Heavy metal from India is becoming more and more popular in the Western world with not only quality releases from acts such as Demonic Resurrection and Kryptos reaching us but many of these bands also perform at all the major metal events in Europe such as Wacken Open Air, Bloodstock Festival and Inferno Metal Festival. The latest such act is Inner Sanctum who have performed at Norway’s Inferno and have just released their debut full-length Legions Awake. Not only is it a fine sounding groovy death metal record but it also features guest appearances by Christopher Amott (ex-Arch Enemy), Dan Mongrain (Voivod, Martyr) and James Murphy (ex-Testament, Death, Obituary).
Before their impressive show at Inferno, I had a chance to catch up with the band. Vocalist, Gaurav Basu, and guitarist, Chintan Chinnappa, talk about all things Inferno, the Indian heavy metal scene, the “exoticism” of Indian metal bands and opening for Slayer and Metallica.