HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The air around Jawalakhel was filled with blended sounds of drums, guitars and singing as the fans of metal and rock celebrated Silence Festival 2010. Held on December 18 local and international bands rocked the Jawalakhel ground.
Motherockers Gang from Switzerland who call their music ‘classical, vintage and hard rock’ made the audience headbang to their songs like Fucking alone. This five member band had the opportunity to open for Joe Satriani’s concert in Europe. While Enigmatic another band from the same country who play technical brute death performed songs like Beast hunter and Now we are even. “Music in Nepal is great and so are the musicians, it is something that is growing”, observed Ben Pluss from Enigmatic.
Meanwhile Simon K of Motherockers Gang seemed rather impressed by the Nepali bands, “Nepali bands are really good. I had no idea that they play so well. They proved me wrong. It is good to see the rock and roll spirit of Nepal like this.”
Though divided into rock and metal fans the audience that filled half of the ground enjoyed the hard hitting loud music that was played to the fullest. They cheered and shouted for encore. Excited and energised crowd were seen busy head banging to the powerful performance of the bands.
Besides those two bands the fans got to enjoy songs like Vidhut apradhikaran by Alt-F4, Nile by Binaash and Sowpna ma by Monkey Temple. Each band showed their musical talent and their own unique performance style which motivated the crowd to groove to their music. The rocker attitude on stage and love for music on the ground totally elevated the festival to another level.
“It is one of the biggest events of the year in music. People need to support this kind of events and local bands,” said Sareen Deoja vocalist of Moneky Temple.
A metal fan Dipendra Maharjan from Kirtipur showed his support for the music and event saying, “The idea of concert is really good. This kind of music needs to be brought to the limelight. And it is getting better as the listeners are growing for these genres.”