Friday, April 5, 2019

The Tiger and The Dragon special post: Some Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean hardcore punk. Final part: Malaysia plus some bands from Singapore and Indonesia

Note: Malaysia is ranked as the 3rd most vegetarian friendly country in the world. Take note.

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back and finally conclude our southeast asian hardcore punk special post. This entry was meant to be published last week but I was gathering more and more information that everything went outta control (literally) and, well, here we are. Sorry for the delays. I also admit that I had to reduce to 3 entries for finishing this post. In fact, the 4th and final part originally would feature some compilations but I had to discard them because I couldn't get them and some of this material will be back sometime later in the near future so, let's wait and see what will happens next...Finally, I recently bought some vinyls, CDs and tapes (including the ones I still owe you) that will be uploaded throughout the month. Stay tuned. With all that written, let's begin! 

Malaysia

Obligasi
https://obligasinoise.bandcamp.com/releases

This superb powerviolence outfit from Seremban has only released one s/t tape (2017) through Pissed Off! Records and Hardcore Detonation Records (Malaysia). The sound is clearly reminiscent of all-time classics in the subgenre such as Lack Of Interest, Despise You and Short Hate Temper (USA), for naming a few. Something I really liked about this band it's that their songs are less than a minute and the lyrics (both in english and malaysian) brief and clear dealing with different social and political issues. Like hardcore should always be, right? Oh, and there's an Infest cover. Nice. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Bombräd

https://bombrad.bandcamp.com/

This band from George Town (Penang Island) has only released one demo in 2016 through Pissed Off! Records (Malaysia). It also features members of other local outfits such as Skullcrusher, Defeat, Urban Vicious, among others. Regarding the sound, this band is a living homage to scandinavian hardcore acts like Totalitär, Anti-Cimex, Discard (Sweden), Terveet Kädet, Kaaos (Finland), among others with a modern twist, pretty much like swedish d-beat-influenced hardcore bands such as Sex Dwarf, Heratys and Infernöh. Awesome. If you think the nuclear holocaust is near, Bombräd will accompany you while everything gets destroyed. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Mashi Mierul's one-man projects (Dizguzted, Piet Onhel, Star Order, Hellisforsinister and Singular)

Dizguzted
https://dizguztedpunk.bandcamp.com/

Piet Onhel
https://pietonthel.bandcamp.com/album/demo-loni-taksupo-mulo

Star Order 

https://starorder.bandcamp.com/releases

Hellisforsinister

https://hellisforsinister.bandcamp.com/releases

Singular 
https://bandofsingular.bandcamp.com/

These are the one-man projects by Mashi Mierul, drummer of Cantilever (a post-hardcore band from Kuantan). This dude is simply amazing. Indeed, he made all the music, lyrics and vocals of the projects all by himself. And also, all of them are different from each other: Dizguzted is more hardcore punk/d-beat driven, Piet Onhel is screamo/emoviolence, Star Order is ambient/doom metal/sludge, Hellisforsinister powerviolence/grindcore à la Full of Hell and, last but not least, Singular is mathcore à la Converge. So, Mr. Mierul excels in every single of the aforementioned subgenres on his own with such a superb repertory. I knew some of them before doing this post but I wasn't aware of the fact that there's a person behind them. And, these kind of projects also caught me by surprise since they aren't so common within the hardcore/punk spectrum. Nice. Finally, click on the images above for getting redirected to the respective official bandcamp accounts and listen to them. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Gassed

https://gassedbeat.bandcamp.com/releases

Warning: Do not confuse it with the american grindviolence band of the same name.  

Gassed has only released one demo tape last year through Secret Records (Malaysia). Their sound reminded me of a cross between Jerry's Kids (US) and Discharge (UK). Nonetheless, the d-beat side of things is a little bit more relevant and prominent in most of their repertory. And, yes, the music is short, fast and loud as you may expect. I really dig the message in their tracks, notably Punk Police. Nice. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Split Tongue 

https://lidahbercabang.bandcamp.com/

Split Tongue has been in the game since 2017 and has released thus far: one demo, Piggy On The Street Promo EP (2017) and 2nd Promo EP (2018). Their musical style is a mix of bostonian hardcore, d-beat, oi! and thrashcore, pretty much like the early years of foundational New Wave of British Hardcore acts such as Violent Reaction and Arms Race. Now, the musical execution has both fast-paced moments with slower breakdowns without losing the grip. And, hell yes, the lyrics are politically-charged full of irony, apathy, sarcasm and hate towards everything (including the far right-wing). Yay. I hope to see anytime soon their first full-length album. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

DISM

https://dism1312.bandcamp.com/releases

This Kuala Lumpur-based hardcore act is pretty outstanding. So, they only have released thus far Warmageddon tape (Kasyorga Records (Malaysia), 2017) and one split with Speedwitch (Dismania Records (Malaysia), 2018). Regarding their sound, they mix crust punk and d-beat mostly drawing influences from Discharge, Broken Bones, DooM, Extreme Noise Terror (UK) and Disclose (Japan), for naming a few. Nice. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Check Your Head

https://checkyourheadmy.bandcamp.com/releases

This band from Pahu Bahat has also only one demo available which was released by Hardcore Detonation and 321 Go! Distro (Malaysia) last year. Regarding the sound, Check Your Head has different early-00s youth crew revival influences from bands like Floorpunch, Ten Yard Fight and Better Than A Thousand with straight edge lifestyle stances. There are also only a few songs with more political content, like early-00s youth crew revival-related bands from Europe such as Highscore (Germany), Dead End (Sweden) and Razlog Za (Croatia). Interesting. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Final Peace

https://finalpeace.bandcamp.com/

Another interesting youth crew-related from Shah Alam that only has released one self-titled EP last year through Hardcore Detonation (Malaysia). This female-fronted hardcore band has different youth crew, melodic hardcore and even thrashcore influences with some mid-tempo, and slower breakdowns as well. The songs are pretty short and with an unique "punk" touch. If you dig bands like Firewalker (US), Tomar Control (Perú) and Radigals (Singapore), this is for you. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Rage Point

https://ragepointhc.bandcamp.com/releases

This band has only released one demo tape through Secret Records (Malaysia). Their sound reminded me of some mid / late-80s and early 90s NYHC acts such as Outburst, Beyond, Breakdown, Pressure Release, Maximum Penalty, Life's Blood, SFA and Yuppicide, among others. You know, at the time when hardcore punk was teasing with more metallic breakdowns and stuff. Now, I listened to this band early this year but I thought it was american and not malaysian. In fact, this band was one of the many reasons why I decided to make this humble special post. Kudos for that. I hope to see anytime soon their first full-length album. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

SS/Block

https://ssblock.bandcamp.com/

Shit System Block AKA SS/Block is an impressive band from Mentakab and has only available one self-titled demo '17 (SFR Hardcore (Germany), 2017) and Raw Promo '18 tape (SS/Block self-released, 2018). Regarding the sound, they have 80s american hardcore, UK82, d-beat and even some slight oi! influences with both mid-tempo and slower breakdowns moments. They reminded me of bands such as Impalers (US) and Arms Race (UK). The lyrics are politically-charged dealing with corruption, greed and oppression. And, no, fear not the name of the band. They're not fascists or something like that. I hope to see anytime soon their first full-length album. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

FuckMeFuckYou

https://tempangrecords.bandcamp.com/album/fuckmefuckyou-a-final-part-of-something

This is, if I'm not mistaken, the only tape available from this interesting one-man band through Tempang Records (Indonesia). The style is something that could be regarded as cybergrind (You know, Agoraphobic Nosebleed's early years) because you'll find in here synths, sci-fi / space rock ambient, noise and distortion elements that are kinda unlikely to hear today. I also detected some elements of different 90s outfits such as The Locust, Daughters and Melt Banana with the same unorthodox and bizarre musical execution. I really enjoyed it. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to the official bandcamp account. Support this project. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
 
Piri Reis

https://piri-reis.bandcamp.com/

When I was preparing this entry, I wasn't really sure if I was going to feature screamo/emoviolence related acts because other kind of entry was meant to be done but, fuck it, I'll kill two birds with one stone ha ha. So, this female-fronted band from Shah Alam features members of foundational 00s screamo revival outfits from Malaysia such as Utarid, Quantis and Kias Fansuri (We'll right about them in other entry later this year). They have released so far one demo (Utarid Tapes, 2015), split with Coma Regalia (US) (Miss The Stars (UK) et al, 2015), split with They Sleep We Live (Germany) (React With Protest (Germany) et al, 2017) and split with Child Meadow (France) (Glord Records (Malaysia), 2018). Regarding the sound, their style is melodic yet chaotic drawing influences from bands such as Orchid, Ampere (US) and Louise Cyphre (Germany). Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Inquiry Last Scenery



Inquiry Last Scenery (from now on ILS) also is one of the few bands in Malaysia playing screamo/emoviolence. They've been in the game since 2010 and have released a lot of records, including splits with spanish emoviolence act El Ëje del Mäl, Sete Star Sept (noisecore from Japan) and Esrarr (experimental/sludge from Malaysia), among others. Regarding the sound, ILS plays emoviolence in the same vein as Louise Cyphre, June Paik (Germany), Arse Moreira (Mexico) and Kias Fansuri (Malaysia) with short, fast and loud songs. So, yeah, you'll find in here lots of chaos, dissonance and blast beats for making bleed your ears. Nice. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Emerged

https://emergedpunk666.bandcamp.com/

It's been awhile since I publish something related to the hideous label known as neocrust. This is a style that not many people seem to please but, you know, we love it ha ha. Emerged are from Johor and have only released Astray 7" EP (Broken Noise Records (Malaysia), 2018). So, this 3-track piece reminded me of the most dark, apocalyptic and pessimistic side of neocrust in the same vein as Downfall of Gaia (Germany), Fall Of Efrafa (UK) and Ekkaia (Spain). Yeah, both the music and lyrics are definitely a time travel machine back in the days when this loved/hated crust-related subgenre was the king. Ah, the memories...Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Kasrakass

https://kasrakass.bandcamp.com/album/self-destruction


Kasrakass from Pantai Dalam only has a tape named Self Destruction (Tempang Records (Indonesia), 2016) and I'm not really sure if they're still together as a band. Regarding the sound, this band plays pure old school grindcore in the same vein as Napalm Death (UK), Repulsion, Terrorizer (US), SxOxBx (Japan), ROT (Brazil), etc. The songs are short, fast and loud with politically-charged lyrics dealing with social, political and economic issues such as capitalism, murder, corruption, media lies, pretty reminiscent of the content of Napalm Death's Scum. Nice. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Shitnoise Bastards

https://shitnoisebastards.bandcamp.com/


If you're a grindcore diehard fan, you must already know this band. They formed in 2012 with an extensive and prolific discography (nearly as much as Agathocles from Belgium ha ha) and still are together as a band. A curious fact about this musical outfit: the band members never use their real names and use some strange nicknames or aliases, for example, "Yoda", "O", "X", "Godzilla", etc. This also applied for the studios where they have recorded their material thus far, for example, "Freddy Krueger's basement" or the "Morgue", among others. Regarding the sound, Shitnoise Bastards plays straightforward grindcore with some noise elements in their repertory, pretty close to classics such as Sore Throat (UK) and 7 Minutes of Nausea (Australia). There are also some songs including saxophone tunes filled with an unorthodox and improvised musical execution much like John Zorn's grindcore projects (but a llittle more raw and lo-fi). Pretty nice. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  


Indonesia

Marrah 

https://tempangrecords.bandcamp.com/album/marrah-singkat-padat-gak-ada-isinya

It's also been awhile since I post something associated with the thrashcore and the so-called bandana thrash side of things. This band from Bandung apparently has only released one tape named Singkat, Padat, Gak Ada Isinya through Tempang Records (Indonesia), 2018). Their sound reminded me of bands like Life's Halt, What Happens Next? (US) and D.S.-13 (Sweden), whose short and fast-paced hardcore punk style was pretty popular and relevant in the early-00s. Such good memories...Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Ratpack 

https://hardcoredetonation.bandcamp.com/album/hdx015-19-ratpack-6-tracks-ep-2019-cs

This modern hardcore punk band from Djakarta also joins the trend of taking the d-beat style to the next level. Indeed, their sound is a clear homage to swedish hardcore monsters such as Mob 47 and Totalitär with some modern american hardcore execution. Just like many of the american and british bands that have exceedingly been featured here in the blog. So, the style is pretty ferocious and intense.  They reminded me of Kriegskade from France (Fuck, those were great days...). Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Paralerpe

https://paralerpe.bandcamp.com/

This is another interesting hardcore outfit also from Jakarta. They have released so far: two demos (2015) and (2018), respectively. Regarding the sound, Paralerpe plays straightforward hardcore punk drawing influences from different american and british schools. They reminded me somewhat of modern canadian bands like Career Suicide, School Jerks and Terminal State whose sound gives to old-school style a more fresh air for these fucked up modern times. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

glare

https://benalurecords.bandcamp.com/album/la-dialettica

Glare is another emoviolence act from this interesting southeast asian country. This Bandung-based outfit only released this record through Benalu Records in 2015. I'm not sure if they're still together as a band. Regarding the sound, the songs are pretty short, fast and loud in the same vein as all-time classics such as In/Humanity and The End Of The Century Party but there's the iconic chaotic element from the 00s european screamo revival acts. Thus, they also reminded me of bands like Republic of Dreams (Germany) and Beau Navire (US) in some parts. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Singapore 

Laga

https://lagalagalaga.bandcamp.com/releases

Laga is an one-man project from the drummer of Sial. This self-titled EP was released last year through Hardcore Detonation and Exit Music (Malaysia). Just like other local acts such as Sial and Lubricant, Laga takes the best elements of different hardcore schools throughout its history and makes something remarkable on its own. It also reminded me of Destino Final (Spain) in terms of both musical execution and instrumentation. It's a shame I discovered this outfit too late because it could have been included in our best picks of last year. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Pleasure

https://hardcoredetonation.bandcamp.com/album/hdx007-18-pleasure-demo-2018-cs

This is a recently formed band also featuring members of Sial and other local acts such as Daily Ritual, Reyerta and Pazahora as well. Their sound is heavily inspired by british anarcho punk in the 80s (You know, all-time classics such as Rudimentary Peni, Crass and Omega Tribe) but with a modern touch like, for example, Anasazi from the US did back in their days. Also, as the band itself describes, their songs are about "the harsh reality of oppression and power". A pretty cool exception of what we've posted so far in this entry. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Bethari

https://bethari.bandcamp.com/

We finally conclude this entry with this interesting emoviolence outfit. They only have one demo, one self-titled (2017) and one 4-way split with Inquiry Last Scenery (Malaysia), Mar Negro (Costa Rica) and Poetry Of Torch (Japan). Regarding the sound, well, if you dig classic european acts such as Gone With The Pain, Enoch Ardon (Spain), La Quiete, Raein (Italy) and Gantz (France), Bethari is for you. I also forgot to mention that most of their works have been produced by Dead Air Studios (US), which is run by Will Killingsworth, ex-guitarist of Orchid, so, you must already know of what this is about. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!

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