Rat King is an experimental/ambient/industrial music project based in Chennai, India consisting of members Deepak Raghu and Murari Vasudevan (both ex-Maelstrom). The music draws influences from significant metal origins and ambient moods, as well as tropical tones, instruments, and the use of orchestral and classical elements to narrate a tale, which is the pivot around which the albums revolve. The story, or concept, is told through layers of diverse instruments and often contrasting musical styles, creating an atmosphere that can suspend the listener in its portrayal.
Rat King’s debut album, titled "The Plague Of Hamelin" is an instrumental concept album based on a morbidly distorted version of the Grimm Brothers' classic tale, "The Pied Piper of Hamelin", and the second album, titled “Larva” is about a man's unremitting dream and his crawling descent into physical disintegration. The artwork for “Larva” was done by none other than noted artist and musician Emerson P Williams (Veil Of Thorns, Choronzon)
Rat King’s music can not be categorized into any specific genre, although it probably appeals most to fans of psychedelic, ambient, folk, industrial, progressive and experimental metal.
Rat King is presently signed on to Roadcrew Records and is in the process of writing their third album which should be released by the end of 2010.