In today’s metal scene, where the trend is for groups to label themselves by almost infinite subgenres, Naraka is a band that refuses to be defined by such rigid boundaries. Instead they travel back to embrace the pure root of metal music while adding in tastes of all the twists and turns the genre has taken over the last four decades. The result is something pure and polished that speaks to the hearts of all metal heads alike. Solid guitar riffs; melodic leads; dynamic drumming; and soaring, screaming, growling vocals; together with that oh-so-crucial X factor all combine to create a monster of a metal band with a bright future ahead of them.
Naraka’s first, self titled, album was a solo project released in 2009 by the bands founding member Vanan Kesavan. In the summer of 2010 drummer Aaron Newton joined the band, and a dynamic duo was formed. The band began playing shows shortly thereafter with a revolving line up of musicians, including bassist Derek Griffin , whom the band was sorry to loose in December 2012. Naraka has since developed a solid fan base in their home city of Medicine Hat, have played shows throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan, and toured with the legendary Singaporean metal band Rudra in the summer of 2011. They were joined in January of 2012 by guitarist Kyle Helmer, found through an advertisement while looking for his own band. Kyle brings a great sense of musicianship, good work ethic, and excellent adaptability to the band.
Together Vanan and Aaron have written and released the bands latest album “The Messiah Experiment”, due for release on May 26th by the band’s own indie label “Black Dog Trauma Productions”. Together they create a rock solid song writing team that echoes the chemistry and mastery of Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield, or Plant and Page. The band will be touring Western Canada this summer in promotion of the new album. “The Messiah Experiment” is sure to bring great things to Naraka, as it is a testament to their professionalism, rigid work ethic, and masterful song writing.