Dinner Is A Lie – An Insane Night

October 3rd was a date that was much awaited since the schedule for Dinner Is A Lie(Albatross, Devoid and Nervecell) tour was announced. However, the Ayodhya verdict threatened to throw an ugly spanner in the works. But, thankfully, the Indian public kept its head and the verdict went through without a hitch. The debut Devoid album, A God’s Lie, I got in the mail a week before the gig just added to the impatience.

So, on the morning of the gig I caught a rickety bus from Pune to Mumbai for a gig I knew wouldn’t let me down and spent the day with a few close friends. Thanks to the infamous Mumbai traffic I managed to reach the venue, Blue Frog, Lower Parel, just as Devoid were about to start playing. Before I start telling you about the gig, a few words about the venue seems suitable. It took me more than a few wrong turns to get to Blue Frog. But, once inside, you know this is the venue for a nice metal gig. The sound system is topclass, there is enough space for the band on the stage and ample space in front of the stage for a decent pit.

Devoid were first up and, O boy, did they rip apart the place or what! They started off with the blistering Battle Cry after the album opener A Silent Death was played through the PA, and almost immediately moshpits and circlepits formed. One by one Devoid played the album in its entirety. After listening to the album, I knew Devoid is one of the top metal acts in the country. But, after watching them live, I realized they are also one of the better live acts in India. They are really Possessed on stage. The lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist, Arun Iyer, is a born frontman. He commands the audience from the stage like an Emperor does his subjects. Keshav Kumar and, later, Sanju Aguiar wielded the lead axe with aplomb and Frank Pawar’s galloping bass provided the perfect foundation. Devoid completed their set with the crowd favorite Beersong, to which the Hate Cult present promptly went berserk.

Next up was Albatross, who had recently released their debut EP, Dinner Is You. Was it because this band had lesser crowd support or for some other reason, there were more people outside the venue smoking fags and what-not than those inside. I even saw people tying their laces in the pit! Personally, I didn’t find this band half bad. They were decent. Their sound is more traditional heavy metalish than new age metal. Albatross wound up their set with a cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s Mr. Crowley.

The last act of the day was the most awaited one – Nervecell, a death-thrash metal band from Dubai. If anyone was left standing after Devoid’s set, those were annihilated by Nervecell, even those who had never ventured near the moshpit. The twin guitar assault of Barney Ribeiro and Rami Mustafa, the brutal cookie monster vocals of bassist/vocalist Rajeh James Khazaal and the thundering supersonic double bass drumming of Louis Rando were more than enough to lead the metalheads to a heightened frenzy. Their set saw the entire rigmarole of crazed metalheads – crowd-surfing, stage-diving and slam-dancing. As James put it, “The other parts where we performed in India, told us to wait for Mumbai for the real crazy metalheads. I had to wait to come here to believe that, and now I believe that. Mumbai is the f*cking Metal capital of India!” Hell yeah!

I now close this account with these bootleg videos of Nervecell playing Demolition and Devoid playing Possessed.


2 Responses to “Dinner Is A Lie – An Insane Night”

  1. Roydon Bangera Says:

    Good Going. Thanks for coming and supporting the band. Cheers man.

  2. Awesome write up.. I enjoyed it too when they were in Bangalore. I couldn’t upload the pics in my blog since it was watermarked by my friend. Here is what i wrote!


    Long live Metal Heads!!


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