The annual Rolling Stone Metal Awards, popularly recognised as the mecca for metal music in the country, were held for the third time on June 19 at Blue Frog, Lower Parel.
The first performance of the evening was that of Pune-based progressive metal outfit Noiseware. Despite being relatively new to the scene, they displayed commendable stage presence and received considerable praise from the audience.
Exhumation followed this up with a brief, six-song set consisting of some new tracks as well as old staples. The band sealed their reputation as the progenitors of out-and-out death metal in India and made way for the next band, Artillerie, to go up on stage.
“We play what we like and what we like is metal. Mumbai is a great city to play for and the audiences here simply amaze us”, said Artillerie from Delhi who played a fast, technical set replete with unpredictable song structures and a harsh vocal onslaught. Band vocalist Noble Luke’s powerful voice complimented the band’s brutal instrumentation.
Bhayanak Maut brought the curtains down with an explosive routine. And old favourite of Mumbai audiences, this band rests their worth on a single formative denominator – raw power. Even being one guitarist short, the band proved that nothing can deter their
Popular Choice Awards
Best Metal Song- “Theories of Lies and Negation” (Zygnema)
Best Metal Album– ‘A Gods Lie’ (Devoid)
Best Metal Band- Zygnema
Critics Choice Awards
Best Metal Song- “23? (Noiseware)
Best Metal Album- ‘Aggressive World Dynasty’ (Undying Inc.)
Best Metal Band- Bhayanak Maut