SABOTAGE   THRASH METAL FROM INDIA Band Questions answer by CYRIL    
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? Sabotage is Cyril thomas (rhythm guitarist), Anand mulgund (vocalist),Yash pujari (lead guitarist),Malhar bhanushali (drummer) &Rahul bhatt (bass).   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? Sabotage means having the intent to destroy, just something that we relate through the music we write. We had a few other names we had on our minds, but instead went with Sabotage which immediately struck a chord with us.   Where and how was the band founded? The band was formed by Cyril later joined by Yash who handles lead guitars, then we actually put up a post in facebook post in a group for a vocalist and ironically, rahul showed interest in joining us. The post did serve us greta purpose because rahul got malhar along with him. Anand was the last member to audition for the band and we are glad we completed the line up!   Have you played in other bands before? Rahul and malhar have been a part of other bands. Anand had also formed a band during his college days but, that didnt materilize.   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? It wasnt an impossible task we did take our time out to find members that would fit in well and add value.. We werent looking for a guitar god or who can scream like tom araya, we were looking for dudes who could bond, understand the significance of what we do and why we do. So we were specifically looking at these aspects more.   What does the band name mean? The intent of destroying - just like our music   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? Our first song Rewind religion is about religion how it divides us all instead of uniting us. Second song Freedom incomplete is about governments and their manipulation due to which the common man suffers and dies. Third song Against your will ready to kill is about how the youth is manupulated to use artileries and bombs while all they should have books and comics in their hands.Talking about the Ep lyric work this is managed by Anand and Cyril.   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? Bands like Metallica, Slayer, Kreator, Megadeth, Exodus etc has inspired us. I would describe it as 5 angry people raging it out and speaking truth about things that should matter the most!   Why should people listen to our music? Its a platform to express what you feel and by our music if people are able to relate to that feeling, then they should check us out. Also, if they are thrash metal listeners, they must definitely check us out..   Rewind religion was your first single how long did the work on the song last? Rewind religion took around 2 months arrangement wise. We all were new to the game. We took sometime to make sure we put something meaningful and impactful material out. A debut single to remember!   How satisfied are you with the song today? Totally satisfied. It brings out pure hatred for religion and of course our first song, it will always hold a special place in our hearts.   Freedom incomplete is another one of you which band influenced you the most on this song? No particular band as such. We always focused on our direction in terms of the sound and how it sets us apart from other bands.   Against your will, ready to kill is your last singe release where did you record the song and how long did it take? Against your will ready to kill took around one month, as cyril had already given the song a structure and the other boys grasped onto it pretty quick. We recorded it at Defgiant productions our engineer was Reinhardt Dias a very humble and patient guy also a chilled out guy to work with.   The singles have a very good cover artwork. who designed the cover? The basic idea is by Cyril. Amazingly executed by Varun panchal who is also the frontman of Carnage inc. The last single Against your will ready to kill is entirely conceptualized by Varun.   You are currently working on an EP, in which direction are the songs going and when can we hear the songs for the first time? And how many songs will the ep include? Yes we are currently working on an EP which will be out by this august. We do not have a calculated road map for our deput ep but it will definitely punch you in the face with riffs meaner than before accompanied by pounding drums ,sick solos, heavy basslines and no holds barred vocals coming your way. The EP would be available on all platforms right from Youtube, bandcamp, Soundcloud, Apple music etc. It will include 5 songs.   What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? The memory of our first concert is pretty much straight up indian metal. Most of us were teenagers catching some fine metal acts in india like bhayanak maut, devoid at festivals and colleges!   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? We have played alongside bands like Sceptre, Atmosfear, Godless, Bloodkill, Infestation etc. We will soon be playing along side Carnage inc.   Have already resulted in friendship ? Over a year or so, we have nurtured the brotherhood and have looked after each other!   Which band would you like to play live with and why? Metallica. Opening for metallica would be a dream come true for us.   With what do you earn your money except with the music? Some of us have jobs that pay our bills and looks after expenses. While some of us are still studying. None of us are full time musicians.   How important are social media for you as a band? On a scale of 10 i would rate it 8 because every band must have their social presence. It is very easy for the people who want to listen to our music and also want to connect with us personally or to contact us to play a gig at different festivals, venues etc   What do you think about the India Metal scene in general? Indian metal scene is making a mark in this world as bands from India are playing some really huge festivals across the globe. However, to grow further as a genre - the listeners must support the bands and build a cohesive environment that can sustain.   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area 1) Kryptos 2) Carnage inc 3) Primitiv 4) Godless 5) Gutslit 6) Sceptre 7) Warmarshall 8) Chaos 9) Bloodkill 10) Hostilian   PERSONAL QUESTIONS !   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? We all grew up in Mumbai, India   How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? A mix of both good student and the break clown.   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? Did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? Hahhhahah this would be interesting to answer. Cyrils parents were almost convinced that he worshipped satan. Later they realised that there is nothing of that sort. For most of the guys in the band, parents have been supportive. What we feel is that we have just took our first dip in the ocean and yet to explore it further.   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city?Or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? There are pros and cons to both. We love a mix of both.   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? Yes we do play sports like football, table tennis etc. When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you Yes some of us can cook.   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? Well not all of our friends are supportive but yes there are some friends who supports us in every possible way. Same goes with family members.   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? A mixture of both.   What would you personally like to do in your life? I think we would want to be better human beings first and the rest can follow.   Mumbai Yes   Austria Yes   Haji Ali Dargah No   Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens No   Taj Mahal Yes   Arrak Yes   Chili Yes   Kangchendzönga yes   Movie or Series Series   CD or Vinyl Cds   Your top 10 all time album faves 1) And justice for all 2) Master of puppets 3) Reign in blood 4) Hoardes of chaos 5) The sound of perseverance 6) Rust in peace 7) Christ illusion 8) Cowboys from hell 9) The great southern trendkill 10) Agent orange   your top 5 albums 1) Kryptos- The coils of apollyon 2) Primitiv – immortal and vile 3) Chaos – violent redemption 4) Godless- Swarm EP 5) Carnage inc- Fury incarnate EP   The closing word is yours? Thank you for having us it was fun talking to you. Until next time keep thrashing.
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