Trendslaughter Fest III – The slaughter continues…

Good friend Sandesh Shenoy and his gang of bloodthirsty men are unleashing the third edition of their extreme metal madness – Trendslaughter III. It’s gruesome as hell, so get ready to be drenched with molten lava and and a sprinkling of hailstones that would knock the daylights out of you… Be there. Oh and Sandy… all ze best. Following are the details. Read it.Trendslaughter Fest 3

Blood Division (Singapore) and DYING EMBRACE (India) have just been confirmed to headline the third TRENDSLAUGHTER FEST on Feburary 10th, 2013 in Bangalore, India. According to the organizers (Cyclopean Eye Productions/Trendslaughter crew), the festival has been created to “bring Bangalore the best of underground metal by getting both foreign acts, bands around India and Bangalore together and thereby creating a rock solid underground movement to spearhead the Heavy metal culture in India.” The fest will also have support from Bangalore Sludge Merchants “Shepherd”, Mumbai Black Metal Traditionalists “Solar Deity”, Kolkata Old School Death Metallers “Necrodeity”, Black/Thrash mongers and “Witchgoat”

Last year the TRENDSLAUGHTER FEST II was headlined by Japanese Black/thrash veteransband Abigail with Canadian Doom Traditionalist Cauchemar and local bands Dying Embrace, Dhwesha, Djinn and Miskatonic and Gorified and saw around 200+ fans congregate at the venue at Kyra Theatre, Bangalore, India for a good 8 hours  Thrash, Doom Grind and Old school Death metal!
Headliners Information :

About Blood Division
Emerging from the sewers of metropolitan Singapore in South-east Asia, BLOOD DIVISION was conceived in 2009 by M. (ex-IMPIETY, ABSENCE OF THE SACRED) and C. (ex-DRACONIS INFERNUM, HELVETTE) and plays a deadly viral combination of Blackened Thrash Metal and Crust.

BLOOD DIVISION plays a deadly viral combination of Blackened Thrash Metal and Crust. For fans of AURA NOIR, DISHAMMER, TOXIC HOLOCAUST.

About Dying Embrace
Legendary pioneering Death/Doom act from Bangalore have been in existence for twenty one years with releases on international labels (7” vinyl “Misanthrope” and recently released “Era of Tribulation discography” on  cd and LP on Legion Of Death Records, France) and have had the title of being India’s oldest Death Metal band.

Heavily influenced by early material by Black Sabbath,Autopsy,Candlemass,Trouble,Paradise Lost among others, Dying Embrace crafted their own unique original dark,foreboding sound.

Links to all bands:
Blood Division –
Dying Embrace-
Shepherd –
Necrodiety –
Witchgoat –
Solar Deity –
Facebook Event Page –!/events/398526683561077/

Facebook Group –!/groups/trendslaughterfest/?bookmark_t=group

For any further details on Trendslaughter Bangalore 2013 you can contact…
Sandesh Shenoy (Cyclopean Eye Productions)
Mobile- 9972644744


Duster Quotes

Got to finally try out the Renault Duster. My love affair with SUVs (I would slot Duster in the MUV category, but I will be a bit generous in this blog), brought the Duster right up to my doorstep. Good old Uncle Olav decided to drive down from Kollam to visit his sisters in Mangalore… in his new Renault Duster.

Now, I am not a big fab of the colour white, but surprisingly the colour looked good on the Duster as it drove into our yard.

Renault Duster in Mangalore

Looks-wise, I have to say the vehicle is pretty neat. But for me the real deal has always been under the hood and getting behind the wheel. Sliding into the drivers seat, the Renault Duster actually feels much lower than it appears from outside. The interiors have a feel of a sedan and you don’t realise that the clearance is more than what it actually is.

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The interiors are a standard fit. The seats are comfortable, though I am not too fond of the seats sinking in too much as they do here. The gear shift is a little dodgy, in the sense it reminds me of the hard case Wagon R gear shift which is not so smooth.

Spaciousness in the Renault Duster is limited to the front row. The second row cramps up a bit, but still scores over the Mahindra Scorpio in this regard. The boot space is decent enough.

Match up - Renault Duster vs Mahindra Scorpio

Driving a couple of versions of the Scorpio for the last ten years, and Mahindra vehicles since the nineties have deIMG-20121208-00066finitely made me a competent off roader to comment on utility vehicles and drive home the fact that Renault is no match for the power emanating from the Scorpio.

Looks-wise, the Duster scores well and I would be partial in saying that it’s a decent city vehicle, but definitely a let down for an off roader or even a long distance highway roller. Handling is in the Maruti mould which puts it at avarage and for the price you are paying a Scorpio would be value for money rather than this. Overall a below average experience, but hey a first time SUV user may find it interesting and exciting for starters.