The lead singer whisked the mike along with the stand, raised it up, screamed into it -- full throttle. The guitar players clawed at their instruments, whipping their hair around. The drummer brought his sticks down hard, almost with a vengeance. And the audience lost control as the UK band Architects gave them the real taste of metal rock.
Like ants gathering around a drop of honey, the audience collected at the mosh pit. With bent knees they stood, bringing their heads up and down in rhythm to the roar. They danced with a sense of abandon, slamming their shoulders against each other and moving in wide circles.
But for Architects, this wasn’t enough. ‘Jump jump jump..’ echoed the song, and the audience obeyed, hypnotised. Kneel down, they said. And the crowd did, waving their open palms high. “Now we are going to make it real fast,” the singer whrrrsshhed into the mike, and this time, the audience went into a frenzy.
A few raised their lighter friends on their shoulders, while a few others formed a close knit pack and headbanged religiously till the end. They formed rings and went in circles as the hardcore punk band played songs from their recent album Daybreaker with addictive barks and bellows.
Despite touring 25 countries and playing with some of the big names in the metal world like Deftones, August Burns Red, Enter Shikari, Whitechapel and All That remains, the band modestly said this was the largest audience they have played to in a while.
Warming up to the Architects’ gig was another Rock band Grimus from Romania which thundered down trippy numbers accompanied with a whiff of Romanian rock in the end. If Architects let the listener be in his throbbing privacy, Grimus vouched for a collective fun. From a mellowed down Miles away from the sun to the high-octane Satellites, the crowd was treated to a satisfying dose of sandpapered voice and quaky drums. The lead singer glided between the ends of the stage holding the mike to the audience, got down to the pit to headbang with others and produced cameras to capture the Saarang spirit for their fans back in Romania.