‘Mosh Pit’ had rock fans on their feet, reports Arun John
Rock fans in the city swayed and sang along with rockers and head bangers at VJT hall on Monday. ‘Heretic’ from Kochi, ‘Slingshot’ from Kozhikode and ‘Xitropy’ from Kollam, and the city-based ‘Rubburband,’ ‘K.os,’ ‘Live Jam’ and ‘Soulburn’ rocked the audience.
The music fete, called ‘Mosh Pit,’ was organised by city-based heavy metal bands such as Rage, Rubburband and K.os. Mosh Pit, which means the area where the audience dance violently and hit against each other in a music frenzy, became a symphony of various genres of heavy metal.
Says Abin V of Rage: “The music scene in the city has never been better and it is evident from the number of bands that were playing here and the kind of sponsors we got for the event.”
Last year, there were no sponsors for Mosh Pit but this time around architectural firm Kristal Group and apparel shop Attitude sponsored the fete.
The show kicked off with Xitropy, a band from TKM College, and concluded with Rage. Xitropy concentrated on mainly Nu Metal, which is a blend of techo and heavy metal as in ‘My own summer’ and, of course, their originals.
“One outstanding feature of the event,” according to Arjun Sekhar, a music enthusiast, is that “for the first time, we witnessed the crowd appreciating band originals.”
Soulburn also sang their songs, but concentrated on progressive rock. Another highlight of the event was the roping in of Jeyesh JR, a well-know drummer, who plays the drums for Dark Crucifix, a death metal band based in Kochi. His student Manu Krishnan too played the drums in the same event.
Rubburband, which has established its supremacy in death metal in the city enthralled listeners with the covers of Evanescence, Lacuna Coil and Pantera.
Rage swayed the crowd with covers of Megadeth like ‘Holy wars.’ Live Jam, which is popular on the radio scene, too gave a remarkable performance. They played the covers of P.O.D, an American band. The city witnessed the first performance of Slingshot, the Kerala Kingfisher Rock Idol champions. Slingshot had the crowd dancing with their originals such as ‘Country Liquor,’ ‘Way back home’ and ‘Get in line.’
“Slingshot’s advantage is their originals that won them Kingfisher Rock Idol,” opines Prashant Issac, vocalist of Rubburband.
Heretic, which focussed on heavy metal, played crowd pullers such as ‘Hand of blood’ by Bullet for my Valentine, ‘Toxicity’ by System of a Down and ‘Duality’ by SlipKnot.
While the bands had a wonderful time performing for the crowd, the spectators had a great time, rocking and head banging.