Genre: Thrash metal
Sledge is a five-piece metal outfit that has emerged from the ever so rapidly growing Hyderabad rock scene. It must be said that the band has had a major role in putting Hyderabad on the national rock scene, and this, as the story usually goes, has been done against the odds though the initial stages were plagued with line-up changes and non-acceptance of heavy metal in the city. The band has been around since 1998, but things started getting serious only in the year 2000.
Sledge is also the first band from Andhra Pradesh to be featured on gigpad.com. They are also the only band from Hyderabad to play at the annual Domination – The Deathfest held in Mumbai, and won the runners-up title at both IIT Delhi and NSIT Delhi.
After gaining national recognition, Sledge was invited to headline multiple rock fests. On its way to winning the national title for ‘Best Band’ at the final leg of Castrol Garage Rock in Mumbai, the band also won Best Vocalist, Best Guitarist, Best Drummer and Best Bassist. The regional final of this competition was held in Bangalore and was swept away by Sledge too. After this victory the band was offered a record deal with Times Music.
Though many people were sceptical about a commercial label releasing a Heavy Metal album, things did go on smoothly and a full length album by the name of “Desert Of Souls” was released. The album is an all-out precision assault, done so with all of the flair and expertise one would expect from such an impressive assembly.
Absolutely no compromise has been made, and the album is a true reflection of what the band believes is their unique style of music. Sledge was supported by TDK Media Active (Germany) to make an animation video, as they were impressed with the music and the efforts made by the band to reach international circuit. The video is on air across India.
Sledge’s live shows and stage acts are filled with an uncontrollable intensity and aggression, where adrenaline infects the crowd like a plague. On this basis alone, the band is considered by many as one of the tightest metal acts in the country. Sledge is now heading towards the International Metal Circuit and is determined to release the next album across the Globe and also perform at various places and cater to wider audience.