While headbangers revelled in the menace of American thrash metal bands such as Megadeth, Slayer and Lamb of God, EDM got a new lease of life with acts by Swedish House Mafia and David Guetta. We were drawn to the call of the moshpit as flame-haired Dave Mustaine obliged us with iconic tracks such as Holy Grail and Trust, and welled up as veteran rocker Carlos Santana picked up his signature guitar, Paul Reed Smith Santana 3, for us. The icing on the cake was Guns N' Roses' maiden visit to India, which had Axl Rose plunging into an anthology of the band's greatest hits. The year belonged to metal and EDM and everyone wanted a piece of both
Megadeth owned the stage from the first chord. The vocals may have been jagged, but headbangers came in droves to see the Head Crushers croon some of the most famous metal anthems known to the world at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Delhi
Guns N' Roses was at its loudest best during its debut India tour. One of the best live hard rock acts, the band left its Indian fans with only one question, "Where do we go now?"
When American Nu-metal giants Korn made their India debut, we expected legions of fans to Follow The Leader. Despite low attendance, the band gave an energetic performance
Tipriti Kharbangar of Shillong-based band Soulmate was all blood-and-guts at most gigs. She raised the bar with her blazing vocals, as Rudy Wallang layered them with scorching
riffs. Their act with Santana was one of the finest this year
Carlos Santana took to the stage at the Formula 1 finale. Congos, timbales, keyboards and the iconic PRS guitars created a global symphony as the veteran musician delivered classic tracks