Bhayanak Maut
death metal/hardcore/metalcore - Mumbai, India

Vinit and Vinay, respectively Bhayanak Maut bassist and screamer, reply to our questions.

First of all, could you introduce your band and its members to our readers? And... how we poor French should pronounce "Bhayanak Maut"?
Vinit: I'm Vinit and I play the bass. The other guys are Vinay and Sunny on vocals, Aditya and Venky on guitars and Jai on drums. Jai is currently filling in for Rahul Hariharan. I think "Bhayanak Maut" loosely translates to "L'Awesome Mort". Kidding. Say it however you like. Just buy the album.
Vinay: Vinit has done an awesome job on introducing the band members. Thank you Vinit. I shall think about buying you a beer. In the meantime, make do with my compliment. Now I would like to introduce the band's members to you. They are : Cock, Lund (the same word, in hindi), Penis, Choo-choo, Wee-wee and Pee-pee. They send you their best.

"Bhayanak Maut" means "Terrible Death" in hindi. What does it exactly mean for you? I read it is inspired by a Ramsay Brothers' movie, but since I didn't see any, I don't get the point.
Vinit: A B-Grade Horror Movie! Which is basically what my life has been like.
Vinay: Shouldn't you ask this question after you see a Ramsay Brothers' movie? Now, now, don't be lazy. Go ahead and watch Bhayanak Maut by the Ramsay Brothers. I wish I could find the poster for the movie; you'd love it. If you can't watch the movie, no sweat, watch Gunda instead. Try and enjoy the film without subtitles. We did.

Let's go back to music. How would you describe your sound?
Vinit: Just to make this interesting, I'm going to let you spot the odd one out. Here are some terms I would use to describe our sound. Loud. In-your-face. Furry. Energetic.
Vinay: Yummy, like chunky peanut butter.

What bands and artists influenced you and made you want to tear down the walls with your shock wave sounds?
Vinit: Oh shockwave! Should have used that to describe our sound. Damn. Well, for me it was a lot of Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Unearth and Mastodon. But I listen to a lot of music, besides metal too.
Vinay: Mithun Chakraborty is God. Mimoh Chakraborty is a mistake.

It's not that usual in metal to use dual singers. What about this choice?
Vinit: Started out as an experiment. Ended up as awesome.
Vinay: We couldn't find three singers. So we used two. The dual vocal attack is, by the way, called "the guttural twins".

What could you tell us about your album released on August of the past year?
Vinit: That album is us. It's what we've been working towards for a really long time and i'm really happy with everything about that album. Right from the music, to the art that comes along with it. They say if you buy ten copies, a genie emerges and grants you twenty wishes. That's right. Not three. Twenty.
Vinay: It released itself quite smoothly. No release forms were signed.

The album has received a 4 star rating in the last September Rolling Stone Magazine, right? How did you feel about such recognition?
Vinit: Yep! That was fantastic. But I feel a lot better when random persons come up to me and tell me they liked the album. That gets 5 stars from me.
Vinay: I felt exactly like the happiness you feel when your band's album gets a 4 star rating in Rolling Stone Magazine.

And what could you tell about Hell is all People and Malignant, your previous recordings?
Vinit: I wasn't involved in the making of Hell is all People but I really like it. Malignant was just coming to terms with the recording process and figuring out what we needed to do and how we needed to go about making a really, really great metal album.
Vinay: Don't remember those albums. Scary memories.

I discovered Bhayanak Maut with Malignant, back in 2006. Your sound was quite aggressive and violent, and I was like "Woah, Indian people can freakin' make it! Why don't they come in Europe?". Since there's a lot of big metal fests all over the continent, do you have any plan to play gigs out there?
Vinay: Read this sentence very very carefully: 1 Euro = Rs. 65. You live on an expensive continent my friend. We live in a poor country. We're currently happy playing to poor metal heads. You rich Europeans should come to India to listen to us. Will fit in your "I'm taking a year-long sabbatical to backpack across the world" budgets. Really.

How is your audience in India when you play gigs? Is there only regular fans or is the community increasing?
Vinit: The audience is fantastic. We've played for crowds ranging in size from three to five thousand people so it's been pretty awesome. A lot of our energy on stage comes from the crowd, and so far, they've been really kind.
Vinay: They're well-groomed and well-dressed. They're fashion conscious and have clean teeth and are also lice-free. This makes concerts a thoroughly enjoyable experience for us.

Misanthropy and violence are relatively persistant topics in your lyrics. Is it something personal and concerning Indian culture, or just coming from metal common anger themes?
Vinit: I'll let Vinay take that one.
Vinay: I write the lyrics. They're about girls, flowers, underwear and body fluids. If you read anything else in those lyrics, then I suggest you see a shrink.

The metal "boom" is getting bigger these years in India, a lot of bands uprising from the subcontinent. What's your opinion about this fad?
Vinit: Is it? I'd really like to see it getting a lot bigger. To the point where people can do this for a living. I really hope that it's not just a "fad".
Vinay: The "boom" is getting bigger cause the sound engineers at concerts in India have discovered the volume knob on their sound consoles. If that's a fad then i hope it will last at least a couple of years.

What bands would you recommend to someone unfamiliar with Indian metal stuff?
Vinit: Scribe is a band I would recommend, not just to listen to the best metal India has to offer, but to listen to some generally great music.

To finish, India is mainly known in Europe for Bollywood movies, dances and spices. What are your opinions about these stereotypes? What would you like to make known about India?
Vinit: The situation will change once other aspects of India will begin to gain more exposure. That will take time. In the meanwhile, we'll keep doing what we're doing.
Vinay: India smells wonderful. We have clean toilets and government authorizes cannabis sellers. We're polite to Westerners and would love to make bastard children with women. Come to India. Come to watch Bhayanak Maut.

What are your final words for people going to buy your CD?
Vinit: I love you.
Vinay: Suckers!

January 2010

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