Compiled by Sagarika Saxena & Arjun Rai Gupta.

I recently had the opportunity to interview Shourya, the vocalist of a progressive heavy metal band from New Delhi, Trigger.

Trigger came into the limelight after their gig at the rock band competition, Blitzkreig at IIT-Delhi’s famous annual culture fest - Rendezvous in October 2013, where they emerged victorious with over 6,000 people in attendance.

Heavily influenced by Textures - a Dutch metalcore band - Shourya also listed Gojira, Meshuggah and Lamb of God (in its infancy) as major contributors to their mid- and low-ranged distorted sound with heavy vocals and lot of groovy aggression.

Trigger’s smooth and heavy (and infectiously headbangable) single Everlast was released on their Youtube channel in April 2013. Recorded with Rijul Victor from Colossal Figures and oozing ambient technical brilliance from the first beat, it managed to accrue a staggering 2000 views in two days. Since then, Trigger has gone on to their first studio release of 2014 - Yakuza.

The idea for Yakuza came when the guitarist, Ashwin, watched a documentary on National Geographic about yakuza syndicates – the notorious mafia clans of Japan and Shourya wasted no time in penning down the lyrics.

Trigger has had a remarkable journey from their first gig at Tryst Café, Saket in New Delhi to the number five spot in the ReverbNation Metal Charts for India (as of July 2014).

The idea for Yakuza came when the guitarist, Ashwin, watched a documentary on National Geographic about yakuza syndicates – the notorious mafia clans of Japan and Shourya wasted no time in penning down the lyrics. (Note producer Uddipan Sarmah’s insane cover art for Yakuza)

Trigger has had a remarkable journey from their first gig at Tryst Café, Saket in New Delhi to the number five spot in the ReverbNation Metal Charts for India (as of July 2014).

Shourya reckons that Delhi proposes a fantastic scene for metal with a mind-blowing response from the audience. The mosh-pit enthusiasts of the Capital, however, face a crippling lack of proper venues to rock out at. The bands in Delhi are pretty good with amazing power and energy. Every band has a singularly unique and fresh perspective on metal. The bands they look forward to hearing are Colossal Figures, Kraken, Jehovah, Joint Family and Undying Inc.

They are currently hard at work on their debut EP, which is expected to release in 2015. Their efforts are focused on each and every itty gritty detail, with an aim to deliver a classy and quality metal record.

Trigger recently played at Launch Pad in Goa. They plan to tour the country and look forward to spreading their music in Mumbai and Bangalore.

Typical song writing protocol

Ashwin: Riffs, records and song structuring
Shourya: Lyrics

Gear of choice

Ashwin (Guitar): 6 String Schecter guitar, Zoom G2.1 MU Pedal
Paras (Bass): 5 String Cort Bass guitar

Jam pad and Recording

The Souls of Sound, South Extension, or Paras’s studio, in sector 28 Noida.
Blue Tree Studio, Ahmedabad. (Yakuza)

Dream gigs

NH7 & Download.

A crazy experience

Interrupted in the middle of a breakdown by a show anchor who thought the song was over.

Find Trigger at ReverbNation and SoundCloud