Red Horse Muziklaban is one of the most anticipated rock events since it started because this is where amateur bands are able to showcase their talents and be known in the rock scene. Last January 30th, me and fellow bloggers such as Juned and Karla were able to cover the Red Horse Muziklaban 2009 held at the Metrowalk Parking Lot. I felt that this was a much better location than at the Marikina Sports Complex last year. I hope that they continue to have this venue for the succeeding Red Horse Muziklaban events.
We arrived at around 8:00 pm after coming home from Tech Tanod in Ateneo. Thanks to Juned for giving us media passes; we were able to get inside the media area which I felt was a safe zone for me. It’s been known that whenever Muziklaban happens, moshpits are really crazy. I don’t really mind the people slam dancing but I would rather watch and headbang my head a little without really the need to slam dance.
Various popular rock bands in the Philippines performed such as Slapshock, Intolerant, Zach Lucero and the Action Pact, Kjwan, Radioactive Sago Project, Franco, Kapatid, Greyhoundz, Kamikazee and many more. Previous winners such as Hard Boiled Eggz, Mayonnaise, Gayuma and last year’s grand champion, Even performed. I was able to see Zach Lucero and the Action Pact, Kjwan, Radioactive Sago Project, Franco, Greyhoundz and all the grand finalists of Muziklaban. Greyhoundz performance was one of the performances that brought the house down. Reg Rubio, vocalist of Greyhoundz, was joined by Ian Tayao (vocalist of Queso) and Jamir (vocalist of Slapshock) during Greyhoundz performance. I believe that was one of the highlights of the event.
I was excited to see Franco perform live for the first time. I’ve been listening to their songs for a year but I am such a loser that this was the only time to see them live. Franco was awesome! Hope that I could catch them perform in smaller gigs. Kapatid was also there but I felt that Karl Roy wasn’t in his performance level.
Of course, the legendary Pinoy rock icon Joey “Pepe” Smith was there and I didn’t lose the chance to have a picture taken with him. Rock on! The grand finalists were delighted to see him and also had their pictures taken with him.
The 5 grand finalists were Hatankaru from Valenzuela City, 2nd Squad from Baguio City, Kukumban from Naga City, Cambronero from Bacolod and Hoodswhite from Cagayan de Oro City.
I’ve seen all the grand finalists but there’s one band that was different among the rest. No, this isn’t the grand champion. The band is Hoodswhite from Cagayan de Oro City. They are a heavy metal band which look like international band Kiss. The vocalist even talked like a possessed person. It’s like hearing Cookie Monster and Freddie Krueger talking. Well, they made some people in the audience slam dance but I think it’s not enough for the judges to let them win. I hope that they get their own identity in the future. Nobody can be compared to Kiss’ legacy.
Around 2:00 am, the hosts announced the winner. Hatankaru from Valenzuela City became the Grand Champion of the 11th Red Horse Muziklaban. I believe that they deserve to win. Their performance was clean, didn’t hear that much “sabit”. Congratulations guys!
The VIP and Media area
Since my day started a bit early and had already drank 4 cans of Red Horse, I had to go home to rest. Girlfriend and I had our midnight snack in Behrouz. I was glad to have seen new bands perform, and even the veterans. Till the next Red Horse Muziklaban!
Hatankaru – Red Horse Muziklaban 2009 Grand Champion
Cambronero – regional finalist from Bacolod
Gayuma – Red Horse Muziklaban 2007 Grand Champion