- Date 26th May 2012
- Venue Clarks Exotica, Bangalore(Karnataka)
- Bands Lamb Of God, Skyharbor, Bhayanak Maut & Escher's Knot
- Photo Courtesy Abhimanyu Ghoshal
- Event By Overture India
Who would have thought that a luxury hotel just by the side of the Bangalore airport would serve as home to thousands of metal heads who witnessed what can only be termed as one of THE most "epic" concerts to happen in the city, nay country.
With Heavy Metal stalwarts "Lamb Of God" all set to headline the Nokia Alive event, the 26th of May was destined to be a cracker of a night. With the usual Metal Mecca of Bangalore, Palace Grounds, being off limits for public performances due to extreme traffic congestions, the venue for the concert was shifted to Clarks Exotica, which was over 20 kms away from the city. Despite the numerous problems to get to the distant venue, there were quite a few people in attendance.
Opening for "Lamb Of God" were acts like "Escher's Knot", "Bhayanak Maut" and "Skyharbor", one of the foremost bands that has helped put India on the global map as far as the Metal scene goes, on demand from drummer Chris Adler. "Skyharbor" played a special set featuring Daniel Tompkins of "TesseracT" fame, on vocals. This was to be a once in a lifetime opportunity for fans to catch the band with the man behind "illusions" himself on vocals.
Thanks to Bangalore’s traffic and an extremely inefficient security check, I failed to catch Escher's Knot's set, though if the comments that are flooding my twitter timeline are anything to go by; they played a pretty powerful set.
Next up on stage were Mumbai's own Bhayanak Maut. Their set featured a nice cocktail of both their older more famous tracks as well as their newer ones. Some of their tracks on display were "Ranti Nasha", "Dear Name", "Perfecting Their Suture" and a new one, "I Am Man". Though there were pits going crazy on both sides of the grounds during their set, the entire set seemed to lack the usual "Bhayanak Maut" energy and flair. It also didn’t help that the vocal levels on the PA were slightly low and unchanged despite constant prompts from the vocalists on stage. Despite these tiny troubles, BM did manage to get most in the crowd all set for the massive "Lamb Of God".
Next up were the band that I, personally, was very much looking forward to, "Skyharbor". "Skyharbor" has been creating waves everywhere with their newest release "Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos", under Basick Records. And the teasers that Daniel Tompkins has been releasing on YouTube has just helped get everyone that much more excited about their live set. Also making an appearance with Skyharbor was Devesh Dayal, from "Goddess Gagged", on guitars. Keshav Dhar, is nothing short of a mastermind and the live set was still quite insane, featuring tracks from "Illusion". Though the two guitars seemed to clash a little too much for my taste. And yes, there were minor “cluster-fucks” (as Keshav puts it), such as the solo on "Catharsis", but none the less, they were a treat to witness. However, I was hoping for at least a few songs with Sunneith, of "Bhayanak Maut" fame, from the "Chaos", because that would have set the perfect tone for the night. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see where this band goes from here, both live as well as musically. They have made an extremely great impression and hopefully they can constantly evolve and be around for a long time to come. But on a personal level, I hope they do more live gigs with Daniel Tompkins and maybe even Marty Friedman (one can always hope), because Daniel Tompkins was just an enigma on stage and this set with him seemed to do a lot more justice to them than the set at NH7.
After a 30 – 45 minute set (one loses all sense of time during a set such as Skyharbor’s), "Skyharbor" made way for the giants. The Resolution backdrop was dropped and the crowd went into overdrive. After the rudimentary line check, the act of the night was up. Opening the night was Chris Adler with a few rolls and moving into "Desolation", from "Resolution". The crowd seemed slightly lost through the first couple of songs from "Resolution". But soon they started with their classics like "Walk With Me In Hell", "Set To Fail", "Now You’ve Got Something To Die For" and "Ruin" and the crowd went berserk. Clarks Exotica soon witnessed some humungous moshpits. Sheer insanity followed. The "Lamb Of God" on display seemed to be a huge step up from the last gig here in India, and they were immensely tight and as always, supremely heavy. Though this may largely be due to their slightly shady PA mix last time around.
Thankfully, they played very few tracks from their not – so – well received new album, "Resolution" and stuck to most of their classics. Songs such as "Contractor" and "Laid To Rest" saw people hurl themselves into one another and featured Randy Blythe at his personal best. I’ve got to make a special mention of their lighting engineer, for some brilliant stuff throughout their set. And as a drummer, I must say, watching Chris Adler makes one feel like a complete failure. He seemed to be at extreme ease all the while and was note-perfect.
After "Laid To Rest", the band exited the stage for a short break, before coming back on for an encore. Starting with the Warning and the band came on and played three tracks, namely, "In Your Words", "Redneck" and "Black Label". "Black Label" gave rise to one gargantuan moshpit, and the trade mark "wall of death".
For everyone who decided to skip this gig because they saw "Lamb Of God" last time around, my goodness me, you missed one helluva show. But fear not, for if what Randy Blythe said is any indication, then Lamb of God shall definitely be back real soon.
May 26th was one E.P.I.C night and shall be cherished for a long time to come!
Currently pursuing engineering at VIT, Vellore, Hari spends less time in the college and more time outside, either catching bands live or helping bands as their drum tech. Currently playing drums for a Metalcore band in college covering artists like Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage etc.
He's also got a flair for sound engineering. Listens to a variety of genres ranging from Dubstep to Grindcore and Death Metal in his spare time, apart from blogging about his various encounters with music and is a die hard of Indian heavyweights, Motherjane.
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