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The Beggar Mentality

Stomping the Indian Metal Scene further deep in excrement are the ones who cannot make a living off it. While the children bicker about death metal/black metal/other sub-genres and irrelevant subjects like hair, clothing and other trends, I’ll talk about people making the music we worship sound like an unpaid whore.

I realized long back that rock/metal bands might not end up making a lot of money. Guns N’ Roses and Metallica did. And while making shitloads of money, Metallica opened the floodgates for other worthy bands like Megadeth and Slayer.

Most of us work during the day so we don’t need to be unhappy after playing the kind of music we love. Nobody asked anybody to quit studies or working, nobody told anybody that living the rock ‘n roll dream would eventually pay off in cash. Nobody told Lemmy, either. He stuck to it because he believed in it, and it paid off for him much later because he’s fucking Lemmy. I’m sure he didn’t think of it as an investment.

If you’re the one who thought so and aren’t making the kind of dough you’d like to, maybe it’s time to admit it was a failed experiment. The music you make is greatly affected if you’re dependent on it for income. I don’t care how extreme your band is; if you’re making money off it and not doing much else, you will, at some point, have to make it as saleable as possible so that you (and your offspring) can enjoy the luxuries of life. Does that sound cheap? You should have thought of it a long time ago.

The ones who want to create music will do it anyhow. Without a record label, without expecting people to listen to it, without thinking about how to get cash out of every kid once the album is ready.

About CDs and album sales: Ha! I can’t think of one death/black metal album made by an Indian band that is actually worth paying even 50 bucks for. What the hell are bands charging over 200 rupees for? And if that isn’t shameful enough, bands have been using guilt tactics to get kids to pay for the music. Just because you could make a CD of your songs that are not very good, why should some kid pay 200 bucks for it? So that he need not feel awkward about saying hello to you after a show?

And what happened to self-respect? Do you think Metallica went around with CDs of Kill ‘Em All saying, “Please buy the album from me or so-and-so.”? I don’t know about you idiots, but I like my metal heroes to be just that. Metal heroes. Not calculative businessmen. Not door-to-door salesmen. Remember one thing, if your album is really good, people will buy it. You weren’t kept in the dark about heavy metal being even more ‘underground’ in this country, right? Metal empowers you; let it be your strength and not your weakness.

I am certainly not going to part with even twenty bucks to promote shitty music. I don’t give a flying fuck if you’re my friend or enemy; make a good album, sell it at a reasonable price, and I might consider buying it.

I remember clearly sitting on Prashant’s terrace and us deciding that we wouldn’t ‘sell’ our music – some of you may not like our band – but we think of our music as priceless. We decided that day to never put a price tag on it. My heart and ass swell with pride every time someone asks me where they can get CDs of Exhumation’s two albums and I tell them to download them from the Internet. I love how I never have to ask any kid to put his hand in his pocket and remove money because he wants to listen to my band’s music.

When people come up to me and say, “Hey bro, your band fucking owns” and “Dude, your guitarist is a fucking god”, that’s my reward, that’s currency, baby…that’s my money right there.

Want to know what makes me cringe? Bands that say things like “Keep supporting metal”. Are you implying that metal is weak? I don’t care if it’s some cheesy Indian band or the singer of Cannibal Corpse saying it. Heavy Metal doesn’t need support – it is the strongest thing there is. I don’t know what to call this feeling I have for metal, but what I know is there is nothing more powerful than this feeling.

The next time somebody tells you to keep supporting metal, know that what they’re really saying is “please give us your money”. Someone like that cannot be my metal hero.

Your metal heroes write whiney notes and update their Facebook status for fanboys to ‘like’. My metal heroes – I haven’t seen most of them perform live and might never get to – my metal heroes make countless metalheads bang their heads in unison like possessed zombies and then tell them to go the fuck home. That’s called keeping the spirit of metal alive.

Be proud of Indian bands that make quality music instead of being emotionally blackmailed and embarrassed into buying stuff that isn’t really all that great.

I’ll sign off with a request – and I’m not speaking as Aditya from Exhumation – I’m the kid who was reborn the day he understood Metallica, the boy who stopped existing and started living the day he understood the spirit of heavy metal – please stop prostituting the music I worship.

Prayag’s Review: Rolling Stone Metal Awards 

Click here to read the extremely weak and poorly written article that made me write this post.


223 Responses to “The Beggar Mentality”


  1. May 2, 2010 at 02:57

    Hey man, I wrote the article about the Indian problem on Headbangers India. I don’t understand whether you’re supporting my article or against it or just writing something on different lines.

    I have written exactly what you’ve written. Don’t support crappy bands. Don’t buy albums of music you don’t like. I haven’t bought so many Indian band albums because my mantra is not just a ‘support Indian metal’ thing. Its ‘support GOOD Indian metal’. There are loads of craptastic bands that are releasing albums simply because they have the finances to do so but that doesn’t make it good or worth buying. But my point was that IF the music is good, IF you like it, buy the album. Things are different in Europe and the US. Metal is accepted in society. Maybe not approved but accepted. A kid who decides to form his own band and make it big is not looked down upon the way he is in India. In India, metal needs to be supported. If we need to ever even become half the countries Finland and Norway are, we need to support the scene and help build it up. A band is nothing without fans. And in the end, any form of music eventually turns into a business. You think any of your metal heroes don’t care about the money they make? If that was the case, there would be NO metal in the world. Because money drives this earth, money makes this world go around. Thats reality.

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    • May 2, 2010 at 04:07

      Metal needs to be “accepted”? Since when? I don’t think so. You love metal, metal loves you. End of story. Jab miya-biwi razi toh kya karega Skazi.

      Since when did metalheads start caring about being looked down upon? Do you know what such metalheads are called? The word starts with P.

      Name one black/death metal band in India that has made a CD actually worth buying. Be honest here.

      Metal was born not as a business, it was born because of bands making killer music and fans buying that killer music so they could listen to it at home. I don’t see any extreme band here making killer music right now, all I see is people trying to set up a business.

      About my metal heroes and money: please read again what I’ve written about Lemmy and Metallica. Nothing wrong with making money, but have some fucking integrity.

      Money drives this earth and makes the world go round? Chalo, agreed. So either don’t depend on metal for income or stop cribbing about how it doesn’t generate enough money.

      And about Finland and Norway: Indian bands need to start making music that is half as good.

      I’m so fucking tired of reading shit about ‘which CC fan said what to which emo kid’ and ‘just because I don’t have long hair blah blah’ and petty nonsense about drugs and alcohol. It’s all over Facebook right next to all the other whining, so fuck off with it.

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    • 3 dPsychc
      May 2, 2010 at 10:07

      The headbangers article was actually pretty lame

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  2. 4 pseudonymous1
    May 2, 2010 at 03:36

    Rofl man..didn’t know you were from Exhumation..and then I wake up to see you write a blog post in response to madhav’s as well..read mine to find out why I’m amused…

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    • May 2, 2010 at 04:09

      LOL I just read your post!

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      • 6 MuckerFother
        May 2, 2010 at 06:08

        Mehta, You should gift him a bottle of scotch 😛

        Talking about Exhumation: My first tryst with Exhumation was their song “Among the Dead” and also “Tandoori Chick” in an EP titled “Defaced and Split” which was released in early 2007 (Correct me if I’m wrong here, Mehta). All I have to say, this band has to be, hands down, the best brutal death metal record I have heard from any Indian band so far. Prashant is killer on his guitars and so is yash on drums. And what to say about Mr.Mehta, saala chodu gujju with his khakra and dhokla stinking vocals. 😛

        Coming back to the issue raised here, All I have to say is why are all the new emerging bands and record labels hellbent on pulling of a “Makhija” on everyone who listens to metal in India?? Why can’t they understand that to pull off a “Makhija”, you need to be a “Makhija” first (which I doubt ‘coz ther’s one and only one Makhija in this world, and that is Makhija himself :P) or at least have a decent training in how to spam FB wall with more posts than the population of Nigeria or keep using cheap gimmicks like posting the same reviews in a gazillion sites and try to succumb the average metalhead into buying the album. Or worst case, getting converted to Sindhism (if that’s a religion) 😛

        And that’s all I have got to say.

        Jai Maharashtra, Jai Hind 😛

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        • May 2, 2010 at 06:22

          Only one correction here: I don’t like khakhra.

          Thepla, khaman dhokla and chaandka vocals.

          What I really want to do is guttural undhiyu vocals.

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          • 8 pseudonymous1
            May 2, 2010 at 07:43

            Don’t bother @ the scotch…I don’t drink, just come here and play at mood indigo man..you’ll kick ass, and gimme a high 😀

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  3. 9 navin
    May 2, 2010 at 04:40

    great article…i agree with everything you said…i hope no one were offended by it…especially ‘the demonstealer’…but your words are so true….metal is my life and should always be respected.

    by the way…

    any new exhumation stuff? i need to hear some new stuff from you guys!

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  4. 12 Sam
    May 2, 2010 at 04:48

    I always interpreted Music as a form of expression of self. It liberates the soul. But I have to laud you Mr. Mehtallica, you are at your vitriolic best in this blog. I wonder, why some folks raise an apocalyptic hue and cry over heavy metal! Music is divine. It soothes down. Tastes varies from individual to individual. That’s why there exists umpteen genres of music.

    I firmly believe, Music liberates my soul. I seek solace in it – Rock, Heavy Metal, Reggae, R & B, Trance, select Pop tracks to name a select few.

    But heavy metal is all about sheer energy. Unless and until you feel it from within, you won’t like it. Trust Mr. Mehtallica, you need to feel the energy to enjoy listening to it. Otherwise, it will sound rogue and crass. Now, don’t just sit on your ass and listen to what exhumation has offered to its legion of fans. It’s many times better than shitty Indian rock bands. The fuck with them, I don’t even remember their names. They all sound monotonous. The most common grudge against such amateurish bands are that they are high on decibels and not on quality! 😉

    Besides, Music shouldn’t be compensated for money. The real music should come straight from the heart. Your music shouldn’t be financially motivated, it should rejuvenate your senses. Nothing gives high than quality music that is the envy of purists just coz they are original. One doesn’t have to ape anyone. Create your own identity. Play your own gig. You will end up feeling on top of the world.

    Music doesn’t need ambassadors or advocacy. If it spells quality, it will garner recognition without marketing blitzkrieg. Your music should sell itself and not the other way round.

    Irrespective of the genre of music, unless and until you’re passionate about them and respect the art. Yeah, you heard it right. Heavy Metal rules the roost just as other genres.

    Music is my way of attaining nirvana. I hail Heavy Metal and Music in general! \m/

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  5. May 2, 2010 at 04:50

    Name one black/death metal band in India that has made a CD actually worth buying.
    Ans. Rat King. http://www.myspace.com/raatkeeng
    Ok, its not death but its black to an extent. Avantgarde industrial black metal from Chennai. Read their reviews here and decide whether you want to buy it, the album costs just Rs100
    http://www.avantgarde-metal.com/content/reviews2.php?id=438
    http://metalreview.com/Reviews/5405/Rat-King-Larva.aspx

    Since when did metalheads start caring about being looked down upon? Do you know what such metalheads are called? The word starts with P.
    Metalheads are people. People don’t like being judged based on caste/creed/sex or even music. People are tolerant towards jazz, rock, pop etc but not towards metal. Why? Because people don’t see know what metal is about. All they see is the brutality, the gore and the satanism heralded by the pseudo-metalheads who don’t know what or why they are doing it. And dammit, society is BIG in India. Society decides whether you’re right or wrong, mature or immature, fat or thin, everything. No matter what kind of mindset you have, you can’t ignore society.

    See man, truth be said, I don’t call myself a metalhead. The word has become too clichéd and generalised and is probably everything I’m not. I love metal, I listen to metal, I play metal. But really, what do you do when all that you love is being paraded around and heckled at like dirty whores?

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    • May 2, 2010 at 05:04

      “Name one black/death metal band in India that has made a CD actually worth buying.
      Ans. Rat King.”

      Of the many albums by Indian bands you’ve bought, you could name only one? Had somebody asked me to name one, I would have thrown all the names at them. So you’re saying there’s only one Indian band that has made an album worth buying, yes? Thanks for proving me right.

      “Metalheads are people. People don’t like being judged based on caste/creed/sex or even music. People are tolerant towards jazz, rock, pop etc but not towards metal. Why? Because people don’t see know what metal is about.”

      Who cares about being judged and what people are tolerant towards and what society thinks? Let me tell you again what metalheads who care about such things are called. The word starts with P.

      “All they see is the brutality, the gore and the satanism heralded by the pseudo-metalheads who don’t know what or why they are doing it.”

      Your stupidity speaks for itself. Some people like music about gore the way some people prefer horror movies. You’re the one worrying about labels society gives you. Who’s the pseudo-whatever here?

      “Society decides whether you’re right or wrong, mature or immature, fat or thin, everything. No matter what kind of mindset you have, you can’t ignore society.”

      Incorrect. You’re now speaking out of insecurity, uncertainty and helplessness.

      “See man, truth be said, I don’t call myself a metalhead. The word has become too clichéd and generalised and is probably everything I’m not. I love metal, I listen to metal, I play metal. But really, what do you do when all that you love is being paraded around and heckled at like dirty whores?”

      You say metal is all that you love and yet you shy away from calling yourself a metalhead. You won’t call yourself a metalhead for a lame reason you came up with, and you’re more worried about other labels society stamps on you. Who’s parading metal around like a dirty whore? Non-metalheads have no idea how to do that. Who’s heckling at metal? Do you actually pay attention to such people who don’t matter? If you do, you should stop listening to and playing metal and stop claiming that you love metal.

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      • 16 Abhinav
        May 2, 2010 at 06:00

        @Aditya

        Listen man. Seriously. Calm the fuck down. You asked him to name one black metal act in India that actually made a CD worth buying. He named one. Just like you asked.

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        • May 2, 2010 at 06:27

          And I’m grateful…thanks for the recommendation. I’ll check them out 🙂

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          • 18 pseudonymous1
            May 2, 2010 at 07:38

            Oye oye oye…Amogh Symphony not exactly from Brahmadesh or something man, tr00 Indian metal it eej….give that guy some credit for making some cool music(djent/experimental/tech death/electronica)…and check out the album. Even though it might not be sold by roadcrewrecords 😀

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    • May 2, 2010 at 05:20

      I just heard from someone that you own a record label and Rat King is on it.

      No wonder you’re talking like this and asking me to read the reviews and buy the album.

      What were you saying about metal being paraded around like a dirty whore?

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  6. May 2, 2010 at 05:46

    Dude! I care about being judged. And so do you! Would you be playing extreme music if no one around you shared your thoughts and ideals? Hell, society is everywhere! Its not just the general unassuming public. Your band mates, your friends, your family, everyone is society. Would you be who you are today if there was no one like you? Would you be the sole extreme metalhead in an enviroment without extreme music? Not just for a day or two but for an entire lifetime? Would you?

    I am a part of society. Just like you are. I am not anti-social, I believe and trust in those around me. Call it insecurity, uncertainty and/or helplessness but I have come to realise (I really have) that society, the bane of our existence, that big fucking necessary evil in our lives plays a big part of who you are. Again remember, society is EVERYONE. Thats I am suddenly affected by this. To me, metal isn’t about black tshirts or long hair or evil goatees, its not about Satan, gore or death. Its about the energy, the adrenaline and the rush of blood through your veins. But I don’t call myself a metalhead any more because nowadays, metalhead = long hair/ black tshirts/ long goatees. I’m none of that.

    And obviously man! Rat King is on my label and the band is truly awesome, hence my shameless self promotion! The only reason I signed on the band was cause it is truly unlike anything you’ve ever heard before and damn, they’re probably one of India’s BIGGEST underground music export. I suggest you check out the music but ok, I digress from the topic.

    And you asked me to name ONE BAND, so I named one. If you had asked me to name 2, I would have named 2, and so on. Thats barely a point to talk about.

    And wait, you play for Exhumation. You say [i]And about Finland and Norway: Indian bands need to start making music that is half as good.[/i] Does that mean you don’t consider your band to be as good? You’re a musician, you play for a band, if you think you’re not good enough, improve your standards and take us to that level! Its in your hands.

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    • May 2, 2010 at 06:13

      “Dude! I care about being judged. And so do you!”

      Speak for yourself. I don’t pay attention to what others think of me. I’m not you.

      “Would you be the sole extreme metalhead in an enviroment without extreme music?”

      That’s the dumbest question I’ve ever been asked.

      “To me, metal isn’t about black tshirts or long hair or evil goatees, its not about Satan, gore or death. Its about the energy, the adrenaline and the rush of blood through your veins. But I don’t call myself a metalhead any more because nowadays, metalhead = long hair/ black tshirts/ long goatees. I’m none of that.”

      Metal, in general isn’t about any of that. But you’re not calling yourself a metalhead because of how it is perceived. What does that say about you?

      “And wait, you play for Exhumation. You say [i]And about Finland and Norway: Indian bands need to start making music that is half as good.[/i] Does that mean you don’t consider your band to be as good? You’re a musician, you play for a band, if you think you’re not good enough, improve your standards and take us to that level! Its in your hands.”

      You said you wanted the scene to be at least half as good/big as it is in Norway and Finland. I said for that to happen, the bands here need to be half as good. I’d tell you what I think of my band but I don’t want to sound boastful here. If you had a functioning cell in your brain, you’d have understood that I meant the music has to be good enough for it to have fans buying CDs. I think my band is awesome, I don’t need to hear from an idiot on what to do with our standards, and I certainly don’t need to take you or anyone else to any level. My dick is in your hands, take it and shake it.

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  7. May 2, 2010 at 06:01

    This post puts the issue right in its place, and quite bluntly i might add :P. Agree with most of the things said here except;
    “I can’t think of one death/black metal album made by an Indian band that is actually worth paying even 50 bucks for”

    There are plenty of them, who are worth owning the Cd’s of, maybe not black metal per se.
    And you can’t possibly imagine to equal the Norwegian scene in this regard. So, stop cribbing about “Indian metal scene dying, if we don’t buy Cd’s” and all such emo nonsense. It will be alive and kicking till we have a single metal-head in our land who cares about the music more than the shenanigans associated with it.

    “I realized long back that rock/metal bands might not end up making a lot of money. Guns N’ Roses and Metallica did. And while making shitloads of money, Metallica opened the floodgates for other worthy bands like Megadeth and Slayer.

    Most of us work during the day so we don’t need to be unhappy after playing the kind of music we love. Nobody asked anybody to quit studies or working, nobody told anybody that living the rock ‘n roll dream would eventually pay off in cash. Nobody told Lemmy, either. He stuck to it because he believed in it, and it paid off for him much later because he’s fucking Lemmy. I’m sure he didn’t think of it as an investment.”

    well said…. \m/

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  8. 28 Ekansh Tiwari
    May 2, 2010 at 06:06

    I personally think, the era in which the Indian Metal is growing precisely coincides with the fast growth of Internet. Maybe, that’s the reason why there’s no need to just buy CDs and just put some torrents into test and download the stuff..!!

    Even in the world scenario… How many bands would you see even touching the 750 million labels sold by Michael Jackson & the Beatles?? (Not even metallica is in that league although they have the capability)

    I think, it’s just that the entire music industry world over is badly hit by Free Downloads..!!

    If you do see, most bands like Iron Maiden & Metallica are now concentrating on Live gigs. It’s because there isn’t money involved in recordings and selling of CDs because IT’S ALREADY AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET..!!

    As a result, the only recognition we can give to Indian Metal Bands is by buying CDs… And Not let the Indian Metal scenario just bite the dust..!!

    Cheers..!!

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    • May 2, 2010 at 06:29

      The Indian Metal Scene will not bite the dust if musicians do some work instead of sitting around expecting a shower of money from above…or the fans.

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      • 30 Ekansh Tiwari
        May 2, 2010 at 06:59

        Well then, as a fan of some X band, what is your role in promoting the band???

        Just simply listening to the band’s song by Downloading doesn’t help the cause, does it??

        A fan is someone who’s crazy about that band if i’m not wrong..!!

        He can do is bit if he simply goes out to purchase the CD rather than sit on his lousy ass and wait for the download to get over..!!

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        • 31 Ben
          May 3, 2010 at 17:57

          ^^Oh yeah… Bands play live music to make ends meet, not because they love to play music… What’s with all the pity and sympathy for bands and how you should ‘support’ them or else they’ll die? I don’t think people ever started playing music and recording it with the sole motive of making money and I think Aditya is in a way right when he says bands should not expect to make a million bucks with their music. That should not be the purpose. Hell, the ‘fans’ and the ‘metalheads’ will make sure that its not your purpose by simply downloading your music. So draw joy from being liked/worshiped.

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  9. 32 Sam
    May 2, 2010 at 06:08

    I think, Mr. Mehtallica has explained himself amply clear. He is passionate about Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal and Death Metal music and everything associated with it even remotely. It runs in his veins.

    Exhumation doesn’t care about what others think about them. It’s an accepted fact that one shouldn’t care about anyone or anything than just focusing on what you do best!

    Music would be much more cooler if one is not critical of it. Every Heavy Metal aficionado lives and breathes Heavy Metal music 24/7. It’s their unbridled passion. That’s the way they roll, yo! \m/

    Besides Aditya is a satanist who doesn’t believe in indulging in inanities which most bands indulge in. He is way too cool for such ludicrous display. He is original. he doesn’t ape anybody. That’s why he and Exhumation is super cool. They look up to Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth for inspiration. But they never try to replicate their music style.

    That’s why they are going to get bigger in coming days. I vouch for them and will pay 2-3 grands for seeing them perform a kick ass gig. I count on Aditya to perform at his very best. Exhumation’s band members are a zealous lot.

    I sincerely feel, one must appreciate quality music irrespective of umpteen ludicrous reasons that we tend to embrace. ‘Music must never be listened through ears but felt through heart.’ When music is good, it must be called ‘good’. But when its atrocious, it must be trashed. Always take the rough with the smooth. 😉

    If you’re not game for it, just move on, mahn! Quit bickering and whining, mahn! Let fans of Exhumation bask in their passion and liking for churning out quality music for their steadily rising legions of fans! I hail Exhumation – the original movers and shakers of upcoming Heavy Metal bands. I believe, their time is coming to explode on national and then, international scene! \m/

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    • May 2, 2010 at 06:51

      I hail Exhumation – the original movers and shakers of upcoming Heavy Metal bands.

      Just a small point. I suggest you listen to Asura, Dying Embrance and Gruesome Malady. These 3 bands played extreme metal way back in the early 1990s when the guys in Exhumation could barely walk, let alone ‘move and shake’ Indian metal.

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  10. 36 Tj
    May 2, 2010 at 06:17

    i somewhat agree with both…
    the perception simply varies from person to person and his mentality plays an enormous role in amalgamating his thought-process and ideology!

    some people might be bothered with the society’s views about them whereas to some it doesn’t matter at all.
    as far as buying the music is concerned, i dont mind chipping in cash for some album of my desired genre, albeit not for pleasing them/supporting them, but for the sheer reason of certain amount of infatuation for the talent that has been portrayed by the artist.

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  11. May 2, 2010 at 06:45

    I jus realised that you seem extremely offended with my article cause its exactly about people like you! Ok, I apologise, you are probably an elite version of the average Indian metalhead, but nevertheless, its all the same.

    I weep for Indian metal.

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  12. 39 Sam
    May 2, 2010 at 06:58

    Only crybabies weep! hahaha… Men rise after they stumble. I give a shit about other Indian bands. As my close buddy, Aditya is leading the way with his kick ass satanist band, ‘Exhumation’! I bet, he was a man even when he was in his cradle than those who run their mouth under the pretense to know all. I pity the fools who claim that. Chuck the fool, fuck the rules and move on with life. That’s what Satanist does! hahahaha \m/

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  13. 40 blacksheep
    May 2, 2010 at 07:20

    mehta exhumation links de na yaar!

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  14. May 2, 2010 at 07:39

    Hi,
    This is prashant from exhumation, good fun happening, what aditya writes is not the collective opinion of Exhumation. It is his opinion only. I do not agree with him but thats a personal choice. However much I love to give my album out for free, i can never look down upon anyone who does want to make a living off it. One of my closest friends alive to date, Sahil, changed my view on making a living off it(i still dont want to) he did prove that he can make this his career as countless bands internationally have. In cases of bands abroad the bands dont need to market themselves as they have other people hired who do it for them. In this scenario sahil does it himself, and what is wrong with it, you need to market your product to get it sold. Metallica Megadeth IM sure havent done it themselves but their management and record labels do, every AD you see of them in a magazine is “begging” you for money. Theres just some people who want to make a career in it and have to do it themselves till they can hire other people for it. and some chose not to, but that doesnt mean i look down on anyone who does, because thats the only way it can be done. Thats exactly why a DR has a bigger reach than an Exhumation ever will, we may not care about that is a different issue the fact still remains that you want your music to get to as many metal heads around the world you need to market yourself. Whether your music is good enough or not varies from person to person.

    regards,
    Prashant

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  15. May 2, 2010 at 07:44

    AND FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME EXHUMATION IS NOT A SATANIC BAND, ADITYA CAN BE WHATEVER HE WANTS BUT THAT DOESNT MEAN WE ARE. PLEASE STOP GENERALIZATION, SO SAM AND WHOEVER ELSE PLEASE DONT REFER TO EXHUMATION AS A SATANIC BAND. WERE NOT

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  16. 45 pseudonymous1
    May 2, 2010 at 08:02

    From what I gather this debate is essentially between bands who are making music just for the heck of it, because they love it and possibly have other ways of providing for themselves as opposed to bands who depend on their music for making cash. Well, the category 2 bands are at a disadvantage, since category 1 bands aren’t under financial pressure, they can afford to spend as much time they want perfecting their music before releasing it. However, this does not mean that category 2 bands should expect to get away by making mediocre music and expecting people to throw them a few bucks for it. I won’t take any names, since a lot have been taken already, but the fact remains that making better, more innovative music and not shameless self promotion is the key to financial success. And even if shameless self promotion does get you the cash you need, deep down you should feel ashamed of having done that and improve your music the next album you put up.

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  17. 46 pseudonymous1
    May 2, 2010 at 08:05

    Rofl@satanic band…kaunsa church burn kiya? satanic bands = chee thoo…kya fart che.

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  18. 50 Anonimus
    May 2, 2010 at 09:06

    Tu paisa paisa karti hai tu paise pe kyun marti hai 😄

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  19. 51 Yesman!
    May 2, 2010 at 09:30

    Why can’t we all just chill out? Follow the bands we like, buy their CDs etc? And not really care about those we don’t like.

    There really isn’t any need to start arguments. Why all this talk about Metalheads, Satanism etc.!

    There are a number of Indian Bands making kickass music and there are a couple of sick releases linedup in the months to come. Make sure you get the ones u like and even if u are dissapointed with some band’s music, give them time, help them improve. I am sure the improvement will be your time’s worth!

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  20. 52 dPsychc
    May 2, 2010 at 09:57

    Nice write up. I actually pretty much agree to most of the points.

    Today, most of the bands outside are opting for free album downloads whereas most Indian bands still stick to physical releases. That’s just like the major labels in Europe and America.

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  21. 53 jits
    May 2, 2010 at 10:12

    Dont think so any musician wants to be told that his composition or music sucks..Even tougher to put that across to him..Always do find that to be a personal issue cause u might not like a particular genre & however the music may be u will never be pleased to hear it..

    @ Aditya wat does a musician do if he has to make a living if he dosnt have a day job ?..If know of so many talents around who arnt graduates even to find a job.Not evryone is lucky enough to get basic education but can play an instrument.Live shows are few & far between..Guess selling ur music would help..

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    • May 2, 2010 at 11:08

      Go right ahead and sell it then. I didn’t say there’s anything wrong with that. As far as I know, an extreme metal album won’t sell as many copies as, say, a pop group. I just wish extreme metal bands would realize that and not be unhappy and feel they’re not getting the returns they deserve. Even though metal is the best and most powerful form of music and according to me deserves more respect (and cash) than anything else.

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  22. 55 Sam
    May 2, 2010 at 12:00

    Hahahah Now that’s blockbuster entertainment right here! Juvenile film makers should think about directing a movie on India’s underground Death Metal culture. It’s time to come to the fore.

    Rectification is noted dude, Exhumation is NOT Satanic band but a brute Death Metal band! 😉

    And its vocals are given by Aditya, the satan’s reincarnation. Actually, guys, I was looking forward for downloading Asura’s and Gruesome Malady’s tracks. Is there any good site to download it swiftly?

    Besides, I am not a master in Death Metal. I have just begun listening to it. Thanks to Megadeth and Slayer. Besides what Prashant said was right – being a Satan is an Mehtallica’s opinion NOT Exhumation’s. I endorse his point and agree to his explanation. It felt good being enlightened in today’s posting by Mr. Mehta! \m/ 🙂

    I am a novice as I have just begin listening to Death Metal. With passing time, I gain adequate knowledge about how the bands work and what makes them a raging hit amongst Death Metal savvy folks.

    Right now, I’ll download Gruesome Malady’s tracks and listen to their thumping beats! 🙂

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  23. May 2, 2010 at 12:42

    Just read the article man. Respect \m/ \m/
    Honestly, you think just the way I do. But unfortunately I am not good enough to pen it down.
    You said it all for me.

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  24. 57 N
    May 2, 2010 at 12:56

    Interesting article…

    Only album sales should not be a criteria for band to support themselves. Albums are there to reach out to the fans. If bands follow a proper business strategy, there is money to be made in every market. The bottom line as always is, if the music is excellent, people would willingly pay for it.

    I might download an album off torrents but because i want to own the album, i’d definitely buy the CD. The only problem in Indian music scene is that bands do not make music with a professional point of view. The talent, the drive, the obsession, everything is useless if they don’t have the discipline and mindset of a professional. Again, not trying to diss anyone, just my view 🙂

    Great read!

    N

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  25. 58 Bindi
    May 2, 2010 at 15:38

    Hey, good post. And you know what I’ll disagree with as far as the language goes. I like your spirit and makes me once again say – I enjoy your writing. Try not to sell it – just like the music.

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  26. 59 JiMi
    May 2, 2010 at 17:56

    you know i learnt something today. . and i am going to say it here
    firstly full respect for madhav. .i dnt kno why is he being fucked here left and right. it was a good article and made more sense than urs and sahils article. .
    ofcourse music making is all about pride and passion and being a metal head is all about being what u are n not giving a fuck bout evrything else and all the other gay stuff that u have stated in ur article. .
    but if u can get outa ur gay mind and come face the facts u will realise how naively gay you are. .
    lets face it with this gay attitude towards making music will get you no where. .this attitude you are always going to make lame music coz u heard metallic (faggot band since black album) and slayer n others in big 4 and all other metal bands and u thot ooooohohoh this is cool shit lets make music. . and yes i got no money problem coz look daddyz got a lotta money. .so fuck money i am gonna make music for passion and other gay stuff. . and finally once u turn 25-30 somehting u are like ohh daddy still got money and i am gonna join some co. and shit. .coz music z for passion n gay stuff not for money. . so on one hand i can do music and work with all my faggot dreams and that is becoz if am a gay metalhead who fits da cliched defination
    this is precisely the reason why most if not all bands in india fail to connect to masses. . its just a bunch of rich kids with gay dreams jumping on dadyz money and trying there best not to make something of their own but imitate their favouate artists
    and seriously u talk bout not being sold out yet idolize metallica dnt evn get me started on dat sold out ffag of a band
    Money: evry one in da art/music fraternity gets angry when you mention earning money out of art. . yet it is one of the prime driver for all the bands that have gone to be successful. .What money does is a way of showing where do you stand on music front ur creativity and how good ur music z. . so when u dnt work for money u essentially have no aim. . and u just end up living in mediocrity to stupidity with all ur gay dreams and appreciate what u have made saying i made music for all my ggay dreams. .
    you know i can go on and on telling you how gay naive and childishly arrogant and full of shit your thoughts are towards music making but what da point i kno lotta shouting z gonna happen after this post. .

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  27. 60 Karunesh
    May 2, 2010 at 18:09

    ^
    You, sir, are a stupid fuck. Write one song. Go through that process. Compare it to everything you hear. Feel like shit about it. Spend months in doubt wondering whether it’s good enough. And then come and tell me what drove you to do it. Your ‘gay’ fucking dreams, or money. Not only are you homophobic for some odd reason, you’re the kind of prize chut who doesn’t know shit about the feeling with which a song is written. Get into any worthwhile art in your life. You’ll realize what a douchebag you are.

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    • 61 JiMi
      May 2, 2010 at 19:07

      @karunesh

      you kno i appreciate ur view and unlike u said i am not gay phobic neither i hav anything against gays. . i nevr said music z not bout passion and stuff. . but at the same time nothing survives if its not appreciated. . and in human world appreciation=money + respect (weightage for each may change based on personal opinion) . . no-one can survive without either. . and both act as a driving force in order to make u be that much better and if either of then is lacking it is a prime reason to look back and analyze if u are doing something wrong. .it z when u dnt look back and are too stubborn to accept that there z something wrong with u and just feel angry bout why doesnt da world revolve around me. . than i really cant help u wit that
      u say i dnt kno what z it like to be in the process of song writing without evn knowing anything about me. . why cant one take criticism without personal attacks??

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      • 62 Karunesh
        May 7, 2010 at 20:20

        Dude, if you’re in a band in this country (I am, so I can comment) money’s there very rarely. Respect, even more so. Here’s the deal…I’m in it for the long haul. I’ll take what it gives me and be fucking thankful for it, because it’s what I want to do. The question isn’t how good I am. That’s shit’s marginal. It’s a matter of opinion. And no, appreciation isn’t money + respect. It isn’t fucking algebra. It’s when a random guy you don’t even know walks up to you and tells you he knows your band and plays your song everyday on his iPod. A song you gave out for free. That, is appreciation too. And it’s appreciation I value more than you’ll ever fucking know.

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  28. 63 JiMi
    May 2, 2010 at 21:24

    after the above comment i just realized there z a good chance that lotta stuff like this z gonna follow so. . so herz something to clear da air
    1. when i say money z important it does not mean sell ur soul to record cos to make pop music
    2. 2nd when i say passion z important. . let me clearify on that front
    any form of music has evolved out of distress in society in general. .u say jazz or blues or Reggie or rock or metal or rap or hip hop. . for eg. blues was started by afro-americ folks singing bout their fucked up life being treated as slaves. .same goes for rap. .
    now when u say passion is important its of utmost important to define ur passion. . is ur passion limited to imitating other artists or only becoz u are pissed of about the society bout its ways (evolution of metal was due to this). .
    now if u are pissed off something. .or i like to refer distress. .
    now think from india perspective since we are talking bout india rock scene. .society in general is pissed bout stuff. .
    1. Most importantly a bastard of a country besides us trying to fuck us
    2. Nimrods called politicians looting us off out money
    3. Internal revolts (naxal movement)
    4. Corporate policies (regarding mining in naxal areas)
    5. Immigaration (raj thakare and the bull shit around him)
    6. Not appreciation of personal rights by the Cops
    the list goes on. .
    now you decide what exactly do u feel passionately about (not limited to above). . try making music around it in a language other than english (which a lotta bands are already doing are garnering quite a lotta praises)so that u can directly connect with people. . now there is no problem in music in english but if u are using english as ur primary language dnt expect to mint money outa it or even attention
    All i am trying to say is get some clearity in ur approch and not just plane passion that sudddenly woke up after listening to some metal bands from some country
    Ofcourse now evry1 z gonna start listing names of bands that are already doing this. . and i am definately not denying that. .

    also feel free to bash every one of my comments \m/

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  29. May 3, 2010 at 01:56

    Neat post Aditya. Blunt as a hammer. I’m no one to pontificate here, but here are my 2 paise on some of the issues being brought up here. And i’m going to use my music life as such for an example.

    1. Poseur-giri: This happened in FYJC, methinks. At first, it was all about listing down the 100s of bands that you claim to listen to. Start growing out your hair, buy those t-shirts. Hell, i followed Saahil around Mahalaxmi mandir to buy CDs from him. It was an attempt to gain some kind of an identity. And well, being a metal head does get you that unique-ness, if you get what i mean. Sure, i never was a satan worshipper, but true, i heard metal to be cool, rather than appreciate the music, blah-ha. Point is, its in this stage where people are more eager to buy stuff, no matter what the stuff is. CDs, merch, Tees, posters, tickets to gigs, etc. You have time on your hands (atleast i did), and you need something to do. You may not have all the money in the world to do so, but you go ahead and try your best to do it – just to pile up a rack of CDs to showoff. I bought the most CDs during that time. To support the scene. To fellate people.
    2. Learning what metal is about: OK, so, long hair & the metalhead image became an identity of sorts. Then i got pwned royally. Not even from somebody in the “scene”. Thank good ness for that, else i would’ve probably moved on to the next fad, which i think was punju rap. Anyway, it led to educating myself about what made metal metal. Gone were the 100s of bands i used to list. I would probably listen to not more than 10-20 musicians, but these were ones who i genuinely liked. I began to get what metal is about. And about music in general. Great years. Mind you, i still bought tees and CDs, etc. But this time, it wasn’t done with the intention of being seen as the ‘metalhead’. It was more about me. I liked it. I bought it. Here’s where quality and appreciation comes in.
    3. Post-college: Alright. So i’ve been working full time for the last 2 years. While i do have less free time now, there hasn’t been much of a change in my musical tastes. I’m still a metal-head, and while i may not spend hours debating it online, or reading dirt sheets, or building up an image, i don’t feel the need to. I like metal because of the energy i get while listening to it. It gives me a high. Sure, i may not be a kvlt-elitist or a metal-pedia, but i don’t feel the need to be that anymore. I still play guitar and toy around with it. I still wear the tees and still have long hair. Its part of me. I accept it. I’ll still discover new sounds, new bands, and go deeper. For my sake. So now, i don’t care if someone condemns me for listening to Lily Allen after Slayer. Or Jalebee Cartel. Or even Duran Duran. I like it. I’ll buy it. I’ll listen to it. I can’t say if that’s the way it should be, but it makes the most sense. Here’s where you start spending your money wisely. “Supporting the scene” doesn’t work anymore. You can’t guilt-trip me in to buying something. Well, perhaps if you’re a great buzz generator, then you can market me into buying it, but that’s a separate point.

    In any case, personal rants aside, here’s my take:
    Kids will be kids: They’ll get in to metal for whatever reason, but it’ll primarily be to gain acceptance / build an image. They aren’t all that careful about how they spend the money, since its largely used for personal enjoyment. Not keeping track of your basics, since you’re living at home. Wonder why wrestling became PG? Same reason. Its like a cycle. Most kids will move on to the next fad, while some will stay. Those who stay will probably stay forever. And newer ones will replace the one’s that get away. The scene grows, at least in numbers.

    Tonnes of other opinions listed here which could make for a great debate. Damn. I miss RSJ. I don’t think this rant of sorts has anything to do with the articles, but hell, it sure did help me wake up.

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  30. 65 Nikhil
    May 3, 2010 at 06:47

    Some serious shit happening here

    Well I don’t think that the metal that comes out from India should be called ‘Indian Metal’ at all. It doesn’t have a signature sound the way Swedish,US,Finnish,Polish or Dutch metal has. And I think that it is necessary to have that signature sound to label it ‘Indian’.

    When it comes to people promoting their music the way Sahil Makhija does, I really don’t care about it. I was never a DR fan because I just thought that too much melody ruins it all. But I do admire the success he has achieved. I am a Exhumation fan because I like the intensity of the music they come out with and you guys gotta admit it ,they are the best.I don’t like them because they have satanic lyrics or some shit.Most Indian bands claim to be brutal death metal but they can’t even come out with an accurate blast beat. With Exhumation that isn’t the case just see Yash pound that kit, he is surely one hard hitting drummer. Speaking of the guitars, I would say that Prashant is the best guitar player that I know as I’ve seen him live with Exhumation many a times. The vocals done by Aditya are brutal in the true sense of the word and you can really feel him when you read his posts or talk with him. He is surely an intelligent man. P-man plays bass for Exhumation now and I must say that he is one hairy bloke filled with humor.
    So the conclusion is that Exhumation know what they are doing and what they want to do.
    I just hope that most bands start knowing what they are doing and what they want to do.

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  31. 66 blacksheep
    May 3, 2010 at 09:31

    don’t kill me but here’s something else that’s happening for all metalheads:

    http://rollingstone-india.com/metalawards/

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    • May 3, 2010 at 13:37

      Hey Rishu, very cool of Rolling Stone to start this…was it your idea? \m/

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      • 68 blacksheep
        May 5, 2010 at 05:23

        not my idea but its more like collective intelligence. we have some good judges, and a nice finale gig is being planned…. hopefully these awards will help metal bands in some whatever kinda way..

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        • 69 Cypher
          May 5, 2010 at 17:08

          Why is it very cool Aditya? Don’t you think all Indian bands are shit? Especially the ones nominated for this fag award?

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          • May 5, 2010 at 17:15

            “Don’t you think all Indian bands are shit?”

            Nope. I said I couldn’t think of any album worth paying even fifty bucks for.

            “Why is it very cool Aditya?”

            You just want to know everything about me.

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  32. 71 Whiskeyasrisky
    May 3, 2010 at 15:56

    Rat King is so Fuckall !! wtf was that??

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  33. 72 Green Man
    May 4, 2010 at 06:34

    Overhyping themselves was the biggest mistake Demonic Resurrection made. They were everywhere all the time so much that they don’t have any kind of an enigma. Fans are still interested in knowing about members of Metallica and rock music icons like Lemmy, Axl Rose, Dave Mustaine etc but is there anything left to know about The Demonstealer? Way too much information and I’m not interested anymore.

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  34. 74 double_jai
    May 4, 2010 at 06:46

    +1

    i’m fucking fed up. too bored and not interested anymore.

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  35. 77 Cypher
    May 4, 2010 at 20:03

    Ah this is the same Aditya who used to call himself COUNT VARATHORA during his stint with DR. What a fucking joker. And he has the nerve to call other people poseurs. You sir, were (are?) among the biggest poseurs in all of Mumbai as I recall quite fondly with you ridiculous ‘br00tal’ attitude and lame posturing. And I see you’re now a self proclaimed satanist? Don’t make me laugh. Typical pseudo bullshit just like your alter ego was in DR.

    Now on to Exhumation. You think your band is awesome? Good for you. Other Indian bands feel the same way about their own music as well. Or are you some sort of divine entity who decides what’s awesome and what isn’t? The incredible irony of the whole thing is that you point fingers at other Indian metal bands as not being a fraction as good as their European/American counterparts. Well to be br00tally honest Exhumation are no great shakes either. I’ve been into death metal and grind since you were in your diapers and if you call your band AWESOME then you’re seriously deluded.

    First of all you can’t even come up with an original name for your band. Exhumation from Greece were around way before you chumps. To make matters worse you release absolutely run of the mill brutal death metal, which by Indian death metal standards is pretty high but on a global level nowhere close to being great. Notice the irony yet?

    Even your band mates have to get onto your own blog to distance themselves from your juvenile ranting.

    A quote from one of your interviews ”There could be Atheists who are super-achievers, but you won’t find even one Satanist who is a moron”

    Well looks like Satanism just found it’s first one ever.

    And here comes the biggest irony of them all. You, Aditya Mehta, the all satanic, all brutal, anti-salesman, anti-business metalhead who doesn’t give a fuck about marketing and promotion and profits has actually recruited none other than Mr. Businessman himself, THE DEMONSTEALER, to play bass for Exhumation. Well done.

    You are one giant turd of contradictions my friend, not to mention you’re quite the hypocrite.

    Here’s a piece of advice. Stop your pseudo rebellious posturing and Grow The Fuck Up.

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    • 78 Ashish
      May 5, 2010 at 02:04

      As far as I know, Aditya has been a Satanist for many years now. I don’t get why people need to put terms such as ‘self-proclaimed’ here. You don’t call someone a self-proclaimed Christian/Hindu/Muslim so why use it for a Satanist? Btw, he’s got every right in the world to be proud of his band (and it is very good) but he doesn’t go around telling people about it. Just go back up and see what made him say that. Regarding the name ‘Exhumation’, these guys made their case clear on RSJ or Gigpad forum many years back. And get your facts right, sir…Rohit (P-Man) is the Exhu bassy.

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      • 79 Arpit
        May 5, 2010 at 05:34

        Aditya is one of the funniest people and a very witty guy. Cypher, since you’ve quoted the man from one of his interviews, i suggest you read the same interview again and read the part where he has spoken about the whole Count Varathora thing. Please check it out.

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  36. 80 Cypher
    May 5, 2010 at 04:09

    I see. He’s been a Satanist for several years now. With all that Anton Lavey bullshit. What’s the difference between that and any of the other religions? It’s all the same. It’s a joke.

    And here you go about Demonstealer playing bass for Exhumation. https://mehtakyakehta.wordpress.com/category/interview-with-a-gujarati-vampire/

    Get YOUR facts right, SIR.

    Sure Aditya is proud of his band but for someone who ‘doesn’t give a fuck’ he sure loves to tell everyone else in the scene how much they suck.

    By the way using the name Exhumation for his band is easily one of the cheapest acts in Indian metal. Just because a band called Exhumation disbanded a few years before he formed his band, doesn’t give him the right to use their name.

    So then would it be ok if someone called themselves Iron Maiden, once they retire? It’s absolute stupidity and laziness on his and his bands part that they can’t even come up with an original name. And his response to all this is ‘TOO BAD’

    If that isn’t pseudo posturing I don’t know what is.

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    • May 5, 2010 at 07:32

      How I wish you guys wouldn’t insert links in comments because that sends them straight to the spam queue and I have to approve them. But thanks for digging out that old post which doesn’t prove that I recruited anybody. We make decisions as a band. When we were thinking of people we could have play bass for us, it had to do with how they’d gel with the band and not their business acumen.

      As far as the band name goes, we’d decided on it a long time before we heard there was another band called Exhumation. We’d already changed enough names (that we’d come up with) because there were other obscure bands with the same names. Fed up with changing names (again, that we’d thought of… Mortuary, Plague, Bloodthrone, Insatanity, other names that I don’t remember…they’d all been taken) all the time, we said “fuck it, this name stays!”.

      Nobody will be stupid enough to keep their band’s name Iron Maiden or Metallica or Slayer even 100 years from now, and we found out about this Greek Exhumation quite some time after we decided on that name, but if you’re too dumb to understand that, you’re really too dumb, and I’m not stupid enough to explain it again. You may continue being a dick about it, I grant you permission.

      One of the meanings of posturing is pretending to be something one is not. That would make pseudo-posturing mean something like pretending to be a poseur? You’re right, you really don’t know what it is.

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  37. 82 Cypher
    May 5, 2010 at 05:30

    1 – Get YOUR facts right pal. Here you go. Straight from the horse’s mouth.

    ”We hereby inform you that Yash Pathak is no longer part of Exhumation for reasons we do not wish to make public. ….. On a positive note, we are pleased and excited to welcome Sahil ‘The Demonstealer’ Makhija to Exhumation. Bass-playing just got Demonic, woohoo! – Mumbai based death Metal band Exhumation’s Vox Aditya Mehta announces bands new line up on his blog Mehta Kya Kehta.”

    2 – Yes Aditya is a SELF PROCLAIMED satanist. Why do I say that? Because he just HAS to mention that he’s a satanist every chance he gets. Either way satanism, christianity, hinduism, islam no matter what you call it, it’s all a bunch of mumbo jumbo for weak people to cling to to give them some sort of identity and sense of belonging. Absolutely pathetic.

    3 – Them using the name Exhumation just because a fairly known Greek band disbanded a few years prior to their formation is one of the most ludicrous acts in Indian metal history if you ask me.

    Another quote from the horses mouth ”Ok so we have the same name as the “original”, Too bad the greek disbanded 4 years before we decided to form our band in 2003”

    Too bad? Really? So I suppose when Iron Maiden retires next year it would be alright for someone to call their band by the same name since Iron Maiden have disbanded. It’s one of the stupidest and laziest excuses I’ve ever heard. You can’t even spend a couple of hours to hink of an original band name yet you can criticize other Indian metal bands as not being good enough. Self righteous prick.

    4 – Sure he doesn’t go around telling people how awesome his band is but he sure has no problem telling everyone how bad the rest of the Indian bands are. What a stand up guy. It’s unbelievable a guitarist of Prashant’s stature even entertains a dimwit like this.

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    • 83 Arpit
      May 5, 2010 at 05:44

      1 —Yup, they were gonna get Demonstealer but he was busy with DR and that’s when PMAN came in.

      2- in fact he hardly talks about it…..not in person at least. On the internet maybe, but that’s in the interviews when ppl ask him his views and once in a while on his blog n that too he jokes about it….just read some blog articles here itself.

      3- about the band name, as i said earlier before they’ve spoken about the whole thing on how they decided to keep the name…prashant himself clarified about it.

      4– aditya and prashant have built and shaped exhumation together…it is effort and brainwork of both and not just one person so whatever….

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  38. 84 blacksheep
    May 5, 2010 at 05:35

    aditya don’t grow up. and write what you feel. cheers and stay demonic \m/

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  39. 87 Cypher
    May 5, 2010 at 06:04

    @ Mr. Arpit

    1- Yes they asked Demonstealer to play bass. Can’t you see the irony in this? Or are you too much of an Exhumation fan boy? Mr. Aditya who rants and raves about anything to do with marketing, profitability and promotion of music asks the no.1 metal businessman in India to join his band. And you don’t find that hypocritical?

    2- Oh he hardly talks about being a satanist? Then how the hell did the interviewers ask him questions about satanism if they didn’t already know he was a satanist? He obviously had to tell a whole bunch of people for them to ask questions about it in the first place.

    And he jokes about it? What does that mean? That he’s pretending to be a satanist or am I missing something here?

    3- Oh Prashant clarified the use of the band name is it? I see. So what amount of clarification can possibly be justified when you’ve used a band name that is not originally yours? Oh I see. THEY PLAY DIFFERENT MUSIC. Well then, I’m off to start a black metal band called Coldplay. Same rules apply don’t they? Or is Exhumation the only exception?

    4- Effort and brainwork. Hmm I see. Yes it must’ve really taken a toll on their mental faculties to come up with a name that ALREADY EXISTED.

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    • 88 Arpit
      May 5, 2010 at 06:28

      @ mr cypher::

      if instead of up n down and hopping about you had read the gigpad and rsj you would know wat i’m talking about in regards to the band name

      about the satanic questions why dont you just ask the chap who interviewed him…

      for any further doubts you can just ask demonstealer who asked him to play bass for exhu.

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    • 89 nec-ro-hit
      May 5, 2010 at 06:38

      “Well then, I’m off to start a black metal band called Coldplay.”

      Thanks for the warning…I’ll stay away!

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  40. 90 Cypher
    May 5, 2010 at 07:49

    ^^^Oh pleaaaaseee come watch us 😦

    Idiot

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  41. 91 Cypher
    May 5, 2010 at 07:50

    @ Mr. Arpit

    When you learn how to type in proper English let me know. I’ll be glad to come back and own you once again.

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    • 92 Aniket
      May 5, 2010 at 08:04

      @Cypher

      Listen to what he’s saying instead of finding fault with his grammar. You might not be making typos but you talk shit so what you say is of no use. And go through all the comments here and come back and tell us where you got owned. Muah…go on, I’m waiting here.

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  42. 94 Poonam
    May 5, 2010 at 07:55

    Aditya, you are blind! This cypher guy loved you once, you ditched him so he had to make do with that Madhav guy. But the truth is he still loves you. He follows you sooo much, knows everything about you, talks only about you. He’s just too shy to come up to you and disclose his true feelings.
    thoda pyaar daan karne se kuch nahin bigadta . 🙂

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  43. 98 Nuclear Girl Thing
    May 5, 2010 at 09:18

    This is the most relevant post on the current underground music scene in India. Brilliantly written, I must add. I have spoken with some guys (friends who play in metal bands) and all of them agree either wholly or partially with Aditya, but don’t want admit it openly for their own reasons. Hats off to Aditya for saying it like it is! The rest of the blog is also very nice 😀

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    • 99 Cypher
      May 5, 2010 at 16:35

      Man Aditya must really pack your fudge for you to practically get down on your knees like that. Pack my fudge sometime, Adi…muah!

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  44. 100 Cypher
    May 5, 2010 at 12:49

    ^^^Step 1 – Slowly take Aditya’s penis out of your mouth

    Step 2 – That is all

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  45. 102 Cypher
    May 5, 2010 at 12:51

    @Aniket – Where I got owned? Looks like illiteracy is the norm on this blog. Some can’t read, some can’t write, while the rest can’t seem to do both.

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  46. May 5, 2010 at 15:54

    i love Exhumation. period.

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  47. 115 Cypher
    May 5, 2010 at 15:56

    ^^^You love periods

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    • May 7, 2010 at 20:59

      hey.. u r entertaining man.. u rigorously post comments as if you have nothing else to do.. but thts good for this blog.. but dnt you feel ashamed when you look at urself in the mirror..? well yea its rightly said in this topic tht we need not care wat anyone says abt us, but u dnt care abt urself? dude comeon u r a celeb now.. let us knw who the fvck u really are.. be a MAN, Mr. Faggot..

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  48. 117 Cypher
    May 5, 2010 at 16:22

    ”Fed up with changing names (again, that we’d thought of… Mortuary, Plague, Bloodthrone, Insatanity, other names that I don’t remember…they’d all been taken) all the time, we said “fuck it, this name stays!”.

    Nobody will be stupid enough to keep their band’s name Iron Maiden or Metallica or Slayer even 100 years from now, and we found out about this Greek Exhumation quite some time after we decided on that name, but if you’re too dumb to understand that, you’re really too dumb, and I’m not stupid enough to explain it again. You may continue being a dick about it, I grant you permission.”

    So because you found out about another band called Exhumation SOME TIME AFTER you decided to take the name it automatically made it ok for you to use it? And because all the other names you came up with were taken you just got fed up and stuck with another unoriginal name? That is the most retarded logic I’ve heard in a while and you know it.

    Yes nobody would be stupid enough to keep their band name Iron Maiden or Metallica even after a 100 years but apparently YOU only need a couple of years to take someone elses name. Nice job.

    What’s worse is you aren’t the only Exhumation around.

    Exhumation (Bgr) – Formed 1990 – Split up
    Exhumation (Pol) – Formed 1991 – Split up
    Exhumation (Rus) – Formed 1994 – Released two albums and are STILL ACTIVE (how about that)

    And just for the record I think your band is quite good, even though it’s pretty run of the mill DM but the reason I’m pointing all this shit out is to knock you off that holier-than-thou pedestal of yours.

    You say the rest of the Indian scene is shit, well take a good look at yourself first because you don’t have the goods to back up your ‘attitude’.

    Malmsteen for example used to diss every guitarist he heard but he had the chops to back up his big mouth. You and your band unfortunately don’t.

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  49. May 5, 2010 at 16:30

    You so didn’t get that.

    “Nobody will be stupid enough to keep their band’s name Iron Maiden or Metallica or Slayer even 100 years from now, and we found out about this Greek Exhumation quite some time after we decided on that name”

    That means it’s pretty much impossible to not have heard of Iron Maiden, Metallica and Slayer if you’re into metal. We didn’t know of any Exhumation and it sounded like a supercool name. Yeah, like I said, we said “fuck it…”. Oh, fuck it, scroll back up, read what I said and then come back here and read this…

    “but if you’re too dumb to understand that, you’re really too dumb, and I’m not stupid enough to explain it again. You may continue being a dick about it, I grant you permission.”

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  50. 119 Cypher
    May 5, 2010 at 16:39

    I see, so just because you DIDN’T KNOW there was another band called Exhumation, you decided to keep the name. Outstanding.

    In a 100 or maybe in 10 a lot of kids probably won’t know that a band like Lividity for example even existed. So does that make it ok to take the name for themselves? Just because they DIDN’T KNOW?

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    • May 5, 2010 at 16:44

      Well, we weren’t aware of there being another Exhumation. Like I said before, we’d changed names too many times and were quite sick of it. By the time we found out about the other Exhumation, we’d already been using the name for awhile and it didn’t make sense to change it again. Is everyone in Bangalore as dumb as you?

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      • 121 Cypher
        May 5, 2010 at 16:49

        If you really believe what you just said is justifiable then you need a brain transplant.

        And I don’t know if everyone in Bangalore is as dumb as me since I’m actually from Dadar and I’m here on work, but from what shows I’ve been to in the last 3 months they’re not as deluded as the bands from Mumbai. Bangalore bands can suck my cock too.

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  51. 127 Cypher
    May 5, 2010 at 19:11

    Yes I know idiot. It was a joke. Not that your other reasons for
    lifting your band name are any less ridiculous.

    By the way you’re the one who said pseudo POSTERING, not me. Try scrolling up and reading your own words once in a while.

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  52. 128 Akankshka
    May 5, 2010 at 19:42

    This post is beautiful!

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  53. 129 Kunal
    May 5, 2010 at 19:48

    This Cypher guy is beginning to bore me.

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  54. 133 Kunal
    May 5, 2010 at 19:53

    On the contrary, you’re doing it more than anyone else.

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  55. 134 pseudonymous1
    May 5, 2010 at 20:18

    Having thought about this for a few days, I realized my post(which is insignificant in itself, mediocre to say at best, since I’m so very naive and my taste in music sucks according to Cypher. Because Cypher says so, it must be true. If Mehta would have said it, tr00 it would have been.), Mehta’s post(intriguing, thought provoking, funny in all it’s gujju glory, but sadly very forgettable) and Cypher’s comments(which are sometimes relevant and useful, else they’re just present because no one is sucking his dick, since he has well…no well defined alternative to what has already been said, except for a collection of statements that could only be stemming from severe attention seeking behaviour.) And since I’m currently jobless, I’m making this random observation and trying to divert traffic towards my blog and thus effectively ride the gravy train. Funny how a month from now hardly 2-3 people will still remember that all this happened, and everyone will be listening to the new Cynic EP over and over again. Sorry rahega @Mehta, Cypher and all you people, that’s the way I currently see it. 😀 \m/

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    • 135 pseudonymous1
      May 5, 2010 at 20:21

      …severe attention seeking behaviour.)will not matter*. Correction. Again, @Cypher – Sorry Shaktimaan. Some Grammar Nazi you are.

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    • 136 Kunal
      May 6, 2010 at 02:40

      Funny in all its Gujju glory? Where did that come from? And forgettable? I don’t think so.

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  56. 137 Cypher
    May 5, 2010 at 21:46

    You come here to divert traffic to your blog and you call me an attention whore. Niiice.

    Of course people will forget about this soon. In fact they’ll probably forget about this next week. I’m only on here because I’ve had some free time from work this entire week and this represented an opportunity for potentially stimulating dialogue (lol) and cheap entertainment.

    A grammar Nazi I might be, but it’s a whole lot better than that dipshit…sorry I mean Arpit, typing like he’s severely overdosed on Kindergarten Cop.

    The man I caught my mom in a compromising position with is called Arpit too…and he’s buff.

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  57. 138 pseudonymous1
    May 5, 2010 at 21:51

    Stimulating dialogue as in those few femme fatales(self-proclaimed?). Well, never said I wasn’t a hypocrite, did I? Am an attention whore as well, never said no to that either.

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  58. 139 Cypher
    May 6, 2010 at 01:41

    So you’re a hypocrite and an attention whore. That makes everything you’ve ever said irrelevant and makes you a moron as well. Well done.

    The only band worth listening to is Demonic Resurrection and The Demonstealer’s solo project. I prefer Demonic Resurrection to Emperor or any other Norwegian black metal band. Fuck Norway!

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    • 140 pseudonymous1
      May 6, 2010 at 05:23

      Speak for yourself….you are a hypocrite and an attention whore as well, though I’m guessing you’d rather post more shitty comments than accept the fact. That is precisely what is wrong with you, dumbfuck. You aren’t ready to accept the fact that what you’re doing here is as meaningless as the rest of us. Don’t feel you’re special just because you’re reading everything n times and pointing out grammatical mistakes to n00bs. At the end, you’re just another jobless wanker troll, and nothing more.

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  59. 141 Cypher
    May 6, 2010 at 03:37

    Demonic Resurrection is my favourite band and every other band sucks… especially Exhumation.

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  60. 142 Cypher
    May 6, 2010 at 03:38

    I hate your band, Aditya. Hate it, hate it, hate it.

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  61. 143 Cypher
    May 6, 2010 at 03:46

    Good news. I’ll be back home in two weeks so I eagerly await the next Exhumation gig. I’ll be right in front wearing a Linkin Park tshirt so you’ll know it’s me. Good luck for the show.

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  62. 144 Sanchal Malhar
    May 6, 2010 at 06:56

    Dude, let’s not fight anymore…it drains me.

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  63. 145 Sanchal Malhar
    May 6, 2010 at 06:58

    By the way, I never get why… I mean, if you’re frustrated or angry why dwell on it and make a song out of it. Why not do something to calm yourself down, like meditate, masturbate or whatever… but a song like I CUM BLOOD – why, brother why?

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  64. 148 Sanchal Malhar
    May 6, 2010 at 07:02

    Hey folks it’s me… I just posted 2 comments, please reply to them!

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  65. 149 Cypher
    May 6, 2010 at 08:50

    Fuck off, Sanchal…what do you know about Cannibal Corpse? They were at their peak when they had Chris Barnes. I’ll cum menstrual blood all over you if you say anything about them again.

    Demonic Resurrection rules! They are more skilled than any death or black metal band I have ever heard.
    I love The Demonstealer and his guitar solos. I’m ready to pay 55-60 Indian rupees for DR albums just to prove Mehta wrong.

    See you chumps later! Have fun blowing each other \m/

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  66. 150 Sanchal Malhar­
    May 6, 2010 at 08:51

    Let’s be friends, Mehta.

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  67. 151 ­­­Sanchal Malhar
    May 6, 2010 at 08:58

    😡

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  68. 152 Bluesy Lick
    May 6, 2010 at 13:32

    Very well-written, dude. Agree with most of your points, but I think there is a way to make money while enjoying creating music. The people you’ve mentioned obviously don’t know how to go about it.

    More power to you, dude!

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  69. 153 Shimit
    May 6, 2010 at 13:56

    What a powerful comment on the underground music scene in India. Very good stuff, Aditya!

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  70. 154 adharm
    May 7, 2010 at 00:58

    i have no clue how i got here 😀 but what an epic fucking read

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  71. 155 C
    May 7, 2010 at 07:36

    Just subscribing to comments … 😉 !

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  72. 156 Devdutt
    May 7, 2010 at 07:44

    Dude, Madhav…Jesus takes it up the ass. Deep and hard. 🙂

    Your metal hero Sahil Makhija used to charge people for burning metal CDs..charge them for burning music he’d downloaded to begin with. What was it… 50 bucks/CD? He had to pay his internet bills after all..had to buy his equipment.

    You know the biggest tragedy of the easy availability age? The fact that ignorant cunts like you can even have access to metal. I love how you revisionist fuckers like to distort the core idea behind everything to suit your beliefs.

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  73. 157 Jigar_DeathIsRed
    May 8, 2010 at 06:15

    just heard some unbelievable news about exhumation…

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  74. 158 Kunal
    May 8, 2010 at 07:11

    @Jigar

    I heard too and am not surprised.Prashant is known for his high-handed behavior. What a shame.

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  75. May 9, 2010 at 07:47

    For the first and last time, and let me be clear about this:

    I don’t care what anybody’s heard, this is the wrong place to come and talk shit about my band.

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  76. May 9, 2010 at 09:05

    About the name exhumation, aditya has clearly explained why, also were not trying for world domination like a cannibal corpse, so i dont think it really matters all 5 exhumations exist in harmony, both the disgorges too co-existed too. so you guys can keep complaining the name aint changing. Besides the original exhumation is buried and long gone and is a pretty boring band(im not saying were not either) but who cares, they dont anymore so chill out. If it makes you happy we can add an extra N at the end hahah 😛

    Jigar and Kunal: Ill give you some “unbelievable” news, Exhumation (INDIA) will be releasing a full length this diwali, titled Consider This for free download.

    This ones going to be even more “run of the mill death metal” so dont waste your time. The reason we dont want to release it for a price is because its too much of an effort to market it and promote it which we dont like to do, having said that i have the utmost respect for people who do and make a living off it. But were not making a living off it and dont really give a shit if someone in brazil hears it or someone in belapur, its free for anyone and everyone who comes across it.

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    • May 9, 2010 at 09:37

      And at this evening’s practice session I’m going to bring up the idea of changing our name to Sexhumation just for Cypher and all the other girls who lust after us.

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  77. May 10, 2010 at 05:22

    Adi-tya, what a chu-tya you are! 😡

    You’re a spoilt bastard living off bade bapu’s alms & hence don’t give a fuck about recovering money – papa Mehta’s big business will be there to fund your indulgences!
    Shame on you… you’re worse than the “beggars” you rant against.

    As for the rest, they are little boys who go out to earn a living like real pussies, as I recently wrote here: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/music/A-day-job-for-day-dreamers-/articleshow/5906746.cms

    And that’s the only way to do it!

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    • 164 ghosh_b
      May 10, 2010 at 06:24

      Sanchal, your article is boring. More importantly, you idiots have still not understood what Mehta’s talking about.Let me try explainin it. Selling music is fine, cribbing about people not buying the music is not.Mehta made a smart move by joining his family business because it would be foolish to let go of that option and instead of that sit around shedding tears about what a struggle it is to be a metal musician.That idiot Makhija himslf wrote in one of his lame notes how people in other countries take up any job but Makhija himself wont because it would be looked down upon here in india. So the Demonstealer would rather wipe his nose on the shoulders of metalheads instead of being happy that his band is overrated and there are youngsters who fall for the hype and buy the below-average music his band makes.

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    • 165 pseudonymous1
      May 31, 2010 at 15:01

      Dude, I don’t see what’s wrong in running a business that is independent of your musical endeavours…if he can make cash and still find time for making music, and music that does not compromise on the quality front, why complain? I don’t care about his indulgences, I care about the music he makes. If the Demonstealer and other average bands actually started a sweetshop(or a sweatshop, whichever you prefer :P), and had time enough for experimentation and thought, they could end up making GOOD music which people would buy irrespective of whether the band begs them to or not. Misha Mansoor of Periphery home recorded the album, looked after all the record deal stuff and had a source of livelihood working at a friggin mall or something. I guess it’s doable, maybe people just aren’t trying hard enough.

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  78. 166 Raghav
    May 11, 2010 at 16:57

    RatKing is cool!

    On the topic of buying CDs of Indian bands, I bought:

    Eccentric Pendulum EP(50rs) — Just awesome!!! 3.5/5
    Raghu Dixit’s CD — forgot the price, 4/5
    Kryptos 2 CDS — 3/5 & 3.5/5
    Inner Sanctum — 3/5 Pretty good actually
    Looking forward to Escher’s Knot’s EP

    ^ All those were worth buying. Who the hell cares so much about 50bucks or 200bucks dude, when usually we spend so much moolah on booze and stuff.

    Never seen Exhumation live, so can’t comment…

    Come to Bangalore Exhumation!

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  79. 167 priyata
    May 31, 2010 at 11:38

    good post. with best baffling discussions. I enjoyed 🙂
    keep-up. its great to see a metallodrous(thts from my dictionary) discussion 😀

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  80. May 31, 2010 at 15:39

    bands with talent make it…if not in terms of respect then in terms of money (or vice versa). People with talent will make money. It is disheartening for me too when i see people writing posts like “im fucking broke making my last heavy metal CD so please buy some albums”.

    its creepy how they disguise their need to make a quick buck with this entire “support Indian Metal” bullcrap. If Indian metal had TALENT, it would not need to beg for support…just the way Japanese, Korean, South American or American metal bands do not have to.

    These feeder bands are letting stupid 16/17/18 year old kids “feel” like they are a part of something big…something they can rebel with…the classic case of “you’re different…just like everyone else” bullshit. and oh! Capitalism is that one more guitar sold to a guy who does not need it.

    The drummer who plays for the silk route guy…he sang that awesome “masakalli” song…that dude can cover dream theater songs NOTE BY NOTE man. I’ve seen him do it. He makes about 2 lacs a month …doing shows and touring with this singer. I rest my case…

    Its time these lame acts understood they are being labelled looosers and wake up to the reality. or maybe they wont as a matter of choice…cause Zion ain’t got too much money.

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    • June 7, 2010 at 22:09

      ”The drummer who plays for the silk route guy…he sang that awesome “masakalli” song…that dude can cover dream theater songs NOTE BY NOTE man. I’ve seen him do it. He makes about 2 lacs a month …doing shows and touring with this singer. I rest my case…”

      So he can cover Dream Theater note by note. Sooooo cooolll mannnnnn. What a genius. Just like every other 14 year old kid on youtube.

      WHO FUCKING CARES asshole? What does that have to do with anything?

      And do you really thing EVERYONE should make music like Silk fucking Route so they can make 2 lakhs per month? Because only that sort of music will get you 2 lakhs per month you braindead fuck.

      You’re the one who needs to wake up to reality. And you’re talking about KOREAN bands? Bwahahahah what a fucking moron. Like you even know the fucking difference between a Korean and a fucking Samsung tv set.

      Fuck off prick.

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  81. 171 sanket
    June 8, 2010 at 19:31

    You sound real tough. Everyone’s tough on the internet. Send me your address and take a print out of what you’ve written to me. then say it to my face when i come by. You won’t be so tough no more.

    the internet is where you’re tough, ‘Morpheus’. Just like in that movie.

    I’m going to find out who you are, you dickless faggot. and when i do…

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  82. 172 sanket
    June 8, 2010 at 19:42

    when i clicked on “Morpheus”, i get a page named “Matrix Hairstyles”. I never did think i’d kick a REAL faggots ass one day…but i guess you never really know where life takes you.

    Now – how about some info on where i can find you, braveheart?

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  83. 173 sanket
    June 9, 2010 at 09:31

    i’ll keep coming back, you little punk. I’m going to punch your nose in so deep you’ll be shitting through it.

    C’mon Morph – be a man…you dickless cumbag waste of sperm.

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    • June 10, 2010 at 21:02

      What a fucking loser. What’s the matter bitch? Can’t hold your own in an online debate? Or does everyone HAVE to agree with your views? How about giving ME some details on yourself big boy? We’ll see if your words are as empty as your brain.

      You’re going to find out who I am eh? I welcome it. Let’s see if you can fuckface. And when you do you’ll find out I’m FAR from being the ‘little punk’ you think I am. I’ll fucking rearrange your face in an instant shithead.

      In fact tell ME what I can find you and I’ll save you the trouble and come over and stomp your face into the ground. Would you like that bitch?

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  84. 175 Tushar
    June 9, 2010 at 13:27

    Workshop is worse than Demonic Resurrection. Workshop is like DR attempting at be humourous.
    Your IQ needs to be in single digits if you have to like Workshop.

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  85. 177 Tushar
    June 9, 2010 at 13:30

    Come to think of it, you need to have extremely poor taste in music in order to like Demonic Resurrection.

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  86. 179 Sagar Desai
    June 9, 2010 at 13:43

    DR ka drummer is very good but everyone else in the band is a chootiya.

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  87. 181 sanket
    June 9, 2010 at 23:26

    when the rock and roll thing started in the USA with Metallica, Slayer etc…yeah…it kinda did the same fucking way. the need to be different. because different is cool right?

    No Indian heavy band started for no other reason except to be cool. to be looked upon as rebels and heroes and to get laid some more. their love for heavy music became co-incidental to their need to use it to be cool. “if we like this, we’ll be different and cool” came before “fuck this music is awesome”

    after some years of “research”, all these kids got wise and started to blog too.

    But 1980 to 2000 in the USA was different…music stores SOLD music. Music was a solid business plan. Today NO music sells. Its downloaded. so music…unless completely commercial…just will not sell. Hence the guy who drums for the silke route guy…though very talented…will continue to make his 2 lacs a month with indi-pop. because he has mouths to feed.

    But what should not be acceptable as a business plan is this – “I’ve spent a bomb making my last album. Please buy”. Im not talking motherhood like “spirit of metal” or “you sold out” or any BULLSHIT like that. Im just saying that if you want to stick to non commercial music – remember it will not make you truckloads of money BEFORE making that CD.

    If i will download Nile or LOG or Slayer from the net, I sure as hell ain’t paying 200 bucks for an Indian band that may or may not be even half as talented.

    This is not about Aditya or Sahil…exhumation or DR. This is about creating a solid business plan before getting into the business of music.

    Sahil wants to create a successful DR empire. Merchandise, Album sales, fans and shows all over the world. Its not the 1990’s and its gonna be tough. all the best.

    Aditya on the other hand, wants to revel in the spirit of metal. thats cool too.

    now – stop bickering like a bunch of schoolgirls and lets all exchange contact information so that –
    1) we can all meet up over beers to discuss this.
    2) Aditya can get to wear his Sherlock Holmes costume and fornicate with Cypher
    3) Sahil and Aditya can suck each others lips in an unholy union, recorded for posterity and titled “sah-ditya’s demonic resuscitation”
    4) I can get to kick Morpheus’ teeth in
    amen!

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  88. 183 shyamak
    June 10, 2010 at 05:51

    “No Indian heavy band started for no other reason except to be cool. to be looked upon as rebels and heroes and to get laid some more. their love for heavy music became co-incidental to their need to use it to be cool. “if we like this, we’ll be different and cool” came before “fuck this music is awesome””

    That’s bullshit, dude. How would you know another’s reason to start playing music? Also, what makes you think someone who gets into soft/hard rock/alternative would have a different set of reasons?

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  89. 184 shyamak
    June 10, 2010 at 05:56

    I forgot to write what I really wanted to say::: I’m fucken sick of DR. All hype and not one thing to get excited about.

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  90. June 10, 2010 at 06:53

    “If i will download Nile or LOG or Slayer from the net, I sure as hell ain’t paying 200 bucks for an Indian band that may or may not be even half as talented.”

    I completely agree with this. Why should I pay more than fifty bucks for rubbish because some of you want me to “support the scene”/”keep supporting metal”? Would I rather not let that money go to the bands that made great music that doesn’t need support? Oh, music that doesn’t need support is something you lot haven’t heard or even heard of, so don’t bother your little heads over it.

    Another thing, it’s not anyone vs anyone. I’ve already mentioned that this post was a reaction to the weepy notes on Facebook. When you’re the face of metal in India, when your band is getting global recognition, it’s jam, so DON’T be whining about not making bread and butter. And this is for Madhav: Tu kya ro raha hai bey, bhosadike? Madarchod, kal ka launda aa gaya paisa chhapne ke liye? Jhaatu, ek band ko sign kar ke ro raha hai ke nobody is buying? Bhenchod, David Geffen banne ka hai tereko? Toh rona bandh aur kaam shuru. Chal phut abhi idhar se.

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  91. 186 DivJags
    June 10, 2010 at 09:48

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA WIN x 100

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  92. 187 Shanu
    June 10, 2010 at 10:28

    OMG LOLZ

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  93. 188 sanket
    June 10, 2010 at 13:27

    Shyamak – i’m assuming. because when i started to play the drums in a rock and roll mould, i was pretty clear i’m doing it not because some super divine power of the universe told me that metal is the path of the righteous. like most things kids discover, metal was, at first, fashion… before it became a lifestyle or a religion.

    the meaning of NOT being a hypocrite is to assume for others only that, what you know is true for yourself.

    Are you saying you understood the meaning of “angel of death” or “symptom of the universe” before you got into metal BECAUSE you wanted to be cool and different as a 16 year old? (you’re probably 16 now…i don’t know). I’m not a hypocrite, man.

    which artist did you know of first Shyamak? Michael Jackson or Slayer? if Michael and Madonna were the influences that started your foray into western music, why did the shift happen to metal for you? was Mein Kamph the first book you read in a hurry after listening to Angel of Death for the first time?? you interest me…strangely

    And OH! i mentioned “mike portnoy” in my earlier post only because i do not think some of the REAL dumb fucks (Morpheus) on this post will ever know who Paco Sery is.

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  94. 190 sanket
    June 10, 2010 at 13:31

    Read a nice long post by “ASMO” above somewhere. he’s another non-hypocrite who’s saying it like it is…in more words thought.

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    • June 11, 2010 at 02:36

      By the way Sanket since you’re so anti-hypocrisy, don’t you find it hypocritical that your band The Falsepositives (lol) promote peace and goodwill in general but you want to resort to violence?

      We’re all hypocrites at some level or another. Deal with it. Don’t act all sanctimonious because you’re no better than anyone else.

      And going by your pics the only people you could beat up are old women and dwarves. For a brief second I thought you might actually pose a challenge based on all your big talk. Looks like you’re just another rat who thinks he’s got biceps of steel because he wears a tight tshirt.

      You wanna rumble let me know hero. I’ve left some of the biggest moshers in Mumbai bloody from the face down. You wouldn’t last 2 fuckin seconds.

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  95. 192 sanket
    June 11, 2010 at 05:36

    The album is about issues that impact children. Since war is one of them, there may be a song about it. But apart from the music, yeah i do believe in non violence. And believe in extending a non violent approach towards those who deserve it. I will beat up a guy who beats up women and kids. There is a difference between a non violent approach and cowardice.

    I’m not going to fight you…because i don’t hit women no matter what.

    you win.

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    • 193 Devdutt
      June 11, 2010 at 10:10

      OMG you are a fucking pussy hahahaha! Gujjugandya hai na?!

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      • 194 SubZero
        June 11, 2010 at 22:24

        Kindly reveal your surname and location so I can have the pleasure of answering your question.

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        • 195 Devdutt
          June 12, 2010 at 07:53

          Full Name: Devdutt Anil Nawalkar

          Current Location: Domlur, Bangalore. Par mein Andheri-waasi hoon. I’ll hit you up when I’m in town next. Kthanxbai.

          Woooo, I feel so macho and grown-up now. My penis, it grows before my very eyes. “Snakes” thayi gayu su?

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          • 196 SubZero
            June 12, 2010 at 09:09

            What is an Andheri-waasi doing in Domlur when the ‘snakes are in the hole’ Gujarati & Marwadi & Sindhi tribes are taking over the share market & most other things related to financial wealth? The North Indians are driving autorickshaws & a lot of them have built great wealth & the Muslims are driving taxis & many of them have vast empires. What is there to do in Domlur for an online Maratha warrior? There are desk jobs here as well for you people which is all you people are capable of handling. Dont bother hitting me up in Mumbai because I’m from and in the city you have come running to. I’m not South Indian in case you’re thinking up some ‘vannakum’ humor. Your reproductive organ grows before your eyes? Behold! Its called having an erection. For your info, the snakes joke went out of fashion before you were born and I’m not even Gujju, you frustrated chut. Usal misal thayi gayu su?

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            • 197 Devdutt
              June 12, 2010 at 09:42

              arre why so touchy feely? I’m the last person you could try to impress with wealth or stations of power. Dust to dust, baby.

              I’m far from being an online warrior, man…and yes, I’m frustrated and repressed and humbled sexually. My last lay mocked me for my tiny dick; it crept up into my belly before she could say hi, you see. And refused to come out for seconds even. It puts the world in perspective when your schlong heeds no master.

              I work as a ticketing clerk at the Domlur Bus Depot, you got the desk job bit right! I get to see at nice South Indian aunties with bulging buttocks and jangling teats climb aboard buses. It really gives me a hardon to see their butt cracks smile in anticipation. I’m like Karthik from the movie who went to Cochin for a cure to his schizophrenia.. I think these gargantuan Idli ladies will cure me of my chronic impotence. I will keep you posted of due developments.

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      • 200 Hardik 'Hard Dick' Goradia
        June 12, 2010 at 05:44

        OMG Devdutt can see only pussy hahahaha! Sexually frustrated hai na?!

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    • June 11, 2010 at 16:40

      What a fuckin pussy. The guy who doesn’t believe in non violence threatens to beat me up and then when he figures out I’m not a fuckin ‘little punk’ he chickens out.

      Looks like you’re the one who like to TALK TOUGH on the internet. Fuckin hypocrite wimp.

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  96. 202 blacksheep
    June 11, 2010 at 10:46

    this thread is \m/

    btw voting closes 15th june 🙂

    http://apps.facebook.com/opinionpolls/index.php?pid=1275392592

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  97. 203 sanket
    June 11, 2010 at 15:52

    DD – if you were talking to me, it’s awesome you fucking figured it out :-). you sound like a alcoholic, marathi, brothel regular. hehehehe.

    this is a very relevant thread…lets avoid polluting it with personal jibes. waste of bandwidth and time.

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    • June 11, 2010 at 20:48

      Ohhhh so now let’s not pollute this thread with personal jibes? What about all the bullshit you said before? Fuck what a fag. Typical tough talking internet kid. Threaten to kick someones ass but when they find out they don’t have a fuckin prayer they run to their mommies.

      Of all the losers on this thread you deserve to be abused the most since you’re such a fucking hypocrite pussy dipshit. At least show some fuckin balls you fag.

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  98. 205 William Watkins
    June 11, 2010 at 21:09

    Big ups to Exhumation for how far they’ve come and good luck with the next release !
    To the critics, if you have a problem with Exhumation’s ‘run of the mill’ music and free download(courtesy bade bapu)..put your money where your mouth is and try coming with a full length album anywhere near the quality of music these guys are dishing out.
    Underground music imo doesnt need in your face promo, fans will get it no matter what.(This stand true for every non mainstream genre : psychedelic, hip hop, jazz, drum and bass, trip hop whatever)
    If someone wants to promote / sell that’s great, but imo that dilutes the passion and quality of music. (note IMO)
    What Exhumation is doing requires infinite passion and commitment, I don’t understand the haters who came here to take a piss.
    Cypher and other heroes, Does anyone know who you are or are you hiding behind virtual ID’s and trying to be tough guy on the internets ? Let me know, I have some hungry cats at home who are waiting to feed on people just like you (Yea, they are pussy cats but they devour mental cripples like you for breakfast)
    Over,
    -wW

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  99. 206 sanket
    June 13, 2010 at 05:28

    People i’m getting really scared of “Morpheus”. what if she jumps right out of this internet thread…riding IP’s…jumping circuits… and materializes right here before me in my home – to kick my ass.

    just like Lokken in T3 🙂

    Morpheus – since i don’t hide behind internet pseudonyms and you’ve seen my facebook profile/ band page to “size me up” before the big fight :-), how about supporting the music so that some of your infinite strength can go into helping underprivileged kids?

    think about it. YOU WILL BECOME A MOTHER SOME DAY…so i’m hoping you care about kids…

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  100. 207 RF 76
    July 4, 2010 at 08:51

    The BEST fucking post on the current Indian metal scene. Double thumbs up \m/

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  101. 208 Chulo
    December 13, 2010 at 03:47

    After failing miserably at humor, Sahil Makhija is trying another way to be funny. Chech his FB..His sarcasm is equally fuckall because he still hasnt got the point of this blog post. Somebody please inform him that sobbing and moaning about people buying CDs and using guilt tactics does not equal to being kvlt either. he’s more stupid than i thought!!

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    • 209 rape porn india
      December 13, 2010 at 12:48

      apparently demonstealer has learned nothing from this and has misinterpreted this post to suit his sales pitch.lol the tacky comment was ‘liked’ by demon’s gay-sex-loving sidekick riju dasgupta and the inconsequential dheeraj dimebag. madhav ravindranath (who represents workshop’s core audience) didnt get it and demonstealer had to point out that it was sarcasm. the way he goes silent during workshop gigs so people can know when to laugh.

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  102. 210 Kush
    June 4, 2012 at 10:23

    “Heavy Metal doesn’t need support” – the most true and awesome line of the entire article \m/

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  103. 211 Kedar Kamath
    April 10, 2013 at 13:29

    I have never seen more comments on a blog. Ever. Ever. Brilliant.

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  104. 212 Akshay
    April 10, 2013 at 18:32

    Sahil Makhija = Professional Beggar

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  108. July 20, 2013 at 10:22

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  109. 217 Sid
    July 21, 2013 at 05:57

    Awesome post bro, this is Telang from JNS, by the way! Must say, you are absolutely right. Money should not drive your passion. Money may make you materially rich but true wealth is gained when your fans appreciate you and buy your music because they love your music! If one has the confidence and the belief, then nothing can stop that person, not even society nor even nature, everyone will make way for this person to succeed.
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