Hey yo peeps! How was your weekend? You know what, don’t tell me. ‘Cause if you were not at The Sports Street at VIP road this Sunday, you have missed so much more than just a run-off-the-mill, “happening” night out with your squad. It’s like missing Hayley’s comet. Also you people are the reason I am typing this with a sore throat and pulled neck. Then again I am a freelancer with no free will.
I forcasted last Friday that it’s gonna rain metal on the 26th and indeed it did. It was a one-of-a-kind event and man did it celebrate metal! Enthusiastic metal heads were euphoric throughout the gig; many of them with a pulled neck muscle like me but with a memory to cherish for a lifetime. Alright, alright. Enough build up. Let’s take you through it.
To be honest, I am not a metal head but attending any live event is always an experience to cherish, especially concerts. The moment you enter the venue you are struck by the strong vibe – the palpable energy that rushes through your legs from the quaking floor to your heart catches up with the beats that fall on your eardrums and my favourite part is when you can feel your diaphragm vibrate as you breathe out the excitement with a loud growl. You may find billions of artists on the internet but watching an artist perform live – when you can watch the guitarist’s fingers map out every intricacy, when the vocalist growls up and the drums boost up – does more justice to your innate musical sensibilities. Add getting caught up in a crowd, head banging along to the poly-rhythms and slam-dancing to amplify your thrills. That छगन’o’ mine is the recipe for an intoxicating and mesmerizing experience.
And what a line up it was! Adamantium India from Pune presented us with “Go Cry To Your Mother” which was one hell of a track along with their set comprising all the other songs from their album .The Myyth from Delhi, an experimental heavy melodic band shook the crowd like a tornado. Killcount from Bhopal and Paradox from Bhilai played their mind blowing sets. Our home-grown Raipuriya bands were no less. All four of ’em were a blast who scintillated the aura with their extremely addictive sets and awesome covers like “Walk With Me In Hell- Lamb of God” by Wings of Vairagya and Slipknot’s “Heretic Anthems” cover by Brazen Molok. To add up to that, Thistles n Weed played “Open Car” by Porcupine Tree and S.E.X (Special edition Xpress) wowed the arena with their progressive rock and experimental blues while they re-incarnated Jimi Hendrix in their sets.
All of these bands made sure the audience was not going to have a single moment of boredom, as each of them came, saw and conquered us with their sets. The crowd went batshit crazy as the artists performed to their limits, sweating and pumping. The ambience was electrifying and the performances, marvellous.
While in conversation with the bands from other states I came to know that they were really happy to be in Raipur (you know, the hassle-free traffic scene makes our city look real cool (only if they went to Sadar, sigh!)) to find such an enigmatic crowd. I was also in conversation with few of the local metal heads and a friend of mine confessed to me that he had been waiting for ages for such a culture to arrive. He hopes that this becomes an regular affair and such gigs happen more often. Looking at the crowd and how successful this particular gig was, I again forecast that the metal rains are going to be a regular weather in the coming times. So keep your eyes open and stick on to the right pages (that’s me promoting me) and make sure you look out for Gigmakers and do know where the next gig is.
Shivam singh, The free “spirit ” lancer