Merlock is a death-defying band who couples dynamic metal music with
finer elements of thrash and progressive beats. Witnessing their
performance at this year's TNL ONSTAGE horn-locker, they clinched the
title of second place out of the band competition. Their electrifying
track 'Crimson Skies' not only whacked the audience into a frenzy but
also won the title of Best Original song.
The rockheads Merlock comprise of Sajith Ranasingha on rhythm guitar
with talented lead guitar cum vocalist Dumidu Handakumbura. Niroshan
Decosta smashes the drums with super power and Dimuthu Fernanado (a.k.a
Dimu) manages the bass guitar with skill and ease. The band was formerly
a trio known as Leech initially starting in 2005 with former member
It is identified that Merlock addresses themes of human nature and
war focusing on the darker side of humanity. Their influences include
Killswitch Engage, Children of Bodom, Panthera, Trivium, Megadeath, Iron
Maiden, Nevermore, Dream Theatre and many more which is too much to
list. However, local metal maniacs Stigmata also have a significant
influence for which Dumidu recollects, "I remember watching Tenny and
Suresh of Stigmata rock the stage at STC and wishing to be just like
The dudes all had sure-fire music spirit in them and by banding
together at their alma mater St. Thomas' college, Dumidu reminisces, "Sajith
and I picked up the guitar one summer and we started jamming", he goes
on to mention that, "When we actually went out to look for a drummer, we
found Niroshan who was a batch younger than us at STC".
They first started on an alternative note and played rock upon
initial start-up performing to "get the ladies" the dudes mention
amusedly. Then they ripped the metal industry full force by 2006 end,
graduating from alternative to more mind-boggling sounds of fastidious
Dumidu talks about brainstorming the name, "When we started playing
metal, we thought it was best to change out band name and after looking
for a name for while, we thought that Merlock sounded cool". However,
Dumidu emphasizes that the name of the band shouldn't matter because
it's their music that gives you the idea. Pointing out the bands, he
says, "Once a band establishes themselves, their band name automatically
'Crimson Skies' was written by Dumidu who points out about the
inspiration, "The song is about how men oppress and ill-treat women and
it highlights the torment that women go through". The cover of their EP
depicts an innocent woman angel weeping and crying leaning against the
side of the wall.
Even though music remains their first passion, Dumidu and Sajith are
studying IT at leading colleges while Dimuthu and Niroshan who have
undertaken ALs and will decide what career they will embark on once
their results are known.
When asking about family support, Dumidu acknowledges his parents
especially his mother saying that, "Mom is very supportive and she helps
us out a lot especially with the studio because thanks to her, we get to
practice everyday at my place for free."
In addition to that, Merlock acknowledges everyone who has supported
them every step of the way. "Everyone has been really nice to us
especially Razor who is helping us out with our band's official website"
The band also thanks TNL who have not only extended valuable support
during ONSTAGE but even before that and especially the "Lovely Ladies"
who have been more than kind to cheer these guys all the way. They
acknowledge Rock Company highlighting that any upcoming band should
start and obtain advice from them.