Treble in Paradise – High Voltage 2016
Dheemahi Turaga | Staff Writer
As an intent crowd leisurely trickled in and the crew set up stage for a Saturday night loaded with tense guitar riffs, plunging bass-lines, and thundering drum beats, there gathered a hefty crowd in the amphitheater waiting to tune in to the musical feat. It was Delirium, one of the headliner bands that displayed their talents first with short bouts of jamming thrown in as an effective crowd control, and as the show got on the road at 7PM the well-known group comprised of MITians, who hit the ground running with a set of their original compositions, their show-boating and synchronized head-banging being well received by the passionate metal fans in the audience.
The band fulfilled their purpose of getting the spectators amped up for the upcoming performers; however, of the bands that followed not all could completely connect with the crowd to the same extent. This, coupled with the painstaking ten-minute interval between performances threw a dampener on an otherwise frantic evening. Things took a turn for the better when a text-book heavy metal band with a twist, Vidroha, took to the rostrum. They performed ‘Vinaash’, an original composition with Hindi vocals which surprised everyone, drew in the crowd’s attention and by the end of it, had them rocking their heads and tapping their feet in unison.
Rain clouds gathered as the second headliner band approached the stage; Under The Cross occupied the stage, an ensemble of six from various colleges. What immediately stood out about them was their violinist, generating quaint whispers and a frenzied buzz. Staring out with a synergistic instrumental composition titled ‘Night-Shade’ they were able to enthrall even the most distracted of people in a short period. Another breath-taking instrumental later, the band pandered to the crowd and unleashed covers of rock and roll favorites like Heathens and Radioactive. With marvelous solos showcasing each musician in between the vocals, every single person singing along, Under The Cross would have blown the roof off the venue if it had not been an open-air event and to us, they were the showstoppers
A little while later, the rainclouds from before prompted the mob of a hundred and fifty people to occupy a miniscule ten feet in front of the stage to find shelter from the downpour. Anyone who stuck around until that point would have had the fond tunes of a spectacular rendition of Paradise etched in their minds. But clamors for an encore went unfulfilled due to technical difficulties arising from damp equipment – thus the night culminated there with some of the bands not getting to perform at all; yet not a soul would have left disappointed.