Your Introduction to Black Metal in Singapore

Along with the recent saga came a surge of interest in the black metal genre. Just look at posts on alternative media such as this:

Perhaps it is in good time that we also introduce some local (Singaporean) black metal acts as well. In no order of preference, we present to you… Black metal in Singapore.

1. Impiety

When it comes to black metal in Singapore, who could forget the mighty Impiety? Formed in 1988, Impiety‘s discography spans the entire extreme metal genres. Beginning with the traditional 2nd-wave of black metal sound on Asateerul Awaleen, Impiety‘s style has transformed over the years to incorporate more bestial elements on albums like Formidonis Nex Cultus (which has a thrashy vibe), to the more progressive works on Worshippers of the Seventh Tyranny.

Their material has drawn comparisons to such legends as Blasphemy, Sarcofago, and Angelcorpse. Along with their long-running history, the band can easily be considered one of the black metal legends coming out of Southeast Asia, let alone Singapore.

2. Abhorer

Speaking of legends, how can one not speak of Abhorer? With a string of demos, splits, EPs and just a single full-length album, Zygotical Sabbatory Anabapt, the band’s musical style has remained one of the cornerstones of the black metal sound coming out of Singapore.

3. Rudra

Vedic metal band Rudra burst into the scene in 1992, but it was not until 1998 that the band released their now landmark self-titled album. Unlike Impiety or Abhorer, Rudra adopted a more death metal leaning sound, while incorporating elements of Vedic philosophy and spirituality into their lyrical themes. What made them such a unique band is the ability to also fuse Eastern elements into their musical output, into a sound that they can proudly call their own. The band even got local filmmaker Jacen Tan to direct one of their music videos, which launch remains one of the most memorable events personally.

4. Infernal Execrator

A considerably younger band than the aforementioned, Infernal Execrator takes much of their musical cues from bands such as Impiety, along with other black/death metal legends such as Infernal War, Blasphemy, and the likes. With 2 full lengths under their belts, and their latest offering being last year’s Obsolete Ordinance, Infernal Execrator is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

5. Ilemauzar

Ilemauzar takes a more traditional black metal route compared to their compatriots, incorporating symphonic elements into their musical output. With their debut album The Ascension, the band has managed to capture the blackened hearts and souls of the Southeast Asia region. Fronted by mainman Mike (who also runs regional booking agency Vent Box Productions), the band has already garnered a sizeable fanbase through their tours in such countries as the Philippines and Indonesia.

6. Draconis Infernum

Draconis Infernum remains one of those local bands that has stayed close to my heart, being one of the first Singaporean black metal bands that I really got hooked onto. The band burst into the extreme metal circle in 2008 with their debut full length album, Death in My Veins, and has continued destroying the eardrums of their followers with Rites of Desecration & Demise, and The Sacrilegious Eradication. The band also has the honour of being the first band to perform on German black metal festival, Barther Metal Open Air in 2009.

7. Balberith

Band leader Khaal is also the founder of Ravage Records, a record store that feeds to the desires of local true metal fans. Balberith takes their cue from bestial war metal bands such as Blapshemy, and even regional acts such as Zygoatsis in their musical style.

The list is non-exhaustive as new bands come, and old bands leave their legacy. Know of any bands that we should have mentioned, but failed to make their appearance here? Leave your recommendations in the comments below.

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    • Teh C on March 14, 2019 at 10:28 pm
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    * Yaaawwwn* Rudra is not Black Metal.
    Since you are a metal “expert” where is Libation? Where is Eibon? Where is Sadiztik Impaler or Assahar? Draconis Infernum? Who are they? Illemauzar? LOL Pondan bands seem to top your list. Are you planning to be a TS soon?

    1. I particularly like how you dare to make comments yet hide behind a pseudonym.

        • Mamak Puki on May 7, 2019 at 12:19 am
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        Allahu Akbar
        You promote Haram music Setan bite off your cock

        1. Mamak Puki – very halal name indeed. Hypocrite.

    • Harry P. Hundec on May 6, 2019 at 10:49 pm
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    This article is based on your own personal preference?
    the bands listed here probably have a strong following locally and overseas.
    Some have split up? are not active anymore?

    Rudra is not Black Metal, not sure if you are aware of that.

    Abhorer. Pioneers, influential but have no other material to lay claim/ or for us to attribute greatness to except for a couple of splits and compilations. I’m sure a couple of splits and compilations account for nothing especially after Impiety has totally ravaged and conquered the scene.
    I’m very surprised that you have not included early seminal bands like Beheaded Nasrani or even Decius helmed by Necrosodomizer from Nuctemeron … and speaking of Nuctemeron, where is this Band? The first Band in Singapore to even release a demo!

    While Impiety, hands down- are the undisputed Emperors of SEA Black Bestial War whatever you call it Metal.
    Infernal Execrator are probably the pretenders to the throne or they are cut off the same cloth of Impiety – one of the best! Agreed that they are in your top spot!
    Draconis Infernum have to be a second close to Infernal Execrator, very talented and of course they have 3 full lengths with 2 exceptional crushing Black Metal albums but they too have fallen to the compilation trap too early in their existence without producing a seminal album.

    I dont see ETERNAL OATH, ETERNAL THRONE, ISTIDRAJ, IRONFIST, LIBATION, ITNOS being mentioned.
    These bands deserve a mention more than some Bands like Ilemauzar, who in mine and some other opinion have not released anything that is seminal and or to be talked about.
    Ilemauzar’ frontman is only adept at talking shit and making fun of others and acting up like he’s some sort of “uniting the scene figure” but in fact a miscreant bent on trying to project himself as local scene hero, the music he makes (with all respect to his band members) is shit so stop sucking up to him Mr.Hong Ruin.

    You could’ve added, at least VULTURE from marsiling to show some proficiency in local Black Metal scene in which you are clearly lacking knowledge and have so much to learn from. I see some biasness in your featuring of Bands and your apparent liking only for selective Bands you like or those whom you like being a crony to, the rest however good, you brush aside. That doesn’t help with your “Metalness” or credibility.

    Learn to have in depth knowledge and learn to forgo your ego and biasness before you decide to write anything.

    1. Of course these are based on my personal opinions, like I mentioned, the list is non-exhaustive and should not be taken as the be all and end all of Singapore extreme metal. Your reply was actually respectful and insightful at first, but I gradually lost all respect for you towards the end as you started to make baseless assumptions.

      Yet, as we have learned from the Watain saga, any publicity is good publicity. Much as you hate my piece or despise my preferences, I’m glad that you’re contributing to the traffic to our website. For that, I thank you.

      P.S. Hong Ruin? That’s actually a pretty awesome stage name haha.

    • Jandaharamsetan on May 6, 2019 at 11:24 pm
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    Purbawisesa??? Nechbeyth??? Istidraj???Sadiztik Impaler??? Assahar??? Totenkopf???

    Rudra main Black Metal eh?
    Come i clap for you
    Bodo pekambing cina!
    You like Ilemauzar?
    Balberith is ok. Your taste bad la small boy. Go write about metalcore band. Better

    1. Wow how did race come into the picture. And to hide behind a screen name. Coward.

    • Kucing Mas on May 6, 2019 at 11:26 pm
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    Heavy Metal Ching Chong
    the best band!

    • Fuckkvltshit on May 7, 2019 at 10:06 pm
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    So many idiots around here who think they’re in the early 80s or 90s….

    Pathetic fools!

    • Victor Lim on May 10, 2019 at 10:46 am
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    Hello Hong Rui.
    I think your list is not up to date or maybe it’s your personal choice of bands, but still gives no one the right to attack you (the writer), other people , bands or bring their dirty gutter politics here. This is why the scene is so disoriented and “clique” based. Singapore Metalheads are so full of shit sometimes, often trying to project their “Metalness” in a negative way, “i’m more metal than you”, “Chinese or Indian in Metal, don’t know anything or Poser”, i’m longer in the scene, “i need to be respected and validated, acknowledged and praised” SERIOUSLY! The world does NOT revolve you self absorbed and self centered pricks masquerading as “Trve” and “Kvlt” – GET A LIFE! or see a please see a therapist or get help! This thread looks like a circus! instead of bickering over which bands are the greatest, better still share bands and exchange music lah! why want to attack people over an article like this? Well enough of this, here is a Bands list i think gives a fresh perspective here or maybe some people have not heard their music! not in any form of order! Just look up the bands and give your support! \m/

    PS: Not sure if some are still active, but some have released really good stuff you should take a listen!

    NUCTEMERON

    STUKAS

    IMPERIAL TYRANTS

    NETHEREALM

    NECROHOLOCAUST

    ISTIDRAJ

    NERRAKA

    NECHYBETH

    HELVETTE

    QAHFIR (HELLGOAT)

    FUNERAL HEARSE

    PREKURXOR

    ZUSHAKON

    • Zulkifli Omar on May 10, 2019 at 11:16 am
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    most of the band mentioned in the earlier comments no longer exist also
    check out Battlestorm Funeral Hearse and Mir’aj Aswad
    Battlestorm is actually been around a long time but the experts posting here also don’t know.
    Funeral Hearse is a new band but i really like their first ep. Mi’raj Aswad is atmospheric Black Metal power also, then got this really obscure band Luna Azure donno if you have heard
    – Zulkifli Omar

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