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Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Singapore Metal Scene

Each week in "Unearthing the Metal Underground," we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week I am exploring the Singapore scene.

The music scene in Singapore is predominantly indie and pop, with the biggest musical output being from indie bands. Rarely is metal heard over the airwaves with the exception of a one-hour metal show every Saturday midnight on a Malay radio station (the main spoken language in Singapore is English, so that shows how little exposure to metal there is over here). However, this has not stopped a large number of metal bands from sprouting up in recent years, with the wide availability of alternative forms of music via the Internet.

Whether locally or over the Internet, here are three underground metal bands from Singapore worth checking out:

Draconis Infernum

Having been around for almost five years (they formed in 2005), Draconis Infernum has already gained a cult following despite having only released one full length album in 2007. They have even been invited to play in last year’s Barther Metal Open Air festival in Germany, alongside black metal giants like Urgehal and Koldbrann, being the only Asian band on the bill and also the third Asian band to ever set foot on that stage.

Live, they never fail to shine. With the departure of Kount Cider, drummer Serberuz has taken over vocal duties in addition to bass duties, with Syroth from Warsaw filling in the drum seat. Coupled with axe-wielders Xepher and Niloc’s furious trem picking, Draconis Infernum is often a crowd favourite, uniting all fans of metal (black or otherwise) and bringing the house down. Check out Draconis Infernum’s MySpace page here.

Draconis Infernum – "Belial Rising" (Barther Metal Open Air 2009)

Xanadoo

With their tongue-in-cheek lyrics, Xanadoo is certainly a very fun band to listen to and also a good introduction to music of the thrash metal/crossover genre. Playing music in the vein of bands such as Municipal Waste, their music never fails to bring a smile to a listener with their silly analogies, with lyrics on songs such as Man Vs. Fetus ("Fetus has come into town | Sucking on the peoples’ tit | An embryonic deformation | That wants the human race to die"). Listeners not from Singapore may find the lyrics meaningless and stupid, but Singaporeans will definitely find the things mentioned very familiar, since it deals mainly with issues that Singaporeans face in their lives (such as conscription). Check out Xanadoo’s MySpace page here.

Meza Virs

Formed in 2002, Meza Virs is one of Singapore’s leading gothic/melodic black metal acts. In 2003, the band released their first professionally filmed music video for the song "Tragic Vendetta," which is rarely seen in the Singapore metal scene, and has shared stage with other prominent bands such as Impiety and Abigail. The band then ceased all performing to focus on their debut album, "Vida Sacrificium Meum Est." Upon the release of the album in 2007, they were well received by the media and critics alike, and were invited to play in the Ultimate Metal Fest in Taiwan in 2008. In 2009, they were the first ever extreme metal band to play in Singapore’s renowned indie music festival, Baybeats, bringing to the masses their relentless brand of extreme metal. Check out Meza Virs’ MySpage page here.

Meza Virs – "Tragic Vendetta"

Certainly there are more quality metal bands in Singapore. So if you'd like to recommend some other good underground Singapore metal bands, please feel free to discuss them in the comments below.

Check back every Monday as we delve into a different scene or genre to unearth some new underground metal bands.

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Heavy Metal Tribune is a Singapore based e-zine focussing on metal in the Asian region. They have conducted interviews and done reviews on various metal bands in and around Singapore. You can view their articles on their website.

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1. HeavyMetalTribune writes:

we wanted to put in a few more bands, but 3 is too few :P

perhaps the next time! :D

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2. deathbringer writes:

Definitely welcome to do more! Nice job.

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3. Azkeel writes:

mighty hails to Heavy Metal Tribune team for the awesome work

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4. hellrat writes:

fvck...hell ya----glad to see it goin on out there.... honestly had no fvckin idea!!

the maza virs tune was fvckin bad ass....fvckin solid black

the 'doo is just fvcking rad....slick sh!t !!

ol draco needs a bit of work....but they look like pretty young dudes

cool as hell....singapore METAL !!!

right on...thanks from the states

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5. RTB writes:

I enjoyed it as well...great job...
Always love hearing about metal bands forming in countries across the globe that you would never ever think could come to form....if metal bands can form in iraq, india, sri lanka, indonesia, and singapore, they can form anywhere....again great piece and props to all 3 bands that were mentioned above as well....

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6. HeavyMetalTribune writes:

Draconis Infernum will be putting out a new full length (expected to be late 2010) and Meza Virs will be putting out a new EP this year.

Xanadoo's debut full length (Black. Death. Grind. sh**!) is already out, do contact the band for enquiries :) They are currently on tour (in Europe), so catch them if you can!

Thanks to all of you for your kind words!

# May 3, 2010 @ 10:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. HeavyMetalTribune writes:

Oh and just a footnote:

The line up for DI when they were performing at BMOA is as follows:

Session vocals/bass: King Aboroth from Dei Tetra and Plaguebringer (Thailand)
Guitars: Xepher and Niloc
Drums: Serberuz

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8. Rayze writes:

did Meza Virs accept the invitation?

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9. HeavyMetalTribune writes:

To the Taiwan Ultimate Metal Fest?

Yes, they did!

Read their blog here:
http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=15816447&blogId=451429410

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10. Rayze writes:

Too bad I missed them... Wow, I hope they come again!

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11. benign writes:

Draconis Infernum is definitely one hell of a band.. hail Singaporean Metal Scene.. nice job heavy metal tribune

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