen before in Hyderabad.
Right from the start, the band maintained its level of intensity- on stage and with their music. They took Hyderabad by surprise and came out winning the first few competitions they participated in, winning Times of India’s Youthopia and Campus Rock Idols (CRI) 2007.
In November 2007, the band saw a line-up change. Akhil was forced to quit the band thanks to further studies in the U.S. Without wasting any time they managed to bring Joel, from ‘Wreckage’ into the band. Joel was vital in helping the band find its sound and direction and Skrypt came out stronger and tighter than ever. Early in 2008, the band took part in the IIT Hyderabad fest and were runners up, with Joel winning Best Guitarist and Rajiv winning the Best Drummer award. The band started getting more serious about its music and started focusing on writing new material and gigging frequently. The band has been getting a real good response in and out of Hyderabad. As of now, the band is focusing on recording and releasing an EP. While doing that, the band will continue gigging hard and spreading their music all across India.
Individually, the influences range from Classical to Death Metal. From Progressive to Grindcore, Math Metal to Thrash Metal. But as a band, biggest influences are Death, Pantera, Slayer, Lamb Of God, Opeth, Gojira, Carcass, Nevermore, Sepultura, Meshuggah, Textures, Hacride, Old Metallica and other bands with similar styles.
Scenic Gopi – Vocals
Joel – Guitars
Ravi – Guitars
Rajeev – Guitars
Abbas – Bass
For more: http://www.myspace.com/skryptband