NIZANG’s BRAIN SKETCHING REVIEWS featuring 4-SIVITS, THE TANGLED LINES, THE BOLLOCKS, EVEN TODAY, FEUD, FREYGYLE, THE INTIFADA, MOHD JAYZUAN, MORTAL COMBAT, SECOND COMBAT, SHOCK TREATMENT, INDIE FOR GLORY COMP & YOUNG AND DANGEROUS
ricenotes; Nizang mentioned about his new blog of reviews in a comment yesterday and I decided to call him up and hijack the whole thing into this blog. I’ve been trying to get people to contribute to this site forever, yet friends are still churning out writings on their own blogs. So you want to have your own thing going, fair enough but hey, pass some of it here lah! This site is supposed to be a collaborative effort, it a community thing and it’s getting really boring doing it all on my own lah! So yeah, terima kasih banyok, Nizang!
Brain Sketching Introduction
Hi! Peace be upon you! Welcome to this newly made blog.
My label just released a CD and we felt it’s hard to expose our CDs since there’s no active and consistant fanzine around here nowadays. We don’t wanna send our releases to big magazines like ROTTW or Konsert to review. The local scene needes a channel/media for their stuffs to be reviewed. So, that’s why I decided to upload all these reviews I did here. It’s actually writtten for my fanzine. But to wait until the zine is released, the reviews will be outdated. I’ll still put out zines, no worries.
Btw, the blog name is inspired by The Rotten’s (early 90’s punk/oi band from my hometown, Kuala Terengganu) demo tape title. I define it as ‘to convey what you have in your mind, ideas or messages. Thanks!
These are some reviews I did since a few months ago. Some of them are not complete, hope I’ll have more free time. There are many more stuffs on my desk waiting to be reviewed. I’ll try to scan the covers too.
Send in your DIY stuffs. All reviews are from my own point of view and preference, no heart feelings! Send in your contribution, i need volunteers to review stuffs especially those released under my label, Nervhous Records. Be it positive or negative review. Thanks!
Note: The prices are not including mail cost unless ‚Äòppd‚Äô is stated at the price. Thank you.
The 4 Sivits vs The Tangled Lines CD
(Marker) – RM20
I first listened to The Tangled Lines on the Standing Hard: a tribute to YOT comp put out by Saha‚Äôs Embrace Records. I was amazed by their fast and tight old skool HC songs with female vocalist. The moment I saw this split CD on sale at the 4 Sivits in KL show, I didn‚Äôt make second thoughts to go and grab it. They have some melodic and sing along parts just the way I like it and also screaming second vocals. Fucking rocks.
They share messages like open-mindedness, equality for both sexes in the moshing pit, and asking Bush to bomb Texas because they have oil too. Haha! For The 4 Sivits, they play the classic hc/punk styles with sing along parts. Not too fast. They sing about the power of music to their lives, hope for the scene, and mankind and a cover from Gang Green. Both bands are from Germoney.
(Basement Records) RM10
When I heard The Bollocks will come with a new album, after their really great ‚ÄòRevolution‚Äô cassette, I was excited. The ‚ÄòRevolution‚Äô cassette got sold with a very very high number of copies worldwide, at RM3 and even got pirated by some one-eyed-scums and their versions were sold at the price of RM9.90 to RM15! That‚Äôs how they gave impact towards the scene especially locally.
Enough about the history lessons. Maybe I expected what I shouldn‚Äôt. They‚Äôre still punk rock, still melodic, hard bass lines just like before. But I feel the kick is not as powerful as before. I couldn‚Äôt tell why. Nine songs are included in this CD. They recorded back the song ‚ÄòPolice Federation‚Äô from their ‚Äô94 demo, ‚ÄòMy Friend‚Äô and ‚ÄòNo More War‚Äô from ‚ÄòHapuskan ISA‚Äô compilation. They also did a cover of Mass Separation‚Äôs ‚ÄòTak Mau Lagi‚Äô.
Reach My Heart CD-R
This Japanese band played in KL recently along with Community Trust, also from Japan. I couldn‚Äôt make it to the show for attending my sister‚Äôs engagement ceremony. From what I heard, this band was great. The label which brings them down carries this CD so yeah as I‚Äôm an oldskool hardcore freak myself I surely grab it. What I got is 4 songs of melodic hardcore with screamy vocals and song-along. I like it! singing about revolution, change, and such.
Battling Bastard of Freedom
(Take 4 Collective)
This is fucking angry political hardcore from the Philippines that has been around since 1998. They‚Äôve improved from time to time since I heard them in Take No Heroes and the 3‚Äù cdr. The track ‚Äòdedications‚Äô which is a cover from Nations on Fire is a slower melodic hc/punk song.
Take 4 Collective, P.O. Box 3900 CPO Manila 1000, Philippines or 625thrash.com
(Knot Records) – RM6
It‚Äôs hard to believe that this band has been around for 10 years now. And they didn‚Äôt ever change line-up. This is only their second 3 songs single CD and been featured in some compilations before. They still maintain their low-note melodic punk/hc like Bad Religion in this CD. Kimberley here is not a girl‚Äôs name. It‚Äôs a method of diamond process or something. Like the lyrics goes ‚ÄúDiamonds are forever funding army and killing children and women‚Äù. Oh shit I‚Äôve lost the lyrics shit.
Contact email Knot Records
Rock and Roll Radical Demo
(self-released) – RM6
I met the front man of The Intifada when he followed Depress to play a show at my hometown. I think the title suggests that this band play rock and roll punk. Yeap, they do have the fun rock and roll melodies to most of their songs. I like most of them! There‚Äôs no lyrics on the inlay, that‚Äôs a slack.
With song titles like ‚Äòislamphobia‚Äô, ‚Äòkeiltizaman satu tekad‚Äô, ‚Äòdrunkies junkies‚Äô, ‚Äòpig in blue‚Äô, ‚Äòred and yellow pig‚Äô, ‚Äòrox n roll radical‚Äô, ‚Äòall shook up‚Äô and ‚Äòblack bush‚Äô‚Ä¶ you have to figure out what they‚Äôre singing about. One song in Bahasa and the rest in English with a cover from A//Political as the intro.
Quite enjoyable! I think this demo is put out in a rush because they supposed to play along that day. There‚Äôs no email or any contact whatsoever stated in here. Try contacting any Depress guys.
Songs from Bedroom CD-R-EP
(self-released) – RM6
This is Jay, the infamous Free Love‚Äôs front man‚Äôs side project. He mainly plays solo with helps from friends. I stated this side project as ‚Äòbroken hearted folk rock‚Äô before. Well, besides he‚Äôs a cool lo-fi musician, he‚Äôs also a good shrink. xTimmyx from Young And Dangerous also has been a good shrink to me. Giving me support during my time of depression. So, basically I‚Äôm in the state of ‚Äòemo‚Äô and enjoying this CD. I personally like the songs ‚Äòit‚Äôs alright baby‚Äô, ‚Äògone‚Äô, ‚Äòfrom me to you‚Äô, and ‚Äòwhen you‚Äôre around‚Äô.
Thanks to Jay and xTimmyx for being my unpaid shrink and also others. Heheh‚Ä¶and thanks for these ‚Äòfolk-patah-hati‚Äô songs.
Hello?! Fukk you! Thank You! CD
(Thrash Steady Syndicate)
I missed this band‚Äôs show when they toured Singapore-Malaysia-Thailand recently because I was at my hometown. I can‚Äôt forgive myself so at least I bought the CD. This CD collects all songs from their previous releases ‚ÄòBangun dari Mimpi Buruk yang Indah comp‚Äô, ‚Äòfirst ep‚Äô and ‚Äòsplit with LastxMinute‚Äô and some unreleased tracks, also the movie (video).
They play rocking fast as hell thrashcore with sing along choruses. Sings about wanting food not weapon, media greed, etc.
c/o Normann Rashid, Blk 11, TOA Payoh, Lorong 8, #03-310, Singapore 310011 or thrashsteadysyndicate.com | email TSS
What Had Inspired Us? CD
(UnitedxFront) – RM16
Well, I still have this bands‚Äô first demo released in 1997. When I first listened to this CD, I smsed Ein and told him they had improved a lot. No I‚Äôm not comparing to the 1997 demo ‚Äòrace, truth, attitude, something‚Äô cassette but their recent recordings on Bonds Of Oldskool compilation CD. Their music and lyrics have matured incline with their age as a band, I guess.
On this CD they‚Äôre more towards modern hardcore and not sticking to the 88 youthcrew style. That‚Äôs cool. The issues tackled this time around includes racism, poison free, working class and capitalism system, losing someone close to you/you love because of drugs abusing and others.
My pick for this CD are ‚Äòworth life to redeem‚Äô, ‚Äòsecond combat‚Äô and also ‚Äòyou won‚Äôt listen‚Äô. They‚Äôre going to tour Europe for 3 weeks this July I hope them all the best.
UnitedxFront Records, No. 24 Jalan Wangsa Ceria 4, Wangsa Melawati, 53300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | unitedxfrontrecords.com or email
I‚Äôm Burning CD
(Rumble Fish Corporation)
I really don‚Äôt know how to describe this band‚Äôs sound. It‚Äôs like heavy rock stuffs with old/classic hardcore vocals like Black Flag (well, sometimes) with rock solos. The CD only provides 1 lyric out of seven songs which is the title track. It‚Äôs a song about soul searching if I‚Äôm not mistaken. The label is from Italy and also the band I think.
R.F.C. c/o Antonello L‚ÄôAbbate ‚Äì Via Giusto, 93 72015 Fasano (Br) Italy or this site
Indie for Glory Vol. 1 Compilation CD-R
I love compilations. I love indie rock. This compilation is more towards brit pop influenced bands. The band Lightcraft really reminds me of Coldplay, really. Laila‚Äôs Lounge sounds like Oasis. The Rhaman is quite different and cool female fronted band. The Melodies have The Beatles guitar lines. Overall, if you‚Äôre a sucker for brit-pop, this CD is a must!
Young and Dangerous
Dangerous Youth and the Life Saving Thrash Punk Tunes CD
(C3R) | RM13
This is still hot from oven. YAD is a household name for the southern Malaysian thrash scene. This is their first full length CD with 16 songs in it mostly influenced by Japanese thrash punk bands like Razor‚Äôs Edge.
There are low points on this CD. Among them are: one: some unsynchronized sing-along parts, and two: the vocalist is not singing the lyrics. Among the tracks I like a lot are the intro, ‚Äòthrashing rock and roll radio‚Äô, ‚Äòfierce Mohawks‚Ä¶ lame attitude‚Äô, ‚Äòsmall room pack kids‚Äô and ‚Äòride fast die young‚Äô. They also cover 7 second‚Äôs ‚ÄòYoung til I die‚Äô and Razor‚Äôs Edge‚Äôs ‚ÄòMountain Mountain‚Äô with Malay version.
Lyrics concern about message boards, greedy politicians, chaos punks, playing show in rehearsal studios, mat rempits, football team fanatics, touring, marriage business, nature and etc.
Nizang plays in Jellybelly, Inikah Hidup; runs Nervhous Records & Distro, does MOSH zine and contributes to Coalition zine. contact the guy: email