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Metal all the way

A sea of black T-shirts might have looked out of place at Tapan Theatre in a sleepy Kalighat bylane on Wednesday afternoon, but the scene inside the packed auditorium explained it all.

Eight metal bands thrashed with a vengeance on October 20 at Calcutta’s only daylong metal fest, The Pit. A steady stream of metal heads poured in through the day to support the cause of metal.

“Having been part of the Pit since the beginning, we can see the change in the crowd,” said Deeptaroop Basu, drummer of city metal band Sinful Oath, which performed covers of Gojira’s Love and Clone and originals like Dead Wish and The Quest. “There were many problems we faced — budget, venue choice and date — because we are mostly self-financed, but in the end none of them proved to be a barrier.”

For the first time in the event’s four-year run, tickets were sold to create a fund for next year’s gig, and were sold out.

With veterans like Yonsample, Evil Conscience, Sinful Oath and Chronic Xorn taking on newbies like Wranglers, Erased Undead, Burnout System and What Escapes Me, the auditorium turned into one massive mosh pit.

“We have played at the Pit three times now, but this time it was overwhelming. A weekday afternoon and still the show is a sell-out with more than 800 metal heads,” said Angshu Majumdar, bassist for Chronic Xorn.

“Calcutta is yet to wake up to metal. It is very much an underground scene here. So, an event like this is a chance to put Calcutta on the metal map,” said metal head Prasanna Singh.

And continue it will. “We are going to register the Pit soon and after that we plan on inviting metal bands from outside to play. People are already approaching us about it, after seeing our fan base on Facebook and we will ensure that next year is bigger and better,” adds Deeptaroop, who is a part of the organising committee.

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