Abbas Razvi, bassist of Hyderabad-based Progressive Trash and Death metal band Skrypt, talks to Nicky Jatin Sharma about their growing popularity.
And they rolled…
The band started in December 2006. Scenic (Vocalist) and Ramya (Lead Guitars) used to jam together and were looking for a drummer and came across Rajiv who used to jam with Akhil (Rhythm Guitarist). The four of them got together and jammed together and were looking for a bassist. I had just moved to India in May 2007 and was looking to play for a band.
These guys got in touch with me and when I went down for a jam. I really liked the stuff they were playing and joined soon after. They came up with the name “Script” during a competition when they were filling up the forms, since they wanted to script something new in the music scene and later they felt K and Y would look cooler so the name became “SKRYPT”.
We love to play…
This is a question that we find really hard to answer and usually let people decide for themselves. There are just so many influences and we try not to restrict ourselves to any specific genre. I’d think we primarily play a form of progressive thrash/death metal with added groove and melodic elements.
Influence of music…
Everyone in the band is influenced by lots of different styles of music and bands. Some of our common influences are — Pantera, Death, Opeth, Slayer, Megadeth, Nevermore, Obscura, Carcass, Hacride, Textures, Sepultura... I could just go on.
What are some of the highlights of the band?
The biggest achievement early on would probably have been winning CRI-Hyderabad and that was only the fourth time we had played on stage. In more recent times, our biggest achievement would have to be the release of our first EP — Discord. We had no idea what to expect and the response we got from around the world was amazing. This even led to us being a part of the Metal Hammer’s Global Metal Compilation which was really awesome. Also the opportunity to open for the international acts like Nervecell, Cyanide Serenity, Thurisaz and Xerath was quite an experience as well. Besides, three of our band members are full-time musicians right now. I think being able to do that being based in a city like Hyderabad is an achievement in itself. We’ve also won Best guitarist, bassist and drummer at IIIT-Hyderabad as well.
Playing across the country…
Playing in new cities is always a fun and exciting experience. We look forward to playing as many shows in different cities because we have no idea what to expect from the audience.
Some of the cities we’ve played in are — Chennai, Manipal, Delhi, Mumbai and Pune. A couple of shows we played in Mumbai at B69 were quite awesome as well. The Chennai show in 2009 was quite good. The crowd at the city was awesome back then and a show here is long overdue now.
Tell us about your EP.
When we started off, we were covering bands such as Pantera, Slayer, Death, Opeth and Gojira to name a few. We were trying to develop our own sound and style. We eventually found our style and composed four songs and those songs are a part of Discord. Since then we’ve written quite a few new songs and are working on our full-length album. We’ve come across quite a few hurdles but have managed to get past them and are aiming at releasing our new album later this year.
Listen to Skrypt @ reverbnation.com/skryptband