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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Destroy Shred Destroy @ MAPKL, Solaris Dutamas

SO. Another gig. FINALLY. It feels like ages since I've been to a proper gig. The gig ambiance is dying. Hardly any gigs to look forward to or be excited about anymore. But this was pretty much a gig many were looking forward to... and it clashed with Laneway Festival in Singapore.

Arrived with Azam and Moe at around 5.30pm and it still hadn't started yet. Surprise, surprise. The real surprise however, was the immense turnout. Looked like the kids were really passionate enough to support Incarnation and Cassandra to travel all the way to MAP KL @ Solaris Dutamas... a venue out of the way from any public transport access. Was a good sight to see.

The gig finally started with Symbiotic In Theory, the one band that I myself was looking forward to catch more than the two headlining bands, to be honest. I saw them once live when Moe had introduced me to them and I was excited to catch them again! Indeed, an undisappointing set, Arep's guitar skills as always blew our brains off, the drum rhythms and guitar melodies almost whispering of Animals as Leaders. However, despite the huge number of crowd at the event, the crowd was prettyyyy dead throughout the majority of the event. I mean I understand the whole "waiting for the favourite act" thing, but again, it doesn't really show enough passion to the music scene in general does it.... I mean... yeah, sure, wait for the headliners, but why not enjoy the amazing tunes from the opening bands as well? Symbiotic in Theory definitely deserved a stronger crowd response.

Next up, Oh Chentaku! A frantic, explosive set by the young hearts as they surge through a short but loud set. Their tunes are catchy and keeps the crowd interested. I was more intrigued at the singer/2nd vox by the way he was jumping all over his space on stage. Half expecting him to hit the keyboard. But their tunes were cool, the graphics projected on the projector screen behind them as a backdrop was awesome.
A good set.

And things just get better, as Massacre Conspiracy stepped up onto the stage to take the kids away. The only opening band that received most movement and sing-along from the crowd, it once again shows just how far and MC16 has come since their starting point. I particularly enjoyed this set, despite missing Mio's face from the band, but did not particularly enjoy the crowd. To be frank, I'm getting bored of the Malaysian crowd. Their moshing is not constant, it's only at the breakdowns only at the parts where two-stepping can be done, or sometimes when the two stepping is done at parts where it doesn't even it, either. Other than that, they're stood like zombies. A few headbangers here and there but there is no movement. No movement yet a big space in the middle. There's no flow in the crowd. *sigh* Anyway, a strong solid set for MC16.

We had a small pause before Incarnation conquered the stage, and Ijam (as emcee) did the whole lucky draw thing and after three rounds, the guitar sponsored by Guitar Store was given out to a guy, who I hoped actually played guitar.

The final band I watched was Incarnation, I had some stuff to do and couldn't stay back for Cassandra. So Incarnation it was. And hell yeah, they were extremely tight, but to be honest, after a while their songs seem to start blending into one another and sound slightly the same. I loved the drummer though!

I particularly enjoyed the part where the wall of death happened. It was small, but it was solid and didn't just break apart within seconds. As in, people actually ran into each other from both sides without trying to avoid any bodily damage. Hahaha. Gosh I miss coming out of gigs with bruises. Didn't happen today though. Hasn't happened since the festival in Budapest -_-

All in all, one good show from Incarnation, powerpacked and adrenaline-filled. Sent energy soaring through the crowd and back to the band on stage. A definite thumbs up for them!

Celine had a short and sweet time at the event

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