Author Archives: Kruthika Swaminathan

May 10, 2016

Skrat at The Moon and Six Pence, Chennai

By - on 10/05/2016 at 7:21 pm

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Whenever there is news about a Skrat gig, there’s always a ripple of excitement among music-lovers in India. When a Facebook event notification popped up about a gig featuring these badasses at The Moon and Six Pence (MASP) Chennai, there was a huge buzz in the city! Skrat always has something new to offer during every show and what went down that night was particularly exhilarating because they hadn’t performed in their home city in a long time and the locals missed the band – it was clear that the feelings were mutual. The Moon and Six Pence is known for its barn-like, Irish stage space, where the trio fit in like pieces of a…

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The city of Chennai which was recently victimized by the disastrous floods found itself bouncing back to normalcy and putting all its pieces together, only to be perfectly glued by Parvaaz’s enthralling performance at Phoenix Market City, Chennai. While half the city continued to prefer staying indoors, the rest of them were waiting for the Bangalore-based experimental band to finish their sound-check and bring the tunes of a mélange of languages, inspirations and genres. Parvaaz, yet again bewitched a whole new audience with an extremely tight performance, thereby gaining a bigger fan base in one night. The evening kicked off with a progressive yet bluesy riff that led to ‘Itne Arze Ke Baad’. The song…

May 25, 2015

The Big Story: Tin Can Men!

By - on 25/05/2015 at 9:05 pm

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Pictures by Abhishek Gunaratnam Back in the days of Orkut, Sriram was watching Ice Age and chatting with Tapass on a messenger from that age, Windows Live: Sriram: Dude, the jamming’s great. I love how tight our band is! We’re gonna give a killer performance during our first gig. Tapass: All that’s awesome man. There’s one thing though. We’re just gonna be speechless when someone asks us what we’re called. Our band doesn’t even have a name yet! Sriram: How does Manny sound to you? Tapass: No. Sid? Hehe. Twenty minutes later: Sriram: Scrat? Tapass: That sounds nice! Let it be SKRAT though. You know, just to dodge copyright issues. Eight years ago two buddies…

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Charging its way in from Norway, Inferno Metal Festival’s first Indian edition promised to be a huge success. It not only staged India’s finest artists from The Down Troddence, Theorized and Inner Sanctum, but also brought Norway’s very own Nekromantheon and Obliteration. Counterculture has always been the hub of kickass gigs, and has a reputation of playing the perfect host, setting high standards for sound and lighting that aficionados look forward to. Close on the heels of a debut album launch, folk-thrash metal band The Down Troddence was the first on stage. The Kerala-based band has gathered its huge fan base over the past year and needed no introduction. Their sound is characterized by a…

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Higher on Maiden, Iron Maiden’s official tribute band from UK gave an unforgettable two-hour performance at Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bangalore on 12th January 2014 (Read all about it here.) Higher on Maiden has Big Dickinson on Vocals, Swifty Harris on Bass/Vocals, Adrian’s Myth on Guitar/Vocals, Dave Hurry on Guitars and Clive Blurr on Drums.  We had a quick chat with the band and here’s what they had to say… WTS: How does it feel to be back in India again? HOM: The feeling is awesome and unforgettable. We have been here five times now. Every time we come back the whole experience seems to get better and better. We love India and we love the people, we cannot wait to…

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Photo Credits: Chandra Prakash Higher on Maiden received what one would say, a sonorous Indian invitation, with the microphones and the drum kit decorated with the customary garlands and needless to say, thousands of screaming fans. This UK band has been officially labeled as Iron Maiden’s only tribute band and the night of 12th March validated that. The setlist was dynamic and progressive, as the band opened with ‘Moonchild’. Pure, unadulterated Iron Maiden songs were covered with utmost precision. With Big Dickinson’s theatrics that kept him on a par with Bruce Dickinson in addition to his operatic vocals, and Adrian Muth’s incredible stage presence, the fans seemed to be unnerved by the intermittent pauses due…

February 12, 2014

Insurrection Returns With It’s Second Edition

By - on 12/02/2014 at 8:00 pm

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After its initial success at Ion Bar & Kitchen, less than two months ago, Insurrection returned with its second edition, welcoming Tinga Tinga Bar (previously known as Couch) to the world of death metal. The line up comprised of the most mind-boggling metal bands –  Necrophilia, Festered Wound, Shepherd, Xector, Orchid, Nihilus, Trojan Horse, Dark Desolation and Neolithic Silence all at one stage. As the day progressed to night, minimal lighting contributed to the dark ambience, enticing the metalheads to headbang and mosh throughout. “One of Bangalore’s most brutal heavy metal shows” began with Bangalore based experimental death metal band, Necrophilia infecting the crowd with its vacillating tempos and time signatures. Avinash’s ruthless high pitched…

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Goethe Institut, Bangalore witnessed India’s heavy metal band, Kryptos’ extended 15th anniversary celebrations on the 25th of January. The Saturday was a tribute to old school heavy metal with Bangalore-based thrash metal band Theorized opening for Kryptos, and vocalists from Bhoomi, Dying Embrace and Witchgoat making appearances as special guests, to the delight of fans. The evening began with Theorized ripping the stage apart with Ankit Suryakanth’s shredding lead solos. Yash Kumar’s drumming served as the backbone of Theorized’s music. They had a fully fledged set list, with fast paced riffs, and tempo and count changes that could not allow the crowd to stand still. Soon enough, they began to grow brutal, in response to the Yash’s high speed…