Seagram’s Fuel Great Indian Rock XIII 2009 Preview

Seagrams Fuel Great Indian Rock XIII
Seagram's Fuel Great Indian Rock XIII

GIR is back! The annual rock fest at Delhi makes its return and featuring two international bands along with other Indian bands it promises to be another exciting festival. The international bands this time are Benea Reach, Intronaut and Solstate. Benea Reach is a Progressive metal/Mathcore band from Oslo, Norway. Intronaut is a post-metal band from Los Angeles, California. Solstate is a band from New Zealand. Other Indian bands in the lineup at Delhi are Bhayanak Maut, Rabbit Is Rich, Undying Inc, Another Vertigo Rush, Boomarang, Indigo Children, Scribe and The Circus

Entry fees is Rs. 250

It will be held in the following cities:

Delhi – Hamsadhwani Open Air Theatre – 24-25th October
24  Oct,  2009
Line Up

Benea Reach
Solstate

Bhayanak Maut
Rabbit Is Rich
Undying Inc

25  Oct,  2009
Line Up
Intronaut

Another Vertigo Rush
Boomarang
Indigo Children
Scribe
The Circus

Bangalore – Palace grounds – 25th October
Line Up

Benea Reach
Solstate

Inner Sanctum
Kryptos
Lounge Piranha

Pune – Oasis – 23rd October
Line Up

Benea Reach
Solstate

Bhayanak Maut
Scribe
Zygnema

Kolkata – Nazrull Manch – 24th October
Line Up

Intronaut

Boomarang
Cynical Recess
Half Step Down
The Circus

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The Fuel Great Indian Rock XII 2008

The Fuel Great Indian Rock 2008
The Fuel Great Indian Rock 2008

Like I promised in my The Fuel Great Indian Rock XII 2008 Preview, here is the account of my visit to the Great Indian Rock, aka GIR. I went on both the days in the Delhi part of GIR, which were on 1st and 2nd November held in Hamsadhwani Theater, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The tickets costled Rs. 250 this time. The queue was too long on both the days but we still somehow managed to get in thanks to some friends. And like last time, this time again there were some security checks. But inside it was less strict an affair, with the bouncers not getting much in the act of stopping moshing. The show started more than an hour late then the scheduled time of 5:00pm mentioned in the tickets.

On Day 1 we had Frequency, Cynaide, Kryptos, Sahg and Freak Kitchen. Frequency weren’t that good, dissappointed somewhat. Kryptos were very good. Cynaide also performed well. Sahg again disappointed me with the locals, guitaring was great. Freak Kitchen impressed somewhat with good performance.

On Day 2 we had Level 9, which sucked big time. The vocals of the female lead singer were more like a pop singer rather than a rock singer. Undying INC was very good, so were Them Clones. Scribe were fine, but the last of them all was the best of them all. Satyricon took a while to come on, after never ending sound checks and stuff. But it was worth the wait. The crowd went crazy the moment they took stage. And they gave a fantastic performance which we throughly enjoyed. They even played Mother North, a very nice track, with fantastic guitaring. I enjoyed day 2 more than day 1 mostly due to Satyricon.

And after two days of attending GIR I have a pain in the neck due to the great deal of headbanging I did.

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Some pictures from the show at my Webshots Album

The Fuel Great Indian Rock XII 2008 Preview

The Fuel Great Indian Rock 2008
The Fuel Great Indian Rock 2008

“GREAT INDIAN ROCK : The largest and loudest ever” – That’s how they are promoting the show, it promises to be a great event, ladies and gentlemen, The Fuel Great Indian Rock XII, or GIR in short, is back! The 12th GIR is being held in Mumbai, Delhi, Shillong, Banglore, Kolkata, Pune and Hyderabad. I’m attending the Delhi show as I did last time when I went to the Great Indian Rock XI 2007 for the first time. This will be my second visit to the GIR, and I’m looking forward to have a great time. Will post a complete review after I visit it. Here is the schedule for the event in Delhi:

1st NOVEMBER
CYANIDE
FREQUENCY
KRYPTOS
SAHG
FREAK KITCHEN

2nd NOVEMBER
LEVEL 9
SCRIBE
UNDYING INC
THEM CLONES
SATYRICON

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Tashan Music Review

Tashan Poster

Whenever there is a big release from YRF (Yash Raj Films) comes up, the music is the first one to be on the top of expectations. Vishal-Shekhar are the music composers for the movie starring Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Anil Kapoor. So with such a big starcast, the music has to be very very good. So does Vishal-Shekhar deliver to the expectations? Yes they do, and even more. The Album is a very different one and gives you plenty new to listen to. The first track “Dil Haara” sung by Sukhwinder Singh carries some of his trademarks, and like always, Sukhwinder Singh does a great job with it. The song doesn’t belong to the mainstream Bollywood music at all, and its a very different music we are listening here. It starts off very well, and the tune in the beginning is the main tune of the movie. A mix of hard beats and folkish tunes, “Dil Haara” is a very good track with a job well done from Sukhwinder Singh.

Now after every track we find some definitions of “Tashan” in the words of all the 4 lead actors. ‘Pooja Ka Tashan’, ‘Jimmy Ka Tashan’, ‘Bachchan Pande Ka Tashan’ and ‘Bhaiyyaji Ka Tashan’. Each one of these are inserted between two songs. So after ‘Pooja Ka Tashan’, comes the favorite track from the album ‘Chhaliya’. Again a very different song, Sunidhi Chauhan takes us to this fast track with lot of good tunes and beats. I just love this song, although I found it somewhat long, which could have had some better job in the middle, but the starting makes up for it.

Then follows ‘Jimmy Ka Tashan’, a prelude to “Dil Dance Maare”. “Dil Dance Maare” is another VERY different song, and the lyrics are even, now I have to be careful about the adjective I’m going to use, but I’ll use the word “Weird”, as the words are not what you really expect. But hats off to Vishal-Shekhar, they really did an amazing job with the song. Even after having some pretty unconventional lyrics, the song does manage to hold onto the listener.

Then we have “Bachchan Pande Ka Tashan” followed by “Falak Tak”. “Falak Tak” is definitely one of my favorites in the album. It reminds you of “Bol Na Halke Halke”. The music, the voice of Udit Narayan & Mahalaxmi Iyer, everything is just pretty good in this song. Its a slow paced track, different from the ones we’ve heard till now in the album. But then follows ‘Tashan Mein’. Ofcourse after Anil Kapoor defines his “Tashan” in “Bhaiyyaji Ka Tashan”. “Tashan Mein” is a very fast song, full of rocking beats and a voice to give it that tough and rocking feeling.

Overall the album is very good, deserves a lot of airplay, and I’m sure you’ll listen it a lot on the radio. The music has certainly anticipated the release of the movie, as none of the tracks in the album give the idea thats its just another movie. Its so much different, and I hope the movie lives up to the wonderful work done by Vishal-Shekhar.
Rating: 8.5/10

Missing for 2 months

My last post was on 14th February, and today is 14th April. 2 months since I last posted something on my blog, so in case people are wondering where I was, well I was just a bit lazy maybe, and I didn’t find/think much to write about. But just to fill that void, here is the first post in two months. So what did I do all this time? Well pretty much the same old stuff, office, gaming, music, movies, sleep. I’ll start with the movies I saw, so I’ll start off with Race

Race Review
Race was a good movie, I liked the cinematography, the performances of the main starts, and for its music. The plot had too many twists in it, and for once you did feel like what was going on. That said, its a good watch, and worth the penny. The car race in the end of the movie was pretty good. Saif Ali Khan was very good, and Akshaye Khanna was even better. His performance was very impressive. The same can’t be said about the girls though, I felt Bipasha was somewhat off in the film. Didn’t impress me much, neither did Katrina Kaif, infact she rarely does impress me. Sameera Reddy’s role was small, and she was only used for being the center of the jokes from Anil Kapoor, who himself was pretty much ok in the movie. Music was the strength of the movie, and some of the tracks are really very good. Overall a good and entertaining movie with lot of style and substance.
Rating: 7.5/10

Sunday Review
Then I saw Sunday, a little late, it was a ok movie, not great, but the suspense factor with some comic scenes saves the movie. Ajay Devgan gives an ok performance, Ayesha Takia, was good. The plot was main strength of the movie. Arshad Warsi and Irfan also did a good job in their comical roles. Vrajesh Hirjee was also a nice character in the movie. The starting scene of his was pretty awesome. Anjana Sukhani looks very pretty. Music wise, other than the title track not much was there in the movie. So overall its an ok watch.
Rating: 7/10

Shaurya Review
I went to this movie, with no clue whatsoever about the movie. Which is quite rare for me, as I usually have something in mind as to what to expect from a movie, but this was a different case. The movie was good but had some flaws in it, but not that big to make it a disaster. Acting was the main strength here, and Rahul Bose, Kay Kay Menon, Javed Jaffrey and Minissha Lamba all did a good job. Minissha Lamba looks very good, and acts very well too. Kay Kay Menon gives a solid performance, especially in the end. Rahul Bose was ok, Javed Jaffrey was in a different role, much different from the comic roles we have seen him in recently, and was quite fine. Music wise not many songs in the movie, but one song was very good. The guy who played the role of Javed was very good, his expressions were very good and impressive. Overall its a nice movie and delivers the message it wants to give. Flaws wise, the movie could have been better on some occasions, especially the build up to the whole story.
Rating: 7.5/10

Juno Review
Juno is a comedy about a 16 year-old who gets pregnant. Ellen Page plays the role of Juno, with Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, and Jason Bateman also starring. Its a very fine made movie, and Ellen Page gives a great performance. Its a great performance for a 21 year-old, and she was nearly flawless in the movie. Michael Cera wasn’t much in the movie, but was pretty ok. The direction was pretty good, and I liked the simplicity of things. Overall its a very good movie with Ellen Page taking the center stage and delivering a great performance. A good watch.
Rating: 8/10

So thats all about the movies, now for some music. Well not much to write about in here, but recently I’ve been listening to 2 albums quite a lot: Jannat and Tashan.

Jannat Music Review
Pritam makes another musical hit for Bhatts. After some great music in movies like Gangster, Woh Lamhe and Awarapan for Bhatts Pritam gives another album with great music. The first track, “Zara Sa” is a lovely track with the main tune capturing the mind of the listeners. Its superbly done, and KK always sings such songs beautifully. Then the song “Judai” was another good song in the album. Sung, written and composed by Kamran Ahmed, its a nice song, well sung by Ahmed. ‘Door Naa’ is a somewhat slow paced track, but its pretty good. Lots of areas where the song really grab your attention. The other songs were good as well, but the ones I mentioned were my picks from the album.
Rating: 8/10

I have done music review of Tashan separately. Please click here to read it.
Apart from these two albums, I got some Elvis Presley albums which I’ll listen to. I’m also listening to some old tracks as well for a change.

After music, its time about some gaming. Well pretty much the usual gaming, FIFA 08, Need for Speed: Most Wanted. But I played a new game, Aliens versus Predator 2 and its expansion pack Aliens versus Predator 2: Primal Hunt. I like the AvP franchisee so this game was surely I wanted to play. It lets you play as the Alien, as the predator or as a marine soldier. I completed the Predator levels in the game and its expansion pack. I started the Alien campaign as well and completed some half of it. Its a pretty good FPS and AvP fans will love it. Its kinda old, released in 2001, so the graphics look like of old games, but it still is very good to look.

Now about some sports. I haven’t played much football over the last few weeks, but Manchester United has been putting up some good performances, and so was Ferrari. Manchester United entered the semifinal of the UEFA Champions League and is also comfortably on top of the Barclays Premier League to retain their title this season as well. Ferrari got a 1-2 in Bahrain as Massa took the win after some forgettable first two races.

So that was my update about the last 2 months. Hopefully there won’t be another gap between the next post.

Om Shanti Om Music Review

Om Shanti Om poster
Diwali blockbusters are usually BIG, and everything associated with it is BIG too. Like Om Shanti Om, has a pretty big album, atleast in terms of number of tracks, 12 tracks in all. Vishal-Shekhar chalks out another hit album for the Shah Rukh Khan & Deepika Padukone starrer directed by Farah Khan titled Om Shanti Om. The last time Farah Khan teamed with SRK, Main Hoon Na was a BIG hit, both the movie and the music. So lot of expectations from this one as well. Continue reading “Om Shanti Om Music Review”

Great Indian Rock 2007…

This happens to be my first ever visit to a rock show, and boy did I like it. It was awesome, mind blowing, and kick ass. I went with my friends to the venue, Hamsadhwani Open Air Theatre, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The show started at around 5:15 but only with some initial sound checks and all. The show finally began some minutes later with Out of the Blue starting off with the proceedings. Continue reading “Great Indian Rock 2007…”