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Control Alt Delete 10 – Day 2 at Roaring Farms, Mumbai

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Control Alt Delete 10 – Day 1 at Roaring Farms, Mumbai

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Insurrection Returns With It’s Second Edition

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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.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

“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 growls in combination with Shelton’s speedy double bass drumming got a man in a wheelchair out of control. Though the band faced problems with their guitar, the fast paced drumming did not allow the mishap to dawn on the people around them. Necrophilia’s performance was a great kick-start for the night, despite the existing daylight outside.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

Necrophilia was followed by gore-spewing Festered Wound, with a set list of songs that were less than a minute long. Heavily influenced by Last Days of Humanity, the music disgorged a fall and rise effect, spiralling from nothingness to utmost beastliness. With the aid of programmed drumming, Charlie’s vocals spoke volumes about the nastiness of gore. They most definitely are one of India’s vilest goregrind bands.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

Spotted amongst the crowd was Dying Embrace’s Vikram Bhatt, thoroughly enjoying himself as Shepherd entered the stage. This sludge metal band sure knew how to pull off a great gig, progressing from slow tempos to heavy riffs. Namit’s growls characterized by a melodic strain, with Deepak’s dexterity with the cymbals and Michael’s bass produced a combination of doom metal and hardcore punk that kept the audience in constant trepidation. Deepak’s vocals were clean with a medieval touch, with simultaneous blast beat drumming. Overall, it was quite a tight performance.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

What the bands lacked was crowd presence, and those that followed Shepherd hit the bull’s eye. Xector spurred a moshpit with its variety of song structures. People were in a continuous mosh, as Charan’s deep growls, Ashwin’s powerful double bass and Ashutosh’s and Suhas’ tremolo picking contributed in giving the performance an intense feel. All that aside, the bridges produced a captivating effect.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

Orchid cast a 45 minute spell on the people, by putting them in a state of trance. This band that won Strawberry Fields 2012, retained its technical brilliance at Insurrection. They do not identify entirely as a metal act, but have surpassed all boundaries with Rahil Ahmed’s prowess on the bass and Vinay’s sheer sagacity with the guitars. Kaushal was exceptional at using two microphones, alternating with his vocal style and the usage of shakers. Towards the end, drummer Mayur was joined by Kaushal’s emphatic beats and deep growls. Unusual time signatures, complex rhythms, technicality and a good setlist define Orchid’s performance.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

The pit came back to life when it was technical death metal band, Nihilus’ turn to perform. Unusual rhythms, out of the box time signatures, catchy riffs and complex song structures discharged a remorseless atmosphere, aided by malicious double bass patterns. The six string bass guitar was definitely done justice to by Jason. The band covered Necrophagist, Behemoth and Decapitated, keeping everyone on their toes throughout.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

Though Chennai based Trojan Horse took their time for setting up, their performance was worth a wait. The music bred a deadly and merciless hue of red, and never ceased to awe the people around. Vishnu’s powerful, speedy drumming with Siddhartha’s and Hasnain’s alternating lightening speed riffs and solos drove the crowd mad. Their music was characterized by rapid key and tempo changes, which went way past the crowd’s ability to headbang. The band covered Meshuggah’s ‘Perpetual black second’ which was in a class all by itself. A general survey inquiring of people’s personal favourite band pointed to Trojan Horse.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

Just as the lights went out, Dark Desolation began their set. Wisps of relentless, ruthless black smoke bewitched the air. Their look was reminiscent of “Kiss” as the vocalist and guitarists made their presence felt with corpse paint and spears. Once they started playing, it seemed like their songs were in a continuous loop. The vocalist was sprawled on the floor behind the guitarists with calescent high pitched growls, shedding light on the guitarists’ terminal velocity. Their tremolo picking was like a bat out of hell. Speedy blast beat and double bass drumming was top notch, but the only drawback was that they ate into the next band’s time.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

Though problems with time management resulted in quite a number of people leaving the venue, Neolithic Silence earned their set of well deserving fans that supported them. Utilizing elements of death and thrash metal, the band put forth an outstanding performance. A combination of death growls, fast riffs, and the blend of harmony and melody was enough to keep the audience headbanging and raising their horns the whole while. The drumming was very tight, and provided vitality to the band. They celebrated their 10th anniversary by inviting their special guest, Navneeth from Nihilus to do vocals. And once it began, not a single person was standing still! On popular demand, the band played one last song, which was a perfecting ending for the night.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

Problems with time and sound persisted throughout, and the repercussions had to be faced by the bands that were playing towards the end. Despite that, the good line up, great ambience and the energetic crowd filled the missing gaps.

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Insurrection V2 at Tinga Tinga Bar, Bangalore

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Uday Shanker

Uday Shanker is a freelance photographer based in Bangalore and has a day job.

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B.A.M! (Bangalore’s Arts & Music Festival)

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Headlining Act
Xanadoo

Metal Bands –

*Neolithic Silence

*Dark Desolation

*Orchid

*Killers’ Breed (Iron Maiden cover band)

*De’Sat

*House of Penelope

Rock bands 

*Until We Last

*Space Behind the Yellow Room

*Grey Matter

*3/4th Gravity

10 Indian bands, 1 international band and several artists!

Entry Fee: Rs. 300 (Inclusive of one free beer!!)

**Event produced by MetamorphiK Productions & Boom Box House**

Venue: ION Bar & Kitchen, Brigade Road (Next to Nilgiris)

For details, contact-
Sumeet – +919731340101 / sumeet_suvarna@yahoo.com
Mahesh – +919008469821 / maheshhj@ymail.com
Gig starts at 12:00 PM sharp!

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Orchid, The Grey Matter, Quarantine, The Getting Laid Project at PESIT, Bangalore

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Uday Shanker is a freelance photographer based in Bangalore and has a day job.

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Sea Rock Bangalore Eliminations at CounterCulture, Bangalore

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Uday Shanker is a freelance photographer based in Bangalore and has a day job.

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Break Free – A battle of the bands at Forum Mall

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This “Break Free” is a strange beast to tackle. It is roughly advertised as “the event where Kailash Kher makes an appearance” and the crowd that has turned up has absolutely no patience for anything other than to listen to some Kailash K. They are large in number, crammed into an enclosure in the foyer of an already crowded mall and are forced to listen to music that they could absolutely not give two hoots about. The protracted nature of the contest – three separate tracks for classical, fusion and rock each with three bands in each track, make matters worse for the impatient crowd. The MC is over-enthusiastic and gabby but she tries her best. The security staff have their hands full to ensure no one jumps the enclosure barricades.

Break Free - A battle of the bands at Forum Mall

The MC does the worst headbang impression I’ve seen. This is how she starts of the rock segment. She calls onto stage The News, purveyors of “happy rock” as she calls it. The News belt out three of their own compositions and each pack a solid wallop. The quintet is tighter than a cyclist’s shorts. Vocalist & guitarist Ankit Ranganathan can hold a tune and plays a mean acoustic guitar. The songs are crisp, have multiple tempo changes and yet have this peppy and upbeat mood. They have few minutes remaining in their allotted time but the sea of thumbs-down from the audience means they have to leave the stage.

Break Free - A battle of the bands at Forum Mall

MC asks the crowd if they want to hear some Hindi music and the crowd roar in approval. In a stunning twist she then presents Orchid – a metal band. They are replete with metalcore screams, double bass drumming and some badass bass-ery. Their music is also completely lost on the crowd, who seem to think the double bass is a cue for applause. The next and final band on stage is cROCKchets, a band of 14 year olds. All doubts of their nervousness are quelled in the first few minutes as they launch into Metatallica’s ‘Seek and Destroy’. Sigh. Kids and their ridiculous talent these days. Vocalist Aakash even has the audacity to get everyone to do Hetfield’s signature “Hoy Hoy Hoy” chant. Their finale is a tongue-firmly-in-cheek metal cover of Shankar Nag’s ‘Santoshakke’. Winning the contest should be a foregone conclusion now. Still no sign of the much-anticipated Hindi music that was promised, though.

Break Free - A battle of the bands at Forum Mall

Eventually Kailash Kher does make an appearance. He sings few bars from his hit songs although he clearly states that he is not contractually obliged to do so. Hundreds of phones and tablets are whipped out as people jostle to get a glimpse of singer. This trend of camera phones at concerts never ceases to perplex. The results are announced and rather surprisingly but deservingly The News take first place with cROCKchets coming second. Kher is persuaded to sing another song before he leaves the stage and he politely obliges after which there is an exodus of people heading toward the parking lot. The bands pose with their novelty cheque prizes to an almost empty audience. A strange beast indeed.

Here are the FB page links for the winners  The News and cROCKchets

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Sohan Maheshwar

Jack of all tirades, total shirk-off. Follow Sohan on twitter! @soganmageshwar

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