L - Sahil "The Demonstealer" Makhija

R - Virendra "Viru" Kaith

Right from its inception in March 2000 Demonic Resurrection has been raising eyebrows. Starting out as bunch of 17-year-olds looking to give India a taste of extreme metal, then a nearly untouched genre, the band, spearheaded by Sahil ‘The Demonstealer’ Makhija, released their first album Demonstealer within nine months of formation. It was an amateurish first attempt but a bold step in a scene dominated by tribute and cover bands that got Demonic Resurrection noticed. 

In 2005 the band released their 2nd full-length album ‘A Darkness Descends’ and followed that up with an EP ‘Beyond The Darkness’ in 2007. The band hit the studio in August 2009 to record their third full-length album and what was to be the final chapter in the Darkness trilogy: The Return to Darkness. Roping in renowned artist Michael ‘Xaay’ Lorac (Nile, Karl Sanders, Behemoth, Vader) to design the artwork for the album, the band also released their first video for ‘The Unrelenting Surge of Vengeance’ that received (and continues to receive) airplay from mainstream music channels like VH1. 

The band capped 10 successful years of metal with their first international show at the prestigious Inferno Festival in Norway in April 2010 and will make an appearance at the Brutal Assault festival in the Czech Republic in August 2010. The band also signed with Candlelight Records and won the ‘Global Metal’ award at the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards  in June 2010.

The band went from strength to strength with performances at Bloodstock Open Air Festival and following the release of their 4th full-length album ‘The Demon King’ at Sonisphere Festival as well as Wacken Open Air. The band also did a short headline tour in the UK (with support from De Profundis) as well as supporting thrash legends, Onslaught. In 2015 the band made festival appearances at Metaldays and Brutal Assault and also played club shows in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

In 2016 the band begun working on their 5th studio album ‘Dashavatar’ which they self released in 2017 after successfully funding their pledgemusic campaign at 220% of their target. The album was well received by critics and fans alike. The band toured India extensively in 2017 and in 2018 did a 10 show headlining tour in the UK with local supports Wretched Soul. 

It’s been a long and sometimes arduous 18-year journey for the band – a story of struggle, brickbats, bottles, adulation and acceptance but most of all of incredible amounts hard work, determination and perseverance – and even naysayers will be hard-put to argue that DR are one of the most important bands to have come out of the Indian music scene. But yet, for Demonic Resurrection, the journey is only beginning…