Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Singapore Scene, Part 2
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 looking into the Singapore scene once again.
In our previous article, we talked about three bands, namely Draconis Infernum, Xanadoo and Meza Virs. For this article, we will talk a bit about three death metal bands from Singapore.
Formed in early 2006, Assault has been a regular performer in local gigs. After four years and finally having a stable lineup, they are finally about to release their debut EP, "The Exceptions of the Rebellions." Assault plays a brand of melodic death metal, citing influences ranging from Arch Enemy to old school death metal bands. Covers of Bloodbath songs are a staple on their live shows, often drawing curious onlookers and instantly converting them into fans of the band. Vocalist Clarence’s vocals range from deep growls all the way to high pitched screeches. Backed by a solid instrumental section, they are definitely one band to watch out for. Check out Assault’s MySpace page here. Their debut EP is expected to be released in mid-January, 2011.
One of the most distinguished death metal bands out of Singapore, Vrykolakas has been in the metal circuit since 1991, spreading their brand of brutal death metal to the masses. Their resume includes having opened for Dismember for their show in Singapore. While having been pretty inactive in the live local scene recently, they are about to release their second full length album, "Unleashing Vrykolakas Upon Mankind."
Guitarist Khairil also owns Vrykoblast Records, the label originally formed to release Vrykolakas’ debut album and also a number of other bands, including Deathguy (Thailand), Divine Pustulence (USA) and other local brutal death metal acts such as Cardiac Necropsy and Nafrat. Check out Vrykolakas’ MySpace page here.
Itnos is one of the few technical death metal bands around. Headed by bassist Zul (also once from the Mighty Impiety), they have recently released their second EP, "Thru the Collonades," after a hiatus since 1995. The influences from technical death metal bands such as Necrophagist and Obscura are very obvious, but make no mistake, Itnos mixes influences from old school death metal bands such as Morbid Angel to their brand of music, something that they can rightfully call their own. In addition, they have previously performed in numerous gigs, including opening for Misery Index for their performance in Singapore. The band is currently writing their debut full length album. Check out Itnos’ MySpace page here.
Bassist Zul is also one of the co-owners of Singapore’s extreme metal gig organisers, Cynical Sounds, bringing in some of the biggest names in the underground metal such as Grave, Warbringer and Misery Index.
Certainly there are more quality death metal bands in Singapore. So if you'd like to recommend some other good underground Singapore death metal bands, please feel free to discuss them in the comments below.
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