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.
A couple of weeks back, Mumbai was the home to the third edition of the country’s biggest black metal festival called Black Metal Krieg. The brainchild of Stark Denial vocalist, Kunal Marie Gonsalves, Black Metal Krieg came back this year with the biggest line up yet. 9 bands from across the country convened at Hotel United 21, Thane on 8th December, 2013 which served as the unholy altar that day.
Here’s how it went…
This was one gig that I had anticipated for a long time and even missed the likes of Black Metal Krieg 3 for. To watch the God of all drummers play. Mind you, I did have my fill. The gig on the following evening with Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy was worth the 600 bucks I paid for. Hell, it was worth much,much more than that.