THE SILENCE FESTIVAL: The fifth uproar
Photos: Dipit Raz, facebook.com/dipitphotography
This year’s Silence Fest kicked off from October 17 at Bhrikutimandap Ground, Kathmandu and lasted till October 18. The first day of the event started with the Kathmandu based technical death metal band “Antyesti”. Following up “Antyesti” was “The Exorcist” another death metal band from the valley. Both of these bands were runner-up of “Dean Battle of Bands 2014” and were on their best. with their energetic performance , the band managed to pull half of the crowd in but other half could be seen sitting in the shade.The next on line was di- vine influence; a metal group band from Kathmandu led by Aman shahi, the vocalist of the band. The band mostly played their original tracks from their recently released album “Scarecrow”. After Divine Influence, the last band for day 1 – Jindabaad finally hit the stage and was welcomed with a huge applause. This time Jindabaad performed without keyboard and there was Bijay Shrestha (Ugrakarma) on bass. Regardless, their performance was mesmerizing.
THE SECOND DAY OF THE FEST STARTED WITH
A SMASHING MUSICAL PERFORMANCE BY THE BAND BREACH NOT BROKEN.
The second day of the fest started with a smashing musical perfor- mance by the band Breach not bro- ken. Also the winner of Dean Battle of Band 2014 & 10th ICMC, they were unsurprisingly able to pull off ener- getic show even in limited space of indoor venue. Next band on stage was groove/core band DamagEra from India shortly followed by Kalodin and Tumbleweed Inc. was on the stage next. They played funk rock mixed with rap somewhat like of RATM, with heavy distortion driven guitar and aggressive rap vocal. The band managed to get the crowd on their feet and get involved with them. Following the Tumble- weed Inc. was another very popular band on the stage, Underside. Their popularity and their reputation for marvelous performances every time they hit the stage made every- body stand on their feet as soon as they entered the stage and when they began their set list the crowd just went wild. Underside brought another level of energy to the show; they certainly proved that they were there to deliver the best!
Finally it was the time for the highly awaited guest performances – Remi Gallego of “The Algorithm” was on stage. Though he too was expected to have a full band behind him, to our surprise, we rather saw Rémi Gallego handling guitar as well as sampling/midi controller all alone and all by himself, he pulled off an amazing show.
UNDERSIDE BROUGHT ANOTHER LEVEL OF ENERGY TO THE SHOW; THEY CERTAINLY PROVED THAT THEY WERE THERE TO DELIV- ER THE BEST!
After “The Algorith”, the headliner of the fest, Sikth was on the stage. They took some time to manage the sound but when they kicked-off, it was worth waiting for. The band was totally insane, and managed to get two mosh-pits. The audienc- es witnessed Sikth playing their classics such as Pussyfoot, Bland Street Bloom, Flogging the horse etc. The show ended with Mahadev Cometo’s perfectly relaxing tracks. Well, all went well and just like every year, Silence Fest delivered the best to all the metal lovers by putting yet another outstanding show.