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Six must-watch metal festivals and concerts in UK this year

Gigs keep happening every other weekend in England, but then there are a few exclusive ones that should not be missed. Here’s a list of six metal events that are going to shake United Kingdom to its foundations.

1. Destroyers of the Faith 2012 featuring Cannibal Corpse, Triptykon, Enslaved and Job For A Cowboy

The season kicks off with Destroyers of the Faith 2012. The gigantic death metal owners Cannibal Corpse are going to headline this event organized by none other than Metal Hammer. Supporting them would be this ass-kicking doom metal band from Switzerland Triptykon, Norwegian black/viking outfit Enslaved and deathcore band Job For A Cowboy. Nice balance of genres, and one gig that should not be missed.

When? – March second week

2. DesertFest 2012, London

Just have a look at the poster. Isn’t it fucking beautiful? The only festival in the world catering to the stoner, doom, psych and sludge metal fans, DesertFest has more than fifty bands playing across three venues. And the bands are not your formed yesterday playing today type. They are the best in the scene and you are sure to feel the pleasure in every corner of your body. That is what these genres do to you. Miss this event at your own risk!

When? – Easter weekend (6th, 7th and 8th April, 2012)

3. I’ll Be Your Mirror 2012, London

As if Slayer‘s presence on the I’ll Be Your Mirror 2012 line up was not enough and now we are told the angry thrashers are going to play the ‘Reign in Blood’ album in its entirety. This event could possibly turn out to be the last gig for many metalheads as a lot of blood is going to be shed but I cannot die here because I have to move on to greener pastures post this event. The next few points would make it clear. I’m excited about all the bands that are playing on day one at I’ll Be Your Mirror. Go on, find out which ones I’m talking about.

When? – 25th, 26th and 27th May, 2012

4. Judas Priest Epitaph tour’s London gig

This is Judas Priest‘s last world tour, so if you’ve missed them somewhere, you’ve just, missed them. But you can still catch the heavy metal awesomeness if you would be in and around London towards the last week of May. This could actually be the last time you will be able to catch Judas Priest live, so make all your other plans either before or after the weekend in question. I know you have nothing better to do so just take my advice and book your tickets.

When? – 26th May

5. Download Festival 2012

Everyone who is even remotely connected to metal cannot be unaware of this name and Download’s one festival that happens every year. Then what is it that makes this mother of all events special this year? It is the festival’s tenth anniversary. The poster pretty much makes it clear what it’s going to be like but I’ll leave it to your imagination to visualize how massive this festival would be. If everything else fails to inspire you then remember that this is the only place where Black Sabbath are going to make an appearance this summer. There is only one word that can be used for those of you who are going to give this festival a miss. And that is stupid. No, it should be STUPID.

When? – 8th, 9th, 10th June, 2012

6. Bloodstock Open Air, 2012

Well, well, well. Words fail me when I look at the Bloodstock Open Air 2012 announcement. One time I think that there is no band that has been left out and another time I wish that they add a few more names. Greedy and needy. It is just March right now and five months down the line the below poster can easily be used to just obliterate the weak. Get into a fight and show the BOA 2012 poster. According to me, Bloodstock this year has some of the most extreme names on it’s bill and would be one of the biggest metal gathering of 2012.

When? – 10th, 11th, 12th August, 2012

I deliberately skipped Sonisphere because it brings me face to face with a dull and unexciting list of bands. I absolutely love Ghost but the organizers of Sonisphere don’t love me. Let’s see how the coming months would affect my decision of not going for this festival that rocked the metal world by bringing together the big four of thrash in 2010.

Other mentions (not metal) – Fans of Red Hot Chili Peppers can catch them in the last week of June, and Pearl Jam maniacs need to attend the second day of Isle of Wight festival so obviously you need to buy the entire day’s ticket and put yourself through the rest of the acts as well. Not cool. Sadly I’m not watching both of these bands, but I just hope Adele plays one show in UK this year. I’ll book my ticket – first day, first show.

For now bookmark this page and pick your gig sensibly. I’ll see you at all six of them.


gig review : GIR XIV 2010 (Pune leg)

Edition fourteen of Great Indian Rock 2010 was in the news right from the time an official announcement regarding the headliners was made. Four venues were decided with Bangalore and Delhi enjoying two days of the festival. But Pune happened to be that one blessed venue where both Meshuggah and Enslaved played on the same day. With no gig happening in Bombay this year too, everyone had to head towards Elysium Lawns, Pune.

But this definitive Indian rock fest did not have even half of the venue getting filled. Fuck it, that is okay. The event which was to begin at four thirty did begin on time because I reached the venue at around six and found myself in the arms of UK-band Tesseract. Wanted to watch Indian band Noiseware but unfortunately couldn’t and was told they made the most of this opportunity given to them.

Tesseract

Now back to Tesseract and let me tell you straight that these guys formed the band not too long ago in 2007 and are already gigging every-fuckin’-where. Their tracks and their presence was hugged by the audience, as the band went on to play stuff from their old demo and the upcoming full-length. Sound was the best during Tesseract‘s set and even the venue was seen shaking. Respect to these youngsters who are on their way to superstardom.

Enslaved

Next up were the Norwegians. Make no mistake in reading that because when I say Norwegians I mean black metal from there and that too from the same period when this nation was made aware of the genre’s presence. Enslaved, who have previously come to India in 2006, returned this time to cover more cities. The performance was raw and electrifying to those of us who have worshiped Norwegian acts. The majority of the audiences acted as if they weren’t present and weren’t impacted by the band’s presence. Enslaved‘s setlist included a mix of new, old and some really old tracks. Here’s what they played :

Ethica Odini
Fusion of Sense and Earth
Ground
The Beacon
Ruun
Violet Dawning
Isa
Allfáðr Oðinn

It was a win for the djent fans all along as was made clear by the energy that was noticed when the lights came on during Meshuggah‘s set. They came from Sweden with their instruments but took back a lot more. Djent expands to progressive technical thrash and Meshuggah are the torchbearers. I ain’t into them but then I’d be honest when I say I wanted to ‘watch’ them. The coordination and the exact replication of their songs only made people gaze in awe. The drummer was always in focus – before and during the gig – and the audiences had their ears erect just so they could notice an error. Well, that never happened and even though I saw the drive on my side of the stage reduce, the band was in no mood to hang up. Meshuggah lived up to its name. The crowd-interaction during their performance was as good as zero, though. Don’t be mistaken by the amount he speaks in the video below, because that is all he spoke. I guess.

The sound loosened somewhere in between the performances of Enslaved and Meshuggah but no major complaints about it. The venue did not really have food stalls worth visiting, and the bouncers had put on more weight since the last time I saw them in 2009. GIR 2010 Pune would be remembered for a lot of reasons, and by now even the readers of this blog know what they are. Thank you Amit Sehgal and everyone involved with this festival. I was standing with the audience and I know how it is to watch and be a part of this mini-festival where we were entertained by Tesseract, Enslaved and Meshuggah.

Meshuggah and crowd

[ Pictures – courtesy of Akhila Shankar. Some more great shots taken by her are available here ]

Also Read :

Gig Review : Dinner is a Lie tour 2010 (Bombay leg) featuring Albatross, Devoid and Nervecell

Gig Review : Summer Storm Festival 2010 featuring Lamb of God

Gig Review : Deccan Rock Festival 2009 featuring Amon Amarth

Gig Review : GIR XIII 2009 (Bangalore leg)


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