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‘Metal is here to stay’

‘Metal is here to stay’
After rocking Mumbai, the worme (World Of Rock Metal Electronica) Fest is hitting the Capital with five shorlisted bands. Ebonix, Bridge To Elsewhere, Rogue Saints, The Uncertainity Principle and Dementia will be competiting in Delhi soon.

‘This year, the fest is bigger as the prizes are worth Rs 50,000,’ says Michael Khanna, organiser, WORME Fest 2012.

The band Artillerie will be here at the Capital to both judge and perform at the fest. Millennium Post caught up with  Raul Bellgard, the guitarist from the band. Here are the excerpts:

Tell us something about Artillerie?

Artillerie was established in 2004 as a progressive-thrash metal outfit from Delhi. Over the years, we have established a reputation for intense live performances and songwriting. The mix of intensity, maturity and musi-manship was something we established when we released our  first album Eradefiled in 2010. We were also acclaimed for the heavy conceptual undertones in our album Eradefiled and the artwork that supported the concept. We also earned the Best Artwork  nominations at the 2010 Rolling Stones Metal Awards.

As judges, what would you be looking for in the bands?

Originality, tightness and overall presentation. While it’s easy to copy the style and antics of established bands, it’s harder to be creative, play cohesively as a band and deliver quality music. Still this is all that matters the most.

We would want them to do their own thing. If they’ve put in their heart and soul in preparation and have practised well on their instruments or voice and focussed on their sound, it will show in their performance and they will impress.

It will be a brutally honest analysis and judgment based on their performance and the crowd’s response.

What are you planning to perform for the Delhi audience?

Well, we guys are playing our second show with our new guitarist Kshitish (who is an ex-member of the Acrid Semblance, Narsil) and are really looking forward to it. While most of the band members have been busy with other side projects and gigs this year, it’s time for an Artillerie mayhem gig, in which we will also be belting out our new single, playing it live for the first time. We’d like to ask our fans to come and check it out and be knocked out of their socks.

How would you rate the Delhi audience?

The Delhi audience has started to mature over the last couple of years to not only digest but appreciate a metal show. I would give them a 6/10 now that things are improving.

One thing you want to tell the Delhi audience?

I think it’s a good time for the music scene right now. There are a lot of gigs happening with a lot of international artistes coming down to perform and you know, metal is here to stay. So have fun and keep rocking. Don’t drink and drive and yes, support your scene. Peace.

What next?

We are currently working on our second album and hope to get it out by next year for all our metal- hungry fans and friends out there. Our Facebook page has detailed information on our upcoming album.


At: Blue Frog, Mehrauli
When: 2 December
Timings: 7 pm onwards
Phone: 98101 56 505
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