'The Down Troddence', popularly known as 'TDT' is a six piece Folk - Thrash Metal Band, originally from Kannur district in Kerala, India. The band currently consists of Munz (Vocals), Varun Raj (Guitar), Nezer Ahemed (Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals), Sushin Shyam (Keyboards, Backing Vocals), Ganesh Radhakrishnan (Drums), and Advaith Mohan (Guitar).Apart from the drums, Ganesh Radhakrishnan is also their manager. The band recorded their debut album in November 2012, produced by Keshav Dhar (Skyharbor).
The band got its first big boost with the release of the music video for their single 'Shiva'. The video received the Best Music Video award at the IndieGo South Asian Music Awards, and has garnered 1,00,000 views on Youtube. Following a series of victories at college fests in and around South India.
TDT has always been noted for its unique blend of conventional Thrash and Groove Metal with a large dose of traditional Kerala folk music elements, art forms such as Theyyam in particular. The band also incorporates a lot of traditional folk sounds and instruments in the form of ambient layers in their music. Rhythm structures used in their songs too are primarily inspired by folk music.Lyrically the band has a strong philosophy of talking about inequalities and injustices which are ever present in India's social and political systems. A common theme in their music is the effort to project the voice of the under-privileged and down-trodden people. Another big influence on the band has been the Malayalam Folk Rock band Avial, who also speak about similar themes in their music.