Sahil Makhija, better known as Demonstealer has long been one of the pillars of the heavy metal scene in India. From being at the vanguard of a fledgling metal scene to becoming one of its most visible and respected proponents today, Sahil has been integral to the growth of the Indian metal community.
In 2000, he formed Demonic Resurrection, one of India’s best known and biggest metal bands. Over the last 15 years the band has become one of the most recognizable faces of Indian metal, both locally and internationally. He also established the first recording studio dedicated solely to metal in 2000, and all of the country’s top metal bands today have recorded demos and albums here. In 2005, he launched India’s first metal record label, Demonstealer Records, with a roster that included the best Indian metal bands. It also licensed and released the albums of bands like Behemoth and Dimmu Borgir in the country. He also initiated and ran Resurrection Festival in partnership with former Demonic Resurrection bassist Husain Bandukwala in 2004 that for years was India’s only dedicated extreme metal festival. Needless to say, all these have had a great impact on the local scene.
Demonstealer also formed Reptilian Death in 2002, a side project that initially played humour infused death metal, which later took a more serious turn in 2006. The band has released two full- length albums and an EP. Read more here: www.facebook.com/Reptiliandeath
In 2008, he founded India’s first comedy rock/metal band Workshop. The band has released two full-length albums. Read more here: www.workshopband.com
In 2011, he started India’s first heavy metal cooking show called Headbanger’s Kitchen. Read more here: www.headbangerskitchen.com