Friday, March 09, 2007
Singapore had a very colourful past when it comes to underground hardcore and metal music. Ever since the advent of Opposition Party and Anti-social Kiosk, legions of hardcore skins and punks had made their marks and impacts upon the local scene. In the heydays of hardocre with cult acts like Stomping Ground and Global Chaos, Swirling Madness came into existence along with Four Sides with their frenzied brutal hardcore anthems, taking the local scene by storm. Formed in 1990, they were originally a quartet Jacque Chong (guitar), Glenn (bass), Rizal (vocals) and Ray (drums). Jacque was a rather famous personality amongst the underground as ironically, a metaller with long hair playing straight-edged music as well as dabbling in local music journalism and media. They had several demos, titled "The Right To Play" and "We Are What We Are", with the latter seeing the departure of Jacque. Musically, they are influenced by Sick of It All, Quicksand, Sodom and Slayer. Their songs are very funny, ranging from drunken "Gimme Some JD" to misogynous "Woman", but their hardcore carried strong messages of positivism. The only negative thing is that the band was rather short-lived.
--sojourner at 11:23 PM