Sunday, February 14, 2016

Interview with Istidraj done by Patrick on 2-14-16

Coming    out  of   Singapore's  old-school  blackend death  metal  scene  is   Istidraj   talking  about  the  Singapore's   metal  scene  and the bands  past  and  future.

Interview   with  Istidraj    done  by     Patrick

1.Hails! please  introduce yourself to  the  readers  ? when  did  you  first  get  into  the metal  scene?Who  were  some  of the  first  bands  you   listened to?

Hail Patrick! I'm A.Inferno of Istidraj  answering your interview... I've been into Metal since 1988.. Bands like Old Slayer, King Diamond, Old Venom, old Sepultura, Sarcofago that possessed my conquest into this realm.. Once enter, forever burns!
2.When  did  you  first  meet the  other   members  of    Istidraj ?How  did you  all come  up  with   Istidraj    for  the  bands  name? Does  it  have  a special  meaning?

Its spark in late 1992, Basically we are a clan of outcast.. Similar interest of music which develop into a band.. I choose the name Istidraj meaning blasphemous/lifelong debauchery in arabic..
3. Istidraj    recently  released  their  new release  Muerte Mundi Militia    how   long  did  it take the  band to  write  and record the  music  for the  new  release?

We took about 2 years of composing  & 4 months to record it.. The result is satisfying!
4.Does   the  whole  band  work  on  the  music  or  does  one  member   usually  write  everything?

We work as a band.. Each band members contribute their parts in a way or another.
5. Istidraj    formed  in  1993    how  do you  feel  the  bands  music  has  evolved  or  changed  over the  years?Who  are some  of the  bands  biggest  influences?

Progression is imminent. Biggest influence are Sarcofago, old Mayhem, old Marduk.
6.Besides  the  new  cassette  Muerte Mundi Militia     does  the  band  have  any  other  releases  or  merchandise  available  for  the  readers?If  yes  where  can  the  fans  buy  it  from?

The cd version of Muerte Mundi Militia album already released by Iron Blood Death Corp Mexico limited to 500 copies.. Those interested to buy can get it from us for usd$10 inclusive of postage & paypal fee worldwide.. Some copies of our Blasphemized Perversion digi mcd & split tape/cd with Thornspawn are available too.. But very limited copies available can contact us:
7.Has    Istidraj    started  working  on  new  music  for the  next  release? Any  idea  how  many  songs  might  be  on  the  next  release?

We are working out on our upcoming mlp, which shall be done by end of this year
8.What  is the  best  and worst  thing  about  the  underground  metal scene  today?And  what  does  underground  metal   mean  to you?

The worst thing is that now whoever own a computer & internet they can obtain whatever they can via download, digital etc unlike the older days where printed zines, printed flyers, cassette tapes, vinyls, cds rules.. It's no longer obscure.. The best thing is now you can do promotion just a click a way... The obscure underground is gone nowadays.. No point of weeping about it!
9. Istidraj    comes   out  of  Singapore's  black/death  metal  scene.What  is your   opinon   of   Singapore's  metal  scene?

 I don't care about the scene...  As we are always doing our own thing since the beginning till now & we don't owe the scene a fucking thing!
10.Who  are  some  of your  all-time  favorite   Singapore bands?  Are their  any  new  bands you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out  for?

Abhorer, Kibosh Sibyl Kismet, Hail, N.H377 & Eternal Oath are awesome... 
11.Other then   bands   are their  any  good  labels/distro's  that you  could  recommend?

Nothing much happening here.. I'm running a small distro Bidadari Desekrators which used to carry some obscure B.M acts
12.Besides    Istidraj    are  any  of  the   members   currently  working  with  other  bands  or  solo  project  ?
So far i just finish recording for a one off demo projekt Companions of Hellfire & Zc:4 is still active in K.S.K
13.When  not   working  on  music  or  other  band  business  what do you  all enjoy  doing  in your  free time?

We got our daily jobs & family.
14.Thank  you  for  taking  the   time  to  fill  this  interview   out  do you   have  any  final  comments  for  the  readers?

Thanks Patrick for the interview interview &  great review of our "Muerte Mundi Militia" album! To the mass do obtain when it's unleash for every souls shall taste death! Death is liberation of souls! Those interested getting our previous releases "Blasphemized Perversion" digi mcd & split cd/tape Thornspawn/Istidraj( last few copies available though) can order thru:

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