By Sheel “Alwaysgoingcrazy” Shah
Some very common phrases we often hear people say; “I love music! I love metal! Yeah I heard their latest song! Dude check out the band’s new album!” But are they serious? Are they really into all the shit they claim to be into? Or are they just another crowd/trend-following group of wannabes trying to impress everyone with their “kewl quotient”!
Honestly I was a bit jittery at first about the crowd at Moshpit and eventually about writing a review too! I mean, what would I write? About how great the night was! How awesome the crowd was! How everyone enjoyed it!
This was Ahmedabad we were talking about after all. Yes the crowd is modern but that is only a show they put up to be labelled as “westernized”. I would be and truly was startled with the event though! To be honest and subtle I was appalled, amazed, shocked, surprised, awed and left with my jaw hanging open!
The time was 6:30 but due to technical difficulties apparently they still hadn’t started and were still doing a Sound Check when I walked in to the L and P Hutheesing Art Center at CEPT University. Although it wasn’t a surprise considering you’re hosting a metal gig in Ahmedabad I was definitely stunned to see how packed it already was! There were metalheads-or that’s what they did look like-everywhere! On every inch of the walls sitting or standing or occupying every corner in the pit!
The soundchecks were a little time-consuming in the beginning but it was worth the wait! Upcoming bands ‘Inertia’ and ‘Screams of Insanity’ opened up with stupefying performances that screamed with momentum and had everyone enthralled as they continued into their acts! Although Inertia didn’t have any of their own songs their covers of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Guns N Roses version)” and The Doors’ “Break on Through” literally had the crowd wanting to knock on their doors!
Screams of Insanity had the crowds moving to their rendition of “Roots Bloody Roots (Sepultura)” which they covered along with one of their originals “My Fate”.
Contravene(india) was amazing as usual and anyone who stayed through the performance could guess why they had all the massive fan-following. They performed two originals which included Social Suicide and their latest song iBreakdown as well as a cover of Kataklysm’s As I Slither And then things got serious!
It was time for a Cosmic ingredient which when finally infused created a bubble so hypnotic you’d forget you were in Ahmedabad and actually at wacken banging away to glory…;) haha! It was a “Journey” you couldnt miss and the music so bewitching you’d want a “Burial of Thy Own”! Also they performed “Crephius” and “Acronycal Eloge”. Although my biggest regret was missing the two main acts ‘Dark helm’ and ‘Grimmortal’! I so wish I could’ve stayed.
The headbanging was at a Zenith! the audience was beyond what you may call conscious! If a normal person looked at it from the outside they’d consider us crazy drunks gone wild! But hey it wasn’t drunk so much as it was high, high on music!
Regardless, I’ll sum it up in a few lines. My first live metal experience was Amazing for a gig taking place in such a dormant city like Ahmedabad! Like I mentioned above I wasn’t really convinced people here were true fans, but after the moshing I witnessed and after those amazing bands, I’m 100% sure metal will still survive! The scene here will improve! The crowd was real, and it always will be! Because metal, it’s a genre you gotta love with all your heart and soul or you’d regret the consequences of betraying it…lol! Just kidding guys! Anyway keep the scene kicking and screaming!
We’re gonna riff and growl so well not only Ahmedabad but the entire nation’s gonna hear it and I mean actually listen to it, understand it, start believing in it! Destroy God and keep rocking my fellow atheists! Moshpit 2013 by Metalabad gives me faith! Waiting for Moshpit 2014! Keep rocking! Peace! \m/