Bevar Sea

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Bevar Sea
A black and white photo of Bevar Sea
Bevar Sea with Current Line-up
Left to right: Avinash Ramchander, Srikanth Panaman, Rahul Chacko,Deepak Raghu and Ganesh Krishnaswamy.
Background information
Origin Bangalore, India
Genres Stoner rock, doom metal
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Labels Iron Fist Record
Website store.bevarsea.com
Members Avinash Ramchander (Bass Guitar)
Deepak Raghu (Drums)
Rahul Chacko (Guitars)
Ganesh Krishnaswamy (Vocals)
Srikanth Panaman (Guitars)

Bevar Sea (Pronounced as Bevarsi, is a Kannada and Telugu term for "Bastard") originally called Dirt Bucket, (started off as a bedroom project of Srikanth Panaman and Kaustubh Thirumalai) is a stoner/doom metal band based in Bangalore, India. The quintet was founded in late 2010 and currently consists of Avinash Ramchander, Deepak Raghu, Rahul Chacko, Ganesh Krishnaswamy, and Srikanth Panaman. Their self-titled debut album was mixed by Billy Anderson and released on October 16, 2012. It received critical acclaim and was included in Ninehertz's best albums of 2012.[1] Bevar Sea was named the "Best Emerging Act" at the Rolling Stone Metal Awards India 2013.[2]

The band names their main influences to be bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Cathedral and Orange Goblin, among others.[3]

Biography[edit]

Bangalore-based stoner/doom/metal quintet Bevar Sea has been functional for the best part of two years now, having started out in late 2010, and having gathered an unprecedented cult following in the country in such a short span of time. Influenced by heavy blues-rock of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the band is focused on presenting classic heavy metal exactly the way it should be, by employing an organic, no-frills approach to songwriting and live musicianship.

The band draws inspiration from a plethora of highly influential bands, the obvious ones being Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, UFO, Rainbow, Saint Vitus and Sleep, along with some not-so-obvious names such as Cathedral, Orange Goblin, Grand Magus, Trouble, Pentagram, Electric Wizard, High On Fire and Kyuss.

Debut Album[edit]

Bevar Sea is the eponymous debut studio album by the Bangalore based doom metal band Bevar Sea released on October 16th, 2012 on Iron Fist Records. With their self-titled debut album, Bevar Sea has proved that they are no pushovers in the Indian metal space and have, beyond a doubt, played a key role in pioneering the stoner/doom metal genre in India. This album was recorded by Srikanth & Chacko at The Doom Cave in early 2012. Drums recorded live by Basement Tapes Studios in late 2011.

The first track of the album, ‘The Smiler’ is live staple with its tip of the hat to the likes of classic Black Sabbath and Dio (band).

The second track on the album is the anthemic crowd favorite - ‘Abhistu’ (Brahmin term for a retard). The song is about a serial killer and his ride that goes around tormenting hipsters and is always on the run from the cops.

Another song of note, “Universal Sleeper”, has become their set opener of late with its twin guitars, the 70s style hooks, and the classic bluesy doom grooves. Set in limbo, a drug fiend spawns a generation of workers, a populace - bent on mind domination. The second part, the song titled “Sleeping Pool”, is when it all goes bad, and musically it takes the band to their doomiest and the bleakest yet.

The 14 minute doom and gloom epic in Mono Gnome last track of the album, is a song about a midget, and the hots he has for a witch. Their commune results in a fire, because of a curse that the witch carries, that sets the world on fire.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Ganesh Krishnaswamy. 

No. Title Music Length
1. "The Smiler"   Srikanth Panaman & Kaustubh Thirumalai 7:41
2. "Abishtu"   Srikanth Panaman 8:46
3. "Universal Sleeper"   Srikanth Panaman 9:38
4. "Mono Gnome"   Srikanth Panaman 17:07
Total length:
43:12

Live Shows[edit]

Throughout their various live performances till date, Bevar Sea has paid tribute to these legendary acts with their own renditions of some classic tunes as well as deep cuts. They have done full sets of just Black Sabbath and early Pink Floyd songs, and have also done an exclusive show as a tribute to their other influences. But it’s their original material which is the most sought-after among fans. Mixing up their setlists help make their already powerful live act more interesting for both their existing fans and new audiences alike. The combination of this, along with their attention to great and unique artwork, and their DIY attitude to organising shows, self-releasing their album, and promoting themselves, have made Bevar Sea one of the most important bands in the Indian underground music scene in recent times.

Milestones[edit]

  • February 2011: Debut gig opening for Israel’s Orphaned Land
  • September 2011: Special Black Sabbath tribute show
  • Nov 2011: One of the headliners at NLS’ Strawberry Fields
  • June 2012: One of the opening acts for Kreator
  • August 2012: Special Pink Floyd tribute show
  • October-November 2012: Debut album release, followed by a tour of 7-10 cities.
  • January 2013: Opened for the English Doom band Anathema
  • July 2013: Awarded Best Emerging Act by Rolling Stone India

Band members[edit]


Supporting members

  • Nikhil Pai - Sound Engg
  • Guru Somayaji - Manager
  • Billy Anderson - Audio Engineer
  • Band photographs by Munz Photography.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
  • Bevar Sea (2012)

External sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://ninehertz.co.uk/viewitem/4105
  2. ^ http://rollingstoneindia.com/skyharbor-make-a-clean-sweep-at-the-rolling-stone-metal-awards-2013/
  3. ^ Bevar Sea press kit 2012