Deccan Rock is Here Again!


I like it!




Official Line up of Indian and Asian Bands to play this year at Hyderabad at the DRF MMXI ( I don’t why I wrote it like this, somehow I just prefer it)

Abandoned Agony (Bangalore)  [not heard]
Evergreen (Cochin)                       [not heard]
Escher’s Knot (Chennai)               [Mehuggah/LOG/ our very own BM rip offs, But still neat]
Devoid (Mumbai)                          [Mindfuck]
Artillerie (Delhi)                            [Noble Luke FTW]

Asian Acts:

Almost none of them have I heard. I’ve got to start brushing up on my metal trivia! Nervecell is one the most promising bands I have heard in recent times.

Funeral in Heaven – Black Metal from Sri Lanka
Absence of The Sacred – Thrash/Death Metal from Singapore
Antim Grahan – Melodic Black Metal from Nepal
Orator – Death/Thrash Metal from Bangladesh
Nervecell – Death/Thrash Metal from Dubai
Violent Eve – Melodic Death Metal from Spain

As for the headliners, still not out. With the likes of Amon Amarth last time, rumours about Cannible Corpse coming have been officially dismissed. Suffocation is still an option. It’ll be awesome if they did play in India. It’d give the scene here a good boost, not that it is required. India now seems to have finally woken to the genre of metal, many good bands on the list and many more that would come on it soon!

Meanwhile Cradle of Filth is visiting town in April. Here’ s a facebook link with some details. facebook event for COF

As for the headliners watch the Orka networks page, which I should say is hardly maintained at all.

Hyderabad Here We Come!

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Dark Tranquilty and Degradead (never heard of the latter) are headlining at BITS Pilani College fest Pearl. And I’ll be there. Dark Tranquility is like the daddy of Melo-death and is one of the only surviving bands of the earliest eras of death metal in Sweden. In LOTR terms, it is like getting to see Gandalf’s fireworks in the Shire yet again. Only this would be a first. So you’ve got to be stupid not to attend.

I hope it’ll be a “The Gallery” Fest, love that album. Anyway, hopefully i’ll see a couple of you there! mosh till we almost die. I don’t fancy dying to tranquility. Opeth had it been, i would’ve died thrice over.

Here a link to Degradead: Degradead @ myspace Let me know what you think.

They’d be doing a gig with Orphaned Land at Bangalore too.

Double Decker Mayhem! (Artillerie GIG Review)

Artillerie live after a long time, I guess I had my hopes up too high or the gig was downright depressing. It was like some small town show, tucked away in the midst of Eastern UP or Bihar. Ok, maybe not that bad, but yeah get my point. The venue “Double Decker” was pretty neat, much more space than the cramped up Café Morrison, loads of space to wreak havoc if given the right stimulus. Unfortunately, the stimulus wasn’t much to my taste.

(ps. There was a change in the lineup, Under Siege went last)

Thy..Chaos. opened the gig with 4 tracks whose I titles I couldn’t comprehend. They sounded like a promising band with good tracks up their sleeve, I’m assuming they were OCs. Good music! but their influences were so traceable, with a lot of LOG and Slayer like material, only blander. I liked the vocals but not an extent were I’d go crazy nuts. The guy on the percussion put me off. Not extremely creative, I’m not much aware of this band’s experience but assuming they’re amateurs in this field I’d say an polite-applaud able performance.

Next up was Phobia. I had heard ravings about this band from a multitude of friends, and I myself saw them live once earlier. Sadly they did not cheer me up much. I did get a laugh looking at the lead guitarist though. Setting aside his skill (them being pretty neat), his emo haircut cut really made laugh my ass out. Reminded me of this video by a band called attack attack! :

Gay shit :D. Anyway when it comes to their music, it was tight. The guy on the vocals did an awesome job although the clean one’s were not to my taste. I mean I Disliked (bordering on detest) them. Bassy did a good job, leveled up well with the drummer. They ended with Ozac’s Razor or something similar sounding, sweet end! They managed to build up a bit of excitement and more people were participating in the mosh. They went out with a cliché end – “use a condom” or something along those lines. Blargh. Give these guys a listen here @ Phobia myspace

Artillerie. Where do I begin? Armed with Jackson Stars, the band got on stage and it looked as though the next one hour would absolute carnage. Un-fucking-fortunately the speakers started fucking up. Really trashy thing to happen. After a song, some random guy was managing the sound system trying to prevent the speakers from tearing apart, they couldn’t take the bass and the lead was either inaudible or too shrill. Bummer.

Nonetheless, Noble Luke did bring life to this nearly dead gig. His entry always is pretty malevolent, with his serpentine tongue dangling out. The drums were fuck awesome! Absolutely novel beats and quite gelled with the guitar duo. But like I said, the lead wasn’t too audible. Plus by now I was up ahead right next to the band, going nuts and not giving a fuck in the world anyway! 😀 Mosh got interesting but then came the factor of too-less people. I’ll come back to the crowd later. From favourites like “New Offensive” to brand new stuff from their latest album, “Temple of Zeus” and “Winter of Silence”, the band kept us to standing, headbanging, moshing. I also noticed that these newer tracks were quite fresh, not the usual batch of tracks that one would’ve expected. I’d say Artillerie is definitely going with their proclaimed Experimental/Thrashcore genre. Gives me another reason to look forward to their album!

Under Siege performed after Artillerie, some technicality I guess. Anyway it was my misfortune that I did not get to see them perform. Progreesive from the sound of it, I retired after their sound check, a Dream Theatre cover. I later thought that maybe they would’ve been worth the wait. Anyway…

This was the good part. Now comes the crowd. What a load of nimrods. I swear to God Delhi has an awesome metal community, but somehow not many turned up. And those who did didn’t know a fuck as to what was going on. There was this one guy who stood out, resembled the fat perv roommate in the movie “Young People Fucking” :D. His hand was up when there was no shit on the speakers. And then dancing, I repeat dancing like a maniac when there was sound. Real mood killer.

So basically, stupid crowd and useless sound system messed up a what looked to be a pretty neat gig.

(pps. The hotbox (yes, there is something of a hotbox there)  on the floor above should have been bigger mate!)

I would rate this gig about 6.5/10.

C’mon Delhi you can do better.

And best of luck Artillerie with their latest album ERADEFILED.

Artillerie’s Debut! (& Gig)

New Delhi based band Artillerie has announced the release of their debut album “Eradefiled” with a 9 song tracklist being:

  • The Impelled
  • Phalanx of Chaos
  • Temple of Zeus
  • Hate Imbrued
  • Tormentor
  • Uninhibited
  • Lapse
  • Winter of Silence
  • Life to these Bones

It would be released on the 7th of November, hard copies and free downloads available! (I love the latter option :D)

I liked their previous EP “New Offensive”, but not liked it to death-sorts.  Hopefully this would blow my mind away! And also that they give us a little preview on this album at their upcoming gig on Sunday.

Dilli-walon turn up at the Double Decker at South-Ex. Link to the gig info –  Facebook Event

Source: MetalIndia

ps. read the gig review here : review at Metalochak!

India achieves Salvation!

Need more be said?! I think that yet again Madras is way ahead with Salvation, than Mumbai with Katatonia and Delhi’s Textures! 😀

Opeth all over again people..

Pain of salvation!! is touring India this January with gigs at IIM Lucknow and IIT Chennai on 22nd and 29th of January respectively. Most probably a promo gig for their new album Road Salt One. The above song is “Sisters”, quite a popular track although I preferred “Used”. No double meaning :D.

For those of you unaware of Pain of Salvation, progressive metal. Good stuff!

Give them a listen at their Myspace page: Pain of Salvation

Source: MetalIndia

Rendezvous. Respect.

This is no big news or anything, but just general awe at the might of being an IIT hosted event :D.

This year in celebration of their (IIT’s) Golden Jubilee, Rendezvous 2010 (IIT D fest) has been holding prelims nation wide. That itself being quite a big feat, their Delhi prelims (19th October) are actually going to be like a mini GIR (of old times, when GIR was a competiton). A UK based band going by the name De Profundis is actually going to headline the event, that being the prelims.

I have never heard this band, so would comment on their skills as such. Their music is pretty neat though so its not a meager deal. Here’s a link to their myspace profile : De Profundis

Dates to other venues in India where they would be performing are also given. Give it a look and a listen.

Very impressive IIT Delhi, hopefully the finale would be just as kickass!

India is on a ROLL!!! Katatonia baby!!

KATATONIA- My second most favourites after Opeth are coming. They are coming people!!! INDIA!!

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Couldn’t be more excited! *21st December couldn’t be more further away!

And it’s all thanks to IIT Mumbai. Man, IIT=baap. first they get Opeth, Ensiferum, now this. When is Thapar going to get anything at all? Anyway till that happens, do attend “Mood Indigo”. That’s the name of the festival.

Here’s the link to the fest :

And one to the where Katatonia confirms (still can’t believe it):

I have got to attend this one. I hope they do a “night is the new day thing” or something.

What the hell! Good day for the metal scene here…

God bless us all…