ASSAULT facebook : Assault
ASSAULT WEBSITE : www.assaultsg.com
ASSAULT Twitter : Assault
Asmita- First of all, thanks a lot for interview, so what are you really looking forward from Nepali underground scene?
Clarence – Hi there, First of all, thanks a lot for this opportunity to be interviewed Extreme Underground Metal Society of Nepal! As a fellow metal head/musician I have also paid close attention to the development of the Nepali underground scene. Coincidentally I know and watch some of the Nepali band performed live e.g. Kalodin is one of them. I watch them live in Singapore back when they first launched their debut album back in 2010. ASSAULT was one of the supporting acts for their album launch. I’m still in contact with some of its members till this day.
Asmita- Can I get the short biography of your band? And what is the meaning of Assaultexactly means to the band?
Clarence – ASSAULT was formed in mid of 2006, by me and our previous drummer and after that our current guitarist Hanesh and Bassist Syaz join in the band respectively. There were some line-up changes throughout our 13 years history and now the line-up is settled as follows.
Clarence – Vocal, Hanesh – Lead Guitar, Noh – Rhythm Guitar, Syaz – Bass and Mitch – Drums.
To be honest the idea of the name ASSAULT was bought upon by my bassist and ex-drummer. However, I guess I could interpret that the band name has a connection to the music that were written which is straight-forward, in your face kind of metal riffs. Beside that our intention is to keep our name short and sweet.
Asmita- What are the lyrical themes you use in your songs? gore, horror, politics, anti-religion etc..
Clarence- Our lyrical themes usually revolves around the subjects of History and War. Like Our debut EP “The Exception of the Rebellions” (Released in 2011) and our debut album “The Fallen Reich” (Released in 2017) were focusing on the theme of War e.g. For our debut album it’s a concept album based on the World War 2 nazi regime and how it eventually collapses. Our upcoming new album will be based on a totally new theme. So look out for it in 2020.
Asmita- How it feels to be in a Underground band? And what’s your message to underground community?
Clarence– It feels great and privileged to be in an underground band, as we had the chance to do our own stuff without any restriction from the mainstream media etc. An example the Singapore Metal Scene is a small and cohesive community, every local show we played, we will always see these familiar crowd. On the other hand, the Singapore metal scene is also growing, we’re seeing new faces in our local scene which is good thing! My message to the underground community all over the world is “KEEP ON DOING WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN AND NEVER GIVE IN OR GIVE UP AND MOST IMPORTANLY SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SCENE BY ATTENDING SHOWS OR PURCHASING THE LOCAL BAND MERCHANDISE!”
Asmita- In general term extreme metal isn't appreciated by Society what do you have to say on this?
Clarence- I guess extreme metal is for people that truly appreciate extreme music. To each of its own, everyone can have a different preference in appreciating something.
Asmita- What is your opinion on the current state of extreme underground music?
Clarence– The current states of underground music is looking very positive, I have been discovering new underground band from all over the world with good releases and I’m optimistic that 2020 will be an even better year for the extreme underground community.
Asmita- Can you recommend us some good bands from your place for our readers?
Clarence– Some of the bands that I would highly recommend from Singapore : Wormrot, Impiety, Rudra, Ilemauzar, Nafrat, Truth Be Known, Krusnix, Dezaster, Coup de Grace…
Asmita- Do you remember the feeling of your first show with Assault? And how did the crowd reacted to your first show?
Clarence– Our first show was in 2007, and it was a non-metal show, in fact it’s for a charity cause. The show was pretty memorable for us because we were performing on the street where people are walking pass us and obviously majority of the crowd that walk pass us did not enjoy the heavy music that we were performing….
Asmita- What do you hate in current underground scene?
Asmita- Support Underground Metal, how much you agree on this quote?
Clarence– 100% agreed! Support Underground Metal, because bands out there are sacrificing their time and money to perform in underground band and it’s all about passion and the love for music.
Asmita- Any thought about touring or playing shows in Nepal and India?
Clarence– Nepal and India has always been our rader for shows since we released our debut album! And honestly, we are looking forward to perform in Nepal and India in 2020 for the new album!
Asmita- Lastly, a space for you anything EUMSN have forgotten to ask you can tell us here?
Clarence– Once again, thank you for giving us this opportunity for this interview! Do check us out at the follow social media pages for our music and updates on our new album to be released in 2020!