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Perfect act: Heavy metal band Megadeth performing at Palace Grounds in Bangalore on Friday.
Perfect act: Heavy metal band Megadeth performing at Palace Grounds in Bangalore on Friday.

Deepa Kurup

BANGALORE: It seemed a tad poetic that when Machine Head came on to the stage to kick-start the evening the skies shimmered with lightning.

However, for thousands of metal heads gathered at Palace Grounds to listen to thrash metal overlords Megadeth and heavy metal band Machine Head on Friday it was one hell of a head banging festival!

The city seemed to have turned into one big metal convention with fans from all over the country heading to Palace Grounds to pay their respects to the demigods of heavy metal.

Megadeth set things in motion with the song “Sleepwalker”, which seemed a little low on sound quality at the start but picked up later, but the band wasted no time in throwing out as many gems as possible in their all too short set.

The crowds sang and head banged to every note and with classics such as “Tout Le Monde” and “Trust” the set list was a good assortment executed to perfection. With killer leads and smooth transition between songs, the Megadeth act was tight.

Band frontman Dave Mustaine promised a roaring audience that he would return soon and signed off with “Holy Wars… Punishment Due”.

Unlike Machine Head which interspersed its act with speeches about how overwhelmed they were with the response, Mustaine said that he would rather play as many songs as he could.

“When we started off 13 years ago, we never imagined that we’d reach as far as India and not in a million years did we expect a response like this,” said Rob Flynn, vocalist of Machine Head. Though far less popular than Megadeth, their performance was impressive and seemed to cross over to the thrash metal genre. They sounded more powerful live and played songs from “The Blackening” and “Through the Ashes of Empires”.

He dedicated “Descend the shades of the night” to “those who have lost someone special”, in a reference to the recent demise of drummer Dave Mclaine’s mother. Indian bands Millennium and Pentagram had to vie with the audience, who scrammed to the international stage in anticipation, for attention, even as they delivered a high-energy performance. Junkyard Groove and Mother Jane were among the other bands that performed.

Unlike the maiden concert last year, this one was well organised and apart from the rain gods threatening to spoil the party (it rained five minutes after the concert ended) the festival was certainly worth the hype and effort.

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