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Music Death metallers Inner Sanctum are doing their biggest tour yet, of Germany and Poland

Inner Sanctum has never gone beyond two dates in what they would call a ‘tour’. Indeed, it’s a very different notion for an Indian band to tour within the country. Bigger crowd-pleasing rock and fusion bands get to tour, but not metal bands. At the most, they get five gigs in one month.

This June, thrash/death metallers Inner Sanctum will go on their biggest tour yet – their Wake of Destruction tour of Germany and Poland, which includes at least eight consecutive performances, in eight different cities. “We’ve played two back-to-back shows here in India but never a tour,” says Gaurav Basu, vocalist of the band and designer of the band’s posters and T-shirts. He played around with mythology of all kinds before sketching up their tour poster, which features a mythical lord slaying an octopus-like creature.

“I am a huge fan of Greek mythology and wanted to dig around in that area,” says Basu, thinking of Poseidon, Hades and other Titans before he finally settled on one kind of mythology. “I wanted to illustrate a very terrifying version of Lord Yama, influenced by how classical Greek art was, I decided to add my own spin to it,” Basu explains With a tour poster like that, they’ll have few problems conveying their brand of heavy, chaotic and destructive metal to an entirely new audience.

Inner Sanctum plays at two festivals as part of their tour – they open with the Chronical Moshers Festival in Germany and move through Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Giessen, Cologne and Bonn, before closing with Metalfest Open Air in Poland.

Knowing bands, it might just be like a hectic vacation, but with gigs to play at the end of each day.

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