Asthra is a LIVE band based out of the IT capital of India, Bangalore. The name of the band means weapon in Sanskrit. They are a melodic thrash metal band and their songs talk about issues that India is incessantly stifled by. The group aims to deliver a message, using their music as their Asthra.
The first song, Tryst with Chaos, opens with Nehru’s speech, Tryst with Destiny, and talks about how the country’s democracy has been rendered meaningless by the utter chaos in the system. Their second composition, Insider-Outsider, was written during the Mumbai-Pune riots when the ugly face of regionalism was rearing its head once again.
Two new compositions, Neo-Slavery and Viel of Isis, have been added to their armoury, which the band intends to record soon.
After many line-up and band name changes, Asthra, now with a stable and talented line-up, have embarked on their musical journey which is bound to turn heads, and win them more fans and the respect of metalheads alike.
Each member of the band has their own musical influences ranging from Indian classical to metal to western classical and everything in between which has contributed to a unique sound.
With four original compositions in their arsenal already, aficionados can expect blasting, energetic and clinical performances by this talented band and an EP.