We won’t lie and tell you that we aren’t already HUGE fans of this band…Sial is a hardcore punk band that checks every box in terms of what we think hardcore punk should sound like today. Raw, unadulterated, ferocious, primitive, an absolute explosion in our speakers – like the sound engineer was in tears begging the band to turn the gain down on the amps and pedals but the band put their middle finger up and instead, turned the gain up even more.
This band has released flawless top-caliber hardcore punk rock fury.
Here’s their debut album released in 2017:
And then the monstrous follow-up in 2020:
So when the amazing La Vida Es Un Mus Discos out of the UK, who has handled the past few Sial releases, hit us up earlier this week to let us know the band was about to unleash a new 7″ – we were beyond stoked. Though we have early access to the music, we wanted to wait until the whole world got to hear it at the same time. That’s today.
Everything written above is clearly a lead-up to our thoughts on the debut track off their upcoming 7″. We have to pick our jaw back up off the floor after listening – and we have repeated it like 20 times so far – to write our initial thoughts.
This is a whole different, an even more creative, direction the band is going on in. First of all, our eyebrows went up when we saw the track was 4 minutes long. In hardcore time, that’s like a NOVEL of a song. Shit just doesn’t take that long. But immediately after pressing play, and then smashing that repeating button over and over, you hear a band expertly experimenting their asses off with soundscapes and musicality, and by doing so, magically make those 4 minutes FLY by. Yo…this is a whole different version of Sial that you have not heard yet and it’s so. damn. good.
Here’s the full write-up from the label but make sure you order this 7″ NOW – click HERE.
Singapore SIAL return with two songs of bleak mechanised feedback laden punk. This time around their sound is moving from their usual abrasive hardcore to a more HAWKWIND-CRESS influenced setting the tone for a more conceptual piece.
“Zaman Edan was written during a period when the world was under severe anxiety and uncertainty. The 2 songs tells stories about the real meaning of life. A life running low of dopamine, setting the tone for a bleak and experimental approach whilst writing this record, built up from a very percussive foundation. The dark synth laden ambience sucking in the empty space that surrounds the blistering guitar and bass, like a vacuum, voiding existence. Siti’s screeching vocals approaches death, not as a cry for help but as a fatalistic prose to justify means of sacrifice in the struggle against segregation and bondage.
Side A and B features one song each, which translates to “You are born to fight” and “You are born to die”. “Zaman Edan” itself means Age of Craziness or Mad Times in English. To put it simply, this record is about all the broken promises that the state made towards minority voices, and continues to make in this perpetual Zaman Edan” (Hafiz)
The artwork of the single was once again done by drummer Izzad Radzali Shah perfectly matching image and sound.