AS SAHAR (SINGAPORE)


As Sahar started out as a Thrash Metal band during the golden era of 80's. To be exact, 3 souls - Barchiel (guitar/vocals), Hanael (bass) & Uriel (drums) initiated the move for the band in December 1987 as they were really moved by the intense & aggressive music. Early jam sessions were content to playing covers of their idols - Venom, Metallica, Hallows Eve, Fantom Warrior, Mercyful Fate & Postmortem. Due to unforeseen circumstances, it took As Sahar till the end of 1993 to ever record their materials. By then, Metal with avant-garde elements had stormed the scene, which inevitably changes their musical tastes as well. The 2 releases As Sahar produced in 1993: -"2 track promo-tape" & the "Primitively Eastern Winds" demo were actually the band's earlier thrashy songwriting's but added with atmospherical/ambient essences. The fact that both releases received overwhelming & positive responses (minus the poor sound quality..of course) was a motivation for Barchiel, Hanael & Uriel to go further with their capabilities. As Sahar then undergone a 2-year period of 'meditation' to find their own identity & what came out through their "Santau" demo in 1995 was evident of this. As Sahar became the pioneer of Eastern Black Metal - melodically & atmospheric Black Metal combined with traditional Archipelago influences. Also, lyrically, As Sahar dig into the aspects of mysticism & magickal practices within various Malay ethnic groups. "Santau" was then licensed by Nebiula Productions for wider distribution in Malaysia in cassette EP format with a new title "Meditasi Embun Pagi". Total sales of 4000 units of that EP raised As Sahar's status as an elite force in regional Metal scene.


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PRIMITIVELY EASTERN WINDS 1993 DEMO

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TRACK LISTING:

- Intro: Gloom Tradition
- Casus Luciferi
- Triumph Over Temptation
- Behind The Birth Of Mass
- The Edge Of Darkness - The Start Of Light
- Summon The Ancient Lords
- Primitively Eastern Winds
- Outro: Oni - The Slut

 

SANTAU 1995 DEMO

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TRACK LISTING:

- My Hymns, in the East
- Meditation Embun Pagi
- Tuju - Tuju Opus: Cosmic Flight of Yolk
- Santau Tuju Angin

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