Kemenyan Book of Metal Magic

KemenyanBookofmetalSorceryAttention all Malaysian metalheads and borderline punks, for there is another book  worth buying and reading in this fall of 2015!

I’m talking about Kemenyan — Book of Metal Sorcery by Rammy Azmi – also known for being late Blackfire‘s guitarist, drummer of Wreckar, and man behind Faithcraft Productions Records and blog.

This book collects the best interviews, all in English, that Rammy published in his fanzine Kemenyan. The interesting thing about this book is the presence of pretty controversial bands such as AS-SAHAR. Their views are reported here for historical and archival sake, precises Rammy. “I don’t necessarily have to agree with what they say, but by negating the existence of such bands, we force a piece of history of Malay/Nusantara metal to be forgotten in the cracks of time,” he precised to me via email. And I cannot agree more. Continue reading Kemenyan Book of Metal Magic


There is a new Kuala Lumpur band to watch out for, Speed Witches. Featuring Emi from Tools of the Trade on bass, they play high spirited, galloping 70s-worshipping stonerrock like no one else in Southeast Asia.

I am quite happy to see how the influence of a wave of American heavy rock, and especially, the past greatness of bands like Mountain, Captain Beyond and Atomic Rooster¬†has finally crept through the wastelands of Central Asia, leaking through the Malaysian Peninsula…

Will this be the beginning of a new trend, and a welcome addition to other Malaysian heavyweights of doomy tremolos like Daighila and GAUR?

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