So here is an in-depth T3D-exclusive So I was on the bus headed to a different town because I was looking for a motorbike to rent, and at the station ran into Jayanth from Bangalore. We were both sort of clueless since neither of us spoke the local language, but we were headed to the same town, Trivandrum, and got to talking on the bus. Turned out he was headed there to do sound for a local 'underground metal show' and asked if I'd like to come as well. I may not really listen to metal, but it sounded like way too much fun to pass up so I said scooter be dammed, hell yah, lets go! This is the venue for the show, a pretty small club, but as you may guess the metal scene in India is pretty new and small itself. This was to be the first 'big' metal show in the Indian state of Kerala, having 8 bands from places such as Bangalore and Mumbai. The show sold 170 tickets. Knowing (even if I'd only known him for two hours) someone 'with the band' meant I went upstairs to the hotel above the venue to hang out with the bands. In true metal fashion drinking and smoking went on, but being India, the TV was showing cricket Devil horns in the air, it's time to rock! It may be India, but metal is metal. Guitar shredding and headbanging just as you would see anywhere. [video=youtube;4NLzw-Ab4Ck]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NLzw-Ab4Ck[/video] Yup, just like that. Lots of screaming. Hanging out with some of the guys between sets on the rooftop restaurant/bar. It turned out I wasn't the only foreigner here, two German guys showed up as well. One was working in the city, the other was a traveler like me. Headbanging makes for sore necks. I need a massage. And yet another band. Oh man, MAJOR t-shirt fail! Guy thought he was showing up to a metal show with a Tool t-shirt, oops!! This is a classic example of not understanding the shirt you bought, hahaha. I hope to see this picture forwarded all over the internet some day Yep. [video=youtube;XaMFidPoOBM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaMFidPoOBM[/video] The singer of the final band of the night. Same band. And that's the show folks. Some of the band members as things were being packed up. And the bouncers, these guys were monsters! Once everything was put away, I climbed in a car and headed off to a hotel on a beach 15km away. We got in late at night, and I was exhausted. They had reserved a bunch of rooms in the resort, and gave one of them. I thought it was to share, but I ended up having to to myself, it was the nicest room and nicest hotel I've stayed in this whole trip! Morning with the metalheads. Breakfast at the rooftop restaurant. And the view over Kovalam Beach. Chillin' in the morning watching some nature show on TV And heading off to the beach with a few of the guys. The beach was quite nice. Warm water, sandy with no rocks to step on, very clean by Indian standards. It even had some good size waves which were a blast to body surf in and get tossed about it. In the afternoon, everyone parted ways. I took a taxi with a few of the guys back into the main town where they headed to the airport and I headed to the bus station. ------------------------- Whew! Talk about fun, haha. As I said I'm not really a metal fan (the most I listen to is some mainstream things like Tool, Metallica and System of a Down) but the show was awesome. Metal is a new and small scene here in India, especially a small place like Kerala, so the energy of the crowd was fantastic. Everyone I met was amazingly friendly, letting me tag along, giving me drinks, food, letting me stay with them and all that, and always excited when I told them I was from America. Rock on, India.