Sahil ‘Demonstealer’ Makhija

Demonic Resurrection/Reptilian Death

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:

In 2008, he founded India’s first comedy rock/metal band Workshop. The band has released two full-length albums.  Read more here:

In 2011, he started India’s first heavy metal cooking show called Headbanger’s Kitchen. Read more here:

Demonstealer Facebook Page

The TightMetal Pro has to be the best sounding pedal I’ve played in my 15 years of being a metal musician. It has everything I’ve looked for in a pedal and it’s pretty much the only one I need.”  –Sahil ‘Demonstealer’ Makhija