Here is a new interview with Assault who come out of Singapore's death,thrash metal scene.The band is getting ready to release their debut full-length "The Fallen Reich" so anyone into death,thrash metal should defintly give this band a listen today.
Interview with Clarence vocalist of Assault done by Patrick
1.Hello Clarence how are things going with you these days? At what age were you when you discovered metal music?
Clarence – Hi Patrick! I’m fine and busy altogether these days with the band upcoming album promotion and shows. I discovered metal music back in 2004 when I was 14 years old; I listen to nu-metal band initially such as (Linkin Park, Disturbed etc). It was only a year later my high-school teacher introduce me proper metal bands like (Metallica, Mayhem, Emperor etc) , there is no turning back from then on…..
2.Who were some of the first bands you discovered and who are some of the current bands you listen to?
C – Some of the first bands that was introduced to me was (Metallica, Mayhem , Emperor, Satryicon, Darkthrone etc) majority of the band was from the Norwegian Black Metal scene aside from Metallica, some of the bands I’m currently listening to now are – Mastodon, Demonic Resurrection, Batushka, Vader etc…
3.Clarence you all formed Assault in 2006 when did you all get the idea to start this band? And what is the current line up of the band?
C – I had the idea of forming a band back in early 2006 when I discovered the Swedish metal band “In Flames”, because I’m amazed by their fusion of mixing Death Metal with Melodic guitar riffs, thus in June 2006 I started Assault with our ex-drummer “Farid Then” and lead guitarist “Hanesh”.
We had some line-up changes back and forth and the current line-up is our longest line-up till date.
Vocalist – Clarence Chong
Lead Guitar – Hanesh
Rhythm Guitar – Yuda
Bass – Syaz
Drum - Noh
4.For the readers who have never heard Assault's music how would you best describe it? And who are some of the bands biggest influences?
C – Fans will expect an in-your-face Death and Thrash Metal album combining with melodic riffs which we are known for in our debut EP, some of the songs in the album are really heavy which I’m expecting some of our long time fans will be surprised . Some of our biggest influences for this album are bands like – Vader, Behemoth , Kreator , At the Gates , ChthoniC etc.
5.Assault is getting ready to release their debut full length "The Fallen Reich" how long did it take the band to write the music for this release? Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write everything?
C- The writing process started back in late 2012 after we completed the touring cycle for our debut EP “The Exceptions of the Rebellions”, the entire band took part in the writing process and usually I’m the one who came up with the lyrics once we have finalized all the song structure. It was not until middle of 2013 when we started the actual recording process, there was some delay to the recording session because of personal commitment within the band. The entire recording took around 3 years to complete which we knowledge it kind of too long for us, in early 2016 we got Cedric Chew to mixed and mastered our album.
6.Clarence you handle the vocals for the band so I figure you take care of writing the lyrics what are some subjects you write about on the new release?
C – The lyrical concept with the new album is closely related to what transpire in the World War II, personally for me I’m really into history and particularly warfare material, thus I seek to gain inspiration from the major events that happens in the World War II, because lyrically this connects to the music we wrote for this album, which is meant to taken towards a darker approach.
7.Does Assault get to play live very often ? What have been some of the bands most memorable shows over the years?
C – The band has a routine touring cycles for all our releases, we been pretty active live from 2010 to 2012 to promote and establish the band live show. Some of our most memorable show till date is our first overseas show in the Philippines. The crowd’s response was overwhelming and at the same time they are very receptive of us because we’re relatively an upcoming band. The second memorable show for us is Decapitated & Nervecell Singapore show, which we are the opening band, till date this is one of the largest show we have played.
8.Are their any upcoming shows or tours in support of The Fallen Reich ? If yes where will the band be playing and who are some bands you will be sharing the stage with?
C – We will be having an album launch show in Singapore most probably in May, after that we will be touring intensively throughout Asia. One of the confirmed shows will be in Mongolia (Noise Festival) in September; we are in the midst of discussing and firming up the dates with promoter from India, Philippines, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Regarding on the bands we could be playing with might vary; it could be some local bands or probably an international headliner?
9.Assault comes out of Singapore's metal scene what is your opinion of the scene in Singapore over the years?
C – The metal scene in Singapore has been very much established since the early 90s, with early old guards bands such as (Impiety, Adhorer, Rudra , Vrykolakas etc) these band laid the foundation for the metal scene in Singapore. Some of these bands such as Impiety & Rudra are still actively touring and releasing new materials. In recent years the scene has become even developed probably because nowadays with technology, youngster get the exposure to metal music thus more are coming into the scene and actively attending shows and also some of our local metal acts (Wormrot) are gaining international exposure thus there is a upward trend that the community is getting bigger.
10.Who are your all time favorite bands who come out of Singapore and are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
C – Some of my all time favourite local bands are – Impiety, Ilemauzar, Rudra , Wormrot , Nafrat, Truth be Known, Meza Virs , Bhelliom. New bands that readers should check it out are – Krusnix (Upcoming thrash metal band) , Witchseeker (Awesome speed metal band) , Noprophecy (Awesome groove metal band).
11.Besides bands are their any honest,reliable labels or distro's you feel the readers should check out soon?
C – Some of the notable labels from Singapore is Pulverised Record, they been around since the early 90s and have many good releases under their belt. Some of the other notable mention for metal record shops here are – Inokii CD shop, Roxy Record and Ravage Record, three of these shops have been around for many years and they have serve a very important purpose here and that is : TO FEED US WITH MORE MUSIC!
12.Clarence you handle the vocals for the band at what age were you when you first started screaming,growling?Is their anything special you do to keep your voice and throat healthy?
C – I have been screaming and growling since the age of 15? Throughout the year I have develop my own distinct technique of screaming and growling. Probably one of the main reason of keeping my throat healthy is because I don’t smoke at all and having sufficient sleep and of course I enjoy long distance run.
13.Who are some of your influences and favorite vocalists besides the vocals do you play any other instruments?
C – Some of my personal influences and favourite vocalist are as follow – Freddy Lim (ChthoniC) , Christian Alvestam (Solution.45), Nick Holmes (Paradise Lost & Bloodbath), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) , Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth) and lastly Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquility). Nope currently I only focus on vocals, but I do have plans to pick up an instruments in the near future.
14.Besides listening to metal music do you like or listen to any other forms of underground music?
C - I do listen to alternative rock and hard rock stuff (English and Mandarin) as well. Oh and I’m a fan of Ayumi Hamasaki whose a J-pop singer!
15.What do you like to do in your free time any hobbies?
C – Spending time with my girlfriend and probably travelling.
16.Thank you Clarence for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
C – Thank you Patrick for this interview! Do check out Assault upcoming album “The Fallen Reich” which is to be released on 10 May 2017 via Transcending Obscurity Asia! Readers who like our music may also support us by pre-ordering the album at the following link!
Bandcamp - https://assaultsg.bandcamp.com/ Transcending Obscurity Records Transcending Obscurity store - http://tometal.com/store