Enter The Mammoth - The Grand Metal Festival

Its this one gig ya'all don't want to miss this season! Featuring 6 gut-wrenching heavy bands from the annals of aamchi mumbai,this one is guaranteed to blow your socks, ears and also a few other vital organs off! The Navi-Mumbai(NEW BOMBAY for the old-schoolers)metal festival giants have gathered a slamming killer lineup this year not to be missed. The event takes place at Marine Centre, Sector 11, Vashi. Here’s the lineup (no particular order):

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Primitiv - Though they simply like to term their music rock and roll, the sound borders around Sludge/Doom/Sabbath meets Celtic frost sort of a theme. Make no mistake, they're a powerhouse and heavy as fuck! Do expect a few surprises. And check out their single called ‘Taurus’ if you haven’t.

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Gutslit – Undoubtedly the kings of Indian Grind core/Slamming Death, Gutslit have just returned performing at Europe's legendary Obscene Extreme Metal Festival and are all set to be a part of this lineup. We were psyched to ask them about their experiences playing abroad and sharing stage with the big names apart from what they expect from TGMF this year. Gurdip Narang, the bassist replies, “Obscene Extreme was a surreal experience. Nothing we have encountered ever before. Right from the professional organization to the insane bands and to top it all, the people who were there, it was sheer madness. We have not one, but two new songs for TGMF. Ready to Chop? It's going to be a beautiful show back in our home town. We are looking forward to another great pit and another round of Gutslit madness!” He added
Their recent debut called ‘Skewered in the Sewer’, and its t-shirts are up for grabs and we can’t wait to enter their visceral pit ourselves.

Devoid - Mumbai's Thrash/Death outfit. Being around in the scene for quite a while, their releases include 'A God's Lie' and 'The Invasion' EP. Characterized by the trademark screeching and snarling vocals intercepted with mercilessly rapid riffing, Devoid has developed quite a  cult following. We recently chatted up with Arun, the vocalist of the band and this is what he had to say about this event,
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 “The grand mammoth festival is organized by Jeff and his cohort and they are one of the very few who annually organize metal shows in Navi Mumbai, Vashi. The last installment of the gig had a few kinks that surely must have left these guys with a bad taste in the mouth and right now my expectation will be as theirs that they bounce back and put up a full show that leaves the ticket buyers completely satisfied. Other than that I really hope that their previous experiences can give them the insight required to pull off a well organized gig. I say that because I know personally that organizing shows is one of the hardest things to do. There are so many verticals to a metal show that need to sync like clockwork and it takes a calm mind to be resourceful to solve all the on-the-fly problems. My hope is that they can rise up to these challenges and put up a show that adheres to their time schedule. Moonlight production, I think that is what the group is now known as, has a brilliant bill arranged for this installment of the show. To even get all these bands in one show is a thing to behold. I personally see this as a throw-back to all the good underground metal gigs that used to happen in the last decade. Bodies flying and people screaming! I can’t wait to meet up with the community that I most belong to. Devoid hasn’t played a marine centre gig in what seems like forever so it is exciting to do that. We’re going to be playing a new song and we hope all goes well!”

Narkasura - Relentless and uncompromising.Groove/Thrash.Repeat.Newer in the scene, Narkasura have won many regional competitions e.g. Octaves '14, NIFT Spectrum '14, Distortion etc.Do watch out.

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Zygnema - The quintessential Groove masters, with their Debut "Born of Unity" are sure to devastate the venue and their fans alike. Having recently headlined the Ctrl-Alt-Delete gig they concluded the memorable event with a bang crack, as a particular audience member's stage dive didn't exactly end up smooth. You already know the story right, so I won't fuck around much."Well we guys are playing almost after 4 months. So thats the most exciting part for us. Stepping on that stage and letting your hair loose. Also sharing the stage with such great bands is definitely a treat. Marine center is going to be packed. Looking forward to this." said Sidharth Kadadi, the guitarist of the band.

Sceptre - Seriously, being THE thrashers for around 15 years, am I expected to elucidate about them any further? Since a new vocalist has just joined the bandwagon, the legendary titans shall be headlining this event, and sceptre fans are surely in for a treat. We caught up with the drummer, Aniket, to share a few words on their expectations from the fest and their new front man. "We couldn't have asked for a better timing to introduce our new front man. Working with Jeff Dani has always been a pleasure. Plus the bands on the roster are a treat to watch and share stage with, always! From our end, we're throwing a little surprise as far as the song list is concerned. All in all, we WILL turn the venue to complete rubble once we're done!"

So there you have it folks, The Grand Mammoth Festival is sure to live up to its name. This lineup is interesting to say the least so do attend in numbers and help make history! And don’t miss out on any fun slacking around Breaks, since all bands will make sure to kick some ass, live and loud! Cheers and up the horns \m/

Passes are available for just 300 so don’t forget to grab them for all your buddies.
Venue – Marine Centre, Vashi
Date- 04/10/2014;
Gates open 4:30pm

- Abhimanyu Watve/Navneet Sandhu

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