GIG REPORT: Bangalore Open Air 2014

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Bangalore Open Air, India’s biggest heavy metal festival was finally here with its third edition! Bangalore Open Air boasts of being the first heavy metal festival of such unmatched eminence and of having no parallel. Ever since its inception, B.O.A. has showcased a plethora of bands from across the country and the world and has featured a slew of genres.

In the face of numerous constraints, Bangalore Open Air ’14 powered by Wacken Open Air proceeded months ago with an altogether different plan of crowdfunding. Metalheads all over the world were appealed to for their support in order to make the festival happen. However, the target amount could not be achieved and sale of tickets was reopened.

After battling all odds, B.O.A. ’14 was finally held at Counter Culture, Bangalore on September 13, ’14.

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This chapter of B.O.A. brandished a grand line-up headlined by German thrash legends Destruction and featured ace Greek black/gothic metal band Rotting Christ supported by Indian thrash titans Kryptos, accomplished groove/progressive/folk metal band The Down Troddence, groove/experimental thrash metal band Threinody, thrash metal band Armament and hard rock band Girish and the Chronicles.

First up on stage was Armament, a ‘straightforward extreme thrash metal’ band from Kolkata. Armament definitely upheld the glory of old-school thrash metal and the performance spoke of the noteworthy musical prowess of band. The band is going from strength to strength and what really stood out was vocalist Indranil Dasgupta’s unapologetic vocal tasks and stage presence – the signs of a quintessential frontman. Armament’s artillery had in store some punishing thrash attack also featuring some nicely executed leads and a power-packed drum solo!

Notable hard rock band from Gangtok, Girish and the Chronicles followed. Girish and the Chronicles are known for their electrifying live shows and they sure proved their worth! The band delivered hard rock, sometimes reminiscent of classic heavy metal. Vocalist Girish Pradhan’s awe-inspiring vocals dropped in a ballady feel and some of the band’s set reminded of the grandeur of the 70s and 80s.

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Next on stage was Threinody, a groove/experimental thrash metal band from Bangalore. Threinody has been around for almost two decades now, which speaks of the experiences the band carries with itself. Threinody played some memorable transitions featuring some bold riffage with the speed and aggression of thrash blending into mellow sounding guitars. Threinody’s set portrayed the band’s classic metal influences and often seemed to deviate from conventional thrash due to a good measure of progressive elements in their sound.

Thrash titans from Bangalore, Kryptos followed. Kryptos discharged unmatched energy and put forth the band’s seasoned professionalism. Kryptos’ menacing blend of some thrashy riffage, powerful growls and thudding bass left the crowd enthralled. Kryptos’ set portrayed the consolidation of a lot of old-school influences, yet sounded fresh and creative with some fast-paced lead guitaring, shrieks and growls – all of it accomplishing the task of upholding aggression with a dash of melancholy.

Rotting Christ’s much awaited set followed next. Rotting Christ’s years of experience gave everyone a superlative performance and musicianship to cherish. The band rampaged with its unique make of black metal enriched with a good measure of experimentation with beautiful haunting melodies and melancholic chanting. Rotting Christ delivered a memorable show that surpassed the average conventional black metal. Rotting Christ’s set felt like a well-crafted orchestration with minute details to render their sound very dark! Holding a lot of weight was Sakis Tolis’ raspy vocals adding a lot of variety in the way the band sounded. Rotting Christ were as much a listening-pleasure as they were to experience the joy in their playing live!

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Next up was groove/progressive/folk metal band from Kerala, The Down Troddence. The Down Troddence delivered an intriguing performance with their unique brand of metal fused with elements similar to those of folk. TDT’s set featured a myriad of embellishments on ferocious playing – ranging from aesthetics to grooves reminiscent of folk.

The final act were thrash titans from Germany, Destruction. Destruction ripped the place apart and delivered a full frontal assault! Destruction’s undeniable fast-paced riffage and hammering bass slammed right in the face! (I don’t know how else I can put it.) Despite struggling with difficulties in sound, Destruction left everything ravaged with a performance that boasted of some headbanging greatness as well as unforgettable riffs. The drum solo discharged unmatched ferocity and the grandeur in the way the band played was absolutely breathtaking!

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Earlier at the Press Conference

Indian Metal Scene had the opportunity of interacting with Destruction and Rotting Christ at the press conference held at Vapour, Bangalore on September 12, ’14.

On being asked about consolidation of art, worldview and musicality  in heavy metal, Schmier from Destruction spoke of metal as an ideology that leads to freedom and that which is born of true spirit.

Answering a question about the band’s view on commercialization of heavy metal, Schmier said, ”Name one millionaire who’s made good metal music.” He strongly opined that metal should remain underground and not be unduly exposed and sold out, in order to retain its own ‘purity’. He spoke about commercialization of some of the biggest heavy metal festivals in the world due to which the glory of it all dies out!

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The team put up a phenomenal and memorable event even in the face of major constraints Bangalore Open Air ’14 saw a brilliant line up, amazing sound and great organizing. The wait for B.O.A. 2015 begins!

Check out the Bangalore Open Air 2014 albums at Vishal ‘Clickography’ and Metal Farmer Photography

-Article by Debarati Das

Image Courtesy: Vishal ‘Clickography’

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INTERVIEW with Rotting Christ

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SOURCE : METAL WANI

Formed in 1987, front man Sakis Tolis has brought his band Rotting Christ to the Metal world through portraying different lyrical themes and music. With much of empowering black metal & extreme metal, the Rotting Christ has won a massive number of fans with their old albums and new album as well. Hailing from a small country like Greece, Rotting Christ just seems to give an intro of what’s extreme metal all about, but with their music, they have produced something bigger and greater than one can think of typical Extreme Metal /black metal.

Gearing up for their debut gig in India, Metal Wani‘s Editor In Chief Owais ‘Vitek’ Nabi and writer Shwetha Kamath recently had a chat with Rotting Christ‘s Sakis Tolis. He discussed his 3 decade long journey, a debut gig in India, expectations from fans, Bands upcoming album and why Metal keeps him alive.

Listen to the interview below:

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Bangalore Open Air 2014 is powered by Wacken Open Air, the biggest annual heavy metal festival, which is held in Wacken, Germany.

Infinite Dreams is one of India’s prime organizing/ artiste management company founded in 2007 by Salman U. Syed, who is also a regular participant of the Wacken Open Air, with the objective of solidifying the bonds between heavy metal fans and musicians, thus contributing towards the metal scene in India. Infinite Dreams focuses on the Indian hard rock/ heavy metal industry and has adopted a brilliant approach towards artiste management through technological efficiency. Properties of Infinite Dreams also include Iron Fist Records, Black Merch and Wacken Metal Battle besides Bangalore Open Air.

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THE VENUE:

Counter Culture

2D2 4th Cross

Dyavasandra Industrial Area

ITPL Main Road

Whitefield

Bangalore

India

UPCOMING GIG: BANGALORE OPEN AIR 2014

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Bangalore Open Air, India’s biggest heavy metal festival is back with its third edition, which will be held at Counter Culture on September 13 this year. Bangalore Open Air boasts of being the first metal festival of such unmatched eminence and of having no parallel. Ever since its inception in 2012, Bangalore Open Air has showcased a plethora of metal bands from across the country and the world and has drawn metalheads from all over! The first chapter of the festival brandished superlative German thrash gods Kreator, seasoned German melodic death metal band SuidAkrA and some of the finest Indian metal bands. Despite massive success in terms of excellent standards of music, organizing, turnout and critical appreciation, the team experienced a major financial crunch after the festival.

 

Bangalore Open Air 2012 featured:

KREATOR

SUIDAKRA

DYING EMBRACE

KRYPTOS

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After battling all odds, Bangalore Open Air successfully presented its second edition in 2013. The line up was incredibly grand and featured a slew of legendary bands including Iced Earth, Dark Tranquility and Ihsahn joined by accomplished international acts like Animals as Leaders and Leprous. This edition of the festival received tremendous acclamation from fans from across the country and the world alike, thus attaining a wonderful reputation besides proceeding towards its aim of strengthening bonds between metalheads who relate to similar music and ideology. However, once again Bangalore Open Air witnessed a post-festival financial crunch, which threatened to hinder its progress towards the third edition.

 

Bangalore Open Air 2013 featured:

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LEPROUS

DEMONIC RESURRECTION

ICED EARTH

DARK TRANQUILITY

ANIMALS AS LEADERS

However, such constraints failed to dampen spirits and Bangalore Open Air powered by Wacken Open Air geared up for its third chapter with an altogether different plan of crowd-funding a target amount. The endeavor began earlier this year with the aim of abstaining from corporate sponsorship and establishing a direct and better connection with the audience. Metalheads all over the world were appealed to for their support in order to make the festival happen. But the target amount could not be attained through crowd-funding in the set number of days. Resisting all odds, with the determination of successfully hosting the festival, the online sale of tickets has been reopened.

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BANGALORE OPEN AIR 2014 will feature: 

DESTRUCTION (Thrash Metal; Germany)
Destruction are thrash metal heavyweights from Germany. Formed in 1987 as Knight of Demon, Destruction is one of the Big Teutonic Four. For a part of their career in the 90s, the band self-produced their albums until Nuclear Blast signed them in 2000. Destruction then went on to release remarkable albums like All Hell Breaks, Antichrist and Metal Discharge in the 2000s. With superlative albums like Eternal Devastation and Release from Agony, Destruction has inspired the sound of newer thrash metal bands.

ROTTING CHRIST (Black Metal/ Gothic Metal; Greece)
Rotting Christ formed in 1987 is recognized as one of the premier black metal bands in and around Greece and is noted for its remarkable contribution to the European underground metal scene and to the signature Greek black metal sound. Since its inception, Rotting Christ has explored elements of sound quite a good deal. The band initially started jamming as a grindcore band and evolved into a black metal band. Rotting Christ’s sound went on to incorporate gothic elements, thus deviating from the straight-up black metal essence by the time they released the full-length album A Dead Poem. Albums like Sanctus Diavolos upheld Rotting Christ’s black metal approach while in Theogonia the band showcased folk metal elements. Rotting Christ has inspired a plethora of bands and has showcased massive musical prowess in international tours.

CADAVER MUTILATOR (Brutal Death Metal, Italy)
Formed in 2003, Cadaver Mutilator is a brutal death metal band hailing from Italy, whose music portrays an unapologetic rendition of elements of death metal with a good dose of gore. In 2007, the band split into two projects consisting of two different lineups, both called Cadaver Mutilator. Both line-ups existed by the same name until the project led by the founding members of the initial band changed name.

THE DOWN TRODDENCE (Groove Metal with elements of Thrash and Folk Metal; Kerala, India)
Formed in 2009, The Down Troddence hails from Kerala, India. The Down Troddence’s music upholds a tasteful blend of elements of groove and thrash with a good deal of South Indian folk music. The Down Troddence’s album How Are You? We’re Fine, Thank You has been beautifully conjured with a good bearing of folk elements on the otherwise unrelenting music, also featuring surreal, ambient layers. The band recently swept away a slew of victories at the Rolling Stone Metal Awards 2014.

THREINODY (Progressive Metal with a good deal of Thrash; Bangalore, India)
Active since 1996, Threinody hails from Bangalore. Threinody draws inspiration from the 70s classic metal and the 80s thrash metal. Threinody’s music is characterized by bold riffage and punishing grooves and well-thought transitions between mellow and aggressive, thus inducing different moods. The band writes music laced around lyrical themes of war, reincarnation and aspects of life and death and is known for its memorable live performances.

ARMAMENT (Thrash Metal; Kolkata, India)
Formed in 2011, Armament is a four-piece no-bullshit thrash metal band that upholds the glory of the early European thrash sound. The band derives inspiration from the likes of Kreator, Slayer and Death and has impressed with its studio-work and live performances. Armament is all set to release its debut EP at B.O.A 2014—one of the most important steps in the career of the band!

GIRISH AND THE CHRONICLES (Hard Rock; Gangtok/Bangalore, India)
Girish and the Chronicles, one of the finest hard rock bands in India was formed in 2009. The band is currently based in Bangalore. Girish and the Chronicles’ sound are reminiscent of the essence of old school hard rock, in the veins of Led Zeppelin, AC DC and Deep Purple. The band has toured across the country and in countries abroad and is noted for their superlative live shows!

 

Bangalore Open Air 2014 is powered by Wacken Open Air, the biggest annual heavy metal festival, which is held in Wacken, Germany. Wacken Open Air was founded by Thomas Jensen and Holger Hubner. The three-day metal festival was first held in 1990 as a local event and later on evolved into a major festival that has showcased more than seventy bands from all over Europe, America and Australia among other countries.

Infinite Dreams is one of India’s prime organizing/ artiste management company founded in 2007 by Salman U. Syed, who is also a regular participant of the Wacken Open Air, with the objective of solidifying the bonds between heavy metal fans and musicians, thus contributing towards the metal scene in India. Infinite Dreams focuses on the Indian hard rock/ heavy metal industry and has adopted a brilliant approach towards artiste management through technological efficiency. Properties of Infinite Dreams also include Iron Fist Records, Black Merch and Wacken Metal Battle besides Bangalore Open Air.

 

THE VENUE:

Counter Culture

2D2 4th Cross

Dyavasandra Industrial Area

ITPL Main Road

Whitefield

Bangalore

India

 

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Tickets: http://bit.ly/1oj317e

-Preview by Debarati Das