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- Rock bands in the twin cities put up a neck-and-neck contest to grab the Rock ‘O’ pTalent title

Bhubaneswar, Aug. 30: The audience cheered aloud the as the singers jammed with energetic musicians who strum the guitar chords merging it with the clank of cymbals.

The rock concert held at the open-air auditorium of Utkal Mandap grooved the city till late night as the best bands in the twin city put up a neck-and-neck contest to grab the Rock ‘O’ Talent title.

The mood was perfect, as the rain showers had made the ambience pleasant before the event began, making the concert the perfect Sunday hangout for the youngsters of the city.

The music kicked off with Prophets of the Dead who played One step closer by Backstreet Boys followed by their own composition War. The vocalist Ayan Sinha impressed the audience who kept cheering while he performed.

The Cuttack band Bandish – Music across boundaries, performed on the soothing number Aadat by Jal in a mild volume. But the audience went berserk when they played their composition Life on the edge and then the renowned protest song Zombie by Irish band The Cranberries.

Whistles, claps, roars and the ‘Once more’ cheers echoed when the band The 13th Note mesmerised everyone with their magical performance.

Their music was versatile with sounds of keyboard, drums and bass guitars synchronised together by the musicians.

The voice of the vocalist fused with rhythm of the orchestra who played their multi-lingual compositions The Awakening as well as Bekaraar from the film Pathshaala.

Next to come was the band with the unique name In space no one can listen to you if you don’t scream in short Scream as the judges renamed it.

The band members justified their title with a high-pitched and rocking performance of the Backstreet Boys song Show me the meaning on heavy metal rock.

The bands also had to sing an original composition as the judges specified it. For this Scream sang their original composition, Killing Timid that was a high-energy entertainer which got the audience on their feet.

The audience it appeared was completely euphoric seeing the performances.

“This was a real surprise since my friends and I had expected that they would be singing the soft and low note Backstreet Boys song. But the vocalist amazingly modulated it,” said Deepak, one of the spectators.

(Negative) Feedback, one of the known names in the rock scenario of Bhubaneswar started off with the Linkin Park number Numb followed by an interesting and electrifying composition Weedoholics.

The concert went on with the performance of Stranzers who played Socha hai from Rock On and Hum Kis Gali Jaa Rahein hain from Doori followed by the Nagin-tune instrumental that set the crowd dancing.

The contest was judged by well-known guitarist Ricky North and drummer Sukant Rout.The 13th Note emerged as the winner and was given a contract to compose a rock-based song in an Oriya film.

They also got the chance to perform live on a private FM station. The runner-up position was shared by Scream and (Negative) Feedback.

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