2010 marks the first year of Heavy Metal Tribune’s existence. Being based in Singapore, it would be a shame to not have a top 5 or top 10 feature on the webzine, so here it is! (Thanks to Subash TBK for the suggestion!)
Top 5 releases
5. Meltgsnow – Black Penance [Gothic Metal]
Meltsgnow is back years after their debut album, Greed for Insanity. This time featuring a more mature and darker sound than before, with a heavy atmosphere present throughout the entire album. Having gained a sizable fan base not only in Singapore but also in many foreign countries through tours, they are definitely a force to look out for. (Read our full review for the album here.)
4. Truth Be Known – Asphyxihate EP [Death Metal/Grindcore]
Displaying the new direction of their music is Truth Be Known, with their new EP entitled Asphyxihate. Gone are the completely angry and religious lyrics and here are some new more fun tunes to get the crowd moving. Tunes like Rock N Roll Baby sees the band knowing how to enjoy themselves while making seriously kick-ass music.
3. Wormrot – Abuse [Grindcore]
While technically not a 2010 release, I am referring to their 2010 re-release under Earache Records. With their 30 minutes of grindcore madness on the first track comes a 2nd bonus CD including 34 extra bonus tracks from their Dead demo, previous splits and more! What more can you ask for?
2. Itnos – Thru the Collonades EP [Death Metal]
After a long hiatus, Itnos returns with their first release in 15 years and promises the listener for a technical ride. While the EP comes with only 2 tracks, it is a sneak preview of what is to come in their full length album (currently in production). Like tech-death? Then don’t miss this.
1. Draconis Infernum – Proclamation of Encroachment single [Black Metal]
Yes, I know I’ve been raving about this single, so shut up already right? Wrong, not until you have decided to check this single out. With drummer Serberuz Hammerfrost now taking over vocal duties as well, it brings a fresh sound to Draconis Infernum’s brand of blasphemy, so be warned! (You can read the full review of the single here.)
Best Performance (Local)
Rudra @ Baybeats 2010
The original lords of Vedic metal take the stage, this time performing at the headlining spot on the first night of Baybeats 2010, Singapore’s biggest free alternative music festival. While most may scoff that it is no big deal, it is the first time an extreme metal band headlines on a prestigious local music festival. Show was good, sound was good, crowd was good. Read our review here and watch the videos here.
Best Performance (Foreign)
GxSxD at the Grindhouse
I was tempted to put either Exodus’ or Marduk’s live desecrations in Singapore, but then I decided that I will leave that for later. This leaves us with smaller gigs littered throughout the year, and GxSxD takes the spot for best foreign performance in Singapore. The small venue (Blackhole212) did nothing to deter them from putting up one hell of a show, complete with moshing and violent headbanging. Twin brothers Yosuke and Yusuke enchant the crowd with their chemistry, knowing when it’s their turn on the mike. Read the review for the entire gig here.
Best Show (Local)
Mass Ritual by Jaarvis (Lights Out, Inc.) featured a whole host of bands that I was looking forward to, and crowd pullers throughout the night. Bands ranging from thrash metal to black metal are all featured and it was a great pleasure to be at the gig, indulging in the unholy dark arts lashed out by the bands. Nothing compares to last year’s Resurrection gig (pardon my amateurish review), but hey, who’s complaining right? Read the review to the gig here.
Best Show (Foreign)
Marduk Live in Singapore
It was a dilemma, picking between Marduk and Exodus. But being a bigger Marduk fan than an Exodus fan, Marduk gets the spot. Marduk stops over at Singapore for a one night only show, brought in once again by the mighty Cynical Sounds (who also brought in Exodus, Warbringer and Misery Index this year). The quick rate at which the tickets to the event got snapped up is testament to how hungry fans of metal were for class black metal acts in Singapore. Read the full review for the show here.
Ministry of Rock’s tribute to Ronnie James Dio: certainly an emotional moment as Ministry of Rock belts out hit after hit by the great Ronnie James Dio throughout the night, including hits from Rainbow (Catch the Rainbow, certainly a tearjerker), Black Sabbath (the very classic Heaven and Hell) and also from his self-titled band. R.I.P.
Meltgsnow and Cockpit at Baybeats 2010: 2 other hard rocking/heavy metalling bands that played on the Baybeats stage this year. Perhaps a sign of wider acceptance to this often ostracised genre?
Anticipated releases and events for the year to come:
Absence of the Sacred – Come Hither O Herald Of Death
Age of Sinfonia – An End & A Beginning
Assault – The Exceptions of the Rebellions
Bhelliom – TBA
Cardiac Necropsy – TBA
Draconis Infernum – Rites of Desecration and Demise
Flesh Disgorged – TBA
Impiety – Worshippers of the Seventh Tyranny
ITNOS – TBA
Nafrat – TBA
Obliterhate – TBA
Rudra – Brahmavidya: Immortal I
Vrykolakas – Unleashing Vrykolakas Upon Mankind
Vulgate Dogmas – TBA
Wormrot – TBA
Note: TBA simply means that there are updates from the bands, but no title has been announced as of yet.
16th January: Impiety Asian Worshippers Tour 2011
15th February: Iron Maiden The Final Frontier World Tour
What were your best metal moments in Singapore this year? Anticipations for 2011? Share them with us!