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Concert celebrating Warfaze’s 25th anniversary

A reunion of former members


Performances by former members of Warfaze were major attractions at the concert. Photo: Mumit M.

It was a treat for the metal and alternative music fans. The pioneering metal band of the country Warfaze performed their popular songs back-to-back at a concert titled "Union concert of Warfaze". The concert was organised on October 15 at the Winter Garden of Hotel Sheraton to observe the 25th anniversary of the band.
Warfaze was formed in early 1984 by a group of young talents with the view to present metal and alternative rocks featuring unique music and lyric.
The main attraction at the concert was performances by former Warfaze members who do not perform with the band any longer for personal reasons.
After 10 years the former line-up of Warfaze appeared together on the stage.
The concert began with a performance by the current line-up: Mizan as vocalist, Kamal and Oni on guitars, Shams on the keyboard, Tipu on drums and Roger on the bass guitar.
The band performed their popular metal numbers such as Hotasha, Bewarish, Jibondhara, Alo and Maharaj. The renditions were cheered on by the audience.
After five songs, Balam replaced Mizan, but the singer was not received warmly by the audience. Balam rendered Jato durey and Shamay.
Famed rock star Sumon appeared on the stage next. Sumon was the bassist and vocalist for Warfaze for a while and still maintains a close relationship with the band, though he has his own band (Aurthoheen) at present.
Sumon presented the hit song Pratichhobi and played with the band during several other songs till the end.
Former keyboardist-guitarist of Warfaze, Russell, who at present plays with a US band, took the stage amidst applause. With Russell, the band had three guitarists displaying a more aggressive, hard-hitting style. Russell was on the guitar and played the keyboard with the song Abak bhalobasha.
A highlight was an instrumental piece in which Tipu was replaced by guest drummer Nadim. Kamal, Russell and Oni played furious riffs in fast tempo which seemed to move the audience. "Bass Baba" Suman also displayed his superior skills on the instrument.
Former vocalist-composer-bassist Babna, who lives in US at present, was another attraction at the concert. Babna rendered three popular songs of the band – Brishti nemechey, jokhon and Obak bhalobasha.
But the main attraction at the concert was perhaps performances by the once leading metal vocalist of the country, Sunjoy, whose vocals changed the rock music scenario of Bangladesh in the early 1990s.
This was Sunjoy's first performance in ten years. The singer performed seven popular songs of Warfaze and British band Deep Purple's popular number Highway Star.
Fans of Sunjoy swayed in awe as the vocalist sang mega-popular songs including Shadhikar, Boshey achhi, Jibon amar and Mon-e porey.
The last song at the concert was the band's anthem, Ekti chhele. All current and former members of the band played together in the song.
Rock star Maksud congratulated the band at the concert.
However, problems regarding the sound setting towards the beginning of the concert, which continued for quite a while, was frustrating.

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