Kathmandu-based metal band ‘Warheads Nepal’ formed in October 2018 represents Nepal at Bangalore Open Air Festival 2022, India’s largest and dedicated outdoor Pure Rock and Heavy metal music festival to be held December 3.
Among different bands, Warheads Nepal became the winner of Wacken Metal Battle Nepal held in 2020. Bangalore Open Air is the event which brings together international and local metal bands from all over the world which is held every year in different parts of the city of Bangalore.
The band, made up of five members from different backgrounds – some gigging in Thamel and others leading an independent band – collaborated five years ago to create a progressive band. Vocalist is Sumit Moktan, Guitarist is Ajay Khadka, Lead Guitarist is Suvarna Raj Chauhan, Drummer is Hanish Shrestha and Bass player is Nikhil Manandhar.
Nikhil Manandhar said that one of the main challenges they have faced as a rock band is the number of viewers. He said, “When we release new original songs on the market, the media coverage is very low.” In Nepal, Underground Metal Scene shows are not held as often and even though some take place, there is not much space for traditional band and music.
Manandhar said, “Events and platforms held in South India, such as Bangalore Open Air Festival and Wacken Open Air Battle, provide new opportunities for the metal scene and underground performances.” He mentioned that a few events were also held in Nepal, such as Thrashmandu and Silent Festival, and wished more events were held in the country.
The group which aims to spread Nepali music internationally and show the world that such kind of thrash metal band exists in Nepal through such platforms during Wacken Metal Battle now represents Nepal. Manandhar said, “There is no chance of making a mistake. So we jam and train to prepare for the competition more than a month in advance.
Manandhar said if they win The Open Air Festival, they aim to work on their originals which have yet to be created due to time constraints in the past. He shared their dream of representing Nepal at the Wacken Open Air in Germany, which they will seize after winning the Bangalore Open Air Festival Competition. He added, “My suggestion for future young musicians and band members is – keep working, keep your music close to you. Don’t let any obstacles get in the way of your musical journey.