Of course, there was still the issue of Malaysian start times. The last show I saw here was advertised as starting at "3 pm sharp" and actually started closer to 6; I figured I could safely arrive at 7:00 and be right on time. No such luck. Killing time reading The Omnivore's Dilemma as the cigarette smoke visibly thickened around me, I started to wonder if this is what waiting rooms in hell are like. I did get to share a couch with Kathgor's vocalist (sans corpsepaint) and Lobotomy's guitarist (thrashperm still in glorious effect). I tried unsuccessfully to get an interview with Atomicdeath's mainman Faiz, though he did sit down and talk to me about their upcoming tour with local thrashers Hereafter and Australia's Desecrator, and about another 4-way split that's in the works. And he gave me a pretty sweet Atomicdeath patch, though with no denim jacket, I'll have to settle for sewing it to my cargo pants (or maybe my jiujitsu gi).
The show opened with Daighila (and an impressive number of FX pedals) doing their best to simulate a car crash between Orchid and Converge. Screamo and post-rock is an interesting combination of two well-trafficked styles - I'm sure someone has done it before, but nothing personally comes to mind. Keeping my eye out for a CD.
Mass Hypnosia must tour together.
feta and brie. Most of the audience actually left before their set, and I can't blame them: Kazanna are particularly egregious in their embrace of frilly-shirt metal cliches. A song titled "The Never Ending Story" had me cringing at the idea of a heavier version of the movie theme song; the reality was surprisingly much, much worse. These kinds of bands often succeed or fail on the strength of their vocalists; Kazanna's singer, unfortunately, had problems maintaining both her range and her power, and her Malaysian Idol gesticulating didn't make up for that. The worse part is, they'll probably be huge locally.
Tools of the Trade, crust/grind titans and the only other band I'd seen before, are getting ready for some European dates, including the hesher overload that is the Czech Obscene Extreme festival. Maybe this mounting pressure is the reason that they're not as tight as they were a few weeks ago - a kind of metal senioritis? Maybe it was equipment problems, as the bass kept cutting out. Regardless, they were still brutal as fuck, and even the points where they seemed to be spiraling out of control made their grind sound that much more dangerous (Brutal Truth, anyone?). I can't think of many local bands that I'd want to represent me overseas, but Tools are better than most.