Tag Archives: india

festival review: Leprous live at Bangalore Open Air, 2013

leprous bangalore open air 2013 absurd history 05

click to enlarge

Many might not have figured this out, but in Ihsahn‘s band there were only members of Leprous, apart from the main man of course. Hence Leprous got this big break of travelling all the way from Norway to not just perform with Ihsahn but to showcase their own slab of avant-garde progressive metal. Since I am a huge fan of Norwegian black metal I went there thinking they are just a band that’s there to fill a slot but they proved me wrong from the very first note.

tor oddmund suhrke leprous bangalore open air 2013 absurd history

click to enlarge

rein blomquist leprous bangalore open air 2013 absurd history 06

click to enlarge

What’s so peculiar about Leprous you ask? It’s their flair. Grabbing eardrums by way of closely scrutinized progressiveness and attracting eyeballs by way of dressing up in a distinct fashion (think Akercocke, Ghost). Norwegians have these magnetic personalities and you end up bobbing your heads anyways.  Up on the Ronnie James Dio stage, Leprous made a major contribution to Bangalore Open Air, 2013. Downright progressive metal with characteristic riffs and consummate drumming crippled many in the crowd which directly earned Leprous many new fans.

Coal, Leprous‘s third full-length, was released this year and hence the set-list included most of the tracks from the new record. Each member brought in their own influences, and it looked like a large assembly on the platform with five members in the band. Vocalist Einar Solberg also doubled up as a synth player. Almost every other member, except drummer Tobias Andersen, boosted the band’s sound through backing vocals. Let’s not forget the elephantine addition by the other three significant members Tor Oddmund Suhrke (guitars), Øystein Landsverk (guitars) and Rein T. Blomquist (bass).

einar solberg leprous bangalore open air 2013 absurd history 01

click to enlarge

Thumbs up from India to this progressive act, by not just me but the audience who took pleasure in their music and the people who are going to discover them bloody soon through word-of-mouth. The conglomerate that is Leprous is a force to reckon with in the years to come, and I’m going to keep track of the happenings in their garage. Cheers, guys!

Here’s a slideshow containing more pictures:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

[ Pictures – courtesy of Khushboo Sinha. Everybody head over to the link to check out more of her work here: Khushboo Sinha’s tumblr page ]

Advertisements

festival review: Demonic Resurrection live at Bangalore Open Air, 2013

sahil makhija demonic resurrection india bangalore open air 2013 absurd history

click to enlarge

It was at Bloodstock Open Air last year that I saw India’s Demonic Resurrection play for a multiethnic crowd, and I wanted to see how accepting the audience is. And having seen them in our country for the last ten years I must say the response was as good as what I must’ve seen at one of their best gigs in India, if not better. This, when Paradise Lost were on the main stage.

mephisto demonic resurrection india bangalore open air 2013 absurd history

click to enlarge

Welcome to the Ronnie James Dio stage where Demonic Resurrection – the oldest, one of the the biggest and darkest Indian band that kick started this year’s Bangalore Open Air festival, but in broad daylight. Nevermind. Unfortunately the only Indian band to have been invited to play at the Bangalore festival (as the rest couldn’t for various reasons), Demonic Resurrection braced the audiences with their brand of demonic metal. Demonic metal, which I would say is a concoction of symphony, progression, speed, death, black metal with a slice of technicality is today very mature than what we have heard from them over the years.

daniel rego demonic resurrection india bangalore open air 2013 absurd history

click to enlarge

The set list consisted of tracks from their previous two albums, A Darkness Descends (2005) and The Return to Darkness (2010), out of the three that Demonic Resurrection has released till now. Sadly, since they were the first band to open Bangalore Open Air post the Wacken Metal Battle the audience was only a handful who treated themselves to a cocktail of some complex extreme metal. A sound that is one of it’s kind in our sorry ass nation, and a band that made its way to the top through sheer fortitude. While many tried to bring them down, the band retaliated with more hard work, thereby setting an example in the minuscule history of metal that India has.

ashwin shriyan demonic resurrection india bangalore open air 2013 absurd history

click to enlarge

Frontman Sahil Makhija, a friend and a good musician, shouldn’t have called out the name of some guy from the audience as that, for me, does not add to the stage act. Crowd interaction is a must for entertainers, and Demonic Resurrection being the torchbearers of metal itself in India does not do it any less. The audience would be a lot happier if there is more interaction in general, than pointing out names. We are at a festival and in the audience there could be anybody from any place on the planet. That being said, Demonic Resurrection is tight as a tick, musically. Thanks to the ensemble star cast that comprises of guitar prodigy Daniel Rego, bass-nailer Ashwin Shriyan, impossible-to-match drummer Virendra Kaith and synth-lover Mephisto.

All set to release another album this year, Demonic Resurrection made sure they do not give the listeners a sneak peek of their yet-to-be-titled fourth album. If you are a fan then you’ve got to wait and watch out for their new sound, which according to guitarist Daniel is, “much more evolved than what we’ve composed in our earlier albums, in every department that DR delves into“. With a live performance like that, and an album in the pipeline I wish DR all the very best for their future.

Here’s a slideshow containing more pictures:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

[ Pictures – courtesy of Khushboo Sinha. Everybody head over to the link to check out more of her work here: Khushboo Sinha’s tumblr page ]


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.


Illusion of Independence

Today is the sixty third year of India‘s independence. Although I am fully conscious that I am an Indian, I do not feel the need to be proud of being one and I am not patriotic too. Well that is just my opinion. I can go on and on about how and why India is not where it could have been, but I do not want to. Not today. Not ever.

Let me focus on the talked about and current issue of Commonwealth Games. Sixty three years and we cannot organize an event of international standards. I do not know when the work had begun on the construction of the required venues, and who is handling all of this but then that should not be my concern either. If India chose to make a bid in order to get a chance for conducting the events then they better make it happen well. Games are around the corner and still the construction is on which means there is a flaw somewhere in the planning, or there is no plan at all. These politicians do not want to have any limits to get involved in corruption. Think about the amount of black money these sickos pocket without knowing what they are going to do with all of that. They would anyways die sometime, wouldn’t they?

mouthful

The final blow in the nail would be when due to the failure of CWG, India loses its contract for Cricket World Cup, 2011. Maybe then the lesson will be learnt. Or maybe not. Well cricket aficionados need not worry as cricket is handled by blowjob-specialist Sharad Pawar. He has been making shitloads of money out of this but at the same time does not give a chance to complain. Here’s wishing him a lifetime of safe blowjobs. And yea, Happy (In)Dependence Day.

Also read :

gadget review : hTc Touch P3450

category : Album Reviews

category : Gig Reviews


The Flaming Skull Forums

When was the last time you went to some forums and found like minded people around? When was the last time you felt like visiting a website to find out about a gig that is happening in town? Here your thinking would not help as you do not have many. And what makes me use the term many is the fact that there were places promoting the metal/rock scene in India, where I made sure I logged in atleast once a day to keep myself updated.

Now a couple of them that instantly remind me of the times I spent keeping the above mentioned intentions in mind would be demonstealerrecords website, gigpad, emusicpost site and rsj forums. Whereas I was dependent on gigpad for gig updates, I visited rsj forums to have some metal fun and share my metal thoughts. And then something went wrong. I am still active on demonstealerrecords forums but I can count the number of active  members on my fingers and I know all of them personally. Or atleast most of them.

Now a forum in the wider sense is meant to gather people from all diverse fields and give them a platform to express themselves. Ofcourse metal in this context. And when I say I know most of them it directly implies that the place is not happening. Adding not happening anymore would explain better. It is not anyone’s fault here as it is a task in itself to keep any forums alive, and analyzing the situation would lead us nowhere.

The flaming skull podcast or tfsp that was started in July last year to promote the Indian scene saw many metalheads across the nation throng their website for whatever reasons they had. But a significant fact to note here is that their website got 17000+ hits in a short span of time, and considering it was a website providing listeners with podcast episodes to download its a large number. A small shoutbox present on the site had everyone trying to shout out the obvious things about what band kicked ass on the released episode, or what band should be featured next and why. The discussion was never-ending.

this is what awaits you

At this very juncture the people behind the podcast felt the need of introducing the forums. With their intentions being to constantly diminish the gap between them and the listeners, launching the forums could only improve things. Lets face it, we all need a place we can relate to and be part of.

So after the ninth metalcast episode and the first rockcast one, you are provided with forums. Visit it, and explode the place. Be it metal or rock, you can speak out and most importantly share. In a life that cannot get busier, wherever you are you can come here and chill. The flaming skull forums is easy to access and like any other community website you will spot a register option, and it all ends with you filling your email address. So you have no reason to complain. And before you say you do not have the link to the forums, here you go The Flaming Skull Forums

Also read :

The Flaming Skull Podcast – A Writeup

album review : Burzum – Belus

album review : 1833 AD – pre-album teaser


Peace Sells… But Who’s Selling?

– by Itihas Shetty

Ok. So, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab is still alive. You do not need time to remember him, do you ?

Imagine a group of motherfuckers fully armed to exterminate, with a foolproof plan in place entering a city that is Bombay, and opening fire as if Ram Gopal Varma is capturing them for his next. Courageous bastards I say. Then why shouldn’t a nation that might sink anytime due to excessive unprotected sex atleast do the bare minimum needful of hanging that one son-of-a-bitch who did not concentrate on his training where he was taught to just kill – including himself. It was only unfortunate for him that he was caught but then came the funny side, democratic nation India showed that there is indeed only one nation of its kind – Kasab gets to defend himself through an Indian lawyer. Kick in the balls. ouch ! Hang on – but defend what ?

And Kasab follows this joke with his demands. He wants an urdu version of the chargesheet, and a flavoured toothpaste. Can we have a telecast of two hot iron rods shoved back-to-back up his jihadi ass. live !

kasab, who?

You want more ? – Very recently he denied his role in the attacks. Ok done laughing ? Yeah, he says its not him in the picture which the whole nation saw. Now this time I do not blame him. He is just playing along. Why shouldn’t he ? – I call it human nature.

The point here is India cannot at any cost stop such an attack next time around but atleast can send out a message for all the mess. Need lessons in quick justice ? – Get the common man who witnessed all that on the judging panel or even better get those who lost someone in the attacks. Lawmakers it seems ! Comeon you losers did you forget those scenes on television where hapless people were running helter-skelter trying to avoid some bullets to pierce through their innocent bodies ? And what about the countless martyrs. Fuck.

People behind this case need not be told to forget about humane behavior here. To ensure that another Kasab does not dare to think on the same lines, the standard Indian junk laws stating – the prosecution has to prove the case, all the accused should be given legal representation – need to be buried. What can be a bigger exception than this. Extort the required information and hang. I need not get into what Kasab deserves but the nation deserves atleast this much. Put on your evil caps. Operation black eyed peace !

nobel pee-s prize

And now that Obama has won Nobel Prize for peace, I should make it in the Economics category this year. What ?

also read :

The Atheist Column – Pleasure Of Blasphemy

A Place That Was German Bakery


%d bloggers like this: