MUWW Special: Interview with Meltgsnow

Local gothic/dark metal band Meltgsnow finally breaks their silence this year at the Metal United World Wide, their first local show in a couple of years now. We catch up with Dannie to learn more about the status of the band, and whether we will get to hear any new material from the band soon.

Greetings Dannie, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. It has been quite a while since we last spoke to you. How are things going over at the Meltgsnow camp?

For us meltgsnow, it has been a roller coaster ride especially now, as Zack, Adrian and Fye (who re-joined us since mid-2017) are based in Bangkok, Thailand. For myself, besides traveling back and forth Bangkok for rehearsals, I am busy focusing on my new band in Singapore, of which we have recorded songs that are way different, heavier and harder from what I have done with meltgsnow.

While the band was formed in Singapore, it is now based in Thailand. What was the reason behind the relocation?

It began way back in 2004, when Fye left us (when we were having a great run on touring). He decided to relocate there for greener pasture, Zack followed him in 2009 and so did Adrian, in 2015.

The band’s comeback gig was last year in Bangkok as well. How was the reception of the band there?

It was a “for fun” kind of gig in September, however, due to unforeseen circumstances, mother-nature decided to bring massive flooding and hence, the organisers had to delay the start of the show and we did not manage to have the crowds coming in till very late. However, we had fun performing especially to those who flew in from Singapore, we appreciate their mighty presence and support.

Sharing the stage with us, we had great Thai pioneer bands such as Carnivora and Nerve, we also had Truth Be Known flying in, and they destroyed the place as usual!

Meltgsnow in Bangkok, 2017

With the band having been rather quiet for a couple of years, what was it like to perform on stage again?

Performing on stage, to us, was like unleashing the inner demon in us and the adrenalin rush was definitely unexplainable. It felt great to be on stage with the original members of meltgsnow once again and me, smashing my head with the mic.

There has also been a slight shift in the lineup of the band. Could you give us an introduction to the current lineup, and how it came about?

We have gone through too many line-up changes after Fye left us for Bangkok. Since, all 3 of them are based in Bangkok, they have been rehearsing together in Bangkok since 2015, until late 2016, Zack proposed that meltgsnow resurfaced with Fye re-joining in mid-2017 and I had to put in the effort to travel back and forth for rehearsals.

Currently, we got Zack on guitar, Adrian on drums and back and best at it, is Fye on bass, we are the original line up of 2001.

Meltgsnow 2017

Meltgsnow 2017

The band will finally be gracing the Singaporean stage this year with the upcoming Metal United World Wide gig, and we are certainly looking forward to it. How did Meltgsnow come to be part of the lineup?

We are definitely looking forward to it. Strangely Fye came to hear about this and discovered that Vent Box in Singapore is organising it and frankly, I felt, why not we give it a shot and I checked in with Subash from Truth Be Known if we old farts are able to make an appearance. And we thank Mikael Loh for the opportunity. \m/

What can fans expect from the upcoming show?

Honest intense metal, our heaviest set-list ever, with a cover, paying tribute to the late Jeffrey John Hanneman from Slayer.

The last we heard from Meltgsnow was in the form of the 2010 full length, Black Penance. Can fans of the band expect to hear any new material from the band any time soon? What will be the musical direction for the band’s new material, musically and lyrically?

Interesting that this came up, and yes, we are working on new materials and we are going back to our basic roots of metal. It will be a lot heavier than Black Penance.

Catch Meltgsnow, and many other quality Singaporean bands this May 5 at the inaugural, Singapore edition of the Metal United World Wide. More details at this location.

MUWW Special: Interview with Assault

Singapore’s melodic death metal darlings Assault has come a long way since their humble beginnings in 2006. With their debut full length release, The Fallen Reich, finally dropping last year via Transcending Obscurity, the band has upped their game, supporting the album with numerous shows locally, and around the region. We catch up with them, in anticipation for their, erm, assault on our senses this May 5 at the inaugural Metal United World Wide, Singapore edition.

Greetings Assault. It’s been a long time since we’ve last had you here on Heavy Metal Tribune. The band’s debut full length album, The Fallen Reich was released last year via Transcending Obscurity Records. How has the reception of the album been so far?

Clarence: The response of the album has been really positive so far. We have received lots of album reviews from online magazines worldwide which have rated us positively. Locally, our album was mentioned as one of the top 45 releases of the year 2017 by Bandwagon. Recently our album was also reviewed by Burrn! Magazine, one of the most popular music and long-running magazines in Japan, receiving a rating of 72 out of 100.

Transcending Obscurity Records is home to various other local bands as well – namely, Rudra, and Ilemauzar. How did the deal with Transcending Obscurity come about, and how has it been working with them so far?

Clarence: The band finished our recording and mixing around July 2016. At that point of time we were sourcing for record labels to release our debut album. I remember it was in mid-August when I had a meet-up with Kathir from Rudra over lunch where I let him listen to the final mix of the album. Kathir was so impressed with the final product that he suggested to me that we write in to Transcending Obscurity for a record deal. Thus I decided write in to Transcending Obscurity, and with Kathir recommendation to Kunal – boss of the record label – the band successfully secured the record deal in September 2016.

The working process with the label has been really good. Kunal is one of the most down-to-earth guys I have ever met, and he has been instrumental in the marketing and PR of the band, which we have greatly benefited for this release.

The Fallen Reich features a much mature sound than the material on the band’s EP, The Exceptions of the Rebellions. Compared to the EP, what was the songwriting process like for the album?

Syaz : Process-wise, I think it’s about the same as how we did for the EP. Whenever anyone of us has an idea for a riff for a verse or a chorus for example, we would share it with the rest of the band and each of us then gave our own input to try and improve and build upon the song.

However, from the start, we all had the vision that we wanted the album to sound more aggressive than the EP. We all feel it’s a natural step to take so I think everyone then did their homework and got into all the aggressive melodic death metal bands that we could think of while in our songwriting mode, and that naturally translated into the material that we composed.

While the melodic death metal edge of the band is still clearly present on The Fallen Reich, there also seems to be a more aggressive tone to the band’s sound, with instances of thrash and black metal thrown around. Who are the influences this time round for the band while writing the album?

Syaz : Bands like Naglfar, Amon Amarth, At The Gates and Kataklysm were our influences for this album as to us, these bands sound aggressive yet melodic. Listening to these bands motivates and challenges us to try and come up with aggressive melodies during our songwriting stage.

Assault @ The Fallen Reich launch

The Fallen Reich features guest appearances from international metal icons such as Freddy Lim of ChthoniC fame and Fufu of Nothnegal. How did you settle on having both of them as guest musicians, and what was it like working with them?

Clarence: The idea of having guest appearances for the album was conceptualised right before we started recording the album. As a fan of both ChthoniC and Nothnegal, the idea of having them as guest musicians came naturally. The guest appearance for Freddy was in my mind for awhile since I got to know him personally in 2008. When I was in Taiwan back in 2012, I had the opportunity to meet him and so I took the chance to invite him to be one of our guest musician for the album which he gladly accepted.

For Fufu of Nothnegal, it was just by chance that the band was invited to perform in Hammersonic Festival in Jakarta back in 2012, and the band invited me to help out with their logistics backstage. At that point of time we had just commenced with our recording, so I asked Fufu about the possibility of recording a guitar solo for one of the songs, which he gladly accepted without any hesitation.

There is a certain anger in the lyrics on The Fallen Reich, both against the system, as well as general anger at the state of modern society. Where does the band draw influences from, and what are the pressing issues that the band is trying to deal with through your lyrics?

Clarence: The majority of the inspiration for the album lyrics actually came from the events that occurred during WWII. Musically as we’re taking a darker approach for this album, I personally felt that the lyrics for this album should focus on a particular event, thus I chose to focus on the holocaust as I felt that the subject suited the band’s darker musical approach. The main objective of the band’s lyrics is to try to to revisit history, as well as target specific issues of modern society.

In support of the album release, the band has also ramped up appearances at local gigs over the last 2 years. Having been in the scene for more than 10 years now, how has the crowd transformed?

Clarence: As per every release cycle, we will be ramping up appearances both locally and overseas. Having been in the scene for more than 10 years, certainly the crowd has transformed over the years. We have seen a younger crowd coming to gigs and supporting the bands through buying their merchandise. The fans nowadays are also more receptive to our music. Also, with technology, fans nowadays are more updated about new releases and shows through social media apps such as Facebook and Twitter.

The band also had the privilege to perform in Mongolia last year at the Noise Metal Festival. How did this happen, and what was the experience like? How is the scene in Mongolia?

Syaz: As with all of our overseas gigs, Clarence is our main point of contact for the band. So when he informed us of the opportunity to perform at Mongolia, naturally we were very much interested in it. The thought of being probably the first Singaporean metal band to perform at Mongolia further motivated us to grasp at the opportunity.

I can say that the scene over there is quite similar to ours in Singapore. In terms of numbers, both are small. Yet both are very dedicated and supportive of each of their local bands. And similarly to Singapore, their local acts specialise in a variety of genres from heavy metal, to brutal death metal to black metal. And all of them are very impressive. Standouts include Karmantic and Growl of Clown. We were very honoured to share the stage with all the bands and we are very sure the scene will continue to grow for both countries.

Of course, being in a foreign country, we also became starry-eyed tourists. We managed to savour their local cuisine and visit their countryside and other places of interests. Overall it was a very positive and eye-opening experience for us.

Assault @ Noise Metal Festival 2017, Mongolia

Assault will be part of the huge lineup this coming 5 May at the Metal United World Wide – Singapore Edition, and will be the first performance of the band with its new lineup. Tell us about the new lineup, and how it came about.

Syaz: The new lineup right now includes our newest member Afi, previously of No Prophecy and Ghostworld. He takes over drum duties from Noh, who now takes over rhythm guitar duties from Yuda, who had to leave the band due to personal commitments.

It actually came about during our planning stages for the Mongolia gig. Noh was unable to join us due to family commitments, so we decided to hire a session drummer. After a few weeks of searching, Afi answered our call and we got to work.

What impresses us the most about Afi is his ferocity and he is not afraid to experiment with different drum patterns. After the Mongolia gig, we kept in contact until the beginning of 2018 where Yuda had to leave the band. After much consideration, we finally settled on this current lineup that you see now.

Assault, 2018

Finally, what can fans look forward to on 5 May, and will there be any sneak preview of new tracks?

Syaz: Fans can expect a new and improved Assault, dishing out melodic, yet in-your-face tunes from our latest album, as well as a few new ones that we have been working on towards our next full length. Trust us, you will not be disappointed!

Catch Assault, and many other quality Singaporean bands this May 5 at the inaugural, Singapore edition of the Metal United World Wide. More details at this location.

MUWW Special: Interview with Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina is a name that we haven’t heard in awhile, and now they are making their comeback this 5 May at the inaugural Metal United World Wide, Singapore. We catch up with band mastermind Ryan to see what the band has been up to, and what to expect in their homecoming show, and their new material. How will their fascination in tech and science bring their music to the next level?

Hi Ryan, thanks for taking the time for us at Heavy Metal Tribune. It has been awhile since we last spoke to you. What’s been going on at the Deus Ex Machina camp lately?

Hey guys. Well for the last few years a bunch of things have happened. Shai is a proud dad of 2, we have had lineup changes, and now working on new material. We’ve more or else kept the same style, but have changed some things around.

The band recently unveiled its newest lineup, amongst which comprises Bhelliom vocalist Vivek. Could you introduce to us the new lineup, and tell us how it came about?

Long story, but we won’t bore you. There was a break for a couple of years and Mithun went off and now lives in Sweden. Anand’s job was taking time on him and it was not easy for him to juggle the tours, rehearsals and work.

When me and Shai decided to start up again, we decided to go with Vivek – who had already done some shows with us a few years ago. He knows all of us, and I’ve been in other bands with him, so we got him in.

Herman (Out For Blood) was the next to join. We had placed an ad on Facebook, and he wanted to try out. He came. He saw. He jammed. He joined.

And as usual, one drunken night out with some friends and we met Jussi the Finn. We talked, hit it off very well, and we needed a bass player. He has lots of experience and we’ve been working pretty closely since.

Jussi the Finn (bass)

The band in January also unveiled its updated logo. What was the concept behind it, and how does it reflect the present and future of Deus Ex Machina’s music?

We wanted something different. Something unique as opposed to just using fonts to get a logo. It was done by Shai actually.

The band’s performance this May at the Metal United World Wide is the first in a rather long time. What was the reason behind the radio silence, and what made the band decide on its comeback this year?

After we got the full line-up back together last year, fleshing out the new songs came in quick and fast. As a unit, our last performance was in 2012 and it was natural that the urge to showcase this new line-up came along. We feel that this is the one of the best line-ups DEM has had over the last 12 years hence when we were approached to play in MUWW, it was a no brainer really.

With the new lineup and renewed energy, what can fans of the band expect this May 5 from Deus Ex Machina?

We are going to be playing a lot of new songs so it is going to be a great mix of melody, technicality and sheer aggression. We are also working on a special surprise which will be revealed closer to the gig date so watch our FB and Instagram page for further details.

Listening back to the band’s debut album gave me goosebumps, with the progressivity in the musical style, and the lineup of prominent vocalists from the scene. Can fans of the band expect any new material from Deus Ex Machina soon?

Yes you can. We have some teaser rehearsal videos on our Facebook page. Go ahead and have a listen. One thing that stands out are the guitars are de-tuned to A#, and we have some new elements added to the music. Just like I, Human one single vocalist.

It’s great having input from everyone, and the collaboration is pretty damn awesome.

The band’s lyrics have always revolved around science fiction themes. Now that we are near the future with things like AI, IOT, and cryptocurrency, can fans expect to see the inclusion of such technology in the future output of the band?

With Vivek on board, there is a shift towards to the human emotional element angle as his lyrics tend to swing towards those themes. What is interesting which the band explores is the human connection and emotion towards technology/anti-tech and the fine line between virtual reality and life in general.

Personally, what are some of the technology that has fascinated you in recent times, and where do you see the future of science and technology heading towards?

I work in technology, specifically with pharmaceutical companies. With new advances, we are now seeing new procedures and advancement in medical sciences.

With other areas, even in social media, the world is now smaller and advanced more in the last 10 years, than it has in the last 30. SpaceX is exciting, what Tesla is doing is great, medical devices are so much more advanced that micro surgery is now common.

AI will be next wave, and we will be replaced slowly be replaced if this is not under control. Imagine your washing machine telling you to use a specific detergent because it prefers the fragrance, texture, and how it is a great lubricant………….………………

Unfortunately Back To The Future 2 was wrong. WHERE DAFUQ ARE MY FLYING CARS AND AUTO LACE NIKES AND JAWS 35 AND HOLOGRAM MICHAEL JACKSON?????

Catch Deus Ex Machina, and many other quality Singaporean bands this May 5 at the inaugural, Singapore edition of the Metal United World Wide. More details at this location.

MUWW Special: Interview with Krusnix

As relative newcomers to the scene, Krusnix has garnered quite a fanbase over the last 2 years with their speedy and aggressive style of old school thrash/speed metal. We speak to the band to learn more about their origin story, their recent 2-track EP, and their influences. Catch their infectious live performance this 5 May at Metal United World Wide, Singapore.

Hi guys, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. Krusnix was formed back in 2016 with the intention to play uncompromising old school metal. Could you tell us about the circumstances under which the band was formed?

Afiq: Thank you for your time too! It’s a pleasure. Well Krusnix is formed by a mutual friend of ours. It was 5 of us in the beginning, not including Syazwan. Overtime the vocalist got sacked and the original bassist left due to other commitments. Eventually Syazwan joined, initially he was a temporary bassist but we loved his creativity and dedication which blends in with the band.

Caine: It was an ads which Afiq posted, and so I responded to it. Initially I didn’t thought much of it, the only thing I wanna do is just play and see how it goes; but little do I realise that I was also immersed into the band at the same time. As time goes by, I was actually delegated to more duties, such as songwriting and composing.

Tell us more about the backgrounds of each of the band members. How did your love and passion for heavy metal come about?

Afiq: Amirul and I go way back since Primary School. We got back in touch during ITE when we were auditioning for the school’s band. We instantly clicked during the audition but got seperated playing for different genre bands. I wanted more than just playing in school so I pulled Amirul to start our own band. My first love for heavy metal was my first listen to Metallica’s Ride the Lightning, which I also realised there’s many things I can do with the guitar.

Amirul: My first discovery for heavy metal would definitely be Judas Priest’s Painkiller. Eventually as time goes by I got exposed to drummers such as Scott Travis, John Bonham, Neil Peart and Buddy Rich.

Caine: My love for heavy metal began when I first come across Iron Maiden’s Powerslave, which I realized how intricate their playing is. After that I got exposed to guitar virtuosos such as Steve Vai and Paul Gilbert, classic rock players like Jimmy Page and Joe Perry, also metal players such as Randy Rhoads and Alex Skolnick while crafting my playing.

Syaz: My love for heavy metal began during secondary school, when I first listened to Ensiferum’s debut self-titled album. Soon I started to discover heavier bands such as Celtic Frost and Sepultura among recommendations from other friends.

Also, what does Krusnix stand for, and what’s the meaning behind the band’s name?

Afiq: It doesn’t stand for anything really. Hahaha. We just wanted a name that is appealing to the eyes. We even used numberology to decide on our name, but in the end I came across the word crucifix, and decided to make it a play on the word by changing and taking out the alphabets.

2017 marked the band’s debut release in the form of the 2-track EP, Spill Your Blood. The band’s musical style can be described as old school thrash metal. What are some of the influences that goes into the writing of Krusnix’s material?

Afiq: It was on September 2016 that we released it on physical format but we released it on iTunes, Spotify and other digital platforms on early 2017. The 2 songs on our EP was mostly influenced by Bay Area metal artists such as Metallica and Megadeth. Some of our new materials are influenced by Kreator, Destruction as well as new age thrash artists such as Havok and Warbringer.

The band features members such as Syaz, who is also a part of melodic death metal outfit Assault. Musically, what does each of the members bring to the table, and how do they influence the direction of the band’s musical output?

Afiq: Most of the time I would usually noodle around the guitar if there’s a catchy tune in my head. As far as it goes, I want my band to sound different from our influences, if not as close as possible. As Syaz is from a band which emphasises melody, which means it’ll be something different from how we usually compose our songs. We would also put in this element subtly so that there’s a cutting edge, which makes Krusnix stands out from other bands. The most important thing is that people recognise it’s Krusnix when they heard our songs.

Caine: Some of my influences are from non musical influences such as Quentin Tarantino, Hideo Kojima, George Orwell, HP Lovecraft and also musicians Imogen Heap and St. Vincent (Annie Clark), there will definitely be a huge variety of musical output, not only lyrically – but I try to keep it consistent so that it doesn’t stray away from the band’s musical direction.

What was the songwriting process like for the band?

Afiq: We try to write each song different from the other, either in tempo or structure, so there is flow in our set or album. If not it will sound stale and generic, like most bands. Most of the time we would adhere to standard tunings, unless if it’s necessary.

Caine: Sometimes if there’s something interesting across the things we read or seen, we would write it down, and change the lyrics along the way to fit in the song structure.

Also, what are the inspirations behind the lyrics of the band? What were the themes behind the material on Spill Your Blood?

Caine: There is no definite theme to the band’s lyrics. We just write what we feel that fits in the song. Sometimes it could be things that we see from books, films and video games. Or even societal issues such as war and even things that we encountered, for instance personal struggles.

Afiq: “Afterlife” was written during a period of time when I was having insomnia and anxiety, thinking about life after death. “Spill Your Blood” was initially written out of pure anger and didn’t have any meaning to it, until there was a day I had a nightmare in which I sold my soul to the devil for fame.

As relatively newcomers as a band, Krusnix has already gained a following in the scene over the past 2 years of gigging. How has the ride been so far for the band?

Afiq: We have our good and bad moments but that doesn’t stop us coming back stronger. Every show is different. We do celebrate when we have a good show but we always try and find mistakes in each other so we can be a better band, and perform better in the future. We are taking it slow, since each show is a learning process.

Metal United World Wide will be one of the key gigs in the local scene this year, featuring an all-local lineup and Krusnix is one of the bands featured on the bill. What can fans of the band, as well as people who have not heard of the band expect?

Afiq: We are definitely playing 2 new songs since we didn’t have the chance to play them. Every song on our set are different so its unpredictably spontaneous and entertaining at the same time. We have a surprise at the end of our set list, so stay tuned!

With the last release being an extremely short one, can followers of the band expect any new studio material any time soon? And what differences can one expect on upcoming Krusnix releases?

Afiq: We are almost halfway done in writing and composing new songs. As great songs require time, collaboration and patience, we are actively sharing our ideas to each other to develop our ideas so that more songs can be completed. The upcoming releases will be different from before, since it will also covers a wide spectrum of subjects such as war and humanity.

MUWW Special: Interview with Vent Box Productions

This year marks the inaugural edition of Metal United World Wide, with multiple gigs featuring local bands happening across the globe on the same date, 5 May 2018. Hosted by Vent Box Productions, Singapore’s edition brings metal bands veterans and newcomers, to showcase the potential of the scene in one concert. We speak to Mike of Vent Box Productions to learn more about the founding of his organisation, and how Metal United World Wide Singapore came about.

Hey Mike, thanks for giving us the opportunity to talk to you. Vent Box Productions has been around since 2013, and over the years has become an important force in the local metal scene. How did the idea of Vent Box Productions come about?

Mike: Hi Heavy Metal Tribune. First of all, thank you very much for taking the time to setup this interview. Vent Box Productions was actually setup in 2014 instead of 2013 as a platform to promote local bands. We did Vent Box 2014 Underground Music Festival at Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce featuring local bands from different music genre. Metal, Rock, Oi and Hardcore bands were invited to play that very show. We always think that local bands are not getting enough recognition and opportunity to showcase their music.

Over the years, Vent Box Productions has expanded its role from a gig organiser, to a booking agency representing multiple bands. What was the reason behind this move, and how has the experience as an organiser helped you with this additional role?

It was just a coincidence that we ended up becoming a booking agency representing bands. It all started when we did the first tour for French Putrid Death Metal band, Necrowretch. After that successful short tour, we were encouraged by our good friend, Khaal (Balberith/Ravage Records) to continue doing booking for both local and international bands. Honestly, it’s easier to be an organiser than a booking agent. But being an organiser, I also get to communicate with promoters around the region which helps a lot in booking tours for bands.

The team also opened its Philippines division couple of years back. What was the reason behind this, and how different has it been organising gigs in Philippines compared to Singapore?

The idea came when we were planning for Vader: Rise of the Empire Live in Cebu 2017. We appointed, Mr Henri Castellano to manage Vent Box Productions Philippines. 1 very important reason is to be able to have bands from both region touring in both countries. Example, we got a slot for Cebu Black Metal band, Kalabira, to perform at Morbid Metal Festival this November. We’ll also be having bands from Singapore going over to Philippines soon. To be announced. There isn’t much difference organising gigs in Philippines compared to Singapore except that the tickets sold in Philippines will always be much cheaper than in Singapore. And of course, planning the route for the band to travel from their hotel to the gig venue is also not an easy task due to the bad traffic.

Vent Box Productions has been the host for such high profiled acts as Implore, Benighted, and Hiss from the Moat over the years. Of all the gigs, which has been the most memorable for you personally, and as an organiser?

I would say that Impiety Legacy of Savagery Live in Singapore was the most memorable as both personal and organiser. The gig that we spent a lot of effort making it look really like an extreme metal show with barb wires, sinister masks and burning incense. But I know after 5th of May, Metal United World Wide, Singapore will be the most memorable.

Over the years, we have heard laments about the difficulties in bringing in international acts, or holding local gigs. Having had years of experience as an organiser, what has been the most challenging aspect in bringing a gig together?

Finding gig venues is really challenging in Singapore. Used to have really limited choices to host shows but recently, with the opening of Decline and EBX Live Space, things are getting so much better. One of my favourite venue, however, had closed down. Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

Having hosted local and international acts alike, how different is it when dealing with local bands, compared to international bands?

International acts usually will send their technical rider for us to fulfil. Which is always an important requirement. Singapore bands are more accommodative with whatever we can provide decently. Usually we try not to take short cuts and scrimp on productions.

This year marks the first year of the Metal United World Wide in Singapore. How did this gig, as well as the collaboration come about?

At first I got a text message from Clarence Chong (Assault/HMT) regarding this event. I was sceptical initially so I decided to read up about the whole event on how it works when the main organiser, Black-Roos Entertainment from Australia contacted me. Got some explanation from them and went ahead with the collaboration. Because I think it’s a really good platform to promote our local bands.

The lineup boasts some of the classic names in the local metal scene, such as Meltgsnow, Wormrot, Rudra, to even Bastardized – a name we haven’t heard in a while now. How did the lineup come about?

It has always been a dream of mine to get all the classic bands to perform on 1 stage. So when I agreed to do MUWW, I went ahead and contacted all these bands. Meltgsnow was recommended by Subash of Truth Be Known. It takes a little more than convincing to get Bastardized on board but we manage to do it from our long time friendship since the 90s era.

Meltgsnow, circa 2018

As mentioned earlier, some of the classic names in the local metal scene are feature in this line-up. This event will certainly be one of the biggest gig featuring local metal bands, are there any objective you hope to achieve through organizing this gig?

To bring all the local metalheads together. After all, its call Metal United World Wide. At the same time, hoping that the bands involved will be recognised internationally and probably score some oversea tours later.

The wide-ranging lineup is certainly eye-catching and attention-grabbing. How has response been so far for the gig?

Response has been moderately good. However, we are expecting more people to buy the tickets once the physical ones are in store. We got very good coverage on social media with bands and fans sharing the event. So we are pretty positive that the event will be a great success.

Mike with Ilemauzar. Photo credits: @haljin_photography

Your own act, black metal band Ilemauzar, is also a part of the lineup – not the first time where you hold multiple roles for a gig. How do you manage your time, and still ensure that the gig runs smoothly and successfully?

Vent Box Productions has a few good experienced crews that have been helping us since day 1. I also have my girlfriend, Winnie Tan (Founder of Vent Box Productions), managing all the shows plus I will only spend 30-40mins on stage.

Metal United World Wide happens on 5th May 2018, and is hosted in multiple locations across the globe. To find out more about your local Metal United World Wide, click here.

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