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Updated: January 7, 2010 16:44 IST

Rocking through the New Year

SHRUTI DUARAH
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GIG Rock fans had a great time ushering in the New Year with their favourite bands playing live for them. SHRUTI DUARAH

FA Men Xtreme Unseen Underground Ragnarok ‘09 created history in Chennai by being the first ever whole-night live rock show on New Year's Eve. As Chennaiites were used to only electronic music playing in all the pubs and resorts every year around this time, Unseen Underground Ragnarok was a unique show that made its fan-base confess that it was the best way to start a new year.

Line up

After a long wait, Crypted, a Chennai-based progressive death metal band, started the show with great fervour. Their music triggered the youngsters to bang their heads to their powerful riffs and vocals. Next up was a progressive metal band, Purple Blood, who had come all the way from Thiruvananthapuram to rock Chennai on New Year's Eve. This young band left the crowd awestruck with their brilliant showmanship.

Rampazze, a Rock ‘n' Roll and hard rock band based in Delhi was not new to the crowd. When they took to the stage next, the waiting fans got much more than what they had expected. Age no bar, everyone came and joined their journey to old school and rock and roll music. Their music was produced by using some of the best Indian-made guitars of HMI. It was amazing to see that their original songs were familiar to most of the crowd, who started to sing along with the band.

Clock strikes 12

After this rock and roll journey, Abandoned Agony, a technical brutal death metal band from Bangalore, took the stage to create a thunder with their original compositions. This band has created a strong fan base for themselves after their first show in Unseen Underground Pub Fest V.

The place was on fire and got packed with lot of people, much more than what the organisers had predicted. The clock struck 12 while they were playing and everyone started greeting each other. A great beginning to a New Year filled with lots of hope.

Next up on stage was Atmosfear, a death metal band from Mumbai. In spite of this being their first gig in the city, they had excellent crowd support. Their performance left the crowd baffled.

Chennai's own Blind Image, a contemporary metal band, came next on stage to ensnare their fans with the songs from their new album “More Than Human”. The scene was just inexpressible. The fans of the band lost themselves to their music in the early hours of 2010. Everyone seemed to be happy about such a beginning to a New Year with their desired music floating in the air.

T-Man of Nova Sanctum Fame from Eastern India took the stage with his bass guitar jamming session. Addy from Armour of God joined him on stage. Time was a hindrance as there was one more band in queue. But the crowd wanted more with the band showing no sign of winding up. Then, the Bangalore-based band Kaashmora delivered their best in the little time left.

The crowd was unwilling to leave but the show had to come to an end. The show concluded with a message of prosperity and inspiration for all; to look forward to 2010; for 365 days of exhilaration and nonstop metal mayhem.

I am sure that Unseen Underground has lots more to deliver this year after the success of Ragnarok 09. Fingers crossed!

Shruti is working as a project manager in an E-Publishing company Laserwords.

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