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Cannibal Corspe live at Destroyers of the Faith, London 2012 : A review in pictures

The band everyone was really here for at London’s HMV Forum from various parts of the country was about to show all of us what it takes to be one of the greatest death metal band ever.

But before that there is a little something I’d like to write about. When I landed outside the Kentish Town tube station I saw hordes of people in black. I went up to two friends to know where exactly the venue was. They were busy discussing something. It was then when one said to the other, “Dude, you should listen to Darkthrone” and he turned towards me. There I was wearing a Darkthrone t-shirt and the three of us just stood there looking at each other. One of us had to break the ice now, as we did not realize what just happened. Well, its called coincidence. The same guy, who was in a Death hoodie by the way, started expressing as to how he was just telling his friend about Darkthrone. “Oh yes, killer band” is all I said. We talked for about a minute or two and the same guy told me how he couldn’t wait for Cannibal Corpse to play Hammer Smashed Face and that it was all he was here for. I told them I was hoping CC plays some new stuff too. A quick question about the directions to the venue and that’s how I landed up at HMV Forum. This was exactly three hours before Triptykon left the stage.

After a good twenty-minutes setup, amidst some guitar tuning and drum beats the main headliners Cannibal Corpse opened the gates to quality metal with Evisceration Plague. All hell broke loose as bodies started flying and heads started banging fiercely. The owner of the most powerful neck on this planet, which is also home to the very throat that gives birth to the majestic growls – Corpsegrinder controlled the crowd. We were all his pawns. Humorous at times and straight-to-the-point at others he even made the women wet by dedicating Fucked With A Knife to them. The almost one hour set had Alex playing his bass to the best of his abilities, while Pat and Rob were unstoppable. And behind the kit we had Paul making it clear that death metal drumming is much harder than it seems. So yea it was pretty much pure death metal and no bullshit by Cannibal Corpse. The audience was also reminded that Torture releases sometime next week. Well, we all know this band, so the subject remains the same but the arrangement and situation changes. Pick up your copy soon is all I have to say.

And hence the curtains came down on Destroyers of the Faith 2012 tour’s London gig. Brought to you by Metal Hammer this event had both variety and complexity on the line-up. The whole event was surely a success and I bet this was just the beginning. Either way we aren’t complaining, are we?

Corpse‘s set-list for the night –

1. Evisceration Plague
2. The Time to Kill is Now
3. Disfigured
4. Demented Aggression
5. Scourge of Iron
6. I Cum Blood
7. Fucked With a Knife
8. Covered With Sores
9. Born in a Casket
10. The Wretched Spawn
11. I Will Kill You
12. Priests of Sodom
13. Unleashing the Bloodthirsty
14. Make Them Suffer
15. Hammer Smashed Face
16. Stripped, Raped and Strangled

The indomitable Cannibal Corpse live in action. Click on the pictures to enlarge them :

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Triptykon live at Destroyers of the Faith, London 2012 : A review in pictures

Enslaved successfully injected the progressive viking virus into the crowd before the third act for the night Triptykon took things in their own hands. A relatively newer yet bigger band, Triptykon was formed from the ashes of Celtic Frost. If you do not know Celtic Frost you should stop reading from here. Tom Fischer, in order to continue educating the metal world about the subject of doom, went on recruited a few killer musicians and hence we have Triptykon today.

It was grim from the word go, and matters became all the more so when Tom entered into the audience’s eyes with his cold stare. Coarse riffing coming out of the loudspeakers knocked everybody off. Might have bored a few who were there only  for Cannibal Corpse but otherwise everyone seemed in favor of the happenings.

One moment that filled the venue, HMV Forum London that is, with energy was when Tom invited Corpsegrinder on stage for one of the songs. It was quite a jam between musicians from two completely opposite genres, and you had to be there to witness the camaraderie. George couldn’t stop himself from doing the windmill to Triptykon’s songs too. Easily a section of the gig that will be remembered.

“We own this world.”

Well controlled, dim flickering light arrangements on stage heightened the effect of Triptykon‘s tracks which saw the band cover Celtic Frost songs as well. The death metal oriented wailing vocals by Tom did not allow anyone to take their eyes off him. Including me, but I made sure I caught a glimpse of their bassist Vanja every few minutes. Good bass playing, and good looking too. Bonus!

Triptykon captured while they did their thing. Click to enlarge :

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Enslaved live at Destroyers of the Faith, London 2012 : A review in pictures

Hailing from Norway, Enslaved were the next band for the evening after Job For A Cowboy. This was the second time I watched Enslaved live. I was never a stranger to their music and the band was sounding much more confident than they did during their India gig. They started the show with Ethica Odini from their last full-length, and the set-list also included their popular cover of Led Zeppelin‘s Immigrant Song. The dazzling combination of progressive black and viking metal was brought alive for an audience that reciprocated by banging their heads left, right and center. By the time Enslaved had finished half their set the venue was starting to get packed, and the audience gave a roaring response to Enslaved‘s tracks. The band pretty much deserves every bit of it, because they have believed in their music since 1991 and that, my fellow metalheads, is a fucking long time. As for their performance at Destroyers of the Faith, I would not have replaced them with any other. May the soaring Norwegian metal scene continue to entertain us forever.

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Job For A Cowboy live at Destroyers of the Faith, London 2012 : A review in pictures

Destroyers of the Faith 2012 had four big metal names embracing the stage – Job For A Cowboy, Enslaved, Triptykon and Cannibal Corpse.

Job For A Cowboy started off their death metal playing early (at around 18:30 p.m) in comparison to the attendance during the Cannibal Corpse set, but they were on time. Only the ones who were there specially to not miss them had their heads turned towards the stage. Quite a sizable number I must say, and the rest of them pretty much realized after a while that JFAC are already shattering the glasses at the bar located behind this kickass indoor venue named HMV Forum. It’s in Kentish Town, London. The band’s from Canada. Having already made their mark in the deathcore genre, JFAC are now capturing the essence of death metal in their songs. Their set-list also included songs from their upcoming album Demonocracy which is due to release next month. They are coming to get you. Wait till you hear their new release!

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gig review : IIT Bombay presents Mood Indigo Livewire 2011 featuring Karnivool

karnivool, livewire 2011

Before any other organizer starts planning about getting down a headlining act, that we look up to, these IIT-ians at Bombay are done dealing with the leading bands and have packed them off already. Their choices cannot be doubted, because they have by far had bands that are the torchbearers of their respective genres. Ensiferum in 2008, Porcupine Tree in 2009, Katatonia in 2010 and Karnivool in 2011. Who would have thought?

Everytime December seems close I keep my ears open for the organizers of Livewire to announce an act that nobody would have thought they’d get in touch with. These young brains are given the freedom to make decisions using which they do some mind-reading and put up a show that becomes more than just memorable. My association with Livewire dates back to 2005 and onwards. With each passing year nothing changes, audiences enter the institute via the main gate, go straight and take the biggest right turn the campus has to offer and there you are at the Student Activity Centre (SAC). The line to enter the venue never ends. Nothing changes except for the scale at which the event is conducted.

So, being the media partner for Livewire it was a breeze to enter the venue and for the first time in about six years I saw the event starting from band number one!

karnivool, livewire 2011

Lineup for the evening included –

1. Hoodwink’s Circle (1st runner’s up)
2. Turnkey (2nd runner’s up)
3. Verses (winners)
4. Junkyard Groove (opening band)
5. Karnivool

Although the three finalists were fighting it out for the same title, not every band got the same amount of time to showcase their prowess on stage. That said, the bands had the attitude, they did what they could. While I would have chosen Hoodwink’s Circle for representing India at the Global Finals, the judges chose Verses. I, however, do not agree with the result nor did one of the on-looker who had this to say, “They were playing forever, it’s like they were headlining the show“. Only I am allowed to be non-anonymous on this zine.

Welcoming Karnivool were Chennai-localites Junkyard Groove who opened the doors to funky rock ‘n roll draping the entire venue with their brand of melody. Although vocalist Ameeth Thomas failed at trying to make the crowd laugh (by cracking lame jokes), his voice more than made up for everything. So, JYG (short for Junkyard Groove) should just stick to entertaining the crowd, through music. There is a new album in the making, according to Ameeth and the crowd got to hear a lot of fresh material here. This was the first time I saw JYG live, and I must say they were so much more better than a certain Thermal And A Quarter (they played Livewire in 2007). I was caught snoring during TAAQ‘s set. Before I forget, good individual talent in JYG.

8:15 p.m. Lights, camera, action, sex! Karnivool, progressive rock musicians from Australia, showed everyone why they should be remembered more often than the stupid kangaroos from their continent. Kicking-off the concert with Goliath, the band surpassed every expectation, bringing together universes of sound. It was not just about the music, but the collective effort of the five personalities who made sure everything around seems surreal for the next one and a half hours. Ian Kenny, the frontman, speaks less and emits more. Like he said, “Music is a universal language. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from, music brings us all together“.

karnivool, livewire 2011

Everytime an international artist debuts in India they are surprised. It’s like they never hoped to see such reactions. Same happened with Karnivool. With hands on their mouths, the band was taken aback by the kind of love that was being showered upon them. Even I was surprised how some posers had mastered the art of displaying their undying support for the band although they’ve heard just one song by the band. Just one.

Karnivool was short of words and hence they continued performing rather than wasting any time. Their presence itself made all the difference.

Even the light arrangements were superbly done adding to the psychedelic property of Karnivool‘s songs. Before you even ask let me tell you that on-stage they are even more telling than the records. Their musical marathon continued non-stop till about 9:30 p.m. and then there was an encore.

karnivool, livewire 2011

This was their set-list for the night

Goliath
Simple Boy
Set Fire to the Hive
Cote
Umbra
All I know
Deadman
Fear of the Sky
Themata
Roquefort

New Day
Change

This concert was 2011’s biggest highlight for me. Yes, including NH7 Weekender and Metallica concert. There are reasons, and then there are reasons.

The Open Air Theatre (OAT) at IIT Powai is fast becoming a venue that would be counted on the first five fingers every time major ‘concerts’ are spoken about. Countless memories of so many artists and attendees are attached to this place. It only gets bigger and better each time, and more than anything else the organizers at IIT are making so many dreams come true. And, in case you already don’t know, making that happen is not the least bit easy.

Ian Kenny doing a Dharmendra!

[ All pictures – courtesy of Bobin James and Diane Vaz. Click on the names to join their official facebook page and check out their work. ]

And some more :

gig review : IIT Bombay presents Mood Indigo Livewire 2010 featuring Katatonia

Karnivool’s gig announcement and my first thoughts

The debut album that took Karnivool where they are today

Why you should read the Satanic Bible

Pope says child pornography is normal

All the album / Ep / Demo / Teaser Reviews

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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 ]

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Gig Review : Summer Storm Festival 2010 featuring Lamb of God

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Gig Review : GIR XIII 2009 (Bangalore leg)


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

Witnessing a good metal gig unfold in front of you can get you back in shape. Dinner is a lie tour had Indian metal bands Albatross and Devoid launching their albums and Dubai-based Nervecell breaking bones. After not finding enough people to do so in Bangalore and Hyderabad, I am sure Nervecell was disappointed by the live metal scene in India until they came to Bombay for the last leg of the tour. More than four hundred interested metalheads landed at Blue Frog for this indoor gig.

Blue Frog has been a host to many a gigs that have happened here in the near past and is a venue that leaves you satisfied. Thanks to the free mints at the entry.

Devoid

Alright, the gig was to begin at 9 p.m. and it started half an hour after that. The venue looked pretty filled and the opening band Devoid was to take the stage. An album launch can be a great high and the proud members of Devoid stood there while the intro to their album was played. Song after song the band played their entire album in order. With their original guitarist Keshav present, the band put up a strong show before the current guitarist Sanju completed their set. While Devoid belted their originals the crowd forgot the fact that there is a tomorrow they have to live for. Getting the otherwise wasted bouncers back to work, there was a maddening response to Devoid complete with crowd and stage surfing. And that is so metal. Sound-wise the band was really tight and on the console was Fali Damania who will be thanked more than once here.

albatross

Albatross was next. Debuting in Bombay is quite a task and that showed in the band’s performance. The band played the entire Ep along with a cover song which was Ozzy Osbourne‘s Mr. Crowley. The crowd reacted a bit coldly but the band did get heads bobbing towards the end. Tightening up is all that is needed as no band has ever owned a crowd on their debut.

It was time for the headlining band and Nervecell‘s monstrous members left little space for any non-sense on stage. Making metal instruments seem small and cute because of their personalities, the moment they began I bet even a blind person would have known where the sound is coming from. They were brilliantly brutal and tight and they made it clear what it takes to tour with bands like Deicide and Suffocation.

Nervecell

This is how their setlist looked like :

Flesh and Memories
Human Chaos
Existence Ceased
Demean
Vicious Circle of Bloodshed
Bolt Thrower cover
Demolition

Very loud, these lovers of old school death were impressed by the response they got. Naming Bombay as the metal capital of India was one thing while asking metalheads to mosh unrelentingly and still watchout for each other was another. Many woke up to the beauty of thrash death metal, and credit goes to Nervecell.

Thanks to Gigbox for the gig, Blue Frog for the venue equipped with some great acoustics and light arrangements, Ayan De for the spectacular visuals on the screens, Sahil Makhija, Demonstealer Records and Fali Damania. The sound contract for my marriage as well as my funeral goes to you. All in all it was a fun gig and an experience that will be remembered for the longest time. It is gigs like these that actually make me want to live longer.

[All the saliva-dripping pictures included here have been clicked by Pratika Prabhune (bass, clean vocals – Chronic Phobia)]

Here’s a video of Nervecell playing Demolition at Blue Frog, Bombay.


gig review : Summer Storm Festival 2010 featuring Lamb of God

Before I go ahead and bare it all, those of you who missed this gig must already be feeling the punch. You could have avoided being an emo by attending the Summer Storm Festival presented by Overture India where groove history was made on our land when arguably one of the best metal bands in the world right now played for us.

Putting aside all the shit that happened at the Summer Storm pre-party gig the previous night which I shall write about soon, I was trying to avoid any lame reasons that could ruin the biggest day in Indian metal. I reached the venue at around 5 p.m. Getting in was not an issue at all, thanks to the crowd turnout that was way below expectations and the security check was a breeze.

My main issue was my disinterest in the openers as I wasn’t interested in watching them open for LoG. Somehow consciously or unconsciously me and my 15 other friends were delaying the trip to Palace Grounds. When we entered we got to know that scribe had just got done with their set, and from what I heard they kicked ass. Scribe is a bunch of really talented musicians and with the kind of experience they have i’m sure they did make the most of this. Scribe was the only Indian band that I wanted to watch.

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Anyways now that my concern about wanting a worthwhile band to open for a Lamb of God is out of the way I can proceed. I do not have any complaints as such because I do not have bands like LoG playing for me every other weekend. Had to make a point that me and many others for whom metal matters like a lot felt. Its not about being against Indian bands playing but about bands that are opening for such a name. The message is we have better bands. Just for the record, the opening bands were Bhoomi, Boomerang, Scribe and Extinct Reflections.

The last Indian act was Extinct Reflections. They were tight and all, and were spread out all over the stage but then personally they aren’t one of my favorites in the Indian scene. Wish Scribe had played last. But then I could wish the whole opening line-up was different. I am getting over this now.

So by 6:45 the Indian bands were done. Now we did not expect LoG to hit the stage at seven and then go on playing till like ten. It was announced that they would not come for the next forty-five minutes or so. It was getting darker and everyone was growing restless. People around had started loosening up by exercising and doing fake mosh. We had some drunk fucks trying to ruin things around. I love drinking and I call them drunk fucks because a couple of them passed out and that too half an hour before LoG hit the stage. Alcohol cannot be insulted more.

Now what follows would be me trying to explain something that cannot be expressed. With people in a couple of rows in the front gasping for breath, the organizers had to ask the crowd to move their asses a bit towards the back. The crowd did because the organizers did not intend to begin before that. And it was almost that moment. I was trying to blink as much as possible before they came on stage. With LoG chants in the air, all of us heard The Passing. And that was it. Everyone slapping their foreheads with that feeling, turning at their neighbours and bellowing the f-word. I was standing towards the left of the sound console. A flash of light and there they were. Mark Morton, Willie Adler and John Campbell have started playing In Your Words. Chris Adler could not be seen but then he could be felt, like really felt. Randy entered and it was a bedlam. And then the crowd automatically made space as they had to form their own mosh-pits. Everyone shifted around to adjust. The setlist included a mix of old and new tracks. The band did skip a few tracks that were very much expected, but then all of their creations are first rate.

Setlist –

The Passing
In Your Words
Set To Fail
Walk With Me In Hell
Now You’ve Got Something To Die For
Ruin
Hourglass
Dead Seeds
Blacken The Cursed Sun
Descending
As The Palaces Burn
Laid To Rest
Contractor
Vigil
Redneck
Black Label

Randy‘s interaction with the crowd was a bit cold as compared to what we have been subjected to in those DVDs we watched. Of the little he spoke, something that surprised all was Randy talking about Gandhi being a punk rock guy, and then followed it up with The Contractor from their latest album. Randy even mentioned his contentment after looking at the response and said he would pass this message to his friends and other bands around, not to forget his promise of coming back themselves.

The gig got over before nine p.m. But complaining would not take this anywhere as only  after I came back to my senses did I realize that actually played sixteen tracks. When I went about finding out what could have made LoG cut down on time, Arpan Peter (from Overture India) told me some of the prominent reasons were the difficulties that the attendees had to face in getting transport to commute back after 10, and non-availability of food as most joints are shut after 10. Valid reasons but they could sideline these on this day. Nevertheless it was a very well organized gig, and considering this was Overture India’s first attempt at organizing a gig at this scale, it was a success. Whatever anyone has to say I personally want to thank Overture for making this happen. You guys did what no-one else could. Period. Only thing that disappointed me was the turnout which was said to be around 7k. I expected more. A lot more.

This gig would well be a turning point for the Indian scene and I hope the big four of thrash find their way to India soon. As for the rest of us who were present at Palace Grounds, we finally lost our virginity and what better than being banged by five Virginians. At the end of it all everyone around was heard saying, “We survived the Wrath, we lived through Lamb of God” and I could not agree any less.

[ All pictures included in the post – courtesy of Rohit Pereira (P-Man) and Jared Creado (Indian Rocket) ].

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