Metal At the Tavern

  • Date:2013-09-08
  • Time:04:30PM
  • Location: Hotel United 21
  • Venue: Mumbai
  •  Tickets: Rs.400

Metal at the tavern

[tab name=”About”]Mumbai! Gear yourselves up for one of the biggest gigs of the year, with a line-up that’s sure to send you home with nothing short of a Slayer-neck!

Line-up for ‘Metal At The Tavern’!

Demonic Resurrection: India’s premier metal act- Demonic Resurrection will headline Metal At the Tavern on 8th September, 2013. The band hasn’t played in Mumbai, and especially Thane in a while; and this promises to be a treat for all metalheads.

Solar Deity: They said they’ll never perform in Mumbai for the duration of the remaining year. But luckily, Thane falls just outside Mumbai city limits. Solar Deity will launch their brand new album at Metal at the Tavern, and Satan’s hooded army will mesmerize you with their brand of raw Black Metal!

Djinn And Miskatonic: From the deepest, darkest trenches of Bangalore comes a monstrous, plodding entity called Djinn & Miskatonic. Their music is immensely heavy and earth shattering in intensity! Perhaps the most unique sounding band in the whole lineup, they also launch their debut album at the show.

Halahkuh: This monstrous Pune act will demolish lives and livelihoods with their brand of groove-thrash. They will also be selling their debut EP- Descecration, in their maiden Thane show.

Hellwind: They’ve taken the tribute gig circuit by storm in the past few months, but they have a volley of aggressive, heavy metal originals lined up for you as well. Say hello to the torchbearers of hard rock/heavy metal in Mumbai.

Atmosfear: These death metal powerhouses have destroyed United 21 twice in the past. The third time will be equally pummeling indeed!

Albatross: Mumbai-based traditional heavy metal quintet Albatross is a band that combines bone-chilling stories with bone-crushing metal.


Final running order of bands:

Hellwind- 4:30PM to 5:00PM
Solar Deity- 5:10PM to 5:45PM
Albatross- 5:55PM to 6:30PM
Halahkuh- 6:40PM to 7:15PM
Atmosfear- 7:25PM to 8:00PM
Demonic Resurrection- 8:10PM to 9:00PM
Djinn & Miskatonic- 9:10PM to 9:50PM

[/tab] [tab name=”Interviews”] [expand title=”ATMOSFEAR”] AtmosfearHB: Tell us about being a part of Metal at the tavern

Atmosfear: It will be a great party!! we will be sharing stage with some good old friends and are excited to be playing for the first time with bands like Djinn & Miskatonic and Halahkuh. We are planning something really special as well, wait and watch 🙂

HB: Thoughts on Mumbai scene and where do you see it headed.

Atmosfear: Mumbai metal scene has definitely been growing since the past couple of years, with the opening up of Escape as a venue and the Bombay Asylum events happening. Also individuals like Nitin and Riju who have stepped up and revived events like Deathfest and created Metal at the tavern, immense respect for these guys as its not easy at all to create events for metal specifically in the country.

We also feel that we need to have the old festivals back, resurrection, tribute to the beast, metal injector, Meatfest, Black Metal Kreig etc should be revived for sure. There are many new bands who have sprung up who are actually creating good music and also building a good fan base. we just need more gigs and more venues to do metal based events.
HB: Shed some light on venues for metal in Mumbai, their pros and cons

Atmosfear: Well blueFROG is the hands down the best venue that we think that exists in the country, big stage, mad sound and lights. Sadly it can have only one metal show every month.
United 21 is good for the underground shows but we think it can have better sound, another point would come up is that its in Thane!
Escape is a good venue as well for small shows, located in the heart of Andheri easily accessible. Bombay asylum has been consistent in terms of technicality for all the shows as well.

The one thing with all the above venues is the fact that they are very swanky! the underground in Mumbai was born in the dark-smelly Razz and continued on at B69 later, that is some that we miss.


[expand title=”HALAKUH”] halakuhHB: Tell us about being a part of Metal at the tavern

Halakuh: We are extremely elated to play alongside the biggies like Demonic resurrection and Albatross. It was very kind of the organizers to keep us in mind even after one year of the show being canned.

HB: Thoughts on Mumbai scene and where do you see it headed.

Halakuh: We are from Pune so its pretty obvious that we are very well connected with the Mumbai scene. From the regular updates that we get about gigs,we can say this city has the best scene of our country. In less than a year Mumbai will be seeing two mammoth gigs,DOMINATION THE DEATH FEST (happened earlier this year) and METAL AT THE TAVERN (8th September 2013). This city will not let METAL die.

HB: Shed some light on venues for metal in Mumbai, their pros and cons

Halakuh: Well,honestly we don’t know much about the Mumbai venues but the ones we have seen are pretty good. With B69 presently being inactive ,Blue frog is turning out to be very helpful with its Metal Nights almost every month. Apart from Blue Frog , United 21 is also being supportive in helping the musicians do what they love to do.

HB: Is this your first time time in Bombay? What can we expect from your set?

Halakuh: Our first experience in Mumbai back in March 2013 was crazy. We got to headline Terna’s fest (Navi Mumbai). Due to our excessive promotion, we had expected a good crowd and to be honest Mumbai didn’t let us down. We met some guys with insane energy and saw mad stage dives something that we aren’t used to witnessing very often. The gig helped us earn some really genuine and loyal fans. We want to reach out to more people. Metal at the tavern is a great initiative taken by Riju dasgupta and Nitin Rajan and we are highly obliged to be a part of it. This is one gig that we really look forward to since its first edition got canned due to unavoidable circumstances. As usual we hope to give everyone a dose of thrash attack and all in all have a good ass fuckin time..…also we’ll be playing a NEW TRACK….so everyone attending M.A.T.T are definitely in for a treat!


[expand title=”DEMONIC RESURRECTION”] Demonic ResurrectionHB: Tell us about being a part of Metal at the tavern

Daniel K Rego: I think Riju and the team have a great thing in the making with Metal At The Tavern, and it’s nice to see the Resurrection fest concept continued. The DIY aesthetic behind it is cool (even if it’s unfortunate that musicians have to get involved at this level), and it’s great to be part of a fest that brings in bands from so many niches of the scene. I’m also excited to watch some bands that I’ve heard a lot about, but never watched, like Djinn & Miskatonic and Halahkuh, And I always enjoy watching an Albatross set, with a side of Riju Dasgupta humour.

HB: Thoughts on Mumbai scene and where do you see it headed.

Daniel K Rego: One thing I like about the Mumbai scene is the absence of elitism among the musicians. There’s a lot of open, genuine camaraderie here, and not a lot of politics. I’m not a very social person, but that’s been my experience of it, at least. As for where it’s headed, Mumbai is lucky to have several bands that are at the forefront of Indian metal as a global phenomenon, and many younger but no less ambitious bands, too. As long as the passion (and the basic financial resources) remain, the scene is only going to expand and deliver the goods better each year. Again, I like the fact that the Mumbai scene has a natural openness to different styles of metal music, and I think it prevents stagnation – as long as the musicians involved are serious about their craft and have ambitions beyond ruling college circuits.

HB: Shed some light on venues for metal in Mumbai, their pros and cons

Daniel K Rego: Demonic Resurrection has played at United 21 before, at one of its first metal gigs, and it was cool to see so many new faces in the crowd from that side of town. It’s obviously a great thing for listeners from the area too, not to have to travel to the other end of the city to catch some good metal bands, but maybe I’m the only one who hates travelling to gigs. There’s also a mini-scene of sorts coming up in Andheri, with several new venues like Club Escape and Zouk, that recently hosted a couple of killer gigs. It’s good to see these new places coming up, and I hope they can keep up what they’re doing, because Mumbai is starved for metal show venues otherwise.


[expand title=”DJINN AND MISKATONIC”] Djinn Band picHB: Tell us about being a part of Metal at the tavern

JP: This is going to be our first concert in Mumbai and we’re pretty excited about it, as you may imagine. I’m wearing incontinence diapers and the rest of the band are on maternity leave from their jobs, because they have jobs.

Sriram: Hello, how do you doom? Quite chuffed to be a part of this, even though Riju turned down our request to have the show on a Ganesh Chaturti float. We’re sure Bombay is tired of the latest hit songs being played through the bastard child of a vuvuzela and a nadaswaram every fucking year. It will be interesting to see how our sort of music is received in Bombay. We hope there’s a moshpit because seriously, it’s not a metal show in Bombay if someone’s not fleeing in terror from Afaque.

Gautham: Very excited to play it. Will be our first show outside Bangalore and equal parts excitement and nervousness are consuming me.


HB: Thoughts on Mumbai scene and where do you see it headed.

JP: Over the years, Bombay, Bangalore and Calcutta have had the most consistent metal scenes in India. Is that why each of these cities has since reverted to an earlier name? If so, it’s clear that the scene is headed backwards into history. This can only be a good thing?

Sriram: There are quite a few good extreme metal bands from Bombay and that has always been the case. My current favourites are Albatross and Dormant Inferno. Solar Deity are pretty terrific as well. As to where it’s headed, well, I guess in an ideal world, Sahil rediscovers corpsepaint, Nitin Rajan reforms Fate, Devoid realise that Kreator and Exodus will always be better than Lame of God and Animals As Leaders. That should shake things up some. But overall, I guess I’m just honestly glad that Zygnema isn’t playing this gig.
HB: Shed some light on venues for metal in Mumbai, their pros and cons

JP: I’d need a really powerful torch to do that. Besides, batteries kill the environment.

Sriram: Yeah, and Riju will have to hire a separate generator for that also. As of now, there are no metal venues in Bombay. There’s one in Thane. Pity that B69 shut down, really. They were doing a lot of good work. Venues like Blue Frog sometimes throw a perfunctory “Metal Night” and metalheads will take what they can get because how else are other metalheads in the city supposed to know about that cool new Meshuggah tee they bought and aren’t still repenting for, hmm?
HB: How does it feel to have a release at last? What are your expectations from it, how do you think the reception will be?

JP: It feels great. I was talking with Gautham (our singer) about this the other day, how this is the realisation of a dream we’ve all had since we were teenage metalheads. Every detail of this release has been subjected to intense, obsessive scrutiny and we hope it shows in the end product. Personally, I’d be happy if a few hardcore doomsters and a smattering of canny non-metalheads ‘get it’. I have no plans for world domination and my middle name is not ‘The’.

Sriram: It’s quite gratifying! It’s been an unbelievable experience from when we started tracking drums back in late April right up to now, when we’re finalising the artwork and layouts for the CDs and going to print. The final mixes sound humongous! It’s quite terrific to have your name on a record that you truly believe in and I think we’ve managed that with this album. It’s 4 songs of ponderous metal, tuned low and played slow. We expect to play a few shows to promote the album and convert a few more apostles to the cause of doom. As for the reception, honestly, I have no idea what to expect. It’s a very niche sub-genre in an already niche form of music, and one that, at the moment, still finds relatively fewer takers so let’s see!

Gautham: Yeah, what JP and Sri said. This is pretty much the culmination of a teenage dream. As for response, I’m not sure what it’ll be like but as long as the hardcore doomsters get it, I’ll be happy.


[expand title=”HELLWIND”] hellwind bandHB: Tell us about being a part of Metal at the tavern

Hellwind: Hellwind has been around for a year now. We’ve had several successful shows at Hard Rock Cafe’s in Mumbai and Pune. Including 1 metallica tribute gig wherein we packed the house. But the purpose was not really to do things like that other than a one off. This is what we’ve wanted to do. play METAL gigs. for us, its a privilege to be a part of the gig, and the opening act. We’re setting a stage up for more damage, because we will cause enough of it ourselves. In short, we’re pretty much popping our cherry on the real heavy metal circuit, and we’re bringing all we’ve got (despite Pushkar being busy for religious reasons :P) . It got even more exciting after Metal at the Tavern was rated among the top 5 music fests to be at by HT Cafe. We’re not entirely mainstream press whores, but hey, who says no to good publicity like that. A little over a year later, We’re going to be at the Tavern, setting the stage for and heralding what promises to be quite the crazy, metal, heavy, mental, damaging and destructive (peaceful metal) evening in Thane (west).

HB: Thoughts on Mumbai scene and where do you see it headed.

Hellwind: I don’t see much of a huge scene in Mumbai as it is pimped by various blogs and sites. The true scene is at places like the Tavern and such ‘underground’ gigs and venues. Because its all about the music. Everybody supports the other person there. Its not viewed as a competition. Its just about Heavy metal, and straight up love for the music. Where its headed is ambiguous, and all dependent on who you ask. Every person’s answer will offend a certain set of people, and with the egos that are currently on top and flying around, that’s not really a good plan. But what can be said, is that this Metal scene, is solid, supportive, and with a little more reconciliation between old schoolers and new schoolers, and coming to a point of co-existence as opposed to hating each others sub-genres, it can really go places and bring back the good ol days.

HB: Shed some light on venues for metal in Mumbai, their pros and cons

Hellwind: Venues, for Metal in Mumbai – Anywhere, Everywhere – bring the bands, bring the space, the fans, and metal lovers will pour out of the woodwork. We need stadium gigs back in. Otherwise….. Tavern, Mehboob Studios (kickass large rooms), the new andheri west place. And of course, we must invade and truly defile Hard Rock Café.


[expand title=”ALBATROSS”] AlbatrossHB: Tell us about being a part of Metal at the tavern

Biprorshee Das: Metal at the Tavern is home turf. A lot like chilling together with friends. This was a long time coming. We had planned the gig and almost pulled it off in November last year before the political situation in the state turned unfavourable. That was a mighty disappointment and I am glad Riju and Nitin after a hugely successful Deathfest in March and the Wacken Metal Battle in June were still kicked enough to organise yet another heavy metal party.

We are looking forward to it. The line-up is very very good. DR, Djinn and Miskatonic, Solar Deity, Halahkuh, Hellwind, Atmosfear and us; I am excited, as are the boys in the band.

HB: Thoughts on Mumbai scene and where do you see it headed.

Biprorshee Das: For starters, it would help if people erase this extremely overused and dumb word called the ‘scene’ and then stop this whole thing about ‘Mumbai’, ‘Bangalore’, ‘Delhi’, ‘Kolkata’ and heaven knows what ‘scenes’. God be praised, you don’t hear much about that whole ‘Old School v/s New School’ anymore.

I know, I might come across a tad grandfatherly here but I’ve hated this whole segregation from the very beginning. You play what you love playing. You have people who love listening to what you play. What else do you need?

There are bands. There are fantastic bands. And the ‘scene’ (for the lack of a better word) has never looked better. The variety that you see is so incredible. Not just another Metallica rip off or a “I-love-Kurt-Cobain-and-will-play-you-Smells-Like-Teen-Spirit-tonight bands anymore. And the most heartening part of it all is how these bands today are loved by their audience. There are CDs being put out and not just for the heck of it. The production is top notch. The live performances are fantastic. Globally, our music is receiving a lot of appreciation. It’s mad!

And mind you, I talk of the ‘Indian Scene’!

HB: Shed some light on venues for metal in Mumbai, their pros and cons

Biprorshee Das: Where are they? A few kind men are focusing their energies to turn a 5-star hotel’s discotheque into a decent venue in Thane. Another is trying to turn a club into a regular metal joint in Andheri. Thankfully, they are being supported well and gigs are not merely dependent on one Juhu hotel or the ‘Battle of the Bands’ in college festivals.

Of course, there is Blue Frog.

So, there we are. I can count just three. You know more? It was too bad when B69 shut down already.

Get us more venues. Get us a more receptive audience that wouldn’t crib ‘Fuck! Who goes to Thane ya?’, ‘500 bucks for entry? Are you serious? Dost, free entry de na.’ And then we’ll discuss ‘pros and cons’.

HB: You’ve gathered quite a fan following in the last year or so, played at BoA and stuff, your thoughts?

Biprorshee Das: We continue doing what we love and wanted to do always. And we are grateful after the initial brickbats, some kind folks stuck around to hear us play a few more songs.

Personally, I hate the word ‘fans’. We aren’t here to be celebrities. I am glad Albatross has a few more listeners than when we played our first gig and I thought, I’ll quit for good. I thank them all and hope the support continues.

The band is working on the next release. We have a few songs ready and should be hitting the studios soon. There’s the Australia tour, we all are really excited about. And of course, the Tavern awaits!


[expand title=”SOLAR DEITY”] solar deityHB: Tell us about being a part of Metal At The Tavern

Animesh Das: Excited. Eager. Enthused. Determined. Focused. Add a little anxiety and nervousness. The good kind. Being a part of Metal At The Tavern has made Solar Deity feel all this and more. And with ‘Devil Worship’, our third EP being released a week earlier (1 September, 2013), Solar Deity couldn’t have asked for a better gig to play. It’s true. Sometimes, the world just helps you out.
HB: Thoughts on Mumbai scene and where do you see it headed.

Animesh Das: It’s continuously evolving and maturing, albeit, taking its own sweet time to do so. There’s a welcome sense of professionalism that can now be seen amongst most technicians, organizers, promoters, and of course, bands. The Bombay metal scene continues to be the niche underground, but it’s scenesters remain the most passionate and loyal. It can only become bigger and better.

HB: Shed some light on venues for metal in Mumbai, their pros and cons.
Animesh Das: Metal will always be the gifted orphan of the music scene. Despite its fan following, and its reluctant acceptance in to the mainstream family, it will never have the love that is showered on anything that’s not metal, save for punk. Current venues understand this, and they throw metal a bone occasionally. Which is the pro, and the con. We definitely need more Rijus, Nikhils, Sahils, and our own Rishu, Himanshu, Farhad and Vijay. Metal terrace gigs, anyone?
HB: Are you gonna unveil some new material from your upcoming release? How’s that going? When can we expect that?
Animesh Das: ‘Devil Worship’ will be released online at http://mehtakyakehta.com on 1 September, 2013. That gives everyone a week to listen and imbibe the songs before stepping foot inside the Tavern. Our ‘ritual’ at the Tavern comprises a mix of both the old and the new. And this is a cliche, but the new is indeed heavier, nastier, tastier, and darker than the old.
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