Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
own = adj Of or belonging to oneself or itself, To have or possess as property, To have control over , To admit as being in accordance with fact, truth, or a claim; acknowledge, To make a full confession or acknowledgment, By one's own efforts, Responsible for oneself; independent of outside help or control
control = to exercise authoritative or dominating influence over; direct, To adjust to a requirement; regulate: To hold in restraint; check, To reduce or prevent the spread of: Authority or ability to manage or direct, A restraining device, measure, or limit; a curb , A spirit presumed to speak or act through a medium
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tom yum (Thai: ต้มยำ, IPA: [tôm jɑm], also sometimes romanized as tom yam or dom yam) is a soup originating from Thailand. It is perhaps one of the most famous dishes in Thai cuisine. It is widely served in neighboring countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia, and has been popularized around the world.
Tom yum is characterized by its distinct hot and sour flavors, with fragrant herbs generously used. The basic broth is made of stock and fresh ingredients such as lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, shallots, lime juice, fish sauce, tamarind, and crushed chili peppers.
In Thailand, tom yum is usually made with prawns (tom yum goong), chickentom yum gai), fish (tom yum pla), or mixed seafood (tom yum talay or tom yum po taek) and mushrooms - usually straw or oyster mushrooms. The soup is often topped with generous sprinkling of fresh chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves.
The less popular variety of tom yum is tom yum nam khon (Thai: ต้มยำน้ำข้น), where coconut milk is added to the broth. This is not to be confused with tom kha or tom kha gai - where the galanga flavor dominates the soup. Tom yum nam khon is almost always made with prawns, whereas chicken is often used in tom kha. Its other cousin is less well-known outside Thailand - tom klong. Sometimes Thai chili jam (Nam Prik pao, Thai: น้ำพริกเผา) is added: this gives the soup a bright orange colour and makes the chili flavor more pronounced.
Commercial tom yum paste is made by crushing all the herb ingredients and stir-frying in oil. Seasoning and other preservative ingredients are then added. The paste is bottled or packaged, and sold around the world. Tom yum flavored with the paste may have different characteristics to that made with fresh herb ingredients.
Monday, July 21, 2008
To keep the spirit alive, ex-HELLGUARD members reformed with new members under a new name INCREASES NOISE. With Noisecore/Grind as a new path, they released their first rehearsal tape titled ‘Suffer’ around ’94 and second rehearsal demo around ‘96. Featured in a lot of fanzines, they gained recognition with their releases since very few or probably no Malaysian band were into this genre at that time and received a lot of positive feedback from M’sian scene.
Around ’95 ~ ’96, a GoreGrind band SICKNESS were the follow-up of Kluang’s ‘Grind’ scene. Keeping Kluang’s ‘Grind’ scene alive, they’ve released their first self titled rehearsal tape around ’95. In ’96, their second rehearsal demo release titled ‘Ulcerous Intestine’ made the band recognized securing a name to the M’sian scene. Their third material titled ‘Faecal Disarticulation’ rehearsal demo released around ’97 ~ ’98 was the last release with the original line-up. In 2003, SICKNESS emerged again with their studio released tape titled ‘Empathological Excavations’. SICKNESS also appeared in quite a number of compilation songs mostly taken from the studio release. The band is still active till today.
A lot of bands spawned during that time such as 240 NOISE VOLTS, BOMBSHELL, D.I.A..as I can recall, BOMBSHELL and D.I.A were great Hardcore/Metal influenced band and did release rehearsal demos. Unfortunately these two bands disbanded due to internal problems. However 240 NOISE VOLTS were very and still active till today. A Fun/Grind/Noise band influenced by the likes of the first OLD LADY DRIVERS masterpiece release and PUNGENT STENCH, members consists from INCREASES NOISE, SICKNESS, BOMBSHELL and D.I.A. they’ve released masterpieces such as their first two rehearsal demo were just plain masterpieces playing totally pure Fun/Grind/Noisecore both releases in ’96 namely ‘Untitled’ and ‘Noisecore si Labu Labi’. In ’97, they’ve released a split tape with BOMBSHELL and finally a demo titled ‘Menselijke Arrogante Klootzak’ in 2004. The band is still active till today.
A lot of bands spawned during and after the era such as RECONSTRUCT (Crustcore), released quite a number of self and split releases. UNVEILED (Brutal Death Metal), released a rehearsal tape around ’98, a demo titled ‘Carnage by Disease’ around ’99 and in the same year released a split CD with TRAUMA from Indonesia. NOIZYMUTHA (Noisecore), a new noisemaker in Kluang scene, did release a few rehearsal tape, split and appearing in quite a number of compilations. The band is in hiatus now.
Other than bands, Kluang scene also contributed fanzines and distribution label to the underground scene. Around the early days, the fanzines were The Underground ‘Zine(Metal, Punk, Hardcore) , Skin My Skin ‘zine(Punk), Angel of Death ‘zine(Metal, Black), a few punk related fanzine which I couldn’t remember and the only running and current fanzine is Embrace (punk/rock/emo) which is widely known today.
Beside that, Kluang scene has a distribution label ‘Own Control Records’ which is strongly running currently which produced a lot of compilations, split CDs with bands worldwide and also band T-shirts focusing mainly on their hometown bands.
In short, Kluang had a great scene especially during ’92 ~ ’99 era which was widely respected nationwide and even from our neighbourhood countries such as S’pore, Indonesia and Thailand. Also doesn’t mean that it has not a great scene now, only that most of the band members and the Kluang scenesters has other life related commitments and will still keep the scene alive only at slower pace.
Report provided by:
Jake(Sickness,240 Noise Volts,Noizymutha,Unveiled)