As heavy as it could get

'MOSHFEST'

As heavy as it could get

Heavy metal just got heavier at the ‘Moshfest’, an indoor pub metal show organised by Horns Up Entertainment at The Humming Tree recently. The audience got a taste of various genres of metal music like death core, death metal, heavy metal, metal core and progressive metal, thanks to the five bands that took the stage — ‘In Dying Days’, ‘Prime Rage’, ‘Renegade’, ‘Cheisrah’ and ‘Orchid’.

Amarjeet Singha, the drummer of ‘Cheisrah’ who was also one of the organisers, said that they wanted to add variety to the performance which is why bands with different styles were chosen. 

“We wanted everyone to relate to the music. It was a wonderful experience with such an energetic crowd,” he said. Ajay Joseph, the guitarist of ‘In Dying Days’ which was formed in 2008, said, “All of us are passionate about our music. Though we are in different professions and even stay in different cities, we ensure that we get together as often as possible. We recently had a change in our line-up and style but I think it’s for the better.” Some of the compositions they played were ‘Unbreakable’, ‘Shaken World’ and ‘The Perfect Lie’.  

With EDM taking over the music scene, many of the artistes rued that metal is not being given as much importance as it should be. “Although the metal scene is better here compared to other states, the problem we face here is the lack of venues for performances. In Bangalore, EDM is big and that’s what people prefer,” said Anto Michael, the vocalist of ‘Prime Rage’. Impressed with the turnout on a weekday, Antony Antony, the drummer of ‘Renegade’, said,

“The crowd is brilliant. The turnout is great as well considering that it’s mid-week and EDM is taking over. But I must say that the market is tough for metal music.” As they played one cover and four original compositions, the audience which was headbanging to the beats didn’t let them get off the stage. The audience was left asking for more and egged the bands on to play some more.

“It’s brilliant out here. I just love metal and can’t have enough of it. I’ve grown up being a metal fan and make it a point to attend gigs of this sort,” said Arun, a member of the audience, who was present along with his friends. 

Reema, another audience member, said, “I have come from Hyderabad and am here on a holiday. I’ve heard so much about the City being the metal capital, which is why I’m here. I loved the music and some of the bands are really talented.” 

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