Bloodywood creates a Wargasm and is Vended in Harrisburg

Live Review

Bloodywood. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

By Shuvam DasGupta

Live Review: Bloodywood with Wargasm and Vended – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (HMAC), Harrisburg, PA – May 23, 2023

HMAC in Harrisburg, PA is a very unique venue. From the outside, it looks like a house. But when you enter and go to the upstairs it is a big venue with a stage. It is a perfect spot for a metal concert and that is where Bloodywood performed alongside Vended and Wargasm on May 23rd. It was World War III in Harrisburg with three bands representing two continents literally.

Wargasm. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

Wargasm started the night with style and a lot of energy. The duo from London along with their touring members on drums, guitar, and Keyboards are known to blend genres like electronic, nu-metal, and hardcore. They have a unique presence not only with the music but also with their appearance. Their setlist consisted of some of their popular songs like – “Pyro Pyro”, “Fukstar”, and “Spit.” and also covers of Limp Bizkit’s “Break Stuff” and Metallica’s “Fuel”.

Vended. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

Next up it was Vended. One of the most talked about bands of recent times is known for its industrial metal sound and unique presence with makeup. The band that features Simon Crahan (son of Slipknot’s “clown” Shawn Crahan) and Griffin Taylor (son of Corey Taylor) has a sound with some resemblance to Slipknot but is also unique in their own way.  Cole Espeland on lead guitar, Jeremiah Pugh on bass, and Connor Grodzicki on rhythm guitar were absolutely in synch to present a compact setlist that consisted of songs like – “Dead to Me”, “Overall”, “Asylum”.

Bloodywood. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

Finally, it was Bloodywood with the full lineup and in all its glory. Last time when we covered the show in Baltimore and interviewed them, Raoul the rapper was missing. But this time we got to see him perform–and what a performance it was. Jayant on the vocals and Karan on the guitar were undisputable as always. Sarthak on Dhol, Roshan on the bass, and Vishesh on drums were contributing to the unique sound they are known for.

Bloodywood. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

All the songs they performed have a story or message and they conveyed that well. At the end of the set Jayant and Sarthak came down to the mosh pit to perform in the middle of the audience and the crowd went crazy. The setlist consisted of songs like – “Gaddar”, “Dana Dan”, and their 2 biggest hits “Machi Bhasad (Expect a Riot)” and “Ari Ari”. It is great to see a band from India coming all the way to the USA and doing a headline tour – absolutely inspiring.

It was a great night with people enjoying the music and celebrating togetherness and diversity. Kudos to the management for the successful execution of the show.

Check out Rock At Night’s 2022 interview with Bloodywood HERE.


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