Night Festival: Lunarin at Substation

July 17, Substation - The Night Festival, happens two nights-yearly to celebrate Singapore’s arts and heritage district located at the Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Management University, Peranakan Museum and Substation. I took the second night and head to Substation. My mission was to worship the Unholy Trinity, Lunarin.
It has been two years since their last performance at the Waterfront, Esplanade. Now, ready to release their second full length album, Duae, the band gears up for a series of gigs waiting to unleash in the coming months.
Substation has changed their balcony venue to a not so appropriate place for audiences. The band was to play at the theater room without the audience inside. Instead we were made to watch from the alley way looking through a hole in the wall at the side of Substation. The band began playing after midnight. A slight delay from soundcheck and the previous band. All the wait was worthwhile when I could see bassist, Linda Ong and guitarist, Ho Kah Wye. Linda joked about no drummer playing tonight. Just a very cheap and good drum machine. "Bitch" was the response the drum machine made.
First song, "The Inquisition" wasn't a familiar song to me. It should be their first time playing it live. The song stretches to a nine-minutes long and the screechy chorus is something new compared to Linda's feminine vocal style from the previous releases.
The set went on with some old favorites such as "Dry", "Silverpiece" and "The Tower". Also new tracks such as "Midas", Serpentine" and my personal favourite, "Red". Halfway through "Midas", a venue crew told us to get into the theater room because of the rain. Finally up close with the band and revealing the man behind the drums. Loo Eng Teck, the well-toned drummer plays with such admiration. It would be a waste if we were stuck outside the whole set without seeing how he played.
Ho Kah Wye, Loo Eng Teck & Linda Ong
At about half passed one in the morning, the band ended. Merchandise of old and new tee shirts were sold and also their debut album, "Chrysalis". Fans were then able to greet them outside the venue.
The band has improved so much after so many times I have seen them. I have been following them almost every gig they performed since their debut album and it has never been a disappointment let it be acoustic or live. Lunarin is a very well crafted Singaporean band you must experience it yourself. They will be playing their next show at Homeclub on the 13th of August alongside, Zero Sequence and In Each Hand A Cutlass. For more information please visit:
puresinner is pleased to be able to record the whole set and hopes to continue the same untill the end of days.

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Ozzy - Scream Review

Released: June 11, 2010
Label: Epic

3 years after Black Rain, Ozzy returns with a new axeman and a new 11-track LP. So does Scream, Ozzy's tenth studio album, succeed in creating anthems reminiscent of the era of Bizzard of Ozz?

  1. Let It Die
  2. Let Me Hear You Scream
  3. Soul Sucker
  4. Life Won't Wait
  5. Diggin' Me Down
  6. Crucify
  7. Fearless
  8. Time
  9. I Want It More
  10. Latimer's Mercy
  11. I Love You All

After Black Rain, I kind of had the feeling that Ozzy has lost his touch with his brand of catchy rock/metal anthems. Although he had Zakk Wylde back then, Black Rain just felt like it lacked punch somewhere. There might be people that would disagree, but personally, I didn''t think that Black Rain the best that Ozzy can write. So now with Scream, I was abit skeptical on whether Ozzy will be improving his music for the benefit of his fans or just churning out another album just to tell the world that the Prince of Darkness is still alive and hopping.

With all the assumptions of Scream being another mediocre album, I was impressed when I gave it a listen.The level of heaviness introduced in this album is just earth shattering.  Let It Die, Diggin' Me Down, Crucify and I Want More proves that Ozzy has not forgotten how to treat his loyal fans to killer riffs, face melting solos and catchy singing.

On the musical side of Scream, Gus G is an amazing guitarist, no comparison to the great Zakk Wylde as both are great in their own way, but this guy has amazing chops that just makes the music to Scream have a life of its own. Guitars aside, Tommy Clufetos (formerly of Rob Zombie) is another reason to love this album for its music. He manages to make fitting drumbeats for almost all of the songs on Scream and lends alot to the overall heaviness of Scream.

Ozzy Osbourne
Pretty much, everything on Scream is good and listenable even with Ozzy's recent obsession with vocal enhancements that make him appear like a weak vocalist. However, I think he really should not try those vocal parts that are just not "Ozzy".

With 49 minutes of rocking out, you will amazed that you will left craving for more even after I Love You All trails off. So put this album on repeat, get those spare bats to chew on and a spare neck cause you'll definitely need it after headbanging to almost every song. Ozzy did not just release Scream to tell the world that The Prince of Darkness is still alive, but he went the extra mile to tell the world that he's back with music heavier than Hell.

6 out of 7 sins

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