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Metal Melancholy: Best of 2014 - Demonstealer Picks


Best of 2014 is a 5 piece series where we sit down with artists from across the globe and ask them their favorite albums of 2014. Featured in this first edition, is none other than the DEMONSTEALER!

Sahil Makhija (a.k.a Demonstealer) has gained quite a good reputation and respect from the fans in the Metal scene in India over the years. He has 3 full-fledged projects running in Demonic Resurrection, Reptilian Death and Workshop. On top of it, his metal-cooking show (hell yeah!) – Headbanger’s Kitchen is now running in its third season. To add to the impressive list, he has revived his long planned solo album for a mid-2015 release. We sat down and had a small chat with him.

Hi Sahil, pleasure to have you here on Metal Melancholy.

2014 was a good year for Demonic Resurrection with the release of ‘The Demon King’ and the European tour. 2015 marks 15 years for the band, what all plans are being made to make this one memorable for both the band and the fans?

Demonstealer: We always try to do our best but there are many hurdles in our way so at this point all we can promise the fans is we’re going to try and play every city possible and keep delivering kick-ass live performances. We also hope to start work on our 5th studio album this year. We’re going to keep ourselves busy and keep delivering the goods hopefully for another 15 years.

Your all 3 projects have faced constant line-up changes over throughout their respective existence. What kept you going on all 3 front?

Demonstealer: I guess it’s just my attitude with things I have a passion for, which is, don’t quit. I also have had a lot of support and all three bands have had fans and I get a lot of strength from them. I’ve also come so far in and there are so many people that have put their faith in my like our record labels who have released the music and I don’t know if I could let them down and quit. I’ve also had some very loyal band mates like Hamza, Husain, Mephisto, Viru who have been with the bands for a long time and I know they are going to stick around come what may so I find strength in all of this to carry forward.

Your long time planned solo Demonstealer solo record is finally being recorded, with the crowd-funding running. What made you plan a solo record, even after the fact that you have 3 other projects (Demonic Resurrection, Reptilian Death and Workshop)?

Demonstealer: I guess I have music in me which doesn’t fit these 3 projects so this is my outlet for that but to be honest this album is very personal, these songs, these riffs, these melodies they are me putting myself out to the world. It’s one of my most honest expressions of myself. So I really hope it goes down well. Though I was told early on that ‘your music will never mean more to anyone than it does to you’ so I’m just hoping people enjoy the album and I definitely do have a few tricks up my sleeves. I guess this album is my expression, completely unchained, unrestricted and unedited.

What can the fans expect from the solo record?

Demonstealer: A lot of heart in the music. The album is still very metal but it’s also very melodic at the same time, a lot more singing and a lot more vocal experimentation. There will be some guest musicians who I believe will help take the album to the next level. I’m very excited for the fans to hear this and form their own opinion on the music.

Your favorite albums of 2014.

1. Behemoth - The Satanist - This band never lets me down, what an epic release.

2. Evergrey - Hymns For The Broken - Amazing melody, great singing, brilliant lead guitar playing. This album is perfect. 

3. Anaal Nathrakh - Desideratum - Still makes me want to break stuff, absolutely crushing and monstrous! 

4. Septicflesh - Titan - Orchestral brilliance, what a great atmosphere and crushing brutality. 

5. Bhayanak Maut - Man - These groove metal monsters released a blinder of an album. 13 tracks of madness with each song being a story of a serial killer all woven into a beautiful 118 page pdf file. Sadly only a digital release.

Best of 2014 – PART 2 – Wilhelm [The Gardnerz] Picks: HERE
Best of 2014 – PART 3 – Sam Bell [Mask of Judas] Picks: HERE
Best of 2014  PART 4  Srikanth [Bevar Sea] Picks: HERE

Best of 2014 – Indian Metal [Melancholy Edition] : HERE

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