Live Report: Deathfest 2 At B69

2012 has begun with a major explosion for the metal circuit in India, the first rumble from the underground being felt on the first Saturday of the year thanks to five metal acts that played at and the organizers of Deathfest 2 at B69. None of the bands were death metal per se; there was either a mixture of styles or an offshoot of death metal being blasted.

Grimmortal want to know why you're so emo!

Grimmortal opened the show and spent time between songs retorting to their friends-in-the-audience’s smart-ass comments. The band has a chilled-out vibe and with a song called Why So Emo?, you know they’ll be anything but serious. ‘Deathcore’ is one of the styles of music that can never excite me but there were so many pig squeals coming through the door that it was better to go in and catch Grimmortal in action than dancing outside.

Bloodshed's bassist

Bloodshed is supposed to be a band that plays old-school death metal, but my cursed ears heard some growl-rapping – something I was unprepared for. The band was quite alright but those rap growls made me feel as if I were trapped at an unpleasant event, like a cousin’s wedding. The bassist looked intense and seemed really into it, but I couldn’t take a good photo because the vocalist kept repeating his favourite line: “Open up the floor!”

Atmosfear's Bruce Mckoy

Atmosfear have built a following over the years, and they pleased their crowd with doses of old-school technical thrash/death, and Blood Meridian showed some promise and a good chunk of attitude. Vocalist Miku Baruah looked fit as hell and ready to beat up guys twice his size, and the rest of the band sounded pretty good. Their compositions could do with some reworking though.

Blood Meridian

Gutslit was the band everyone was there for and undoubtedly the highlight of the evening. Sounding better than ever before, the slaughter machine from Mumbai brought the tired crowd back to life, and the gore-hungry audience gave the deathgrinders the respect they deserved. With Aditya Barve getting guttural like he was born to do only that, and new drummer Aaron Pinto slamming the drums amidst Dynell Bangera’s flesh-chopping riffs and barbaric bass lines from Gurdip Singh Narang, Gutslit’s lineup is at its most powerful. Their debut Skewered In The Sewer will be out in a few months, and it is most likely to be the sickest and heaviest music that will come out of this country this year. Fans of brutal music should treat themselves to a Gutslit show, but don’t make the mistake of standing too close to the speakers like I did.


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17 Responses to “Live Report: Deathfest 2 At B69”

  1. 1 Fetus Grinder
    January 9, 2012 at 09:36

    Open up the floor!


  2. 3 Vocab
    January 9, 2012 at 10:24

    I found Blood Meridian to be the best. Gutslit were just noise and all the kids were into it coz its hep to be underground or brutal


    • 4 Chainsaw
      January 9, 2012 at 14:07

      Ermm…. Are you talking about your ownself with the hep thingy ? I mean or have you done a course in extreme douche-ness ? You should’nt be coming to fests I guess, and just confine yourself to reverbnations or Blood meridian jams. And yes, you proved yourself to be nicely lame in the field of extreme metal. : ) May you be brooootal forever. Amen.


  3. 5 Metal Chick
    January 9, 2012 at 13:29

    ^^^ Yeah man.. I totally agree with you.


  4. 6 Metal Chick
    January 9, 2012 at 13:31

    No wait a minute… Did you say Blood Meridian were the best and Gutslit sucked???
    Hahaha… What a douche bag you are… I thought you typed the other way round…
    You are a retard in Extreme Metal Music. !


  5. 8 Aurko
    January 9, 2012 at 19:57

    “None of the bands were death metal”
    Wut? lol


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