When one thinks of a raid, the word generally conjures thoughts of a sudden attack or assault on an enemy as in warfare. The implication is that a counter threat or forceful action is being levied against a previous assailant. With words such as brutal, vicious, and savage being vogue as descriptions for heavy bands currently, it stands to reason that words which paint images of attack would be prevalent in today’s musical landscape.
Enter Hyderabad, India’s newest old school hardcore/crossover thrash metal powerhouse, R.A.I.D. The brainchild of vocalist Rueban Issac, R.A.I.D (Rueban And the Imperium Division) started in June of 2016, has already seen many twists and turns to arrive as the band they are today. Along with Rueban Issac on vocals, the band is comprised of Abishek Allapanda on Guitars, Sam Jaba on Bass and Bobbin Jaydev on Drums.
R.A.I.D draws musical influence from such hardcore legends as; Madball, Suicidal Tendencies, Agnostic Front, Terror, Snapcase and Hatebreed. Lyrically, R.A.I.D focuses on the classic ethos of hardcore, PMA (Positive Mental Attitude). R.A.I.D strives to further breathe fresh music into a generic scene, pushing both music and lyrics to the fullest potential.
R.A.I.D released three albums to date, that include; The Strong Survive that was released in July 2018 followed by the release of Imperium in June 2019 and Defiance in March 2022. Over the years, R.A.I.D’s music has garnered positive reviews, and have been featured in numerous popular entertainment magazines and blogs that include; Rolling Stone, Decibel, Metal Addicts, True Metal, Heavy Magazine, Metal.de, Unite Asia and The Metal Wanderlust (to name a few) .