Photos: Zygnema Live at Hard Rock Cafe Worli, Mumbai
Mumbai groove/thrash metallers celebrated 10 years and two albums together
If crowd rage dynamics are any parameter of a metal band’s on-stage ferocity, it’s safe to say thatÂ the aggression level at a Zygnema gig never dips below the customary moshpit–the Mumbai metallers are known to raise riff-chugging, groove-slamming hell at their live shows. And their hour-and-a-half, 17-track set last night celebrated a decade of exactly that energy. The band also marked the sixth anniversary of their 2010 debut Born of Unity‘s releaseÂ and an entire year since their 2015 rager What Makes Us Human Is ObsoleteÂ was out.
But before their set inspired a fewÂ stage dive attempts and bruised limbs, Zygnema were preceded by power metallers Gaia’s Throne, who won an online voting contest to play the opening set. The Pune band brought their top-speed shredding and Sci-fi A-game with epicsÂ like “Crisis I: Bereavement” and “Contact” to a growing front-of-house audience, while thrash metal band Unholy Grudge followed with a few originals andÂ hit-and-miss covers of Death’s “Crystal Mountain” and Iron Maiden’s “Hallowed Be Thy Name”.
One song into their set, however, and Zygnema already had their faithful legionÂ riled up and chanting the signature refrain of “Who gives a fuck?” from the songÂ “59”, and only proceeded to wreak havoc withÂ stompfestsÂ from across their two-album discography. With a little help from fellow musicians — drummer Varun Sood and vocalist Shawn Pereira of alt rockers Blakc, bassist Gurdip Narang of brutal death metal bandÂ Gutslit, guitarist Shezan Shaikh of metallers Providence and their ownÂ sound engineer Akash Sawant playing the guitars — the band raged onÂ everything from “Scarface” andÂ “Theory of Lies and Negation” to “The Phoenix Effect” and “Reform Rebirth”, onlyÂ reinforcingÂ why they’re one of the India’sÂ strongest acts.
Photos by Bryan Jacob Daniel