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In Pictures: Slayer, Brahma, Inner Sanctum @ Rock ‘N India 2012, Bangalore

  • Rock 'N India
    When it was announced that Slayer would be headlining Rock 'N India, a hundred thousand metal fans were doing exactly this in their heads.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Inner Sanctum
    Bangalore metallers Inner Sanctum opened the show. The band had been selected from a total of four acts through an online voting competition held by the organisers.

    The band played in their hometown after about a year.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Gaurav Basu
    The band's vocalist seemed to be having a great time looking hairy and evil. He also collaborated on stage with Devoid vocalist Arun Iyer on the song 'Agent Of Chaos'.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Abhishek Michael
    This was bassist Abhishek Michael's second show with the band after his return from a stint in Sweden.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Abhinav Yogesh
    The band played an efficient set aided by Abhinav Yogesh on the drums, playing a setlist that contained a few new songs along with their more staple material. Check out a video from Yogesh's kit for their new song 'March Of The Wounded' here.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Suraj Gulvady
    Gulvady plays guitar for the band, that will also be opening for Behemoth when they play in Bangalore this year. Get details here.

    UPDATE: If this Facebook post from Cyanide Serenity is to be believed, the IMC 2012 has been postponed. Stay tuned for more.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Chintan Chinnappa
    Chintan Chinnappa plays guitar for Inner Sanctum. The band played to a relatively small crowd of about 300 people but got more than half of them riled enough to mosh by the time the second song had begun.

    Watch a slowly built up wall of death from their set here.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Brahma
    Brahma took the stage after Inner Sanctum performed. The band returned to playing live only recently, performing an acoustic set at Blue Frog, Mumbai in April. They will also be playing an acoustic set at the Ragasthan Festival in Rajasthan, this November.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Nada, Brahma
    Brahma were like, "Hey, what's up crowd?" and the people were like "Nada, Brahma!"

    Not really. In fact, that never happened.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Verhnon Ibrahim
    Verhnon Ibrahim, vocalist of Indian metal legends Millennium, joined Brahma on stage for one song.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Cyrus Gorimar
    Cyrus Gorimar plays drums for Brahma and is one of the founding members of the band. The band was supposed to have started their set earlier but were delayed due to some rain.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Ferzad Variyava
    Ferzad Variyava plays guitar for Brahma and will be seen along with the band at the Bacardi Black Rock Arena in Pune, for the Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2012, Pune.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Devraj Sanyal
    Devraj Sanyal is Brahma's vocalist. The band failed to engage with the audience at the concert, possibly due to the trappings of their dated sound.

    The disappointing set was a bit of a downer but it didn't matter much because up next were...
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • This. Is
    ... Slayer!
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Slayin' It
    As Slayer took the stage, Tom Araya greeted the crowd with the traditional Indian greeting "Namaste!" and the crowd responded with the traditional roar of adoration.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Double Team
    The band's dual guitar attack was incredibly well-received although some people did complain about one solo's sound canceling the other solo's sound when both guitarists were playing.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • World Painted Blood
    Slayer played material from their latest album World Painted Blood. The band recorded the album in 2009 and since then have not recorded anything new.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • "Do You Wanna Die?"
    That's what Tom Araya asked fans before launching into their song 'Post Mortem'.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Tom Araya
    The bassist and lead singer of the band, Tom Araya, looked like a wise wizard of metal. The band played a setlist consisting of classics and a few new songs, playing crowd favourites like 'Dead Skin Mask', 'South Of Heaven', 'World Painted Blood', 'Jesus Saves' and 'Seasons In The Abyss'.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Gary Holt
    Holt plays lead guitar for American heavy metal band Exodus and has been filling in for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman since February 2011.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • "GOD HATES US ALL"
    People were gasping for breath as Dave Lombardo and the rest of the band continued with their relentless assault of thrash metal on the audience but nearly 5,000 voices shouted in unison as the band played their song 'Disciple'.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Kerry King
    Kerry King plays lead guitar for the band and looks like an insane biker dwarf (because dwarfs have long, awesome beards) from Lord Of The Rings or something.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Dave Lombardo
    The band finished proceedings by playing 'Raining Blood'. Unfortunately, it didn't rain when they played the song.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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