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SARCASTIC was formed in the middle of September 1992, which is by now they are a forefather of extreme metal in Kedah, known in ancient time as the capital kingdom of Malay land called ‘Nagara Kedah’. The band in the old days was heavily influenced by ROTTING CHRIST, VARATHRON, NECROMANTIA and MOONSPELL without forgetting the old masters like SODOM, MORBID ANGEL, SORCOFAGO and BATHORY. They recorded a debut demo “Gather For Last” in April 1994 which contains 3 tracks but only available for friends.
This interview was done in 1998 and its seem the band has been laid down to rest today. Anyway, you might get an interesting info here...
Anything to say before we started this interview?
Hi there, I’m Evilheart here which will answer this interview and hopefully you’ll enjoy to read this.
How’s the “Demo 1998” going on? Tell us about the recording, selling and your satisfactory?
“No Mercy at All” was recorded at Kris Studio, Alor Setar and we took in about 2 days to finish all of it. So far, the selling is quite good for us. Untill this interviews were answered, almost 100 copies were sold... I guess and it mostly spreaded around the north region. We also satisfied with this demo compared to the previous one (Gather For Last) which can’t reach our satisfaction.
How do you describe in the demo? I means the lyrics? Tell something about all the bewitching hymns?
Our lyrics is mainly discussing about something like ancient wars, mystical tales/art, vengeance, violence, life, killing, history, etc.. which we thought suit to perform it within metal music. Yes! We believe that metal needs something hard, violence, full of cruelty, etc.. and so on with the lyrics.
How about your sound, people said Sarcastic’s sound similiar to Greek’s sound. Do you agree?
Frankly, I don’t agree with that but in the same time I accept what they want to say about it. Maybe “Into Ritual” have alot of similiarities within Greece sound, but for me not all those songs in “No Mercy At All” influenced by Greece’s bands. The other songs like “ The Hour Of The Battlefield”, “Devilkiss” may be different compared to Greece’s sound. Anyway it’s up to you to decide...
Oh, I almost forget to ask you about the band’s history? Why do you form this band?
About our band history I think you better see it in our bio. And the reason why we forming this band is simply to show our expression/taste/feeling, etc in metal and also to give to the U/G scene what we’ve got and of course we want to share it with them. We did this scene we start and still do it untill now...
What do you think about Malaysian Death Metal scene? And what do you think about old-school metal which became fashion lately?
Death metal scene actually is still alive but no as the same as ever because nowadays our scene is highly recovered by black, gothic, atmospheric, ambient, etc.. . We still have a death metal band untill today such as Silent Death, Braindead, etc and lately Tandus, Mandatory, etc. As I’ve told you above the situation is never the same as before coz now it seems like the subject above rules not only our scene but almost everywhere now. I’m glad if some band start to play back the 80’s metal influences because the old –school stuffs have a lot of originalities and quite unique too. But the band should do it honestly, not just follow the trend. That’s all I think.
When we looks to eastern band now, many of them begin to talk about Malay Magic, Malay epic and poetry and other patriotic stuffs. Would Sarcastic follows them? What do you think about traditional Malay Magic?
What can I say about that, I’m glad to see this thing going on. We should be proud to talk about our own stuffs because it also can buil-up our own identity. Yes! Eastern image. It’s wasting if we still talk about Viking, snow, etc which quite not related with our scene. But for Sarcastic we are not 100% into that stuffs. This not means we disagree with that matter. Since we start, our lyrics is mainly about something violence especially about war, revenge, etc. So we just want to keep that thing moving and that was our identity I guess...
To every darksouls the forest holds something special, unique, mysterious and powerful. Do you agree?
I’m not sure about this. It’s depends on how they feel and of course forest have alots of mysterious thing inside. The story about ‘bunian’, ‘penunggu’, ‘pontianak’, etc. Is highly related within the forest and maybe this all things gave them the inspiration to feel the forest hold something horror, mystic and tons of mysterious thing inside. But don’t forget that forest also hide a lt of wild-life especially the dangerous one like snake, tiger, lion, etc. Ha! Ha! Ha!
At this time, any serious record labels interested to release your material?
We actually just have a deal with North Poem Records ( a new label risen up from Kedah ) recently. They agreed to distribute our demo. So for now, everybody who want to try our stuffs, you can get it through North Poem Records.
Our future plans is to record another material but not in this current moment. From now we just want to concentrate on “No Mercy At All”.
Some epiloque for this interview?
Thanks Remmy for this interview and for those outside there who supported us, we appreciate it and thanks a lot.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Dibawah jaket Sodom itulah amp Fender yang aku musnahkan. heh!
Children of the Damned yang memusnahkan amp aku pula. hah!
Monday, October 12, 2009
The good things about Yen, he only guy understood what I wanted in my music. He can appreciate my control in the band and his attitude is the best. HE never interested in playing with other bands. Even if I’m not around, he rather not playing guitar at all than to play with other bands. That’s what I truly admire about him.
Looking back in time, we both formed The Ravens ( Black/Thrash Metal band) back in 1999 and now we still together with Au Revoir, which is 10 years now. We’re innocent, unskilled musicians when we first touched our instruments of choice. I remember Boy Rahim, I remember Wanwarlock, I remember Diken, I remember Ijan, I remember Ciwi, I remember all of us drove in Wanwarlock's mini car to M.A Studio. Damn! Ciwi came to my studio just a few minutes ago, and he’s the first guy I give the chance to listen to the new songs. HE was like... Wow! ( like usual!). Ciwi is the most supportive friend we ever had, everything we do ( whether good or bad) he will always say it ‘great’. Back in those old days, Ciwi even paid to watch us play. I am happy he’s still loves our works till these days.
About the lyrics, what I can say, I’m into John Dunning stuffs, who wrote over a thousand account of true crime. A mixture of sorcery, satanism, sadism, and religious subject as well.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Few months later, Fufu came to me told, they cancelled the debut album, but wanted to released them as split cd with US, Hellwitch. I was great news. But I think, it is better for them to release a debut album on their own first. Then they can use Hellwitch fame to release a split cd. But Fufu told me, his vocalist really wanted to release this with Hellwitch desperately. So be it....
Then I have to alter my artwork but adding Hellwitch personels in it. I computerized it, so it became how it looks on the cd. Gladly, the bands and the label like it. It was the first of it kind in Malaysia anyway.
With the release of this product, I begin to write with Pat Ranieri (vocalist & guitarist) of Hellwitch. A very friendly guy who still into tapes and cd trading. He is also kind enough to sent me some unreleased and advance tracks of Hellwitch which I appreciated so much. But amongst the best stuffs I got from him is this gig poster from 1986. They’re one of the opening acts for Morbid Angel gig along with Massacre, Obliviom and others. Just look at the hand-written logos!! The is pure old school!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Jadi Faithcraft Productions buat masa ini memenuhi keperluan dari aspek peribadi aku buat masa ini. Sekadar basement berlesen yang ditubuhkan pada dasarnya untuk perjuangan muzik. Tetapi kini, ia lebih dari itu....
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
“Lucifer Rising” is out late from the schedule it supposed to. Why? So, do you satisfied with the result of the new recording? In what way did you seen the band has improved? Anyway, why “Lucifer Rising” is the title?
Tell me more about the new recording, about the enviroment that Kaamos felt comfortable with? How about things that you think you’re lucky to knew it and you won’t repeat or use it again in the future? Is there any?
Ok, from your previous so-superb cd “Curse Of Aeons”. Does it still fits to what Kaamos are today? I guess, in Sweden all the so-called death metal bands couldn’t reach your level of brutality!
Do you dare to break the shell like what Samael, Satyricon, Behemoth, Myrkskog have done? What do you think about bands that incorporated metal with other elements which sometime seems didn’t fit at all?
So what is the thing that we still kept in ug world? What is UG to you? What is commercial and entertainment? I really don’t care any of these, what I care is ‘true’ music, right? But let’s talk about this a little...
Did Kaamos really care for serious lyrics? I means, Death Metal or Grind metal bands usually never care much about what they’re screaming for. Some nasty words will do just fine... anyway, tell me 5 of the best lyrics that touched your soul...
Let’s talk about the cover. There is ‘medieval’ feelings in it. A very great artwork for a great band! What do you think about it?
Personally do you think Kaamos music can give harm to kids or public in general? Hehehe.
I ask you something different now. Which is the best muder cases that happened in this year? Which is the most interesting crime cases to you?
Are you satisfied with Candlelight Productions? Will they be sending Kaamos over here for some gigs?
Last words to our readers?
Taken from issue # 11 (September 2006)
Friday, August 7, 2009
One of the most destructive force from the land where warriors would hunt for their prey’s head had release their EP “Reborn”. This is the band which doesn’t need introduction as they are the kings of death metal in Borneo island. The Legions managed to get hold with their spokes person Nasth Sheir and this is what he says...
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The vinyl was released on 2008 contained 6 tracks that previously released as split with Dreketa titled “Evil Dreams” which they recorded in Bedroom Studio on August 1999 and with Grand Belial’s Key titled “ Satan Is Metals Master ” recorded in Harsh Reality Studio on May 2000. As bonus there is the mighty Venom covers song called “Hellchild”.
This release was limited to 30 copies only and comes with poster and also t-shirt. Due to lots of demand for more Nunslaughter vinyl. Basement records again offer me to do the artwork for Unholy Hell series no.1 to 5. It schedule to be release in 2010. So, be sure you don’t miss this once again. I think pre-order is available through Basement Records.
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Monday, August 3, 2009
I’ve been reading a lots of review concerning the album. Some praise while some others disappointed with the final result. Do we as band like the album? We did, with some small part of it. But we also think it is a product that put us into shame.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
The venue for this unforgettable live show took place in Semua House, Kuala Lumpur on May 21st, 1988 which actually felt on 2nd day of Hari Raya Edul Fitri. Semua House back in the day was a fine place for underground community, - thrashers, skate boaders, punksters get unite. Lots of independent events were organized there. In that gig, Blackfire were playing with RAMPA, which formed by Zainal Rampa, the founder and ex-singer of Malaysian rock monsters, SEARCH.
Our deal with Basement Records begins when I received an email from Shammir in 2006. This hard working Hardcore Punk label has released lotto great products and got good distribution channels world wide. I heard some metal heads disappointed we choose punk label to release our cd, but Me and Azmi already gave up with the so-called Metal label that offer us. They only want profit but the result was total shit. So, we don’t have any problem signing with small punk label that do their job honest and keep their promises. Since then, I’m helping Shammir with the artworks, converting lotta demo tapes to cd like Infectious Maggots, Multilation, and many more.
There are only 3 tracks recorded here, so Basement asked me if I could add some rehearsal track as bonus.Iit would be damn expensive and wasting to press a cd with only 3 tracks on it. So, I put in our old rehearsal in M.A Studio, Perlis with Core on guitar and Pak Keh on bass, while Hadi singing and drumming. I remember watching those rehearsed, I’m really impressed with Hadi. It was really brutal, if only I had a camera on that day...
Now about the cover. The artwork for this cd were done by me. I even print a shirt with the artwork in very limited quantity. Those who are interested to buy it can contact me for that. The truth about it, I wanted to draw something in the same mood of original artwork on his tape. But Azmi disagreed and told me he never like any skulls design in any Blackfire artworks anymore.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Interview by Raimi
What do you think about this black metal against technology attitude? I meant, you know like “Hey, we black metal demons don’t do internet, we satan don’t use keyboards”..? I remember you got pissed when I told this guy who wanted to contact you but didn’t have a myspace account?
Do you think Darkthrone musical direction detonates a new fashion in the scene as you does with Black Metal in the early 90’s? Do you still has that excitement to the new Norwegian Black Metal bands? Did you already gave up with Death Metal scene since you only recommend me those old Thrash metal mongers...
In 87 I got a bit tired of thrash metal (or else we would have played total thrash in 87, but we didn't. We had a lot of punk and sludge (Celtic Frost slow style/Dream Death).
In 1990 totally tired of death metal. In 93/94 totally tired of black metal. But this is not totalitarian! it doesn't mean I didnt listen to the style. I am speaking GENERALLY, not specifically! there are always exceptions!!! in 94 it was the 3rd time I started to support thrash more than usual, since then I never quit haha!
Lyricwise, it does changed, right? It is still evil, but its like rock & roll lyrics. More straight forward and 'in-yo-face' kinda lyrics, is it?
YEAH, it's "STREET LYRICS" - but again that's just SOME of the songs. Ted also write lyrics, and I also wrote very emotional lyrics like “Norway in September”!! I am a result of a lifetime of music and lots of experience.
You don’t like to spend you time in rock pub but in techno club, as the chicks there far more interesting. And I read in local newpapers about System Of A Down new album which claimed to have your influences on it... all these things in media really make you a legend, Fenriz...
It is very embarrassing that System Of A Down continue to site me or Darkthrone as influence, they are modern metal and once in 98 or 00 I left a party because someone was playing it. I didn't know what band it was, I just left. Later someone told me it was System Of A Down.
And the first story about clubs is a TOTAL LIE. And since 2005 I stopped going to the clubs, and I am not interested in meeting more girls since 1990, as I always had a steady girlfriend.
I didnt' drink until 1990. Before I was only into music and 80s tape trading underground. After 2005 with Oscar from OLD opening my eyes, I returned to only work in the underground and almost stop drinking again.
I tried to be a social person from 1990-2005. But then I had enough, I found out after all that time that I am NOT a social person and that I have WAY too many people in my life anyway. I am cutting down.
What do you really miss from those old days? It is a whole different scene today, right? Like if before bands only release a fucking tape and spread it around themselves, replying interviews with letters, etc...
It's still exactly the same. my mailbox is always full, and I send out at least 3-4 letters a week with burnt cd's (instead of tapes) but the scene is now releasing tape like never before, Flo of THRASH ATTACK zine just made his own TAPE ONLY label with first relase IRON KOBRA which is great speed/heavy metal (covering THOR), and I get tapes from ALL over the world. I prefer cd'r's cuz I already have a system with my discman at work. Anyway, the mail is the most important for the underground still, mixed with computers. It's the best of both worlds. Only FUKK OFF to Greek postal system and Frankfurt mail that STEALS PACKAGES!!!
The biggest difference between 80s underground and these days, is that everyone has an opinion now, and they can spread it like the WEAK VIRUS that it is. In 80s the underground was purely CONSTRUCTIVE, if someone had a negative opinion they had to form a band and sing about it to get their opinion through. capice?
Sorry, but I can’ help to ask you this: What do you think about Mikael Jackson?hehehe...
He did the best stuff in late 60s and late 70s, I think. Probably first Jackson 5 album ABC and then OFF THE WALL is the only records worth having (i am the music police).
I remember (in old interviews) you said the best performances you watched was Iron Maiden “Powerslave” tour. Was that from video tape? You’re not keen in playing live but don’t you enjoy other bands perform?
No, it was “Live After Death” on video in ca 2001. But before that I saw some live show from 82 and 83 (back when I was a kid) with Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Quiet Riot etc ...I watched those shows to death, but it was on video taped from tv...I never wanted to see a show, my friends wanted to go to Iron Maiden but I refuse. I hate crowds. And I played my first gig with Darkthrone in may 1988 BEFORE I EVER SAW A LIVE SHOW IN PERSON.
Later that year I saw my very first gig, was Slayer with Candlemass and I hated it - not because of the music but because of the OTHER PEOPLE. They acted like total sheep, and actually standing in line outside before the show was a sheep-treatment, and I hate crowds and standing in line. Then everybody bought the tour shirts and walked around in them like brainwashed idiots.
The month later I got a steady job, and I started instead to go to BLITZ, Oslo's punk house. It was more individualistic there, but I never made any friends there. Just bought records, ate some waffles (famous waffles) and watched hundreds of GREAT gigs.
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