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Rockin' India: Bhayank Maut
The Buzz: The name of the band throws up a number of interesting reactions from people. They started out with an objective of making original music and have been fairly successful gaining some very loyal fans in the city. Bhayanak Maut, a.k.a. BM, plays a mix of hardcore death metal and nu-metal.

The Highlights:
• NLS Strawberry Fields 2004 where they were adjudged as the best band
• They won the IIM Bangalore fest as joint winners
• In Mumbai, their performance at Independence Rock; and the time when they were part of the ‘Metal ~ A Headbanger’s Journey’ show, which will be also featured in the DVD of the same name
• Playing at the ‘Great Indian Rock’ (GIR) 2007 was an experience to remember, considering this was their first show with the newest member of the band.
• The band has two EPs ‘Hell Is All People’ and ‘Malignant’ to their credit

The Record Q & A
With Venky, guitarist of Bhayanak Maut

The Record: How did the band come together?
Venky: It was formed by our ex-bassist and ex-vocalist. I was a part of it soon after. Rahul came in next. Then our vocalist parted ways, which got Vinay into the band. After our bassist left, Vinit came in. And finally when no one wanted to leave, we got Aditya as our second guitarist. We just got together to form a troll band, the objective being to have some some fun playing spoof songs; for example Fruits Bloody Fruits [a spoof of Roots, Bloody Roots] by Sepultura. But then we realised we actually had some talent. So we jammed seriously, with a straight face. We also recorded some of our very first originals at our bassist's pad. It was a rewarding experience and we ate a lot too.

TR: What is the story behind the name of your band?
Venky: For the record, it’s not an Indian version of Megadeth. Secondly, it’s inspired by [a] Ramsay Brothers’ B-grade flick. We liked it, stuck with it.

TR: Tell us about each member of the band, their musical background and personality.
Venky: The band consists of:

Vinay: Vocals. He is soft-spoken. He likes Grateful Dead and [the] Beatles amongst many other bands.

Me: Guitars. Retarded (laughs) and listens to Lamb of God, Asian Dub Foundation and more.

Aditya: Guitars. He is a funny doctor. He likes Faith No More and Meshuggah.

Vinit: Bass. He is in college. He loves RHCP and Incubus etc and his cat can sing too.

Rahul: Drummer. Rahul is a dog lover. He loves Metallica and Iron Maiden and that’s not even scratching the surface of what all he listens to for inspiration.

You can read the rest of our feature Rockin' India:Bhayanak Maut in the April 2007 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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