Music Bands-5


Kartiek Chandel

‘Music is the medicine of soul’. The traditional and folk music is still the favourite of many but rock and hip-hop is becoming popular among youth now-a-days. India continues to produce bands in various styles of rock music, from soft rock and roll and rock pop, to hard rock and metal. Himachal too has plenty of rock music followers providing impetus to the cropping of many rock bands. There are numerous popular bands promoting rock music in the state, including the popular Gogi Band, Solan, Moksh and Deathknell Band, Shimla beside others. Some newly formed music bands are also there including Faith, Pensive Black, Shimla and others. All the music bands-both new and old- have some surprisingly simple stories behind their journey in the rock music. Here are the stories behind some of the popular and budding music bands of Himachal. This week we are carrying out the journey of the band ‘Deathknell’.


Manish Kashyap Vocals / Guitars

Purvaj Chauhan Guitars / Vocals

Sandeep Sharma Bass

Manish Verma Drums

 Experimenting with  Metal and Rock Music

Deathknell is a heavy metal/Classic rock band originated from the streets of Shimla in 2009. Inspired by various different metal and rock iconic figures makes their music much more versatile and gives them a wide range of thoughts processed down in their compositions. So far the band has come out with some interesting compositions liked and appreciated by their supporters. Manish Verma, the drummer of the band, told that it was named Deathknell by Purvaj because Deathknell means ‘Darkness and Destruction’. “During initial stages when we formed our band, the lyrics were based on death and the thoughts that are generally ignored by the society. During our journey we faced so many problems as it was not an easy task for us to form a metal band in Himachal where people were hardly aware by the real meaning of metal and rock music. At that time even we didn’t had good fully equipped studios.  To explore success at the national and international level was tough for us but it was the hard work that made us successful on different platforms,” added Manish. One can follow them on Facebook, having 5000 of fan followings presently. And videos, tracks can be downloaded by their respective titles on you-tube. Their popular songs are ‘Defining Death’, ‘Reaper’, ‘Slow 19′, ‘Destruction’, ‘lost’, ‘you are the one’, ‘Decadence fallen’, ‘still to decide’ and ‘sweetest dream’.

Performances of Deathknell

*    Performance cum interview on Doordarshan Shimla.

*     95.0 BIG FM Shimla.

*     International radios Radio Revolta Poland and Guerrilla Radio.

*    Rolling Stones India.

*    First band from H.P., released a metal/rock album independently ‘Still to Decide’.

*    Rayat and Bahara University (Minerva), (Ropar).

*    Shoolini University (Solan)

*     Hard Rock Cafe (Delhi)

*     Himachal Pradesh University.

*     Headlined And judged Law college.

*    Headlined St.bedes College (Shimla )

*    Ready to hit MTV Roots soon.

*   The upcoming tracks of the band are Tanah chala and hardcore metal track dedicated to lord Shiva.

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