Category: CD/EP


Should try their new album.  Got some mix review, some like it and some says that it’s not up to Slayer standard of production. I don’t know, you judge it… Slayer fans. As for me, I still love classics  Slayer album Reign in Blood, South Of Heaven etc…

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“The Beast Of Man” was originally recorded for the 1998 release Stigmata.

The Root of All Evilcontains a selection of completely re-recorded tracks from the band’s first three albums Black Earth(1996), Stigmata (1998) and Burning Bridges(1999), re-energized and upgraded by the band’s current, definitive line-up, which includes vocalist Angela Gossow, guitarists/brothers Michael and Christopher Amott, bassist Sharlee D’Angelo and drummer Daniel Erlandsson. Mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap

The Root of All EvilTracklist:
1. “The Root of All Evil (Intro)” – 1:06
2. “Beast of Man” – 3:45
3. “The Immortal” – 3:47
4. “Diva Satanica” – 3:48
5. “Demonic Science” – 5:24
6. “Bury Me an Angel” – 4:25
7. “Dead Inside” – 4:24
8. “Dark Insanity” – 3:25
9. “Pilgrim” – 4:50
10. “Demoniality” – 1:40
11. “Transmigration Macabre” – 3:33
12. “Silverwing” – 4:22
13. “Bridge of Destiny” – 7:53

Btw, i’ll be in Jakarta for Arch Enemy concert. All the flights and tickets has been arranged. Maybe, i’ll do some review for local magazine. See you there!!

TESTAMENT – More Than Meets The Eye

The return of great trash band with mightiest lineup and great album too.

With Chuck Billy (voc), Eric Peterson (guitar), Alex Scolnick (guitar), Greg Christian (bass) and Paul Bostaph (drum), this formation is the best. Checkout their album The Formation Of Damnation.

No Rest For The Wicked


In 1988, Six years after the tragic death of Ozzy’s guitarist Rhandy Rhoads, and one year after Jake E. Lee’s depart from the band, Ozzy was introduced to a certain Zakk Wylde. Zakk was a young guy of 21 from New Jersey who had been playing in local bars. Ozzy saw in Zakk an enormous amount of talent and diversity. Therfore, he was recruited and Ozzy’s new band went into the studio to create No Rest for the Wicked. This album, the fifth studio outing of Ozzy’s solo carear, was heavier then anything ozzy had released because of Zakk Wylde’s feirce and intense style of playing.

The band:

Ozzy Osbourne: Vocals
Zakk Wylde: Guitar
Randy Castillo: Drums
Bob Daisley: Bass Guitar (geezer butler played for tour)

Plague Of Happiness – Kawan Album

It has been a while since i wrote anything in my blog. Sorry, i have been too busy, struggling to fulfill my commitment to my daily works. I think it’s not too late to say ” Happy New Year!”

2008 shows a good sign in independent music industry in Malaysia (i strongly believe!). Bands are working hard to come out with their own material and plays more good shows. But beware, there are “Sharks” who are waiting to get hold of so called” the reign of indie scene” to get their profit by promising (bullshitting) a sky high hope.

Let’s go to POH. For me, kawan full album CD is a dream come true for this “southern king of ska/punk”. i think they are also so excited about releasing this material after a long way of music career and a lot of problems occurred since starting to record this CD. Yeah..This is a DIY self produced CD, i mean it!. All the sweat and tears been poured into this production, this include their own self collected pocket money.

Let’s talk about the CD itself. The production is clean, i mean at par as the CDs at megastores. I believe in buying CDs for the songs and also the art that comes with it. In Kawan, you’ll get both plus the happy feeling music too.

As a personal friend to this band, i feel so proud to hear the first track Resah Awan with a peacefully arranged keyboard + horn sections. The guitar was at par as ska/punk standard. Just nice, not too spicy nor heavy. This track follows by Southern Suburb, a bit more straight for sing along punk ska song. 3rd track Tiada Idea, i feel like i’m at the beach drinking the coconut, seeing smiling beautiful faces ..damn I’m happy.

Konspirasi is their biggest track (for me!) because with this song, this band cloud calm the rioting audience or making sad people smiling again. Straight forward ska/punk tune with a good dosage of positive reggae feel. You should take this song seriously by drilling down the lyrics (if you can understand malay). A good sax solo by Azmal..a cute one in POH!

I’ll skip few tracks coz it will too long to write as they are all good damn happy tunes. Track 7 is Hypnotized, a skankin instrumental tunes for the skankers. Blitzkrieg Society is a statement song for the punks..better watch out!Ouwch..trumpet…more trumpet solo!!

Rasa hati, a bit more to straight forward radio friendly punk song. This 10th track Malam is my favorite song. This songs proved that POH has been mature in musicality. It’s a blend of ska with some cha-cha but with Malay flavor. Again, drill into their lyric, and you’ll know the sensitiveness and love in their punk heart. A good approach on love song…jiwang beb!

After crying to the previous track, let dance some more to the self titled track Kawan (friends). Let your body loose..just jump around to this tune, but beware of the lyrics. it’s a statement too..ska-ska all the way.

I’m not comparing POH to any bands internationally. Why? With this album they already know what they want with their music. i admit kemuri, Rancid, Bosstone, Reel Big Fish have the element in their career but who cares. This is POH owns blend of coffee with their own sugar..condensed milk. It’s not to compared with Starbuck or San Francisco coffee. It’s Malaysian own happy tune with punk element.

While I’m writing this review, Nas, Azmal & few other POH had already finished their so called Malaysian promo tour to sell their stuff. yes they did it without any guide or sponsorship. By now, they are heading towards Indonesia to give a taste of their music to the audience.

It’s not fair if i only review the flowerish side about the CD. The CD could be more dynamic if there’s more money to finance it in the final touch. I love this CD so much but i need to tell that POH is more delicious to taste them raw in live shows. As for the vocal, I’ll be very excited to hear back the Demo version of song because my ears are so keen to the voice. However, producing a CD and recording sessions is not easy for a band. It takes a lot of commitment, health, soul and also feeling to deliver.

So guys, keep on doing what you believe and pedal to it, full speed ahead! Congratulation POH! Check them out at www.myspace.com/plagueofhappiness

Sincerely, this album was not in my ” along awaited album” list since i was frustrated with Megadeth’s  previous 2 albums. For me, Megadeth has lost their touch since the departure of Friedman, Menza and Ellifson. However, i’m definetely wrong this time as what Mustaine proved in this new album.

“United Abominations” holds some of the melodic nature of Megadeth while leaning slightly closer to the thrashier, “Rust In Peace” era Megadeth. That’s not to say that “United Abominations” is “Rust In Peace II” either. Far from it. Rather what happened is Dave added some speed and thrash elements back into the band’s song writing. The best examples of this are probably album opener “Sleepwalker”, “Never Walk Alone”, “Your Dead” and the second half of “Burnt Ice”.

The riffs and songwriting seem a bit more complex than anything since “Rust In Peace”. Glen Drover’s leads are simply outstanding. I also think that Dave has given us a lot of really good hooks, without sounding forced or cheesy. Tracks like “Sleepwalker”, “Gears of War” and “United Abominations” are reminiscent of some of the more memorable material on “Countdown to Extinction”. I was quite suprise with James Lomenzo (ex-Whitelion) marvelous playing in Megadeth.  The Drover brothers also did a good job with this album. Just beware, Megadeth is back…!!

Motley Crue – Shout At The Devil

This is actually my first effort into album review. I bought this CD during the Cash Converter, Ampang opening to replace my cassette collection. Why i choose Motley Crue ? Because this band was one of most important band during  my primary schooldays way back 1983 (i was in standard 3) . Ok, let’s start.

Now this is a classic metal album! In this October 1983 realease, Crue comes back with a killer crunching guitar work, melodic screams from Vince Neil, and some of the catchiest songs of the ’80s.

We move to 2nd track ” Shout at The Devil”, you’ll go nuts with this one..it’s a true heavy metal anthem. “Looks That Kill” flows with a driving rhythm and a masterpiece drumming from Tommy Lee.  Tracks like “Bastard” and “Red Hot” are mind blowing. Starting with “Too Young to Fall in Love,” and then progressing through “Knock ‘Em Dead Kid” and “Ten Seconds to Love,” you have three of the most blistering ’80s riffs in a row. They’ve made Beatles so proud with metal version of “Helter Skelter”. ” Shout at The Devil” is still  a Great stuff!  One of those CDs that needs to be in every metal collection, if simply as a landmark reference point. Hell…yeah I’m right!!