Emerging in late 2018, from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Mothflesh‘s brand of groove-injected metal has graced punk houses, rainforests and concert halls all across South-East Asia.
Inspired by the state of culture and technology that beckons the doomsday clock to tick forward; Machine Eater is a dystopian love letter written to the modern metal listeners who are exhausted by the sterile, neon-gated vista of the perceived future. Mothflesh’s interpretation of the state of aggressive music is a battery-powered monolith built upon the bedrock of Death Metal and propelled with the artery-pumping surge of Modern Hardcore. The ashen coated lyrics were anecdotes borne out of the South Asian smokestack of exploitation and capitalism, tongued in a hybridisation of English and Bahasa. Voiced through Oriental modalities and pulsed on a Carnatic heartbeat, Machine Eater is Mothflesh’s 40 minute, 10 song slaved vision of the future.
The album is a patchwork of borrowed elements, Infusing discordant down-tempo chugging from metalcore bands of the likes of Whitechapel and Jinjer with the modern death metal aggression of Decapitated and the mechanical edge of Fear Factory. Machine Eater will tick all your boxes if you’re looking for a contemporary dropped-tuned neck cruncher with a distinct East Asian sound riding on the rhythms of third-world swagger.