Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Metal Scene In Malaysia
Malaysia is a country that has really begun to make it's name known in the last few years. It's become a popular holiday destination, it has one of the most stable infrastructures in South East Asia and has become a major investing force in association football (soccer,) with Malaysian entrepeneurs buying into such football teams as Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City. But what is the music scene like in Malaysia? And more specifically, how is heavy metal treated there? A quick Google search will quickly bring up a BBC article from 2001, in which the Malaysian government declared a crack down on the genre. But there are still metal bands active in the constitutional monarchy, and this week we'll be looking at three of them.
First up is Humiliation, a band from the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur who provide an ear catching take on death metal, being influenced mostly by such British extreme metal pioneers as Benediction and Bolt Thrower. The group was formed in 2009 and spent three months recording their debut EP, "Face The Disaster," which was released in November that year through Nebiula Production. The next year, they were able to record and release their first full length effort, "Dawn Of Warfare," which (including an intro and an outro) contained a total of twelve tracks. Since then, the band has soldiered on, despite losing some members along the way, they have been able to continue writing new material, and released their second full length album, "Seek To Survive" in September of last year. The band has also branced out when it comes to touring, having recently played in such countries as Germany, Poland and Romania.
Humiliation - "Minefields"
Humiliation - "Brink Of Defeat"
Newcomers to the metal scene, Lavatory, may have only formed this year, but they are already starting to make a name for themselves, having signed to Pulverised Records this past August. Whilst their name may be quite humourous, their take on old school, mostly Swedish death metal certainly is not. They exhibit a sound clearly influenced by the likes of Entombed and Dismember and bring it right into the modern day. They released their debut EP, "Transgression" last Summer and are currently working on their first full length album.
Lavatory - "Blinded By Darkness"
Lavatory - "Side Of Sins"
Halun are a different kettle of fish from Lavatory and Humiliation entirely. The band is much less influenced by death metal, and more inspired by black metal with gothic melodies. Unlike the other two bands, Halun are currently unsigned, but they have been making their infectious brand of metal since 1996. Most recently, they released a Promo EP, "Celestial Minstrel Midnight," in the hope of finding themselves a new label, which they will no doubt find if they continue to demonstrate such energy and enthusiasm.
Halun - "As Dark As Midnight"
Halun - "Puteri Lindungan Bulan"
What did you think of this week's bands? Please feel free to comment about your favorite bands in this article in the comments below, and check back in next Monday as we continue to unearth more underground metal bands.
Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.
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