Friday, 23 September 2016

NEW INTERVIEW: Our first interview with MATICRUST (Filipino / UAE band: Grind Crust Punk)

MATICRUST @ Obscene Extreme Fest 2016. Left to Right: Rippon, Dondon, Dennis The Menace, Erickson, and Infectious Dri. The guitarist of Devourment is in the background. The drummer is UAE-based Indian whilst the other band members are Filipinos also based in the UAE (three guys from Manila and one from Lucena).
Busuk Webzine Net  Interview
Kieran James1: Hi, can you tell me the early history from the formation of the band up to now?
MATICRUST band: Maticrust started in 2012 with me [Dondon], Dennis, Owgz and Ericson. I was the drummer before until eventually we found a drummer so now I help Ericson with the vocals. Maticrust is composed of Terror Rust, Antipathy, C.O.R and Bad Omen. And the band was formed here in the U.A.E [United Arab Emirates] but we have all been active since 1995 in different bands.
MATICRUST live @ Obscene Extreme Fest 2016.
KJ2: How is the response of people to your mini-albums / album / demos?
They are supportive in terms of getting their copies of the old demo and they show much appreciation for us by attending our gigs as well
KJ3: What are the most influential bands for you guys in playing music?
We’re influenced by Disrupt, Extreme Noise Terror, Terrorizer, Insect Warfare, Phobia, Doom, Old Brutal Truth and Masskontroll
KJ4: What are your future plans for the band?
We plan to tour in South-east Asia which is happening next year namely Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines. And also the release of our EP Inhumane World Deprivation.
KJ5: Are the songs you create using English or foreign lyrics?
We use English so anyone can understand.
KJ6: What are the lyrical themes?
Our lyrics are based on Anti-War, Bullshit Socio-Political System, and Social Discriminations.
KJ7: Why do you all like to play old-school instead of deathcore or other modern styles?
Because we started in the scene around mid-90’s so we are used to and like to play the old-school way and to us it’s faster and has a direct way of showing and expressing Grind/Crust/Punk. 
KJ8: When did you first become fans of metal / punk bands?
By mid-90’s.
KJ9: What do you say to people who ask why you play western-style music?
Because that’s what we have been motivated by since we started it all.
KJ10: Do the wives and girlfriends of the personnel support what you are doing?
Yeah, they know it and every tour they are there to support us all the way; afterwards they enjoy it as well.
KJ11: What are the best and worst things about the community in your city?
In the UAE the scene here is already developed because we built a kolektib here especially for the people who want to see the grind, punk, crust community because the scene here before was composed only of black, death and trash metal. The worst things here are the people who want to sabotage some gigs like someone giving false info to the government about a gig production. We all know how sensitive in terms of religion this country is so if there’s a satanic involvement the government will put a stop to that event even if the organizer spent so much money on it. They can do anything just to cancel the event because of an asshole sicko who told a lie so that the show will be stopped.
KJ12: What are your most memorable shows or experiences onstage? / KJ13: Have you got any message for the fans?
Our most memorable experience is The Obscene Extreme Festival 2016 because that was our dream playing with crust, grindcore, punk, and brutal death bands in that Woodstock Musick Festival. The most interesting part for us was that we played alongside Extreme Noise Terror, Insect Warfare, Deathside, Rotten Sound, Brujeria, Toxic Holocaust, Venomous Concept, Lock-Up, and War Wound. Totally it was the most memorable show for us in our lives and we had the most supportive audience as well.
KJ14: OK, thank you very much.
Thanks Busuk Webzine for this opportunity to interview for your webzine, Keep it Up and Grind-On!!!In Grind, We Crust!!!
MATICRUST live @ Obscene Extreme Fest 2016:

Thursday, 22 September 2016

NEW INTERVIEW: Our second interview with SABAOTH (Manado, North Sulawesi Brutal Death Metal)

SABAOTH band from Manado, North Sulawesi. Left to right : Marcel (drum), Rio (guitar), Boy (vocal). One month before the band reached Jakarta / Bandung last July 2015, the bassist resigned because of his study.
Kieran James: Hai, bisakah kamu menceritakan sejarah awal terbentuknya band kalian hingga sekarang? *Hallo, Sabaoth terbentuk di tahun 2005, sampai saat ini sudah beberapa kali berganti personil,personil asli yang tersisa saat ini hanya Rio (gitar). Formasi saat ini Rio (gitar) Marcel (drum) dan Boy (vokal). Sudah merilis 3 cd demo, 1 cd promo re issue, dan 1 full length album dalam format cd.
KJ2: Bagaimana respon orang-orang dengan mini album/album/demo band Kamu? *Respon orang orang terhadap album kami sejauh ini sangat positif, kami juga sangat terbuka dengan kritikan terhadap karya kami. Dan kami sangat menghargai apapun respon teman teman.
SABAOTH 2014-15 with former bassist.
KJ3: Band apa yang paling berpengaruh bagi Kalian dalam bermain musik?
*Masing masing personil sebenarnya mempunyai influence musik yang berbeda beda, tapi mungkin yang paling banyak mempengaruhi musikalitas kami adalah band band New York old skool death metal.
KJ4: Apa rencana kedepan kalian bersama band?
*Terus buat karya, dan tour ke seluruh indonesia. Seluruh dunia kalau perlu...haha
KJ5: Apakah lagu-lagu yang kalian buat menggunakan Bahasa Inggris dan Indonesia.
*Di album Demogrind (2007) dan Exile (2010) kami menyisipkan 1 atau 2 lagu berbahasa indonesia. Tapi di album Unholy Divinity (2015), semua nya full menggunakan bahasa inggris.
KJ6: Apa yang kalian ceritakan dalam lirik-lirik yang kalian buat?
*Dalam Demogrind, kami menceritakan tentang sosial, kejadian kejadian yang sering terjadi di sekitar kita. Dalam Exile, kami membahas tentang perilaku seseorang yang depresi, terganggu dalam lingkup sosial dan memuja kematian. Dalam Unholy Divinity, kami membahas tentang kegelapan, kekerasan atas nama agama, dan berontak terhadap agama dan "tuhan".
KJ7: Mengapa kalian semua suka memainkan musik death-metal?
*Death metal itu jujur, apa adanya dan kami nyaman mendengarkan dan memainkan nya.
KJ8: Kapan pertama kali kamu menjadi fans band metal?
*Saat saya di sekolah menengah atas,sekitaran tahun 97-98.
KJ9: Apa yang Kamu katakan kepada orang-orang yang bertanya mengapa Kamu memainkan musik bergaya barat?
*Saya tidak peduli dengan itu.
KJ10: Apakah para istri dan kekasih para personil kalian mendukung apa yang kalian kerjakan?
*Sejauh ini tidak ada masalah, justru mereka sangat mendukung.
KJ11: Apakah hal-hal yang terbaik dan terburuk tentang komunitas di kota kalian?
*Hal terbaik adalah saat kami membuat event metal pertama kali di manado pada tahun 2008, semua band all genre metal bisa sepanggung dan berbagi keceriaan bersama. Sayang event ini harus berakhir ketika pada tahun 2015, komunitas ini pecah karena diambil alih oleh orang orang yang membawa kepentingan pribadi ke dalam komunitas, dan melarang para "umat" nya untuk support event lain selain yang dibuat mereka, untuk support band selain dari kaum mereka, dan memboikot event event "gratisan" yang dibuat oleh sponsor sponsor rokok, tapi anehnya mereka ikutan main di event "gratisan" tersebut.
KJ12: Rencana apa yang kalian buat bersama band untuk kedepannya?
*Merampungkan album baru dan tour di berbagai kota di indonesia.
KJ13: Di acara apa kalian merasakan, itu stage yang berkesan?
*Semua panggung sabaoth sangatlah berkesan, tapi di panggung sickness deathfest dan groupies death fest#2 kemarin adalah yang paling berkesan. Kami main di hadapan para penikmat death metal, pemerhati musik, orang orang label dan teman teman yang selama ini hanya kami kenal melalui sosial media.
KJ14: Ada pesan untuk kawan kawan?
*Teruslah berkarya dengan jujur, bikin karya sebaik mungkin karena sebuah band akan dikenang karena karya nya, bukan modal tua dan banyak tulis status di sosial media. Perbanyak teman, bukan perbanyak musuh.
KJ15: OK, terima kasih banyak
*Terima kasih kembali.
New SABAOTH song for debut album "Unholy Divinity" released in February 2015 on Dismembered Records:

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

NEW INTERVIEW: Our first interview with KODUSA (Jakarta White Metal) (English version)

KODUSA (Jakarta White Metal) new 2016 line-up. Left to Right: Rala (drums), Lulu (guitar), Ives (vocal1), Lila (vocal2), and Jack (bass).
Kieran James aka Jack Frost1: Hi, could you please tell us the history of the band?
KJ1: This band was established by Ivan ‘Bhatocx’ Wijaya on July 19th 1998. At that time, the band formation was different. On the leading of Ivan KODUSA the formation was changed several times. Before Ivan’s changes the band consisted of Ivan (guitar), TJ (female vocalist), Dicky (male vocalist), Zack (bass) and Beni (drum).

On December 2nd 1999, Ivan passed away because of leukaemia. Considering there’s a vacant place, Dicky the vocalist suggested Lulu to replaced Ivan as a guitarist. It was several figures who took the role as a guitarist. Some of them are Bemby and Fajar. However, Lulu is the one who still remains.

Kodusa then experienced another change, which was on female vocalist. Tj (TJ Extravaganza) signed off from the band and chose to continue her solo performance. Eventually, Dicky also decided to quit the band and joined with another band. Lulu the guitarist then suggested his sister Lila to fill the gap on Kodusa by being the female vocalist. There was also Ives (Ivan’s dad) who recommended Ives (Ivan’s brother) to be the male vocalist.

After the band has got its new member, they decided to create a new nuance for their music. Based on Lulu’s idea, the band added Turntable and Sampling instrument to be played by another new member, Amy, who is a female DJ.

I was not so long after the arrival of new instruments that there was another dynamic occurred in the band. Beni the drummer left the band and was substituted by AL, former drummer of Purgatory Band.

In the early of 2000, Kodusa was totally reformed. The original band member remaining was Zack the bassist. Also in this year, the band made its new formation consisting of Ivan (male lead vocalist), Lila (female vocalist), Zack (bassist), Lulu (guitar), Amy (DJ), and Al (drum). Unfortunately, this formation lasted just 2 years. Again, Kodusa was facing shortage of band members. Amy quit because she could not manage to balance her office life. Three years later, in 2004, Al who became Lulu’s husband had to be dismissed from the band because of his involvement in another band called Purgatory. Within the recent Kodusa’s minimalist formation, there was a drummer from TABOO band who acted as an additional drummer for Kodusa.

Despite a lot of changes happening Kodusa still went on its productive way and contributed to music. KODUSA’s song titled ‘Damai’ has been listed on compilation album called “Revolution of Sound2”. The album was released in 2005 by Sony/BMG Indonesia.

When this article was written, Kodusa is going back to minimalist formation. Kodusa put their distinction on their song and lyrics; vocal character of Ives and Lila; attractive bass playing by Zack; solo guitar by Lulu; and Rala (their new drummer). Interestingly, Rala was met with the band ‘accidentally’ when he was performing Taraweh praying at Ramadan 2007.

Note: Former additional drummer, Oky, now became drummer of famous Indonesian band Andra and The Backbone.

KJ2: How do the people respond to your mini album / album / demo?
Alhamdulillah (Thank God), their response was generally good. They were happy and enthusiastic with our single and songs. Some of our friends who were listening to our songs even memorised our lyrics very well. Hey also gave us support by buying our album and merchandise. Some of them also gave us some feedbacks and shared with us about our aims and our vision in music industry.

KJ3: Which band influenced you the most?
Each of us has different favourite bands and different inspirations that influenced our musical taste. And none of them has to be metal band. We love Korn, Deftones, Mudvayne, Dream Theater, A Perfect Circle, Incubus, Nirvana, Bjork, Alanis Morisette, etc. We also idolise local band who play religious music such as Bimbo.

KJ4: What is your future plan with this band?
Actually, we always wanted to finish our first album because in the meantime, we released some singles that we shared to some compilations, whether it’s an indie or semi indie compilations. Our purpose was to compile our singles to became one album. We also planned to launch the album with the help of some musicians, who contributed to our songs as a backing vocalist. They are: Iman, Anton (J-Rock band); Eno and Choky (Netral Band); Bonnie (Dead Squad); Al, Lutfi, Bounty, and Apit (Purgatory Band).

KJ5: Do you also create songs using English?
Yes. Most of our songs are combination where some part is using English.

KJ6: What do you trying to tell on the lyrics that you have made?
Our lyrics have some themes ranging from social matters, peace, justice, and some of them are religious. Religious in this context was some story and legend based on our holy Quran.

The point is, we are trying to deliver the positive message from it through our lyrics and music. We are also trying to pass the message by using appropriate words, as polite as possible.

KJ7:  Why do you guys like death metal music?
We love metal music, partly because it has a ‘hard’ rhythm, energy, and its full of passion. However, we try to balance the beat of the music with our soft and ‘anti - violence’ lyrics.

KJ8: When was the first time you’ve been the fans of metal?
Hmmm, not sure when is it. Each member of the band has different experiences about that. Perhaps, we started to be fans when we saw some bands like Metallica, Sepultura, Slipknot which were really popular in Indonesia.

AL (Purgatory drummer, ex-Kodusa) and wife Lulu (Kodusa)
KJ9: What would you say to the people who ask why you play western style music?
Hmmm.. not all of western culture is bad or negative. We love western metal musicians and just enjoyed their music, their techniques, and that’s it. About the relatively ‘free’ lifestyle (although not all of westerners are doing that)… we were trying to get rid of it (the lifestyles). We’re not naïve that we have members who did terrible things in the past, being struck with drugs… but it has been the past and they’re clear now. They’re keeping doing a healthy life now and stay away from drugs.

We thought that as long as we could adapt with the positive side and stay away from negative stuff, western culture is nothing to worry about.

KJ10: Do your wives or girlfriends support what you’ve been doing?
Most of them are really supportive of each other. We’ve got husband and wife vocalist at Kodusa. As well as Lulu, our guitarist, who is Al’s wife. Al is playing drums at metal band Purgatory, so Lulu and Al is a metal-musician couple. Moreover, Zack (bass) and Rala (drums) are also supported by their wives.

KJ11: What would be the good and bad things about the community in your city?
We live in Indonesia, which applies eastern culture, and well known for the people's friendliness. We also still respect our heritage and local wisdoms. Morality and good attitude are everything here. As well as how religious the people are. Apparently, people here are very diverse and respect each other. So, generally speaking, lack of morality was just practised by a small number of people.

KJ12: What’s your future plan?
Besides creating album, launching the album, creating video clips, we really want to be contributing to music concerts especially those which emphasise social and religious aims within the concert. We also are looking forward to being a part of social activities.

KJ13: What is your most memorable performance?
Almost every gig has its own memorable moment. Maybe the most memorable was the event held by local metal bands. This event theme was “Approach Deen Avoids Sins”. We did not expect that the folks would be really enthusiastic. Most of them, we believe, are those with pure life goals: avoid bad things and do things that are worthwhile for others. Some of them even managed to expand this ‘campaign’ to their family and friends.

KJ14: Do you have something to say for your friends?
Hmm, maybe we have to noticing our self first. Disseminating the good deed is nothing if we ourselves could not implement what’s our religion been ordered to us.  Good syiar is not only spread by words but also by real actions. If we could act in a good way, we can say that our aim as a band has already been visible by our friend or acquaintances.

KJ15: Why do you call your genre as ‘white metal’?
We knew that the image of metal is opposite with goodness, which is always represented as ‘white’. For us, white means pure and innocent. White is also related with many Islamic symbols. We are trying to create a perception that, although we are doing metal music, we are doing it in a pure and innocent way. Trying to be in a way that blessed by Allah SWT.

KJ16: Does one finger movement still exist and do you join this movement? (Question from Teguh Prasetyo from INTERFECTORMENT band, Bandung)
As far as we know, One Finger Movement still exists. At the beginning, this movement was ignited by Ombat from a local band called Tengkorak. But, generally speaking, metal bands such as Purgatory, Kodusa, and some local bands have been applying sort of Islamic metal far before terms like “Islamic Metal” or “Metal Tauhid” or “One Finger Metal” was popular. This could happen because, as well as the majority of population being Muslims; there was actually a lot of metal fans here in Indonesia. One interesting example was during the concert we could have a break until adzan is finished. (Adzan is the Muslim call to ritual prayer).  Even after azan, everyone goes to mosque for praying.

There is still a support though. For example was happened to our fellow in Purgatory band. One of their single is titled “M.O.G.S.A.W”, which is an abbreviation from “Messenger of God Shalallahu Alaihi Wassalam” (honorary title for Prophet Muhammad). Then, Purgatory fans suddenly called themselves as “MOGERZ” or “Messenger of God Shallallahu Alaihi Wasallam Followerz”.

Although many people appreciate that ‘unusual’ circumstance, some of them are also pouting on us and feeling awkward about that.  For example in 1999/2000, some folks on the community mocked us as a “HardMus” band, which means HardcoreMuslims. But in fact, those mocked did not let us down. WE are indeed Muslims and we have certain obligation like praying 5 times a day, etc.

Yet, we are still confident with our identity. There are many local metal bands that have same ideology like us and they are also still proud of their Islamic values.

There is an increasing number of new bands with the same values though.

Lastly, thankyou very much. Apologise for being late on answering this interview. Thanks for the opportunity to be a represented metal band in this genre. 

[Translation into English by: Ms Okky Irmanita of University of GLasgow, Scotland.]

Saturday, 17 September 2016

OPINION : "Javanese Black Metal Scene Blunders", by Hendra Yuwono / Doni Wicaksonojati (Indo / English)

IMMORTAL RITES - Kediri Black Metal Force
By Hendra Yuwono: Pemahaman akan Javanese yang blunder di scene black metal dan permasalahan kenapa kok band pocongan selalu menjadi topic percakapan yang never ending, didalam scene black metal kita ini sudah semakin berlarut dan perlu pelurusan dalam hal ini.

Berikut kutipan dari mas Doni Wicaksonojati (IMMORTAL RITES band, Kediri Black Metal Force) sebagai pelaku black metal dan pelaku yang hidup berdasarkan pada adat adat java...

"Memakai atribute pocong, gendruwo, kuntilanak, ilu ilu banaspati dan semacamnya sah sah saja tapi akan lebih arif kalo menghilangkan kalimat BLACK METAL pada klaimnya, saya rasa memakai Javanese metal seperti teman teman band MYSTIS dan SACRIFICE akan lebih cocok namun demikian semua berpulang pada masing - masing sebab mengejawantahkan JAVANESE hanya sebatas GIMMICK itu justru akan menjadi BLUNDER bagi para pelakunya sendiri. Dan JAVANESE itu bukanlah theatrikal, javanese itu adalah WAY OF LIVE. Kepedulian terhadap berbagai macam kearifan lokal pergerakan memahami alam sekitar. 

Eksistensi pengendalian ajaran2 leluhur baik ajaran kiri atopun kanan memahami dan mengamalkanya dan baru bisa dan boleh mengklaim sebagai JAVANESE METAL".

Semoga sedikit kutipan dari beliau ini bisa lebih membuka mata dan menambah pengetahuan kita dalam hal hal yang selama ini berkembang dan salah arah...

English, by Hendra Yuwono: This article is about how to blend and use javanese history theme lyrics and music, so it can blend into black metal perfectly without missing the core ingredient of black metal itself, and many new young black metal bands misinterpret about javanese and what is black metal. I guess you already know about black metal bands in indonesia that dress up like it was helloween or like actors in horror movies or haunted houses in carnivals, they think black metal is associated with ghost, ghouls, orc, and other shapes of demon and devil.

Friday, 16 September 2016

NEW INTERVIEW: Our first interview with BABY FROG (Bogor Grindcore) (Bahasa Indonesian)

Kieran James11: Hai, bisakah kamu menceritakan sejarah awal terbentuknya band kalian hingga sekarang?

BABY FROG band: #Kami terbentuk dr sebuah komunitas metal di kota bogor.kami terbentuk karna memiliki kesamaan selera musik yg sama.setelah kita sering bertemu dan shering.akhirnya kita sepakat untuk membentuk sebuah band dengan gendre grind core. Dan di beri nama Baby Frog.
KJ2: Bagaimana respon orang-orang dengan mini album/album/demo band Kamu?
2#kami merilis cd promo yg berisi 4 lagu pd bulan 10 januari 2016. Dan mendapat respon sangat bagus dari teman teman di komunitas. Dan sekareng sedang berjalan dalam proses album
KJ3: Band apa yang paling berpengaruh bagi Kalian dalam bermain musik?
3#Rotten sound.
KJ4: Apa rencana kedepan kalian bersama band?
4#Dalam waktu dekat kami akan mengeluarkan cd album kami.dan agenda di awal thn akan mengadakan launching album. Dan selanjutnya tour..
KJ5: Apakah lagu-lagu yang kalian buat menggunakan Bahasa Inggris dan Indonesia.
5#dari 17 lagu.16 bahasa indonesia dan 1 lagu bahasa inggris.
KJ6: Apa yang kalian ceritakan dalam lirik-lirik yang kalian buat?
Tentang politik.sosial.dan pendidikan yang sudah tidak teratur. Tp ini nyata terjadi di negara ini.
KJ7: Mengapa kalian semua suka memainkan musik grindcore / death-metal?
7#karna grindcore membuat kami lebih bersemangat dan kita lebih bisa mengekspresikan kemampuan musik kita disini.
KJ8: Kapan pertama kali kamu menjadi fans band metal?
8#waktu saya berumur 15tahun.
KJ9: Apa yang Kamu katakan kepada orang-orang yang bertanya mengapa Kamu memainkan musik bergaya barat?
9#ini selera saya.dan ini sudah jd kebutuhan hoby saya.
KJ10: Apakah para istri dan kekasih para personil kalian mendukung apa yang kalian kerjakan?
10#tentu saja mendukung...
KJ11: Apakah hal-hal yang terbaik dan terburuk tentang komunitas di kota kalian?
11#hal terbaik metal di kota kami adalah pecinta musik metal sangat banyak tapi hal buruknya mereka tidak bersatu...
KJ12: Rencana apa yang kalian buat bersama band untuk kedepannya?
12#rilis album, louncing, lalu tour album.
KJ13: Di acara apa kalian merasakan, itu stage yang berkesan?
13#stage yg berkesan adalah jalur teriak#2.
KJ14: Ada pesan untuk kawan kawan?
14#saling support aja!!!dan sesuatu yang besar berawal dari kecil.
KJ15: OK, terima kasih banyak

Thursday, 15 September 2016

NEW INTERVIEW: Our second interview with SIKSA KUBUR (Jakarta Death Metal), by Collin Brophy

SiKsaKubuR Interview by Collin Brophy

In this interview we finally get to know what SiKsaKubuR means in English as well as the new album name Mazmur 187. For me this interview has so far been the biggest and most privileged and that is because this is the first interview SiKsaKubuR has done in English and I am very grateful for this honour and will never forget.

SiksakubuR's music is of the brutal kind and not for the faint hearted, I have only been aware of SiksakubuR for around 15 months and as a newcomer, not only to SiksakubuR’s music but to also the abundance of talented and amazing metal bands spread throughout Indonesia. Even today I am finding new metal bands from all genres that are just amazing and can be held up in the same vein as some of the biggest metal bands not just from Europe and America but anywhere else in the world. 

SiksakubuR have played some of the biggest metal festivals in Indonesia, they have played Bangli Metalheads, Dreamloud Open air Metal Festival, Cibinong Deathfest and Obscene Extreme Asia just to name a few, and not to mention their own shows all around Asia. Hopefully one day we will have the privilege of seeing SiksakubuR playing right here in Australia.

SiksakubuR is a well-respected metal band from Jakarta Indonesia, and they are also well respected all over the world. SiksakubuR was formed back in 1996 and they have 20 years of experience and 7 albums under their belt and with number 8 on its way. It was an honour and a privilege to interview the very talented guitarist from SiKsaKubuR Andre Tiranda. Andre Tiranda is a very down to earth type of guy, very friendly and he is always happy to have a chat. Andre has been the guitarist in SiksakubuR since December 2001. I am very hopeful to be able to meet Andre face to face one day and just sit down and talk all that is metal not just in SiksakubuR but also in Indonesia.

So far the only albums of SiKsaKubuR that I have really listened to are Tentara Merah Darah and their self-titled album SiKsaKubuR. Both albums are very different in many ways, but both albums are just as brilliant as each other. I would say that their self-titled album SiKsaKubuR is a lot more brutal then Tentara Merah Darah. With a new album on the way called Mazmur 187, I am very much looking forward to hearing this; if any of their last albums are to go by Mazmur 187 could be in the running to be in my top 10 albums of this year, but I will just have to wait.

Collin Brophy. Hello how is everyone in the family that is SiKsaKubuR?
Andre Tiranda. Hello brother, we are all good here ... thanks for asking...

C. Brophy. What does SiKsaKubuR mean, and how did you come up with the name of your band?
A.Tiranda. Siksakubur means Grave Torture, and our former drummer came up with the name inspired by Sepultura who use their mother language...

C. Brophy. SiKsaKubuR has been around for 20 years, what has been the proudest moment as a band so far?
A.Tiranda. Yeah brother it's 20 years now ... and the proudest moment for me is that we are still doing the thing we love which is playing metal music until now...

C. Brophy. SiKsaKubuR has released 7 albums so far, with a new album due soon, what album would you recommend for a newcomer to your band, and why is that?
A.Tiranda. Yeah that’s right. I recommend for the newcomer to check out our previous 7 albums before listening to our newest album ... because they can listen to our musical journey...

C. Brophy. As a musician what made you decide to start up a metal band, and why did you choose death metal as your genre?
A.Tiranda. ... I first started in metal bands when I was in junior high school back in the 1990s and my band played heavy metal to thrash metal because I thought that was the only music that fit my situation back then.... and I chose death metal I think because it's challenging and it suits my guitar playing style.

C. Brophy. How is the metal scene in Indonesia now compared to when you started way back in 1996?
A.Tiranda. The metal scene nowadays is for sure very big, and there are so many great bands in every area in Indonesia. And, because of internet, all the things seem easier now....

C. Brophy.  SiKsaKubuR has a new album called Mazmur 187, what does Mazmur 187 mean and how did you come up with the album title and who came up with the album cover?
A.Tiranda. Yes.... 187 is code used by law informants to identify (murder death kill), yes it's maybe a code from some area in USA but it sounds cool to me ...and Mazmur is Psalms from the bible ...and Psalms is a praise ... so by combining these two words .. we get Psalms 187 or Mazmur 187 in Indonesian ....and I’m the one who came up with the album cover idea...

C. Brophy. Can you tell us about the new album: is there a theme or story to the album?
A.Tiranda. Yes...  all the stories are based on a killing ... all motives of killing ...different song different motive ...just a standard death metal theme...

C. Brophy. How many songs are on the new album, how would you describe the album and are there any surprises on the new album?
A.Tiranda. There's 10 songs on this album, and for me this is the most diverse album I’ve ever written...so many elements and we got some friends from a different genre who will feature on some of the songs....

C. Brophy. Who wrote the lyrics for the new album, and how did you come up with the lyrical content for the album?
A.Tiranda. Me and our vocalist wrote all the lyrics, and we always do some research from the books, articles, even movies just to build the ideas for lyrics.

C. Brophy. Have you got an up and coming tour to support the new album?
A.Tiranda. Yes we will do the touring for the new album ... but just local tour...cuz we can't afford to go touring overseas...

C. Brophy. As a relative newcomer to the Indonesian metal scene, what 5 bands would you recommend, and what 5 albums would you recommend?
A.Tiranda
1- Viscral – “Egocentric Underneath of Horror”
2- Sufism - Reptilia Buas
3- Karnak - Asimilasi Dagasatra
4- Abgotter - Rebeligion
5- Miasma - The Ancient Fallacy

C. Brophy. Good luck with the new album and hopefully we will see you one day in Australia.
A.Tiranda. Thanks so much ...we hope so...

C. Brophy. Thank you for your time and it’s an honour to do an interview with such a talented and well respected metal band from Indonesia.
A.Tiranda. Ur welcome ... the honour is mine...