Rock The World 11, 10th December 2011, was a sunny day, uninterrupted by rain, down at Stadium Merdeka.
Ballad For Layla does melodic metalcore.
I have no idea who this photographer is but I’ve seen her around lately. Interestingly, most of my lenses do not taper forwards.
The wide lens for the day was the Samyang 35mm F1.4 UMC on the Sony Alpha 900.
Thy Regiment is hardcore.
Then came Monoloque with Atilia!
I’ve got a thing for battered sunburst Fender Stratocasters.
Kadak, on bass (Loko on drums was also from seminal Malaysian band, Butterfingers.)
However, this band takes on a different creative stance – but then, Butterfingers did, too.
The telephoto work was shot with the Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA.
Sekumpulan Orang Gila!
When you got your power stance like that, it goes without saying that they play some form of post-hardcore.
The Samyang 35mm F1.4 UMC proves to not have the best bokeh.
What a show!
Bittersweet, with Ryan Lee Bhaskaran…
These guys bring British swagger on stage.
Some days, I am not sure whether to crop…
…or to leave it as it was originally.
Space rock lives again!
There is just something very, very photogenic about Ned’s bass. It’s here to enslave us, and it gives me that Sentinel-of-X-Men feeling.
They do space rock, without the slow bits.
Sam of supergroup The Azenders!
In the background, their new music video for Livin’ Rock And Roll debuted.
This version featured my ex-colleague Tehmina Kaoosji!
(This was the earlier one.)
(And this, the newer one.)
The stage lights got really nice by this time.
I dig the perspective here.
Sam brings a different style to the stage – far from his Bunkface days.
Izal was also from a punk rock band – One Buck Short, to be exact.
The next band set up flags, to bring the mood of impending doom up.
They call this blackened death metal.
Yes, they have a uniform.
I really couldn’t figure out how to best crop this.
Then came The Padangs.
The crowd. Poor girl later got hit in the head by a crowd surfer, though!
I have to say, I really enjoyed Rock The World 11’s very metal/hardcore lineup…
…very serious business, legit and true, and free from the typical claims that Rock The World is a reunion of old bands related to the organizers.
Of course, these guys do metal/hardcore, too.
And to end the night…
These guys were decked out in Peter Says Denim wear.
Also a metal/hardcore band.
Admittedly, I am not well-versed in this genre, and they may sound the same to me, but it doesn’t stop me from headbanging. Not having much hair to headbang is a bummer, though.
The show ended before 11pm, allowing the crowd to get home before the monorail closes. Very solid, tightly organized show.