Gig Reviews

After a successful gig last year featuring the likes of Destruction and Rotting Christ, Bangalore Open Air returned stronger this year. Abandoning the previously seen one big show setting, the fourth edition of the festival featured a week of metal that ended in a huge, epic finale. From May 20th to June 5th, gigs were held across the city, focussing on one theme each night. These gigs brought out the best of the best in the Indian scene like Albatross, Stark Denial, 1833 AD, Primitiv, Dark Desolation, Escharified, Perforated Limb, Grossty, Kryptos, Eccentric Pendulum, Dirge etc. The week ended in a huge two stage concert that was headlined by grindcore giants Napalm Death, nefarious black metal horde Inquisition and blackened death dealers Belphegor. Supporting them were acts like Gutslit, Nauseate, Undying Inc, Escher’s Knot, Orator and Unwhole. Without saying as to how each performance panned out, I’m going to let our admin Gowthaman Jayapal’s photos of the event, do the talking.

Bangalore Open Air 2015

 

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The first edition of Vile Fest saw some of the best slam and grind acts from the Indian subcontinent getting together for a nasty gig. After its success, the fest is back for its sophomore edition, broadening its purview to some other forms of extreme metal, including tech-death and black metal. The recent years have seen a rise in the number of fests catering to pure, unadulterated extreme metal. Just like the previous edition, this edition of the fest sports some of the best extreme bands in the country. Surprisingly, this extreme fest has quite a few sponsors, including Blackstar and Soultone. This edition’s promising lineup includes:

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It was another edition of Bangalore Open Air with another one from Teutonic thrash legends, Destruction, headlining on September 13, 2014. The first edition of BOA held in 2012, headlined by Mille Petrozza and co (Kreator), is still the best metal “festival” I have attended. I missed last year’s edition which had long line-up of reputed international bands performing. I missed watching Iced Earth. Iced Earth were supposed to play in the first edition but they had visa problems to come down. Sodom, another band from big 3 of Teutonic thrash, were supposed to play last year, but it got cancelled. In that tradition, Cadaver Mutilator from Italy got cancelled from the bill this year! But that didn’t affect me. Rotting Christ were on the bill that meant I couldn’t do the mistake I did last year and I traveled all the way to Bangalore for this gig held at CounterCulture, Whitefield, Bangalore.

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Arguably one of the oldest metal festivals India has seen, Domination: The Deathfest kicks off with it’s sixth edition. The yearly single-genre fest(which had a huge comeback last year featuring acts such as Gutslit, Orion, Exhumation and Insane Prophecy) is back with a even more powerful line up and a unique idea for a tribute to the lords of Death metal.

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