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A few questions - interview with death metal band from Malaysia - OBSCURIAL.

A few questions - interview with death metal band from Malaysia - OBSCURIAL.

Ave, can you introduce your band to our readers? – When was it founded and what style of music do you play etc.?

Ave Jakub! Obscurial was formed officially in 2019 although the band idea came way back in 2017. We play death metal.

Where and under what conditions were you recording the new album? Who was in charge of sound, production and mastering?

The album Funeral, Burial and Rites was recorded at our guitarist Afiq/Oni home studio. All parts we recorded this year while we are going through movement control order (MCO) restrictions due to covid19. The album was produced by Obscurial, and Afiq took charge in the band’s sound. Mixing and mastering done by our friend Afnan Azlan.


How many copies were released and which medium was used for this new edition (CD, digital, vinyl, cassette)?

For now, only CD and digital release through Bandcamp. We made 300 copies and as by now, half already sold. Cassette will be released by Hostile Records next year.

Who is the author of the lyrics and how were they created and about what do the lyrics deal with?

Lyrics were written by our vocalist Dee and Weng (Necrolatry Records). The lyrics deal with disease, plagues and death. It is also a homage to short story made by H.P. Lovecraft Colour Out of Space.

Who created the logo of the band, and who took care of the graphics and the website? What about you and social networks? Do you consider these things important?

The logo was drawn by our friend from Lavatory band, Andy. Do check out his Instagram @busuk.ink666 for some sick and filthy artwork. We all handle band’s website together, and graphics are made by our friends including Zizi Amri (Mindkaos). Yes, it is important since we live in year of 2021 where all informations are within our fingertips.


Which label did you choose for releasing your album and why this label? Are you satisfied by how your label represents you and takés care about you?

We had planned to release this album since our demo Exaltation sold out last year, so pretty much its a self release. But our friend Mooks from Hostile Records approached us and we agreed to be part of their family or better known as Hell’s Children. Mooks is a dedicated metalhead and he really know how to took care of things. The discography speaks itself. We would like to thank Mooks and Hostile Records for this opportunity.

Which bands do you idolise and where do you get your inspiration?

Death, Deicide, Grave Miasma, Morbid Angel, Bloodbath and Brain Dead to name a few. There’s tons of band we idolise so its kinda complicated to list all haha!

Did you send your record to some Labels - which are the labels? How was the response?

No, but there’s a label from Czech approached us. We’ll see what happened next.


How many gigs have you played? Which type of gigs do you prefer, whether it's (clubs or festivals) and which of your performances would you consider as the best?

Sadly we haven’t play any gigs yet. Obscurial came when covid19 are penetraring the world. Hopefully we managed to play our first gig on 2022.

What about your plans for the future? What do you want to achieve with the band?

Our main ambition at the moment are playing outside Malaysia. Japan might be the first destination we want to head into. Also we really hope we might have a chance to play at Kill-Town Death Fest in Copenhagen. It’s too early to talk about next album, but if Obscurial continue to get warm reception from the metal world, we might consider in the near future.

How and where can your fans contact you? Can you provide some contact information?

Our Facebook page: Obscurial, Instagram: @obscurialcongregation or you can email us for booking and press contact obscurialmusic@gmail.com

Thanx for the interview.

Thank you Jakub and Deadly Storm Zine for interviewing Osbcurial. All the best for you!



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