|Heavy as a Locomotive: Sangvar Day release new original work. Pic: Steve Porte|
Sangvar Day will be rocking harder then they have ever rocked before this Friday night at Showbox as they play the launch party of their new album, 'National Anthems'. We asked local metal merchant and Nightmare A.D. mainman Mike Priest his thoughts on their new work – the entirety of which was composed and produced right here in Cambodia.
“National Anthems” is an ambitious and critical step-up from the Sangvar Day's first E.P. in terms of songwriting and production. These improved elements clinically shine through the whole of the album, in parts reminiscent of prominent Alternative acts and Post-Hardcore bands such as At The Drive-In/The Mars Volta, Muse, Fugazi, Pearl Jam, The Pixies, Incubus, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Tool.
The album runs through a vertebra of odd-time signatures, ghost notes, curious melodies and bursts of fuzz and distortion... There are Progressive injections of old dirty Blues, Funk and Noise into this mix which make this release strangely compelling amidst the current albums of their international peers. There are parts which accentuate minimalism in instrumentation, letting the vocals soar above the roaring chords and through the intricate percussive work.
Nightmare A.D. will be performing their own brand of thrash-metal at the 'National Anthems' launch party, along with Phnom Penh shoe-gazers Simoun.
|Knell gear up for another sonic assault on the senses. pic: Knell Facebook|
In potentially the most powerful Halloween-themed gig of the weekend, Knell and Doch Chkae will unleash a double dose of original hardcore music at Oscar's On The Corner on Saturday night. Knell's press release warns of a 'bent brew of progressive alternative metal and undead covers' that will, terrifyingly, 'pummel its audience to the end'. Such fighting talk should be discounted at one's peril – do not forget that their drummer's name is 'Kraken'. Meanwhile, Doch Chkae will literally be bouncing around the stage with young Cambodian energy as they preview tracks from their soon-to-be-released E.P.
Paddy Rice will this Monday be taking the unusual step of hosting a Halloween-themed gig on the actual date of Halloween itself. Miss Sarawan will be the performer, mixing up her repertoire of acoustic classic Khmer songs with some originals and some Western covers... and some face paint.
Whatever you're up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!