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A fillip to original Indian Metal compositions

Deepa Kurup


As many as 13 Bangalore bands rocked the wits out of metal heads in a 10-hour event


— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

HIGH ENERGY LEVELS: Various bands posing for the camera at Rock Ethos in Bangalore on Sunday.

BANGALORE: Palace Grounds, Bangalore, has been witness to very many firsts — from the first Iron Maiden concert to the upcoming Megadeth show in March — “rock heads” in the city have ensured that it sits firm on the rock roadmap.

However, Rock Ethos, the first Indian Rock Show to showcase exclusively original rock numbers by bands from namma Bengalooru, has mapped the venue right into the pages of rock history.

As many as 13 Bangalore-based bands rocked the wits out of metal heads in a 10-hour event on Sunday. If there ever could be a one-day indigenous Indian “Woodstock”, this certainly was it. People turned up in large numbers and stayed throughout the day, to re-affirm their faith in the Indian metal bands.

There were well-established old metal heads such as Mother Jane to the relatively new, nevertheless talented bands, including Inviktus. Dispelling all myths about low-energy levels in original Indian Metal compositions, college bands such as Illuminati displayed remarkable screen presence and technical expertise.

While Bhoomi lived up to all expectations with old-school metal numbers “Uncultured” and “Dead Time Stories”; Mother Jane, the closing act, delivered a tight performance with some fantastic classical stunts woven into the lead guitar pieces, thereby performing the perfect swan song to a memorable evening.

A tribute

This Sunday was probably the biggest ever tribute paid to indigenous Metal Music in India.

Rock fans from all over the city kept pouring in throughout the day and the programme was tight with the delay between acts largely restricted to merely sound-checks.

For over a month building up to D-Day, metal websites, interactive forums and social networking sites such as Facebook and Orkut have been inundated with discussions about the concert.

From posts that give the rock-style bow to the concept of keeping it restricted to original compositions to frustrated comments about outstation bands being left out, the concert has been the talk of the town.

Speaking to The Hindu, most performers said that the festival was the first to ever encourage them to play their original compositions.

“When people ask us to perform, a lot of the time, they tell us that they want us to play only covers. Sticking to playing originals meant that many of them stopped calling us to perform. Rock Ethos is what the Indian Metal scene needs and the turnout speaks for itself,” says Nolan Lewis, vocalist/guitarist of Kryptos.

Hanging out for an entire day under the vast blue sky may not be everybody’s cup of tea (or even a can of beer... to be a tad more appropriate) but the event being well-organised — let’s forgive and forget the zillion advertisements — made all the difference.

Apart from the thronging beer stalls, bungee jumping, and paint-ball counters (ahem... not as many takers for this one), the lounge bars and game counters, turned it into a rock carnival.

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