Massacre Conspiracy - Lost Holocaust (2013)

Massacre Conspiracy (MC16) merupakan sebuah band beraliran Melodic Metalcore dari Kuala Lumpur. Antara muka2 baru yang menjadi perhatian ramai. Dengan usaha yang giat menjayakan gig2 seluruh Malaysia juga penyertaan siri Hammersonic 2012 di Jakarta, Indonesia serta show di Canada seakan meningkatkan lagi semangat 6 anak muda ini untuk terus kehadapan. Bermula dengan penubuhan sekitar 2008, mereka telal mengorak langkah dengan penghasilan single pertama bertajuk "Start Looking Towards The Sky" seterusnya menghasilkan demo CD bertajuk "The Prophecies" pada 2009. Kemudian beberapa single dihasilkan dan sebuah video klip profesional turut dihasilkan bertajuk Bloodless pada 2012. Setelah lama bertapa di studio Massacre Conspiracy muncul dengan sebuah album penuh yang sememangnya dinantikan tidak kira golongan muda atau yang berumur (yg berumur gua rasa nak cuba dengar kemampuan sebenar band ini) yang mana tajuknya Lost Holocaust pada 6/7/2013 setelah mengadakan tour serata Malaysia untuk promosi album ini.

Ash (Lead Vocals), Emy Syahmi (Drums), Sonny (Guitar/Vocals), Faiz Godoy (Guitar), Achong (Bass), Ax (Keys/Synth)

Art direction oleh Sla Muerta (Indonesia) dan MC16
Album layout oleh Emmevamp of Manvsha Art

Tracklist :

1 - Inception (Intro)
2 - Karma (Will Find You)
3 - The Moment Of Truth
4 - Nothing Can Stop Us
5 - All Hope Remains Dead
6 - Triangular Heart
7 - Lost In The Oblivion
8 - Obey (The Order)
9 - Wasted Youth
10 - Bloodless
11 - Running In Fear

Lost Holocaust melalui proses rakaman sepenuhnya di The Band Shop Studio. Nash Muhandes dipertanggungjawapkan dalam proses engineering, rakaman, mix dan mastering album ini. Kesemua lagu dan lirik dihasilkan oleh MC16 dan untuk track ke 5 terdapat undangan dibahagian nyanyian oleh Yasmin Mattew dari Maddthelin.

Untuk setiap track yang terakam di dalam Lost Holocaust, ianya merupakan himpunan lagu2 yang pernah dirakam terdahulu (dirakam semula dengan nafas baru) beserta 4 track terbaru iaitu The Moment of Truth, Triangular Heart, Lost In The Oblivion dan Wasted Youth. Keempat2 track ini belum bernah dipublish melalui mana2 medium termasuk video klip mahupun single. 

Massacre Conspiracy - Nothing Can Stop Us

Untuk album ini gua memilih beberapa track pilihan antaranya The Moment of Truth, All Hope Remains Dead, Triangular Heart, Nothing Can Stop Us yang terlebih dahulu dijadikan single sebelum launching album ini, Lost In Oblivion dan Wasted Youth. Track2 lain juga kental dari segi permainan instrument dan masih kedengaran padat dalam setiap komposisi lagu.

Secara keseluruhan boleh dikatakan Lost Holocaust adalah antara nafas baru dalam industri music berat Malaysia. Tidak perlu dipertikaikan berkenaan kualiti sound produksi album ini. Ianya ternyata terbaek dan mencapai tahap profesional album.

Musicwise boleh dikatakan MC16 yang pada awal kemunculan dibayangi As I Lay Dying, kini cuba lari dari pengaruh band tersohor tersebut. Pengaruh lain yang sedikit dapat gua hidu ialah mood2 seakan mendengar Dark Tranquility dimana riffing yang pada gua lebih kearah melodic guthernburg dan juga mood atmosphera yang dihasilkan oleh pemain keyboard (synth) mereka berjaya mewujudkan rasa sedikit suram dalam penyampaian lagu. Walaupun rata2 lagu kedengaran seakan meluapnya rasa marah namun music yang dihasilkan dan dimainkan ternyata tight dan kental! Pengaruh deathcore juga mungkin tidak dapat disangkal yang mana boleh jadi pengaruh Oceano boleh dihidu dan boleh jadi juga akan ada yang kata sedikit pengaruh Slamming Metal didalam beberapa riffing yang dihasilkan dalam sesetengah lagu. Seperkara yang menarik Massacre Conspiracy adalah band yang turut menyelitkan solo gitar didalam beberapa lagu2 mereka.

Ok, dapatkan Lost Holocaust dengan harga CD RM24.90 by hand atau RM30 by post atau RM60 pakej Official Tee + CD. Support mereka untuk melihat MC16 melangkah lebih jauh. Gua rasa mereka sudah bersedia...



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Flossy - Gelombang Curang (EP 2013)

Flossy merupakan sebuah band yang pada asalnya berkiblatkan music Grunge. Berevolusi dalam bermuzik menampakkan peningkatan dalam penulisan lagu2 yang telah terakam sepanjang pembabitan dalam dunia music tempatan semenjak ditubuhkan pada 1998. Bermula di Perlis, band bernama Flossy ini telah melahirkan beberapa rilisan yang agak berlainan konsepnya bagi setiap keluaran sehingga terkini apabila mereka tampak agak produktif menghasilkan lagu2 baru serta menjelajah setiap pelusuk negeri di Malaysia untuk menjayakan pertunjukan pentas. Terkini Flossy menghasilkan sebuah mini album berjudul Gelombang Curang yang mengandungi 5 buah lagu. Dikhabarkan juga Flossy masih mempunyai baki lagu2 terakam yang tidak dimuatkan didalam mini album ini dan sudah bersedia untuk merakamkan lagi lagu2 baru yang telah dicipta.

Zam (Vocal), Saifol (Guitar/Vocal), Ridzuan (Bass), June (Drums), Shahir (Keyboard)

Layout dan cover design oleh Zam
Album konsep oleh Flossy

Tracklist :

1 - Awan Mendung
2 - Now You Know
3 - Gelombang Curang
4 - Romance
5 - Need A Light

Gelombang Curang melalui proses rakaman di Audiomas Studio Setiawangsa dan penambahan rakaman lain berlangsung di Majesty Studio, Klang. Proses mix dan mastering di lakukan di Majesty Studio Klang. Tidak dinyatakan siapa yang bertanggungjawap dalam penyelenggaraan proses rakaman. Gelombang Curang di keluarkan oleh Muddive Records Music Entertainment.

Awan Mendung dijadikan lagu pembukaan boleh dikira satu tindakan bijak. Punya melodi, susunan dan permainan instrument menarik dari setiap line up. Agak "fresh" mendengar track sebegini. Terasa sdikit modern atau Flossy cuba berevolusi dengan apa yang mereka harungi saban tahun dalam percatuan music grunge yang dibawa mereka.

Now You Know juga menarik dari awal. Permainan keyboard/synth nampak menyerikan dan menutup segala kekosongan dalam lagu ini. Juga penyampaian serta lontaran vocal dari Zam jelas antara penarik untuk mendengar track2 berikutnya.

Gelombang Curang menjadi track berbahasa Melayu kedua, starting lagu yang seakan mengajak untuk berdansa. Agak berlain sedikit mood lagu ini yang kedengaran lebih happy dan susunan chorus yang benar2 menarik.

Romance antara track yang agak mendayu. Bersesuaian sekali dengan pembawaan vocal dari Zam yang juga bijak menghidupkan lagi lagu ini.

Need A Light bagi gua masih punya pengaruh kuat grunge nya berbanding track2 terdahulu. Masih ada bau2 Nirvana dan susunan lagu juga cara penyampaian vocal.

Dari segi sound produksi, tidak perlu dipertikaikan lagi kualiti akhir yang sedia didengar. Kesemua instrument kedengaran seimbang dan berada dalam kondisi terbaek. Mungkin pengalaman rakaman2 terdahulu menjadikan Flossy lebih matang dalam penghasilan produksi bunyi untuk rakaman kali ini.

Secara keseluruhan, Gelombang Curang seakan memberi nafas baru dalam dunia grunge tanahair. Mungkin kedengaran agak advance dari irama grunge asal seperti zaman Nirvana atau Mudhoney, kerana penggunaan keyboard, bunyi bunyian dari efek gitar serta permainan twin pedal namun gaya pembawaan grunge masih ada pada music garapan Flossy. Untuk Gelombang Curang mungkin kedengaran agak padat susunan lagu juga penyampaian vocal yang lebih matang dengan kemasukkan Zam dari band Vigil.

Gelombang Curang boleh didapati dengan harga RM10 by hand dan RM15 by post. Lawati link2 dibawah untuk urusan pembelian anda.Yeahhh...

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VotW: Edisi Ramadan

Hai, rasanya belum terlambat nak ucapkan selamat berpuasa kepada kawan-kawan kami yang Muslim! Minggu ni kita ikut tema Ramadan yea. Enjoy! Contramen pasti enjoy sebab dia dah jadi bapak budak sekarang, kahkah!




Shop Talk - Dead Beat Shop, Penang

Ah, it's been ages since I did my last interview (excluding Dark Funeral, which I have no plan of releasing it anytime soon, that's another story). Anyway, we've been around for almost 3 years, but in our experience we have never interviewed any merch shop. I think in order to support the scene, you don;t only support the bands, gigs and zines, but also shops. Because you can find almost everything in merch shops, just name it. From vinyl to cassettes, flyers to zine, shirts to flags..the possibilities are endless. I think there is no better shop to do the honour to be the first shop to be featured in DtE than Dead Beat Shop! This is quite a lengthy interview, so you might wanna brace yourself. It's not gonna bore the hell out of you, I promise!


Hi Dzul/Jill! First of all, a little introduction about yourself please.




Dzul: Hello there, I'm Dzul, I'm a village boy from Kedah where there's padi  fields all around my house. I then moved to this beautiful Penang island after in high school, working here, skating and hanging out with my buddies, going to a lot of metal and hardcore/punk shows here. I love eating. I'll eat anything especially the food with garlic on it, that's my favorite. I also loveeee coffee. Any kind of coffee I don't mind. I skate and go skimboarding twice a week. I ride my
cruising board everyday to the post office to mail all the customer's orders. I love buying/trading stuff (vinyl, tape or cd). I also love to draw if I'm in the mood and have an idea. But I'm a lazy artist. I did some artwork for some bands that I really like. I didn't recommend people asking me to do artwork for the cover album of their band because of my laziness. Plus my artwork sucks! I love movies! Any kind of movies. I'm a lucky man to have such a wonderful woman in my life who enjoys movies as much as I do. We don't just watch the movies. We take the quotes from the movies and apply them in our everyday life.

Jill: Hi! Well I’m Jill, an Italian-American living in Malaysia for the past four years. Not doing much of anything except running our shop, reading lots and lots of books and watching lots and lots of movies..


Jill! You're not from Malaysia, so what made you come and settle down here? What
do you like about Malaysia most?

Jill: That’s right, I’m originally a New Yorker. Well.. I used to come to Malaysia every six months or so to visit my best friends Mr. Man Berex and Mr. Masumi DiGiorgio of the bands Spermblast and Goresluts, and their families. I used to meet a lot of friends here, and eventually I met this long haired metal/punk skateboarder dude named Dzul. In 2009 I left my job at my previous label and as I had already bought a plane ticket to come and visit Malaysia again in a few weeks, I came here and just never went back. The thing I love about Malaysia most? I could name a lot of sentimental things but probably the one thing that makes me happiest is that there are so many people here that are as short as me. In America I got teased all my life for being so small, but here I see old ladies in the street that are actually smaller than me. It’s a good feeling. I feel like I’m among my own kind, the Hobbit people. (that got me cracked up - Ed)


Dzul! You used to have a distro called Kandar Mosh, do you still run it now that
you are operating Deadbeat with Jill?

Dzul: Kandar Mosh is still operating. At first, before we have Dead Beat Shop/Media, it's a label for my band's releases (Weot Skam) and some friend's bands. At first Kandar Mosh released mostly cassette in limited quantities like 100 - 200. Then I got excited about putting out some releases and trading with a lot of other labels. But now since we are busy with the Dead Beat Shop/Media and there's a lot of upcoming releases are planning, I slowed down a
lil bit of putting something out on Kandar Mosh. I also got frustrated on the higher shipping price rate that went up crazily in this year in Malaysia. I think now it's more about distributing stuff. But yes we'll be putting out the new Weot Skam CD under Kandar Mosh pretty soon. I think Kandar Mosh is kind of hardcore/fastcore/punk stuff while Dead Beat Media is more to metal/grind/death kind of stuff.


Now let's get to the important part of the interview. What the heck is Deadbeat
Shop?



Dzul: Dead Beat Shop name is the idea that came from Jill. It's the name of her sub label
called Dead Beat Media before when she was still in New York. I think it's a great name. We put "shop" in the back of the name as we concentrate on selling merch
in the shop.




Hey, maybe it would be fun if you two can list 5 reasons why we should come and
buy stuff at your shop, either by walk in or online, yeah?

1. We give the best prices we can possibly give (Raya sale, people! - Ed)
2. It is very hard to maintain a small shop, especially a Metal shop, so you should support local metal businesses!
3. We’re fun to talk to!
4. Because the editors of Dissecting the Euphony like us.. so should you! (Yes, we do! - Ed)
5. We need money so we can buy a house on the beach!


Now, who is this skeleton drummer guy in your stickers logo and even on the
metal shutters at your shop? Does he have a name?

Jill: That’s a good question. He never had a name, but if you can come up with a good one, let us know and we’ll use it. That logo was created by Adam Geyer (www.adamgeyer.com) in 2006 or 2007. He intended to use it just for his own artwork, but as soon as I saw it I lost my mind and had to have it. So I convinced him to let me use it for Dead Beat Media. The skeleton boy beating a drum was perfect – a ‘Dead’ Beat, get it? Haha. 


The drummer of Nile used to have a fanzine called “Dead Beat” that was dedicated to drummers. So when I saw this
drummer boy I immediately thought Dead Beat would be a cool name for the label along with this logo, and not bad for a tribute name to the mighty Nile, wouldn’t you agree? (I know you’ll agree because you are the ultimate Nile fan!!) (All hail Pharaoh Karl and his men! -Ed)

Dzul: I think we just called him "Drummer Boy" if you can consider that as a "name"?



I assume Deadbeat Shop runs 7 days a week, now what would you two do on you day
off?

Jill: On Wednesdays I sit home and do nothing. You’ve probably noticed that I post more pictures of talking cats on your Facebook page on Wednesdays than any other day of the week. (Hahahahahaha yes! - Ed)

Dzul: I will surely go to the beach on Wednesday (our only day off) for a skimboarding or surfing. Sometimes if the wave condition is not that good, I'll go to skatepark to skate. The day off is important to us. Sometime me and Jill go out to the Botanical gardens (if Jill is up for it) where there's a lot of monkeys coming out to look for some food. We enjoy walking there while giving them some peanuts. Wednesday also is the day where we go check out movies in the cinema. It's cheaper on Wednesday. And we will have dinner before the movie in our favorite restaurant. (This is a life that I always wanted to, tbh - Ed)


Dzul, I had the time to visit you and Jill at the shop last year and it was hilarious when I came to the shop way too early from its opening hours! Jill even made my photo wailing in front of the shop as DB shop profile photo for weeks! Now, let's say I'm going to visit Penang again next year, where would be the best place for makan hunting?


This is what happened if you're too excited to shop and forgotten the operating hours. Next time, call first.

Dzul: I think the good and easy place to eat in Penang for an outsider is all around the center of town. If you come to Komtar (Dead Beat Shop), you can just walk from there to Penang Road (where you can find all time favorite legendary Chendol). And then also in Penang Road just straight to the line you can have Nasi Kandar at Line Clear although it use to be cult legendary eating place. But now it's too mainstream and quite expensive though. Still, it's worth trying sometime. It's easy to find for foreigner/visitor. From Penang Road you can just go down to Chulia Street to Little India where you can find indian food. Really delicious eating rice on the banana leaf. 



If you have a car or a friend that can drive you around Penang, you can try more food in other places. Place like Deen Nasi Kandar, or Nasi Kandar Imigration, Nasi Beratur or you can try Nasi Beriani at Kapitan (Jill likes it) or maybe you can go up the hill to Balik Pulau to have delicious Mee Udang. You can try Pasembor or laksa at Padang Kota but my favorite is chinese laksa at Weldquay next to Jetty Ferry. At night maybe you can go to Gurney Drive to have some delicious rojak. There's a lot more. Maybe we can bring you somewhere when you are here. (Editing this section during puasa really put me to test. Food! - Ed)


Tell me about Deadbeat Media.

Jill: I formed Dead Beat around 2007. It was originally not a death metal label but actually a label that released instrumental/horror soundtrack albums with the intention of eventually supplying the scores for real horror movies. We only had one release though, Anima Morte “Face the Sea of Darkness”. Anima Morte is a band from Sweden but they play instrumental/horror soundtrack progressive rock in the vein of the Italian band Goblin. Really amazing stuff, and the album is still available from us. You can check it out on our bandcamp page. I was going to do other releases with other incredible bands like Conspirators of the Occult (you must check these guys out, they were like Ghost before Ghost existed.. only
better) and another project involving Slasher Dave of the band Acid Witch. Unfortunately the label closed in 2009 because I was moving to Malaysia and wasn’t sure about my future in the music business. But the name and logo were too good to kill off so in 2010 when Dzul and I decided to open a shop, we brought the name back. And in 2011 when we decided to start a new label together, it was only natural that we’d start using the name for that again as
well, only this time it’s a metal label instead of a horror soundtrack label..


Dzul, I assume you are into surfing/skating. Tell me the best spot to surf in Penang, or Malaysia. Will Deadbeat sells surboard/skateboard anytime soon?

Dzul: I surf when there's a big wave. Penang Moonson is on Mid August to End of October. I'm more into skimboarding since the waves here are more suitable for that sport. Skimboarding trains me to be fit. It has given me a strong feeling for the beach and the waves. I love sunset. I love sitting at the beach, feeling the wind  while having coffee and looking at the waves. It makes me feel good. The best skim/surf sport in Penang should be in Tanjong Tokong or Batu
Ferringgi. I've skated since I'm 14 years old. Now it's been almost 20 years. I'm not pro. I never got any serious injury in skating. I go to  the skatepark to skate when the water is flat (that sucks!). Anyway I skate everyday in front of the shop. Imight not do some flip trick or so but I still roll. We did sell some skimboards and skateboards some time ago. But it's seems out of
the concept for the shop (because not many customers are coming to the shop to buy boards). I think if we are gonna sell skateboard next time, it's must be some kind of band skateboard or something like that. There's some skateboards like that.


 I myself collect some band skateboards. I have Municipal Waste skateboard, Black Dahlia Murder, Dark Throne, Iron Maiden, Cross Examination and Damage Deposit skateboards. I'm still hunting for more, when I have money of course :p But I don't know how can we get the wholesale just for all the band skateboards. So... Let us stay for a while just like this. (Darkthrone deck! Whoa! -Ed)










Jill, what's with your Grumpy + Nyan Cat obsessesion? Will you adopt Kuala Deville (a stray cat that has been chilling around the shop) as your shop's mascot? Don't want to visit Grumpy next time you balik kampung to US?

Jill: It’s all your fault! Hahaha. I didn’t even know who Grumpy Cat was until you introduced me to her, and now I can’t get her out of my head. Actually it goes back even further than that, to when you introduced me to Nyan Cat and I lost my mind playing the 24 hour video version. I have to say that there’s something about sharing pictures of talking cats with you, especially talking
cats with anger management problems, that really makes my day. Thanks for bringing Grumpy into my life.

Jill posted this on my Facebook, discussing the probability of my Metallica ticket got eaten by cat. The cat below is Grumpy Cat.

 I think you, me and Dzul should start a new label called Kuala DeVille Records. It’s kind of a brilliant name. Well Grumpy never answered my emails when I asked her for a meeting so I probably won’t get to see her when I balik kampung. It’s ok though, I still have Kuala!

This photo got into the photo folder they sent to us. We assume it's Kuala Deville, the diabolical cat.

What do you love most about operating a merch shop? Any dislikes?

Dzul: I've worked in a hotel as a housekeeping/room cleaner when I finished high school, then continued to go to college - graduated and then worked in a lot of different places as gas attendent, production in a factory, to a technician in another factory then as a draughtsman in architectural firm. Lots of firms. I never stayed long. I just can't. I hate all the bosses! Whether I resign or they kick me out that's how my normal life is. The shop is the longest work I have ever done in my life. I'm happy in what we are doing now. Of course sometime we just make enough only to pay some bills and eat some rice. But this is our freedom. Money is always important (we dream of buying a house in Hawaii - I guess we can never get that target) but opening
Dead Beat Shop is about doing and being surrounded by what you love. 



Jill: I love being my own boss, get to sleep as late as I want, and just live our lives every day surrounded by metal and extreme music. It’s a dream life really. The thing that I really dislike though is, of corpse, having to hustle to pay the bills, always worrying if we can survive from month to month. The worrying kills a lot of the fun. But I think if we can live our lives the way we
want to with nobody telling us what to do, then it is worth not having much money for sure!


Let's talk about bands! What's your favorite playlist at the moment, Jill/ Dzul?

Dzul: Midnight "Satanic Royalty" is the best album in the past 2 years and still is (in my opinion). This band plays some kind of NWOBHM with an evil spirit. Even though Midnight was formed in 2003, Satanic Royalty is their only full length so far and really kicks ass. The new Machetazo "Ruin" album is really good too! Spanish slaps grind hot cold transition slow doom. Damn good. I also listen to Ilsa (US crust/death/doom) a lot in the shop. I just discover them with the "Tutti Il Colori Del Buio" cd that we distro in our shop. I really want to buy all their stuff next time. I sometimes listen to my own band (Weot Skam) new songs in a car. It's gonna be out in cd real soon in this year. When me and Jill are going out for dinner, we play Van Halen songs on car stereo (David Lee Roth era only, of corpse). Or Danzig, Neil Young, Black Sabbath, Midnight, Motorhead..

Sometimes Dead Beat goes mobile. Don't be surprised to see their booth at your nearest gig.

Jill: Dzul got me addicted to Midnight and Marjinal, two very different bands that only someone like Dzul could persuade me to check out. I’ve been hit with Marjinal fever after seeing their show last month. Other than that, my playlist the past few weeks has been pretty weird. Not full albums but just one or two songs from various bands here and there (I’m a victim of the iPhone shuffle function). The new Machetazo, Type O Negative, Engorged, Toxic Holocaust, Queen, Lita Ford, Atomicdeath, Hooded Menace, Paganizer, Humiliation, Billy Idol, Gruesome Stuff Relish, Warmaster, Fondlecorpse, ‘Til Tuesday, Ritchie Valenz, Mordenial and as always, David Lee Roth and Van Halen.. well I told you it was weird. The new Machetazo album, “Ruin”, is their best album yet. It’s really a return to their roots but darker, more sadistic and brooding than ever!! Dzul is the one who is really hungry for new music and always seeking out new bands. I kind of just go with the flow and listen to whatever is available at the moment. If I really like a song I’ll just listen to that over and over again until I get sick of it. The current song I play about 50 times a day is "T.A.P." by Midnight (Cover song). (Mine is way probably weirder, K-Pop, Metal, Jazz all in one playlist! - ed)




Any bands we should check out from Deadbeat?

Jill: You should check ‘em all out! Humanity Delete – Swedish death metal with grind/punk influences and lyrics about Asian ghosts (written by me!) and featuring Rogga Johansson (Paganizer, Ribspreader, Revolting, etc). The Rotted – Nihilistic D-Beat Death Metal from the UK featuring ex-members of Gorerotted, Extreme Noise Terror and Cradle of Filth. Then we have the Warmaster/Humiliation split 7” which is of course crushing military death metal in the vein of Bolt Thrower. And upcoming we have a new crossover thrash band done by our friends in Hooded Menace which doesn’t have a name yet but it’s killer stuff in the vein of
early D.R.I., Cryptic Slaughter, etc.


Alrightttt, dedication time! Any last words before we end this interview?

Dzul: thanks for the interview and all the support. It's great honor sir! Good luck in everything you do my friend. Cheersss!

Jill: Thank you so much for this interview my friend! It’s a great honor for us to be featuring on your website. I hope this interview was worthy of the space! Thanks!

If you are looking for band merch and stuff, Dead Beat is the place! In conjunction with Raya, they are now having a sale! So go check em out! Tell them Dissecting the Euphony sent you! Dead Beat Shop can be reached at:

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or you can just walk in to the shop if you happen to be in Penang! Don't worry, they are nice!


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DIED / Putrefied Remains - Split 2003

Kedua2 band ini boleh dikatakan agak baru diwujudkan antara setahun dua ini namun jika dilihat pada line up kedua2 band, nama2 yang terlibat seakan tidak asing lagi dalam memeriahkan arus muzik bawah tanah kita. DIED merupakan sebuah band yang lahir kerana kewujudan Death dan diakui sendiri mereka adalah band saduran Death, manakala Putrefied Remains merupakan sebuah band yang membawa genre Black Metal saduran Greece. Kedua2 band merupakan band yang berpijak dibumi Perak. masing2 telah menghasilkan demo dan rasanya Split CD ini mengaja dilahirkan sebelum kedua2nya bakal mengeluarkan album penuh selepas ini.

 Dr Bentara - Voc/Guitar, Dark-E - Guitar, Pogie Mutilator - Bass, Azimuth Lan - Drum

 NekroShaman - All Vocals, Thalexi Mastha' - Guitars, Warhammer - Drums, Jie Mutilator - Bass

Cover imej oleh Faizal Abd Fathi.

Tracklist :

DIED
1 -  Death By Leprosy
2 - Only Death In Zombieland

Putrefied Remains
3 - In Gloomy Darkness Mourning
4 - Riders Of Doom

Kedua2 lagu dari Putrefied Remains telah menjalani proses rakaman oleh Jie Mutilator sekitar September 2012. Beliau turut menjadi juru adun dan bertanggungjawap dalam proses mastering. Bagi DIED pula dinyatakan segala kerja2 teknikal studio dilakukan oleh orang yang sama..hahaha..

DIED memulakan upacara apabila Death By Leprosy menjadi track pembukaan Split CD ini. Ya memang tepat mood dan feel Death digarap baek dalam lagu ini. Riffing yang agak berbau Death Metal Florida diatur cantek serta paduan drum dan solo gitar yang agak laju digayakan dengan berjaya oleh DIED.




Only Death In Zombieland bermula agak doom pada awalannya sebelum verse pertama bersama nyanyian terus menukar mood awal lagu. Agak menderu stroke drum dan bedilan pedal dari pemain drum DIED. Solo gitar memang sedap dan menarik sebelum ianya menjadi ribut.

In Gloomy Darkness Mourning dari Putrefied Remains sebenarnya track yang telah dimasukkan didalam rilis format tape sebelum ini. Masih ental dengan feel Greece Metal yang sangat pekat. Ok, gua tak mau review lebih2 lagu ni sebab gua dah review tape ni. Boleh baca di sini.

Riders Of Doom merupakan sebuah track terbaru yang telah dimaklumkan tidak disertakan didalam album penuh bertajuk “Novus Ordo Seclorum" yang akan menjengah selepas ini. Kredit kepada pembeli Split CD ini barangkali. Hahaha.. Ok, sebuah track yang agak mendatar flow nya. Tahap kelajuan juga masih terkawal dan tidak mengejar tempo yang pantas. Menarik mood dari layer keyboard yang menjadi latar lagu. Solo gitar jugak makin menarik dan pada gua makin lama makin hebat pulak jika dibandingkan dengan rilisan2 terdahulu. Hahaha..

Dari segi teknikalnya, ada perbezaan sound produksi antara DIED dan Putrefied Remains. Sound keseluruhan DIED pada gua mungkin boleh di polish lagi agar menjadi semakin sedap. Haha.. Ini mungkin hasil yang sengaja di bikin barangkali untuk membuatkan pendengar rasa tak sabar nak tunggu rilisnya album mahupun EP sebenar dari DIED yang sebenarnya telah pun siap menjalani proses rakaman sebelum ini. Bagi Putrefied Remains pula gua beranggapan music mereka dah memang enak dilayan tambahan ketelitian dari proses rakaman dan mixing yang memang solid dan clean. Kita tunggu sahaja album penuh mereka bertajuk “Novus Ordo Seclorum" pula selepas ini.

Secara kesimpulannya gua boleh mengatakan Split CD ini ada baeknya dimiliki oleh pendengar2 yang masih mengharapkan sinar music2 Old School. Death Metal dari Florida garapan DIED dan Greece Metal penangan Putrefied Remains antara sesuatu yang sudah jarang2 untuk kita dengar ketika ini setelah dominasi music metal masakini lebih terdorong kearah Melodic Metal, Metalcore, Modern Metal dan tak lupa juga bak cendawan tumbuh selepas hujan dengan lahirnya band2 Black Metal yang memilih konsep Raw. Hubungi Metal Porn Productions untuk copies anda dengan harga RM10 by hand atau RM16 by post sebelum ianya sold out!!!!

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Promo: Soylent Zine #1 is on sale now!

Hello! It's been ages since I post my last review! I've been caught up with so much work I don't even have time to clean up my room, even more writing reviews!

So today won't be a review or anything. It's just a short promo for my friend. Have you heard of Soylent Zine? From the creative force of Deadbeatshop/husband and wife tag team, Soylent Zine #1 is now on sale! 






Actually, it's already on a second reprint, they might sold out anytime soon, so hurry! Soylent Zine is yours for RM8/USD 5 not including postage. I let Jill do the talking now!

Jill, why should we get this Zine of yours?

Hullo!

1. The issue is a tribute to Fondlecorpse, one of the greatest underground Death Metal bands ever, so it's worth buying just for that!
2. The zine is pro-printed, 90 pages, and packed with information
3. It has some really fun and great interviews with bands and people like Kam Lee, Fondlecorpse, Machetazo, Hooded Menace, Rotgut and more!
4. The zine has a Jenglot as the 'host', and he contributed some awful poetry
5. The Jenglot demands blood from us every single day, so we have become weak and need your money to buy vitamins.

Folks, I got my copy already, and the zine is good.Really. But don't take my word for it, go grab yourself a copy! Head to Soylent Zine FB or call Deadbeat Shop 012-446 0316 straightaway!

Blackstar Rising - Barber Wire Soul (1997)

Sebelum Carcass muncul dengan album terbaru bertajuk Surgical Steel pada September 2013, apakata gua tulis sikit pasal band yang menggunakan nama Blackstar ini kerana Blackstar merupakan projek band kepada line up Carcass iaitu Jeff Walker (vocal/bass), Ken Owen (drums) dan Carlo Regadas (guitars) serta seorang lagi pemain gitar iaitu Mark Griffiths yang pernah menganggotai band Doom Metal bernama Cathedral. Barber Wire Soul merupakan sebuah album penuh yang rilis pada 1997 dibawah label Peaceville Records. Genre yang berlainan jika dibandingkan dengan apa yang pernah mereka hasilkan bersama Carcass kerana Blackstar memperjuangkan music 70's Rock/Metal yang lebih straight forward. Info tambahan berkenaan band ini ialah mereka telah menukar nama kepada Blackstar Rising setelah mendapati ada band lain menggunakan nama Blackstar lebih awal dari mereka.

 Jeff Walker (vocal/bass), Ken Owen (drums), Carlo Regadas (lead guitars), Mark Griffiths (rhythm guitars)

Cover sleeve oleh Dirk Ruldolph

Tracklist :

1. Game Over
2. Smile
3. Sound of Silence
4. Rock'n'Roll Circus
5. New Song
6. Give Up the Ghost
7. Revolution of the Heart
8. Waste of Space
9. Deep Wound
10. Better the Devil
11. Instrumental

Barber Wire Soul diterbitkan oleh Collin Richardson. Melalui proses rakaman Parr Street Studio sekitar Mac 1997. Dave Buchanan menjadi sound engineer rakaman manakala proses mixing dilakukan oleh Ewan Davies di Chapel Studio sekitar April 1997. Proses mastering dilakukan oleh Ian Anderson di Studio Battery.

Beberapa lagu menarik yang lebih kearah Rock n Roll yang solid disertakan sedikit penangan Metal boleh didengari melalui album ini. Jauh menyimpang dari apa yang pernah dihasilkan bersama band2 nya sebelum ini namun gua pernah terbaca Jeff Walker menyatakan bahawa apa yang dilakukan bersama Blackstar Rising ini adalah "root" asal music yang mereka mainkan. Mungkin ia bermaksud asas kepada apa yang dilakukan dalam penulisan lagu2 yang tidak bersifat ekstrim untuk band2 nya.

Untuk album ini gua memilih track bertajuk New Song sebagai lagu pilihan. Agak gerek dan terasa ingin berdansa dengan apa yang dihasilkan. Hahahaha..

Juga untuk pasaran Japan, album ini menyelitkan lagu2 dari demo pertama mereka yang menjadikan penambahan 8 buah lagu termasuk beberapa cover song seperti "The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill" dari Husker Du, "Running Back" oleh Thin Lizzy dan "Peacedog" dari The Cult.

Selain dari Blackstar Rising, Jeff Walker turut menghasilkan sebuah album solo dengan menggunakan nama Jeff Walker Und Die Fluffers dan sebuah album penuh dihasilkan bertajuk Welcome to Carcass Cuntry, dan rilis pada 9 May 2006 dibawah label Fractured Transmitter Records. Bill Steer dan Ken Owen turut terlibat didalam album solo yang lebih kearah Country dan Blues ini.

Beberapa info menarik berkenaan Blackstar Rising boleh diperolehi melalui google atau anda boleh melayari laman web yang dibina menceritakan serba sedikit berkenaan band ini melalui link yang kami sediakan dibawah preview song dari laman youtube dibawah ini.

Blackstar Rising - New Song

Blackstar

Alternative Connection (1994)

Antara kompilasi band2 bawah tanah yang boleh dikira antara khazanah dan sejarah dalam halatuju muzik bukan Metal yang wujud di Malaysia. Di terbitkan pada 1994 dibawah Dark Journey Records yang merupakan sebuah label yang lebih menitikberatkan rilisan2 gelap dari bakat2 tempatan, kompilasi bertajuk Alternative Connection seakan menyaingi kompilasi2 music indie seperti A Circle of Friends dan The Beginning. Menampilkan 4 buah band seperti Psycho Sonique, Twice, Rogue Covet dan Voiceout, kompilasi ini menggabungkan beberapa genre dari Indie Punk (kebanyakkan band indie pada ketika ini punya pengaruh kuat dan beraliran Punk) hingga ke Hardcore.


 Tracklist :

 Psycho Sonic

1 - I'm Gonna Crash
2 - Sick
3 - I Don't Give A Damn

Penampilan menarik dari Psycho Sonique iaitu band all girl dari Singapura yang membawa pengaruh Punk dan seingat gua sekitar penghujung 90an ketika berkunjung ke studio2 jamming maka akan kerap kali juga lagu I'm Gonna Crush akan dimainkan band2 beraliran sama ketika itu.

Twice

4 - Destroy That World
5 - Madness
6 - Twice

Twice walaupun sedikit keras alunan music nya mungkin mencampurkan elemen hardcore dari riffing namun pembawaan vocalnya membuatkan pendengar sedikit confuse adakah Twice menggunakan vocal lelaki atau perempuan. Haha..

Rogue Covet

7 - Hypnotize Eyes
8 - Glory Daze
9 - Reinvent The Myth Of All Ages

Rogue Covet paling Indie jika didengar pada music ciptaan mereka. Agak santai dan meminimakan bunyian distort pada gitar. Ada pengaruh blues pada lagu2 dan seperti kedua2 band diatas entah kemana menghilang band ini..Haha.. Seperkara yang menarik pada gua berkenaan band ini, Rogue Covet punya music yang bagus dan ada kala seperti mendengar Led Zeppelin dan seangkatan. 

Voiceout

10 - Suffer... Till When
11 - Times
12 - Empty Dreams

Voiceout mungkin merupakan antara band paling heavy dan keras didalam album ini. Straight forward hardcore yang kental dan penuh semangat old school!Ketiga2 lagu yang disampaikan ternyata hebat dan kepada pembaca yang baru mula mengenali atau cuba menubuhkan band hardcore mungkin perlu serba sedikit mengetahui berkenaan band ini daripada otai2 hardcore yang anda kenali.. Yeahhh!

Alternative Connection merupakan antara salah satu kompilasi yang patut termaktub didalam sejarah music indiependent tempatan. Mempertaruhkan 4 buah band yang gua rasa semuanya telah berkubur dan diriliskan dibawah label muzik gelap tempatan Dark Journey Records (RIP). Album ini boleh dikatakan agak bagus dari segi sound produksi serta penglibatan band2 nya. Cuma agak sedikit ralat kerana kekurangan infomasi pada cover sleeve nya dari segi pengenalan line-up band serta detail berkaitan keempat2 band (pembaca boleh komen entry ni berkongsi info) yang terlibat.

Ok, itu sahaja dan jika ada anda yang ingin berkongsi info berkenaan kompilasi ini dialu2kan untuk memberi komen.. Sebagai penutup kami sertakan sebuah lagu dari Psycho Sonique bertajuk I'm Gonna Crash.

Psycho Sonique - I'm Gonna Crash

Subculture - 365 Days Of Punk Rock (2013)

Merupakan album penuh ke4 dengan menggunakan tajuk 365 Days Of Punk Rock, band yang boleh dikatakan otai dalam arena Punk Rock tanahair ini sememangnya dinantikan oleh pendengar serta peminat mereka. Subculture kali ini bersama formasi line up terkini dan Azreen masih memegang tampok utama selaku frontman masih kekal dapat penghasilan album terbaru ini.

 Azreen - Vocals/ 2nd Guitar
Fao - 1st Guitar
Kabin - Bass
Meor "The Kid" - Drums

Artwork oleh Fsrlism/Possessed Remains

Tracklist :

 1 - At Most Fear
2 - 3iga6ban5ima (Generasi Nyata)
3 - Meaningless Days
4 - Irama Amarah (Featuring Andy Flop Poppy)
5 - Direction
6 - Mimpi Replika
7 - Monster Mind
8 - Ticket To The Moon (Bonus Track)
9 - Bunyi Gitar (Bonus Track)
10 - Menari Di Angkasa (Featuring Mira Tilu)

365 Days Of Punk Rock melalui proses rakaman di Greenhouse Studio (kesemua lagu baru), Playtime Studio (untuk track Ticket To The Moon dan Bunyi Gitar) dan Pertama Music Studio (untuk track Menari Di Angkasa). Sound engineer untuk album ini diselenggara oleh Tom Bollock di Greenhouse Studio manakala Nick Lee dipertanggungjawapkan untuk proses mastering yang di lakukan di Ark Studio.

Untuk album ini gua berpendapat ianya antara produk terbaek dari Subculture dari segi penulisan lagu, melodi vocal (dinyatakan Andy Flop Poppy merupakan vocal guide untuk album ini) dan unsur catchy memang tidak dapat lari dari struktur penciptaan dan riffing yang digunakan dalam setiap lagu. Susunan selang seli antara track berbahasa Inggeris dan Bahasa Melayu (dari track 1 sehingga 7) seakan menjadi taktik memancing pendengar untuk mendengar setiap track yang disediakan. Walaupun track pertama At Most Fear kedengaran pekat elemen Punk nya namun ianya masih boleh dihadam dan tidaklah terlalu heavy untuk muncung di corong radio barangkali. 3iga6ban5ima (Generasi Nyata) juga menarik namun 2 buah track yang benar2 menarik perhatian gua ialah Irama Amarah yang memperlihatkan duet antara Azreen dan Andy Flop Poppy (video disediakan dibawah ini nanti) dan Direction yang rancak tetapi punya kekuatan melodi yang catchy pada chorus lagunya.

Subculture - Irama Amarah (Featuring Andy Flop Poppy)

3 buah track bonus juga menarik iaitu Ticket To The Moon yang sememangnya catchy, Bunyi Gitar iaitu lagu tribute untuk album penghargaan kepada Allahyarham P.Ramlee serta duet bersama Mila Tilu untuk track Menari Di Angkasa. Sayang sekali album ini tidak disertakan track Dillema yang pada gua antara track menarik ciptaan Subculture sekembalinya mereka untuk aktif dipersada music tanahair.

Secara keseluruhan gua dapat simpulkan Subculture dari segi penulisan music serta lirik sudah menampakkan kematangan yang sangat jelas sesuai dengan usia penglibatan mereka dari awal kemunculan sehingga kini. Jika dari pembabitan rakaman profesional mereka ketika kompilasi A Circle Of Friend (1994) dan kemudiannya album pertama Love And Hate (1994), anda akan dapat merasakan peningkatan dalam mutu penulisan lagu sehingga kepada album kedua Time Knock (1997) dan Retrofungus (2002). Untuk kompilasi Banyak Bunyik (2011) adalah lebih jelas kematangan ditunjukkan dalam penulisan lagu dimana sebuah lagu berbahasa Melayu bertajuk Dillema (tidak disertakan dalam album ini) kedengaran sangat catchy serta Ticket To the Moon memang antara buah tangan terbaek Subculture setelah diam tanpa sebarang rakaman profesional sejak 2002.

Dapatkan Subculture - 365 Days Of Punk Rock (2013) dalam format digipak CD ini di toko2 music sekitar anda dengan harga RM25.90.

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