Vol. 4 Num 241 Wed. January 28, 2004  

Band music
Rock concert at ISD Auditorium
Alternative underground bands flaunt sensational performance

When Breach and Sellout played this gig; their electrifying sets reminded everyone that when it comes to the increasingly trendy blend of hip-hop and nu-metal music, nobody does it better than them.

The show started on time at ISD School, Bashundhara with Enshrined. They performed a neat set comprised of Thank you by Dido, Thousand miles by Vanessa Carlton, Don't speak by No Doubt and many more.

Next on stage was Ashor presenting some popular tracks with a better performance. Their covers of How you remind me by Nickelback and U'r a God from Vertical Horizon were performed moderately well, however, left scopes for improvement. Their cover of Vasoline by the Stone Temple Pilots portrayed a compact performance. Nonetheless, their own song--with flamboyant drumming, good guitar works and tuneful vocals was a wonderful piece.

Prachir was number three in the band line-up. Their Tool-ish expression resulted in a mature debut. Their cover of Stinkfist by Tool was a well-done piece featuring technical drumming and bass playing. Their own two tracks had good guitar works and admirable drumming. Even though the vocals needed to be at par with the standard of instrumentation, the performance was much appreciated.

Playing at number five, Nemesis performed several classic rock numbers. U2's Elevation cover was a good start followed by their own numbers Obocheton and New day, songs which created a lot of positive response in the underground scene. Popular track Sweet child o' mine brought out almost CD quality sound wrapping up their set list.

This was a crowd of die-hard fans who knew not only the verse and choruses to songs like Freak on a leash by Korn or Sugar by System of a Down, but knew every single utterance and expression by heart. From the lucid rhythm and rhymes that the vocalists sang out, the crowd knew it all! In an awe-inspiring moment during their performances, spot lights pointing on the stage primed the bands Breach and Sellout performing at numbers four and six respectively, illuminated the hundreds of heads pumping and jumping in the air along with their exhilarating performances. It was a moment that prompted one to marvel at how much of an impact the bands' songs have on their fans. Breach performed It's on, Freak on a leash by Korn followed by Sanitarium--Limpbizkit version of the famous Metallica song, Vietnow of Rage Against The Machine and their own two tracks Shada and Shopno--they were applauded immensely. Sellout's setlist started with a jam of Slipknot's Liberate followed by Sugar and Holy Man by One Minute Silence, Waiting to Die by Hed Pe, Aeroplane by Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more. Their concluding song was Tribute. Wearing fancy cloaks including Matrix-long-coat, dhuti and painted faces, a hip-hop rock 'n roll rebel approach relayed to a rather emotional staging by Breach and Sellout! The musicians are all promising! They played like it would be their last gig ever--which it was!--as members of these two bands have left recently to pursue higher education abroad. They, however, left behind a moshing energetic crowd who would certainly miss their heroes in action.

The last two bands for the evening were the majestic Cryptic Fate and in-style Black.

CF performed their compositions Dhulikona, Withered alive, Shokal choita, Prem, Amar shathe ai, medley of Shadhin Bangla betar kendro, Shreshto and Dream sayer. Although older bands like CF should practice more before a gig so as not to disappoint their loyal fans, their anthem song Cholo Bangladesh got the crowd on their toes.

Black performed their songs Obinoshhor, Amra, Shokarto upokul and the recently released hit Prakritik--a performance that the crowd seemed very enthusiastic about and was well entertained as that wrapped up the event.

The organisers Jimmy and Jonathan had done an amazing job in keeping the whole show under control. The stage set-up and the lighting were perfect but a better quality sound system could have surely done the concert more justice.

Breach in action