(October 20, 2002)
headliner Dark Funeral are Singaporean bands such as Rudra, MeltgSnow,
Istiraj, Malaysians Sil-Khannaz and Surrender Of Divinity from Thailand.
A reunion of sorts, I met a few people from the underground metal
scene, including Mark Sawickis, from US horror gore band, Impetigo,
who specially came over to see the gig.
opened the show with a ravishing display of vedic metal. The sound
is there and they are well-established in the scene. Istiraj had
a vocalist who shrieked his way through almost all the songs. It
also made me wonder whether he cared about vocal phrasing. I had
to go out for a couple of minutes to give my poor ears a rest from
all that shrieking. Sil Khannaz were rock riff warriors who seeped
out from the speakers, into the air and into our spirits. Danni
and Meltgsnow gelled together with some old school thrash metal
with King Diamond vocals.
destroyers, Surrender Of Divinity are up next and they also had
a vocalist who shrieked his way through all of the songs. Was he
singing in Thai or English? Musically, the band is tight and I can
sense the improvements when they change from riff to riff.
it's time for Dark Funeral to show who can wield the axe the hardest.
I was hypnotised by the band's frontman, Caligula Magus. The vocals
are strong, I hear low-pitched and high-pitched vocals and even
some normal ones. They have succeeded in progressing musically while
retaining that Dark Funeral atmosphere. Hell, they made me punch
my fist in the air (and, trust me, I don't do that very often at
a black netal gig). Adam Md Yusop. Pictures by Fadila.