DEMIURGE Meshuggah Cover by Ankur Nanda

Demiurge Meshuggah Cover, Demiurge definition, its history, Meshuggah, Koloss album, and Cover Video Performance Review.

Demiurge is the ninth track in Koloss album by extreme technical, progressive, avant-garde Swedish metal band Meshuggah. Their seventh full-length album Koloss, released on March 23, 2012, by German independent music label Nuclear Blast. Today, we will be talking about the definition of Demiurge, its history, the song of Meshuggah, and successful artist/musician/vocalist Ankur Nanda, with his exceptional Demiurge vocal cover performance.

Demiurge Definition

Demiurge is a Greek and Latin combination word with a long history which goes back to 17th century. In Latin, Demiourgos means Craftsman, Demiurgus; Artisan, Demios; Public, and Ergos means Working. The most basic definition of Demiurge is The Maker, The Artisan, who is responsible for creating the physical world. However, the meaning also varies according to some cultures, philosophies, regions, and religions. For instance in Gnosticism, the Demiurge is someone or something with supreme power. In other beliefs, the demiurge is accepted as a craftsman, a supernatural being who is maintaining and controlling the universe. As we all know, the power itself is the force, the influence of its holder/owner. It means the word itself is not good nor evil, it is neutral. Despite the actual meaning, the definition of demiurge such as The Maker, there is no evidence or connections with the meaning of The Maker that we know, and usually, use for God, The Maker of the Universe, nor with The One, Jesus Christ. In fact, the creation of Demiurge is always associated with the materialistic world and materialism only, which is considered as not natural, more than it’s positive side. The term materialistic world or materialism only belongs to humans. Something that we invented, to take advantage of other people. Thus, probably caused The Demiurge is to be also considered as the organizer of Evil.

Demiurge Meshuggah Cover
DEMIURGE Meshuggah Cover by Ankur Nanda
Demiurge Meshuggah Cover

Demiurge by Meshuggah (Koloss)

Demiurge the Meshuggah song, is one of the most technical songs in Koloss album. Lyrics were written and music composed by the successful rhythm guitarist Mårten Hagström, who was rated as the 35th top guitarist by Guitar World Magazine in their Top 100 greatest heavy metal guitarist of all-time, along with Fredrik Thordendal, the founding member, lead guitarist and the back vocalist of Meshuggah.

DEMIURGE Meshuggah Cover by Ankur Nanda
Demiurge Meshuggah Cover

Demiurge the Meshuggah song, is one of the most technical songs in Koloss album. Lyrics were written and music composed by the successful rhythm guitarist Mårten Hagström, who was rated as the 35th top guitarist by Guitar World Magazine in their Top 100 greatest heavy metal guitarist of all-time, along with Fredrik Thordendal, the founding member, lead guitarist and the back vocalist of Meshuggah. KOLOSS debuted in 17th place on the Billboard Top 200 Albums, 48th on the German Media Control, 31th in the World Sales and 24th on the Canadian Top 200 Charts in April 2012.

Demiurge Meshuggah Cover
Demiurge Meshuggah Cover

Meshuggah released six videos from KOLOSS; Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion Lyric Video on 11th of February 2012, Do Not Look Down Lyric Video on 6th of March 2012, Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion Official Music Video on 30th of March 2012, Demiurge Live Footage Official Video on 15th of January 2013, I am Colossus Official Music Video on 5th of April 2013, and Do Not Look Down Live Footage Official Video on 16th of September 2014. Demiurge live footage video is filmed and directed by the French photographer and director Anthony Dubois at Meshuggah’s sold-out concert at Terminal 5 in New York City on April 2012.

DEMIURGE Meshuggah Vocal Cover by Ankur Nanda
Demiurge Meshuggah Cover
DEMIURGE Meshuggah Cover by Ankur Nanda
Demiurge Meshuggah Cover

Demiurge reminds me of a spider web, because of the construction of its arrangement. Extremely sharp beats, full attack drop guitars along with the bass guitar, adds muscle to the music and creates a bold, powerful sound. The atmosphere in the song is very tense. The war machine starts with a keyboard effect solo, then the heavy guitars, bass, and drums are opening the party. The main riff welcomes all Meshuggah fans and brings it down to the hands of the vocalist. The style of this specific vocals is somewhere between death and black metal. It is not the common “growling” as we know from Opeth, nor screaming at all. This is more tense, full distorted sound from the upper part of the throat. The effort in the singing style is so high that the singer definitely needs some extra training and practice. Ankur Nanda, the bright and the talented vocalist created his own version of Demiurge and filmed a vocal cover video for the song. On the Demiurge Ankur Nanda version, vocals are more bright and clean than on the original vocalist, Jens Kidman‘s. In the other words, it has a less extra effect than Jens Kidman. As we can all understand, Meshuggah has a very specific sound and their engineers are working long hours to bring every sound to this perfection level.

Demiurge Meshuggah Cover
Demiurge Meshuggah Cover

Ankur Nanda also tried to challenge himself by choosing this particular song in my opinion. Starting a cover video collection is the right way to make your name to be heard by some specific metal fans and musicians. Especially if you have a voice, and vocal skills like this, it definitely will help you in this matter. As I also mentioned above, playing and singing Meshuggah songs demands talent, effort, endurance, and practice. So many people can sing rock, metal or other styles, but growling, screaming and this style that I am not able to simplify with one word, is something different. On the other hand, he also shows great promise and potential with his Demiurge performance. The guy that I am talking about has participated in few battles (with a band) and competitions before, and managed to put his name in the 1st place. I mean, he is not an ordinary guy. So, as expected, this cover performance definitely shows us all that Ankur is good in controlling his voice along with maintaining the intensity. Having a great voice, excellent singing skills or a unique singing style are not worthy enough for someone to be considered as a good vocalist unless you have all of these skills at a certain level. In my humble opinion, Ankur had a wonderful start, and now I believe everybody is curious to see his next performance, including me.

DEMIURGE Meshuggah Vocal Cover by Ankur Nanda
Demiurge Meshuggah Cover

We want to congratulate Ankur Nanda for his remarkable Demiurge performance and definitely expecting to hear more from him. Don’t miss the chance to learn more about this ambitious vocalist. Read Ankur Nanda exclusive interview below. Thanks for reading.

DEMIURGE Meshuggah Vocal Cover by Ankur Nanda
Demiurge Meshuggah Cover
Demiurge Meshuggah Cover

Ankur Nanda Exclusive Interview

1 – Who is Ankur Nanda? Tell us about you.

I am Ankur Nanda, born and brought up at Jalandhar, India. I am currently pursuing B.tech from DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology, Jalandhar.I am a jovial person and love to be surrounded by friends. I love to travel and explore as many new areas as I can. I believe in self-help and so I am a self-taught musician and my passion and dedication towards music have always kept me motivated to learn more. Professionally, I am a musician, singer, lyricist, metal, and my strong area is as a vocalist in metal, deathcore, technical metal, groove metal, extreme metal, progressive metal, thrash metal, hard rock and other alike. In quest of exploring and achieving success, I have constantly engaged myself in many gigs for the past 5 years. I have won many best vocalist tags in city level, I have won many Battle of Bands at college festivals in the genre of death metal and have gained individual appreciations from every panelists in any competition I have participated. I keep pushing myself beyond limits to leave my comfort zone so I can achieve greater goals and constantly keep myself updated with whatever new techniques I can gain so as to increase my skills.

2 – When did you decide to make cover videos? and why?

The inclination towards music was always there since childhood. many bands were always on top of the list for me and I always wanted to cover their songs.
I believe in the quotation, There is always a room for improvement and be it with a band or individually, I always try to improvise a particular song in different possible ways and experiment my vocals in as many possible variations so as to work upon my skillset. I believe that Cover songs can be a great way to gain attention from a wider fan base. By cover songs, I can present a particular song with a personal touch and can showcase my talent in a better way. It widens our horizon as a musician to introduce changes to a set music piece and develop skills to create something unique.

Demiurge Meshuggah Cover
Demiurge Meshuggah Cover

3 – Why Demiurge? What is special about Demiurge? Or what did you like about this song in particular?

I would say that the name says it all. Meshuggah is my all time favorite band and so I wanted this band to be on my first cover video. I learned a lot from this band. I find ‘demiurge‘ very technical and very extreme song but on the same way it is little easy for listeners to understand and bang their heads and enjoy it. For my first video, I wanted people to hear near me to understand what metal actually looks like and what masterpiece form of music they are unaware of.

4 – What are you looking for as a musician? Are you looking for a band to join?

Currently, I have my own projects lined up to work upon. My future projects will evolve around death metal. As an individual musician, I want people to enjoy it, bang their heads and lose their minds and get much power through my songs. I find no limits to what I can do with my talent and there are a long way and many areas of music to be explored. I believe that More we Dream, More we Achieve. I have been a part of many bands and currently, I am a lead vocalist in a band which is currently on hold but if a band full of vision and ideas comes to me, I would love to join.

Demiurge Meshuggah Cover
DEMIURGE Meshuggah Vocal Cover by Ankur Nanda
Demiurge Meshuggah Cover

5 – Do you find yourself talented as a vocalist?

I feel blessed to have a supportive family and helping friends who have been very instrumental in helping me come close to my dreams. I have nourished my talent and have constantly engaged in the pursuit of being better every day. As a musician, I have always pushed myself to the higher level. Having any talent is a god gift but being talented costs you hard work, much time to spend on yourself, a good mindset and of course money and I do it in the way to make things right. I work hard by means of practicing and I spend much time in judging shows so that I can keep in mind what all can be done to give a better performance. I am a self-taught vocalist in metal and rock .and I always try to find new techniques to enhance my vocal level. There are many excellent singers who have made themselves great with hard work and right now their level is out of the box when I started to learn these techniques by myself at the age of 14, it really took me a lot of time and failures. But somehow I managed and found right techniques to growl and give better vocals, keeping in mind that my throat remained safe.

Demiurge Meshuggah Cover
Demiurge Meshuggah Cover

6 – Tell us about Ankur’s future plans. As a brutal vocalist, where do you want to see yourself in future?

Either my future is going to be full of surprises or it is going to be hell. So, I am not going to wait for nature’s call to decide, I am going to work for it whatever it costs. I am working on my solo projects of original compositions including many more covers. As a Vocalist, I am going to gigs and shows right now and I want to pursue a big stage. As a brutal vocalist, I see myself as an established musician. I want to give new vocal techniques to the metal world. The road to success in the music industry is a long and hard one, and it takes positivity, persistence, and determination to fulfill dreams.We must believe in ourselves and have confidence in our own talent, Rest the hard work would pay off in the manner we want. I want to see myself as a great musician and establish my name in the arena of metal.

7 – Would you like to have your own band one day, or you want to create your own music individually?

I have my own vision and everyone have their own in all different ways. I want to experiment by writing and creating songs in different genres of music. I love to explore and want to continue with that. I need space for my vision and create my stuff and if I have that independence, I won’t mind being in a gang of such musicians and artists. Definitely, I want to create my music as well but a little support of learned people would be a great help to improve my skillset.

Demiurge Meshuggah Cover
Demiurge Meshuggah Cover

8 – Do you write music? or lyrics?

Yes, I indulge in creating music and lyrics both. For me, not only the music matters but also the lyrics matter a lot. Lyrics are the soul of the music and I find much pleasure in writing lyrics.

9 – What is the most challenging thing about being a vocalist in a band? Do you find it difficult?

A vocalist needs to be a good frontman, the frontman should be charismatic and deadly confident. He is the front face and he cannot afford to let go anything wrong. He needs to constantly upgrade himself and bring variations because if that time comes when bandmates of the band get bored from their vocalist then its time for him to go home. So being a vocalist, it is important to have a lot of creativity and potential. It is better to be brutally honest with bandmates so that criticism it’s from team leads to good for all. Yes, it is difficult for me as well but in every band, every member is fighting with his/her own minds and working their asses off for making something deadly great because it is really difficult to make a good song and which is non-mainstream. So usually we spent more time in jamming our ideas together to produce something Soulful. Also, People are not usually convinced with the idea of death metal and there are very few influences of such genre. So, there are all types of criticism and negative comments but it’s very important to stay focused and keep your doing own work. Being able to ignore detractors can be just as important as having a positive attitude. Especially in today’s connected world of social media, comment sections, and Internet trolls.

Demiurge Meshuggah Cover
DEMIURGE Meshuggah Vocal Cover by Ankur Nanda
Demiurge Meshuggah Cover

10 – What motivates you the most about music? Tell us about your motives.

Music has been an eternal part of my life. Not only I have inherited it from my father but also the constant positivity I get from music is like an indispensable part of my life. The refreshed feeling, positive energy and the power that I feel when I am on stage with my band is the perennial source of driving force to continue with music. I feel good about people enjoying my work and I want to pursue this for life long

Demiurge Meshuggah Cover
Demiurge Meshuggah Cover

11 – Who are Ankur’s influences, Which artists, bands, and albums?

A great music has no boundaries and so for me, I like to hear all sorts of music. Particularly for metal. There is so much music out in the world today, death metal, post-rock are my influences. There are few more legends but Corey Todd Taylor (Slipknot), Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Mitch Lucker (Suicide Silence) (R.I.P.), Jens Kidman (Meshuggah), Chester Bennington (Linkin Park). Bands which very influence me are Slipknot, Gojira, Whitechapel, Deafheaven, Born of Osiris, Foo Fighters, Coldplay and of course Meshuggah. Albums which influences me are Iowa by Slipknot, Koloss by Meshuggah etc…

12 – Do you have any plans to record an album? Any information about When?

Yes, I have many plans, and I am looking forward to it. The ideas are still popping up in my head about how and when but nothing concrete is out yet. But it will definitely happen for sure in near future.

13 – Why Metal Music? How did you start listening to Metal music? And what did you like about it?

It all started at the age of 12-13, I saw my father singing MJ songs and he had a great collection of post-rock bands.He is a huge fan of Michael Jackson. He is the first artist I had ever heard right after my first cry. My father is the best vocalist ever I ‘ve heard. But for him, singing is just a hobby and not something to be pursued professionally. His main priority was to set a business and I respect that decision and I believe that everyone should have the right to choose their own profession and journey of life. So I started to incline towards music when I looked at my dad’s music collections . and then i started exploring this world of music at school and activities and something hit and exploded my head off and that was metal from my dad’s collection. I became very much passionate about metal and so I decided to make metal music for life.I also enjoy listening other genres with my friends but there’s something in this metal music which wakes the real one inside me. I feel powerful and enthusiastic. I love to perform with the whole band on big mainstage where metal music just changes me into something great.

14 – What makes a music band “Great” besides music, in your opinion?

Any band is like a group of friends which stays, eats and travels together. Nothing should come in between their bond. As a band, you need to have trust and
should know each and everybody inside out. You must know the instincts of each other so that you can easily coordinate with each other and should be able to pick up each other in trouble whether it is on stage or off stage. Also, honesty plays a big role in maintaining your progress as among yourselves, only your bandmates know your strengths and weaknesses and so being honest helps to criticize and mend your techniques to produce a better version of each and everybody in the band.

Demiurge Meshuggah Cover
DEMIURGE Meshuggah Cover by Ankur Nanda
Demiurge Meshuggah Cover

15 – Who are the biggest supporters of you, in your musical career? Do you have anybody who can understand what you are doing?

Luckily, friends have been very supportive to encourage me to pursue something unusual. My family has been very supportive, be it in terms of money or mental support, I have been lucky to have such parents. Besides other sensible people, There are two animals in my life who always support me and pump me up whenever I am low ( Tushar Khurana and Rishabh Seen ).

Demiurge Meshuggah Cover
Demiurge Meshuggah Cover

16 – Which bands would you like to tour the world with, if you were asked to choose? And why?

That would be my favorite answer, I want to tour the world with the legends of industry SLIPKNOT. I feel their music in my nerve and I guess anybody who has ever heard metal music would be in love with what music they make and I would love to tour with them.

17 – Tell us about your non-rock interests, What do you do besides music?

Besides music, I love to indulge in constructive things and technology being my second love (After metal music) took me forward to animation. I am a 3d animator and VFX artist. I am working on direction parallel with music. I used my artwork in my latest video and even in upcoming videos, I will try my level best to give the best artwork to the world by my videos. Also, I am very health conscious and I workout daily which helps me warm up and keep my vocals raw.

18 – What are your Top 5 most favorite metal albums? and why?

My Top 5 Bands; SLIPKNOT, MESHUGGAH, WHITECHAPEL, DEAFHEAVEN, GOJIRA.
My Top 5 Albums: Slipknot – Iowa, Meshuggah – Koloss, Deafheaven – New Bermuda, Gojira – The Way of All Flesh, Thy Art is Murder – Holy War.

There are other bands too like Suicide Silence, Foo Fighters, Wage War, The Dillinger Escape Plan and much more. But mostly I prefer myself to listen to bands that I mentioned above.

Demiurge Meshuggah Cover
Demiurge Meshuggah Cover

19 – Tell us about the city you live in, what do people think about Metal Music? Are there a lot of Metalheads?

I hail from Jalandhar city in Punjab, where any kind of music is welcomed and people give their love to it if it’s attractive or mainstream. Although metal music is not what people prefer to hear as it comes as a new concept for the Punjabis. It’s mostly taken as a noise or shouting voices, that’s how people perceive it. And secondly, people here refer it to be too loud and complex to hear and understand. But Still, even if a majority of youth doesn’t understand the music or lyrics, they still bang their heads and start to enjoy it. There are many good musicians in the city, some have managed to make a mark in the city of the same genre and some are still polishing themselves by hiding in a room and preparing themselves for something big.

20 – Lastly, what would you like to say to our readers?

I would want to say it to all that keep yourself motivated and just follow what your heart tells you to do. I am still in a phase where I have to prove my worth but still, I can say this with full confidence that hard work is the only ingredient to success. So don’t be afraid of following a path lesser known to all. You never know how well you might do in it. For me, metal music is all that matters right now and would keep on pursuing that until I make it big someday. Keep in touch guys, a lot more deadly stuff is on its way take care of yourselves good vibes.

Demiurge Meshuggah Cover
DEMIURGE Meshuggah Cover by Ankur Nanda
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