Monday, December 28, 2015


The year 2015 was simply the best year for us witnessing WINGS at their best form ever and continuously making history. We were fortunate to be there at Melaka as they opened the year with Konsert Menakluk Kosmos - Melaka on 31/01/2015. Again, there we were at their final show : Konsert Wings 30 Tahun - Johor Bahru on 25/12/2015.

It was an honour for Johor Bahru to get the slot for Konsert Wings 30 Tahun. Thank you WINGS, AGE TECH, ANGGERIK EVENT and SAYAP2WINGS. As JOE did mentioned in one of the interviews - if WINGS do continue with the same show next year (2016), its not goin' to be their 30th Anniversary celebration, as the band will turn 31 years already. So, Johor Bahru was lucky to host the 2nd and final show. It has been 5 years since WINGS last hit the stage here down south (Konsert Double Trouble 2010). The long wait was finally over, and it should triggered all Johor born rockers to attend. Muafakat Johor !

The night session started at around 8.00 pm with guests like UCOP, RONNIE, ITO, AWEERA, MAEL and kumpulan SAYAP (Saiful Apek, Yassin & friends) doing tribute.

Approximately 9.30 pm, the same video montage (like Stadium Merdeka) erupted, marking the arrival of WINGS onstage.

WINGS stayed true to their 'Back To 80's' concept and opened their introduction piece with the usual 3 tracks back-to-back, all from the album 'Hukum Karma' (1988) in its relatively original form. It drove massive and loud sing along from the crowds. "Taman Rashidah Utama" was an all time fans' favourite that grew in most of us since our school days. It was pure nostalgic when the track was given its deserved right to open the Johor Bahru show. It came out complete with the rain/thunder effect and the guitar slide intro (with a little touch of choir like backing vocal in the opening as extra). It then continued with the blasting drum, just like in the album, and "Opera Hidup" was delivered perfectly. "Hukum Karma" was next and WINGS had already won the crowds over by then.

One crucial fact about WINGS is they always make sure that every single cent of our hard earned money is well spent by giving us back one professional and quality performance. It was announced that the Kuala Lumpur diehards had even organized a bus trip down to Johor Bahru for the show. Now, that's pure passion and dedication !

JOE also paid homage to his birth state, wearing embroidery shirt with Johor flag on it. There was also a Johor flag tied at his back pocket if someone could noticed. The traditional song turned 'agogo'- "Tanjung Puteri" also served the night well.

The selection of songs before the 'reunion medley' was really meant to give a big punch to the crowds. Once everybody have settled down with "Orang Kita" and "Gemala Saktiku", another round of maximum rock 'n' roll were let loose starting with "Bazooka Penaka" which has been pushed back and replaced "Romania". Who might have expected that WINGS brought in "Kau Masih Berdegil" and "Aku Pun Tahu" to replace "Jumpa Hilang" and the mild "Pengabdian Ku Kekasih". It was indeed brilliant !

The 'reunion medley' did not changed but was without MUS, and AZLAN stepped in probably because of his high stretching voice which can suit MUS parts better. Once "Jerangkung Dalam Almari" was done, AWIE was kind enough to invite the other ticket holders at the back to come into the Rockzone area.

The better backdrop play was astonishing which lighten up the stage even more. "Awang Trasher" returned and was accompanied with 'Bersama Selamanya' backdrop. It brought most of us back to GAYOUR masterpiece cartoon series from the legendary old comic - Majalah Ujang. The cartoon storyline connected well with the song. There were also pyrotechics and exploding fireworks at stage front through out the show. The night ended nearing 1.00 am with the guests joined the band on stage for "Peronda Jaket Biru", and then came the final and bigger fireworks display.

We don't think that WINGS was expecting something like the Stadium Merdeka turnout, but 8,000 attendees in Johor Bahru was still satisfactory. We have a great time just like everytime we came and saw WINGS onstage. But to those who were there at the 'mother of all rock concerts' (Konsert Wings 30 Tahun - Stadium Merdeka), the Johor Bahru experience might turned out a little ordinary.

Yet, we were very thankful that WINGS came down and willing to have another round of celebration with those who were unable to come to Stadium Merdeka earlier. Somehow, we would not get "Kau Masih Berdegil" and "Aku Pun Tahu" after all these years if the Johor Bahru show did not took place. So, the show was still significant.

But on the other hand, the Stadium Merdeka show had already left the biggest mark in the local rock 'n' roll history. So, should it continued elsewhere ? It was not for us to say ...

Let 2016 comes and we look forward to continue rockin' with one of Malaysia's oldest and greatest rock 'n' roll band ever - WINGS !

To those who have rocked with WINGS in 2015, we salute you !

1) Taman Rashidah Utama (Hukum Karma)
2) Opera Hidup (Hukum Karma)
3) Hukum Karma (Hukum Karma)

Selawat Nabi

4) Orang Kita (Hukum Karma)
5) Gemala Saktiku (Jerangkung Dalam Almari)

6) Bazooka Penaka (Bazooka Penaka)
7) Kau Masih Berdegil (Double Trouble)
8) Aku Pun Tahu (Jerangkung Dalam Almari)

9) Satelit Puaka (Bazooka Penaka)


10) Intan Ku Kesepian (Belenggu Irama)
11) Biru Mata Hitamku (Biru Mata Hitamku)
12) Belenggu Irama (Belenggu Irama)
13) Potret Monalisa (Teori Domino)
14) Misteri Mimpi Syakila (Hukum Karma)
15) Di Ambang Wati (Bazooka Penaka)
16) Semalam Yang Hangat (Orang Asing)

Drum Solo (BLACK & JOJET)
Both continued on drum for the following tracks :-
17) R'N'R Lu Punya Suka (Jerangkung Dalam Almari)
18) Jerangkung Dalam Almari (Jerangkung Dalam Almari) + AZLAN

19) Blues Ular Sawa (Double Trouble 2) - AZLAN on vocal
20) Nasib Kita (Best Of Wings 2)
21) Tanjung Puteri (Malay traditional song)

Guitar Showcase - Gelap Nan Terang (JOE)

22) Kota Kemusnahan (Belenggu Irama)
23) Awang Trasher (Jerangkung Dalam Almari)
24) Inspirasi Taming Sari (Belenggu Irama)
25) Ingatkan Dia (Menakluk Kosmos)
26) Sejati (Teori Domino)
27) Peronda Jaket Biru (Belenggu Irama)

Official merchandise from Grousiey Printhouse

Monday, November 2, 2015


It was cold, it was raining heavily, but it didn't stop 25,000 peoples to witness the biggest anniversary celebration. We have fans from different generations, coming together making history. Nobody seems to move from where they stood or sat despite drenching wet in the blessing rain. Konsert Wings 30 Tahun set a new benchmark in the history of Malaysia Rock 'N' Roll. We don't think that there will by any local rock concert in the future that will come close. It was monumental ! (let's wait for SEARCH 35th Anniversary next year). The sweat, the rain, the excitement, were all blended into one massive energy which then collided with WINGS all out killer performance. It became like a nuclear explosion !

Earlier, we arrived in Kuala Lumpur quite late and made our way on foot from Jalan Pudu to the once iconic Stadium Merdeka. It was about 6.00 pm then and it started raining as we walked. If there was a madman accidently shooting a video, and coincidently with "Taman Rashidah Utama" played in the background, its goin' to be the worst WINGS tribute video clip ever been made, hahaha !

There was a relax busker-like performance at the entrance and their rendition of WINGS songs were interesting. The one with the acoustic guitar had a full WINGS autograph on his guitar, cool. As we entered the building, we caught a glimpse of familiar face inside. That one guy approached us saying that he somehow remembered seeing us at the Melaka show. He was Hamizi from Pagoh, one crazy guy at MITC, front row facing centre stage.

The show started at approximately 9.30 pm with guests like LAN KRISTAL ("Gegar Gunung Gemora"), AWEERA ("Alam Barzakh"), BILA ("Semalam Yang Hangat"), ONE NATION MC  ("Kau Bukan Brader"), AFLIN SHAUKI ("Midnight Blues"), HATTAN ("Dia"), ITO BLUES GANG ("Biarkan Berlalu") and AZLAN & THE TYPEWRITER ("Enigma") paying tribute with a song each. The sketch from comedian SAIFUL APEK and YASSIN was hilarious (with LAN SCENARIO later joined in). Hat off to the young talented drummer - Nur Amira Syahira.

When the clock hit around 10.30 pm, the big screen at far left and right of the stage started to roll that one grand video montage (the sound effect really drove the excitement). The final sound check on stage was then heard especially the drum roll and bass solo that really got you damn excited and just wanted to scream your heart out. We really need an explosive start to help us survive the cold and freezing night. But when you got "Bazooka Penaka", "Inspirasi Taming Sari" and "Bujang Senang" as opener, back-to-back, its dynamite ! From where we stood, there was no hold back, everyone just exploded ! We didn't even cared to bring out the camera, the impact was just huge. The stage was wide and WINGS played a little bit at the back under the roof as it was raining (understood as it involves electric gadgets). But AWIE came upfront nevertheless. "Bujang Senang" should just continued with the guitar attack after the legendary intro just like from the album, no keyboard. We wished the arrangement for the older songs had fully came back to the original, just like their old heydays.

A live audio CD would really help all of us to revisit that magical moment. We hope that they will include the sound from the video montage and final sound check onstage as that started the big adrenalin rush before everything go 'kaboom' during "Bazooka Penaka". The 1st speech from AWIE should be kept as well (just like the movie 'Rock Oo' - "dah lama tak dengar ucapan yang berbaur politik semacam ni .. hahaha").

While DVD is definitely a must release, no question. This is WINGS greatest concert ever !

We read somewhere that WINGS planned to have segments like the 80's, 90's etc. So, it should started with tracks from the albums 'Belenggu Irama' (1987) and 'Hukum Karma' (1988). But which tracks would really blew the roof off as opener ? Our pick would be "Inspirasi Taming Sari" (the band 1st ever track from the debut album), "Peronda Jaket Biru" and "Jerangkap Samar". But WINGS did not do such sequence in the setlists - starting with tracks taken from the 80's album, then 90's and onward. They just brought back the attire.

While, the bikers cum securities from Lost Cowboys and Violence Storm were cool and easy despite their vicious look.

"Orang Kita" was a surprise, thank you WINGS. The crowds got crazier and louder during the chorus. "Gemala Saktiku" was rare from the album 'Jerangkung Dalam Almari' and we didn't mind they skipped "Awang Trasher" for it. So were "Jumpa Hilang" and "Nasib Kita" that got the crowds more excited. The album version of "Nasib Kita" was actually done by MUS and guest vocal - MAEL (XPDC). So the concert version with AWIE and MUS on vocal was definitely special. We also got an exclusive "Satelit Puaka" version with AWIE alone on stage, strumming and singing on acoustic guitar before the band entered in full force later. He also did electric solo during "Blues Ular Sawa", while JOE lent some vocal parts.

The medley was added with one extra track "Intanku Kesepian" as compared to the 'Menakluk Kosmos Tour' version. Just before the medley, AWIE and BLACK threw out some shirts at the audience as a form of souvenir. Former vocalist - MEL and MUS as well as SHAM (original guitarist in 'Belenggu Irama') joined the band on stage. They were also accompanied with guest axeman RODY KRISTAL and EDRIE HASHIM. While JOJET  (one of the founding member but only appeared in the 4th album 'Jerangkung Dalam Almari') came out later during the drum solo and continued on the drum stool with two more songs. "Misteri Mimpi Syakilla" replaced "Taman Rashidah Utama". Why ? So WINGS could play "Taman Rashidah Utama" in full, and the best part was they finally did it with the original guitar intro. Gone was the piano/keyboard intro for 'Taman Rashidah Utama" at last (the versions at 'Versi Tanpa Distortion' and 'Rockestra 2013' were interesting but we all have been missing the original version far too long).

We always love to have "Romania", "Ranggi Metropolis" and "Sayap Illusi" in the setlists everytime. While the track "Menakluk Kosmos" was the best pick from the new album, aggressive and hard hitting, worked very well for live show. The part where the backing vocal came in on some verses sounded good. The song "Ingatkan Dia" on the other hand was already a big hit in Malaysia, especially after being part of the soundtrack for one Aaron Aziz movie, so it turned out to be a loud sing along. The organ/keyboard intro was indeed catchy, the crowds instantly knew it as soon as the intro started.
Right after "Nasib Kita", AWIE announced that they have been instructed to stop the show but pleaded to the authority to allow them to continue so they can fulfilled their promise to deliver 30 songs that night. WINGS had been goin' on with tracks after tracks for nearly 4 hours already. While AWIE was still delivering his vocal at top notch. If we counted each track from the medley as one, we actually got 31 songs excluding the drum solo, guitar showcase - "Illusi Intonasi" and M. Nasir tribute appearance in the midpart.

They continued to deliver 3 more numbers in a rush before ended with "Peronda Jaket Biru" but with bigger rearrangement at the opening part. Once the track is done, BLACK continued to blast the drum and JOE hitting the string, probably trying to hit another song fast, but the sound was eventually turned off. It was nearing 3.00 am, and it was one glorious night. 31st October with 31 songs. Definitely the best show for 2015 ! It was legendary !
  1) Bazooka Penaka (Bazooka Penaka)
  2) Inspirasi Taming Sari (Belenggu Irama)
  3) Bujang Senang (Teori Domino)
  4) Orang Kita (Hukum Karma)
  5) Gemala Saktiku (Jerangkung Dalam Almari)
  6) Romania (Teori Domino)
  7) Jumpa Hilang (Naga Kramat)
  8) Pengabdian Ku Kekasih (Bazoka Penaka)
  9) Satelit Puaka (Bazooka Penaka)

10) Intan Ku Kesepian (Belenggu Irama)
11) Biru Mata Hitam Ku (Biru Mata Hitam Ku)
12) Belenggu Irama (Belenggu Irama)
13) Potret Monalisa (Teori Domino)
14) Misteri Mimpi Syakila (Hukum Karma)
15) Di Ambang Wati (Bazooka Penaka)
16) Semalam Yang Hangat (Orang Asing)

M NASIR (tribute)
Hikayat Penuh Ranjau (Hukum Karma)
Quote - 30 years ago WINGS was brought to him with hope to record album that can sell 10,000 copies, but the band sold hundred of thousands instead, and WINGS grew to become legend.
Drum Solo (BLACK + JOJET)
Both continued on drum for the following tracks :-
17) R'N'R Lu Punya Suka (Bazooka Penaka)
18) Jerangkung Dalam Almari (Jerangkung Dalam Almari) with MUS
19) Blues Ular Sawa (Double Trouble 2) with MUS
20) Menakluk Kosmos (Menakluk Kosmos)
21) Ingatkan Dia (Menakluk Kosmos)
22) Sayap Illusi (Naga Kramat)
23) Amok (Bazooka Penaka)
24) Taman Rashidah Utama (Hukum Karma)

Guitar Showcase - Illusi Intonasi (JOE + HILLARY)

25) Kota Kemusnahan (Belenggu Irama)
26) Ranggi Metropolis (Naga Kramat)
27) Nasib Kita (Best of Wings 2) with MUS
28) Hukum Karma (Hukum Karma)
29) Opera Hidup (Hukum Karma)
30) Sejati (Teori Domino)
31) Peronda Jaket Biru (Belenggu Irama)

Official merchandise from Grousiey Printhouse

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


It was always special when SEARCH came home and played homeground - Johor Bahru The City of Rock 'N' Roll.

It was even more special this time around. They show was scheduled to start at 8.00 pm, but for whatever reasons, SEARCH only hit the stage at approximately 9.30 pm. The crowds have been waiting helplessly, our old legs have started aching, standing to nothing and some have continued to chant 'We want Search ! We want Search !'.

By 9.00 pm, this one male singer came out (FIQ of the reality TV singing program - Mentor). From the look of his face, it was like he was asked to perform as to fill in the slot. He delivered 3 tracks and we could only shook our head in disapproval. We all came for SEARCH, aren't we ?!
So dear Universal Music Malaysia, no opening act please unless it has been planned and announced earlier. We could plan our schedule better if we knew the show will start so late. Some would probably skipped him for a fast and light dinner outside.

But thankfully, as soon as SEARCH took centre stage, they redeemed the night with a bang. The stage and lighting were incredible. Earlier newspaper report said that SEARCH would probably brings the Istana Budaya setlists down to Nusajaya. It turned out that there were a few changes, the 'Konsert Panggung Khayalan' setlist was good enough for us.
The first 3 tracks were just great. The song "Panggung Khayalan" was that perfect track to open the night, no other. Next was even bigger - "Paranoid" (there was none from 'Karisma' in Istana Budaya, and this time we also got "Melastik Ke Bintang") and then "Gadisku" which raised the atmosphere higher when the crowds started to sing along.

NASIR (bass) was calm with glimpse of smile, singing along to the lyric while pounding the bass in style. DIN (guitar) and KID (guitar) at far left and right did really well. KID was far better from his disastrous 1st night Istana Budaya appearance. While, AMY was electrifying with his amazing wild stage antic. His move at time reminded us of Jacky Chan from the movie 'Drunken Master'. The younger sessionnist PAE (drum) was a madman and worked well with the heavy numbers, capitalizing on his rough drum strokes.

Photo Credit : The Photoshooterz
AMY also talked about their coming 35th Anniversary next year and planned to celebrate it in Johor as this was where the story of SEARCH began.
When YAZIT came onstage, AMY relates the song "Teguh" to him which somehow reflects his strength and dedication. Then it happened, SEARCH did "Ku Taklukkan Dunia", simply unbelievable, and the crowds joined in during " ... Masih Ada ...". So AMY finally realized that they haven't played it live for a very long time. 

The session after YAZIT started with "Gothik Malam Edan" which remained as one good heavy number. We hoped that they will skip "No Way !!!" and replaced one more song from the album 'Rampage'. Perhaps more tracks from 'Karisma'. It ended with "Pawana" as always. We do think that SEARCH is more "Balada Pemuzik Jalanan" than "Pawana".

SEARCH came out with an encore surprisingly, and returned on stage with "Cakap Memang Murah". AMY then came down and hop onto the back of one security and walked pass those at the front, shaking hands. He also tried to let himself loose at the crowds as they began to lift him up to attempt body surfing but was denied by the security.

If 'Konsert Pangung Khayalan' was the Johor version of the Istana Budaya show, then it was surely the winner. Should they kept "Balada Pemuzik Jalanan" (a must have) and "Langit Dan Bumi" in the setlist, we will be more happier, but not at the expense of "Ku Taklukkan Dunia". Welcome back SEARCH ! This is SEARCH we all knew !

We still put hope for 'Konsert Fenomena 30 Tahun' DVD after 4 years. So, make the move Universal Music Malaysia, we want the 'Panggung Khayalan' show in DVD please.
Photo Credit : The Photoshooterz
  1) Panggung Khayalan (Rock 'N' Roll Pie)
  2) Paranoid (Karisma)
  3) Gadisku (Mentari Merah Di Ufuk Timur)
  4) Metropolitan (Rampage)
  5) Hongky Tong Kosong (Gema Di Timur Jauh)
  6) Kejoraku Bersatu (Selepas Banjir)
  7) Melastik Ke Bintang (Karisma)
  8) Menuju Puncak (Gema Di Timur Jauh)
With Yazit
  9) Ku Taklukkan Dunia (Fenomena)
10) Fantasia Bulan Madu (Mentari Merah Di Ufuk Timur)
11) Kejora (Cinta Buatan Malaysia)
12) Rozana (Langit Dan Bumi)
14) Isabella (Fenomena)

15) Gothik Malam Edan (Gothik Malam Edan)
16) Pelesit Kota (Mentari Merah Di Ufuk Timur)
17) No Way !!! (Gema Di Timur Jauh)
18) Diari Habil & Qabil (Rock 'N' Roll Pie)
19) Isi Dan Kulit (Cinta Buatan Manusia)
20) Pawana (Fenomena)
21) Cakap Memang Murah (Double Trouble)

Saturday, June 13, 2015



WINGS was majestic and mystical on stage with Orkestra Tradisional Malaysia, yet still stood proud as a loud long haired rock 'n' roll band (BON JOVI's "Blood On Blood" anyone ?). We attended the 2nd show and it was a very big night indeed !
When we first heard that WINGS will hit Istana Budaya with this cultural approach, roping in malay traditional instruments, we started thinking to bring our two kids along.

If somehow 'rock' was not their cup of tea, at least, they will have a brief insight about malay traditional instruments and what was 'silat' (ancient malay martial art) all about, especially when 'modernization' is eating up all the 'old tradition' piece by piece. These will also give them a good understanding that 'rock' music is not just about getting wild all the time. When age started to catch up, our affection for 'rock' music has became more relax, though sometimes old habits did rose its ugly head occasionally, hahaha.

There was no hesitation, WINGS will definitely goin' to nail it. It will be a straight 7 nights performance and the turnout was okay for the 2nd night. The energy will be more monstrous if somehow it goes for only 3 or 4 nights - full house probably.
In line with the theme, there was no long scarf tied at the mic stand as per the 1st night, we have a 'songket' instead for the 2nd night (a traditional patterned type of cloth that comes with metallic thread). All in WINGS wore the traditional heroic outfit, and so did the others on stage. The show started with a poetry like narration by the host and some amazing 'silat' showcase. 
The introduction piece was a 2 songs back-to-back. It started with the 'nobat performance' (traditional musical performance during royal coronation) coming to play, where the trumpet-like 'nafiri' (sounded like bagpipe) was blown out loud and the sound moved in hypnotising rhythm. It actually marked the start of ceremony. JOE gave his electric strumming in response, and the excitement began.

"Hukum Karma" was then executed, sounded so rich musically when the traditional instruments started to blend in here and there. AWIE was at his best. The 'gamelan' (set of brass percussion) was astonishing and WINGS was set to conquer the night.

The sound of 'kompang' (tambourine lookalike hand percussion) then came roaring, giving the cue for 'Bazooka Penaka" to blast in (normally it was the drum making the cue). It was grandeur like a big traditional malay feast goin' mad. We simply lost our sanity at that time, and sang along to it madly. Everybody started singing we believed. 

The 1st segment started with JOE narrating deep about their music. It has always been rock & heavy years after years, but never have they lost their origin, their root. The background was the sound of 'seruling'' (malay traditional flute) mixed with JOE mesmerising string works, and it then continued with "Sayap Illusi' which made the track felt more heavier, not musically though. At that point, we turned to our little girl, she was singing along slowly with her eyes wide opened.

"Sembuyi" was a surprise and broke all boundaries. The 'gamelan' stood out and we got 'gambus' solo (arabic guitar) at the first break before JOE wrapped it up with his electric solo. It was then 'kompang' with female backing vocal at the 2nd break as AWIE hit the high note "...ramai manusia...". Incredible !
Coming all the way from Johor, it was an honour to hear "Tanjung Putri" which started traditionally at first, before turned heavy. Then, there was another long narration to drive up the might as its "Inspirasi Taming Sari" next. Another highlight of the night especially with the short 'silat' showcase at midway which AWIE took part. Once the showcase ended, the track blasted back in style. BLACK got extra pounding support from the 'rebana' and 'gendang' (traditional drums).
"Anugerah" and "Dari Tuhan" (though still heavy at midpart) was accompanied by nasyid group, and  "Zikir Asma Ul-Husna and "Selawat" was added in so that we have a more meaningful night - our compliment.
WINGS also revisited BLUES GANG' - "Ibu" (from 'Versi Tanpa Distortion') with JOE and EDDIE pairing up front for the guitar and bass intro. AWIE was emotionally heavy but still delivered the track well. Then came the 6-tracks medley (from 'Menakluk Kosmos'). The crowds joined in everywhere, and it became so lively. The song "Sejati" was a loud sing along, and the intro was brilliant where JOE took on the 'nafiri' with his wild tremolo play.

Photo courtesy of Sayap-Sayap Wings

So come on and head to Istana Budaya for the remaining nights. Be part of this historical event, or else, you need to wait for 2 years if you are lucky enough to see the show to be released in DVD/CD - just like Rockestra 2013. 'BONGKAR' was extra ordinary and indeed another milestone achievement for WINGS. A must attend !

By the way, the track "Orang Kita" will also work out well for the night ...
  1) Hukum Karma (Hukum Karma)
  2) Bazooka Penaka (Bazooka Penaka)
Monologue (JOE)
  3) Sayap Illusi (Naga Kramat)
  4) Sembunyi (Hukum Karma)
  5) Ranggi Metropolis (Naga Kramat)
Monologue (BLACK)
  6) Tanjung Putri (malay traditional song)
  7) Inspirasi Taming Sari (Belenggu Irama)
Monologue (AWIE)
  8) Zikir Asma Ul-Husna
  9) Anugerah (Hukum Karma)
10) Selawat
11) Dari Tuhan (Belenggu Irama)
Monologue (EDDIE)
12) Ibu (BLUES GANG)
13) Medley
      a) Biru Mata Hitam Ku (Biru Mata Hitam Ku)
      b) Belenggu Irama (Belenggu Irama)
      c) Potret Monalisa (Teori Domino)
      d) Taman Rashidah Utama (Hukum Karma)
      e) Di Ambang Wati (Bazooka Penaka)
      f) Semalam Yang Hangat (Orang Asing)
14) Sejati (Teori Domino)
15) Opera Hidup (Hukum Karma)

Event Shirts
Official merchandise from Grousiey Printhouse

Saturday, May 2, 2015


We are not professional photographer, but it is a must to let our lense ran loose when attending gig. We are honoured that our photo taken at NunSlaughter's Johor Bahru - Malaysia gig on 24/03/2012 (Hellbanger South East Asia Tour) was used in 'black & white' for the inner sleeve of the tape release by Morbid Tapes (Mal).

(photo credit : Morbid Tapes)

The photo was earlier contributed to Majalah Karisma online portal and later published in their printed issue - No # 24 (May '2012 : Page 50). It showed up on this blog as well.

Yet, the photo was not properly credited. Nevertheless, we welcome any band to use our photo in the future. Just drop us a line will do.

Sunday, April 12, 2015


We remembered how we wished that MIDNIGHT would hit South East Asia when we were doin' the review of 'Complete And Total Hell' for Hells Headbangers Records back then. Thanks to the organizer - BURSTIN' OUT for finally bringin' them over.
Simply, this is a show that you all should not missed. We all had a blast during True Metal Invasion # 1 with ONSLAUGHT (UK), DEATHHAMMER (Nor), DESECRATION (Ire) and other South East Asian bands back in 2012. Looking at this year line-up, it's goin' to be another all hell breaks loose.
So we get hold of Athenar for a brief interview as to get your adrenalin burning mad. Its 14 days to Midnight ! Get the ticket and be there !

We are MIDNIGHT ready !!! Are you ?!!
Yes, I hope all goes well. I always expect the worst out of live though !
Somebody asked me in a very polite way ! I'm not really a fan of touring many dates in a row and playing the same songs night after night. I do like visiting cool places I've never been to though. I'm really looking forward for the gig.
It's just a one off gig. We're doing a few shows in New Zealand and Australia before the Singapore gig.
I'm looking forward to hearing them live. It keeps it more interesting and fresh.
Well, that what's we shoot for. Like I said, I always expect the worst but hope for the best !
MANOWAR are one of the best bands ever in my opinion. Of course the first 5 albums are my favourites but they're still really good live. They're really underrated band here in the States.
Yes, that was a very unique gig, very different from what we're used to in the States. I think most of the peoples at the gig were not from UAE but other countries.
No, I don't think we've ever done cover song live. One time a few years ago we did do "Earache My Eye" by Alice Bowie but that's the only time I can remember. Oh, we did "TAP" from Black Ax in Philadelphia.
Yeah, that song was supposed to go on Venom tribute LP coming out soon. But then the Decibel thing came out, so I gave them that song, and just recorded another Venom song "In League With Satan" for the tribute LP.
No, not that I know of. I should've have planned better !
Hopefully the hoods will stay.

I really don't think the bass will burn though. From what we know in the States, if you spit on the sidewalks in Singapore, you will be beat. So I will behave good.
Can't wait for the gig and hang out with the South East Asian metal maniax !

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015


Melaka became the 2nd state after Penang to play host to 'Menakluk Kosmos' tour. Next will be Terengganu where all east coast fans will assemble. Since there was still no announcement when WINGS will hit Johor, so why not Melaka ?!

We never seen them live on stage elsewhere except in our hometown - Johor (the last time was 'Konsert Double Trouble 2010') and most of the times in Kuala Lumpur. Its goin' to be one good experience to see how Melaka pays homage to this rock & roll legend.

We reached the historical city of Melaka at noon and went straight to the venue to meet Zul of Sayap2Wings (official fanclub) and got our ticket. Next was to find one affordable place to get the family safely check-in, get lunch and refresh ourselves before the show starts later at night.

The indoor venue - Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC) was perfect. The stage looked good. WINGS had never let us down so far, so one memorable rock & roll night was for sure.

We arrived later at the venue at 8.00 pm, and the strong Melaka fans have already gathered. By the look of their faces, everybody were excited. Even the Melaka event shirt had already sold out.

The show started around 9.20 pm and Isma Halil (rock DJ and emcee for the night) came on stage and said that there was no harm for the fans to bring out handphone or camera (except for big commercial video cam recorder). Everyone wanted to bring back some good memories of the show, so be it. Anggerik Event (organizer) and Sayap2Wings (official fanclub) simply treated the fans well. Salute !

WINGS opened the night with "Amok", which tend to relate well with the host since Hang Jebat did ran amok if we looked back at the Melaka history. The response was enormous. But if given a choice, we opted for the track "Menakluk Kosmos" as opener, a very fast heavy number which would make MITC exploded severely. Its 'Konsert Menakluk Kosmos' after all.

Anyone has the complete setlists for Penang by the way ? Looking at earlier local newspaper reports about the Penang show, the setlists in Melaka didn't changed except for "Inspirasi Taming Sari" which came in for "Ameringo".
The song "Inspirasi Taming Sari" would fit well if WINGS wanted to drive up the adrenaline even more at the start of the show. But it was "Bujang Senang", followed by "Pengabdian Ku Kekasih" (with the bluesy "how are you Melaka" intro). The band was rockin' on stage, but at this point, we started to have this 'Rockestra 2013' dejavu. 

AWIE then started to communicate with the crowds and he said that this was their first nationwide tour after 20 years.

It was pure joy when "Komplikasi Pramaya" came next. One of our favourite new tracks and hearing it live for the first time was satisfying. We got 5 songs from the album 'Menakluk Kosmos' which was good enough for us.

The best must be the song "Menakluk Kosmos" where AWIE gave his all to match that musically fast pace and heavy track, stretching the high note which he did really well frankly. JOE was electrifying, while EDDIE and BLACK thundered the bass and drum at full blast. The song even stop at the mid part with AWIE took a stint at the crowds before the song hammered back to the end. Killer !

We have already heard "Peti Pandora Mu" and "Ingatkan Dia" during 'Versi Tanpa Distortion' last year. But it was the distorted version this time around. While, "Raja Segala Duri" was all good.
It was always a pleasure to have "Sayap Illusi" in the setlists, a slow number yet heavy in substance. We also got "Ranggi Metropolis" and "Romania" which made our trip to Melaka even more memorable. While the long medley revisited 6 albums straight on, a definite trip back to memory lane. We just can't get enough of "Potret Monalisa".

WINGS however did the 'Rockestra 2013' version of "Bujang Senang", "Awang Thrasher" (JOE's guitar didn't sound that well on this song), "Kota Kemusnahan" and "Opera Hidup". How we wished for the original version though.

It was a grandeur 2015 opening for WINGS, and we were fortunate to be there. Menakluk Kosmos Melaka was just brilliant !

  1) Amok (Bazooka Penaka)
  2) Bujang Senang (Teori Domino)
  3) Pengabdian Ku Kekasih (Bazooka Penaka)
  4) Komplikasi Pramaya (Menakluk Kosmos)
  5) Awang Thrasher (Jerangkung Dalam Almari)
  6) Peti Pandora Mu (Menakluk Kosmos)
  7) Ranggi Metropolis (Naga Kramat)
  8) Sayap Ilusi (Naga Kramat)
  9) Menakluk Kosmos (Menakluk Kosmos)
10) Ingatkan Dia (Menakluk Kosmos)
11) Inspirasi Taming Sari (Belenggu Irama)
12) Raja Segala Duri (Menakluk Kosmos)
13) Medley
      a) Biru Mata Hitam Ku (Biru Mata Hitam Ku)
      b) Belenggu Irama (Belenggu Irama)
      c) Potret Monalisa (Teori Domino)
      d) Taman Rashidah Utama (Hukum Karma)
      e) Di Ambang Wati (Bazooka Penaka)
      f) Semalam Yang Hangat (Orang Asing)
14) Romania (Teori Domino)
15) Kota Kemusnahan (Belenggu Irama)
16) Opera Hidup (Hukum Karma)
17) Sejati (Teori Domino)

Saturday, December 6, 2014


Rock & roll legend - SEARCH finally walked into Istana Budaya for the first time. They are goin' to rock the roof off for 4 straight nights. So, this surely cannot be missed. But suprisingly it turned out otherwise.

Frankly, we are not sure what when wrong. We attended the first night. At this scale, it should be a night to remember but there was something missing with SEARCH.

Except for AMY (vocal) who was lively on stage, the others showed no joy and chemistry appeared lacking. We were seated close facing centre stage, so visibility was not a problem. NASIR (bass) looked grim, DIN (guitar) isolated himself and KID (guitar) just can't find his guitar sounds. Are they really ready for the first night ?!

Once the lighting sets in, DIN and KID were seen on stage preparing their gadgets, then came NASIR and the crowds threw a mad cheer once AMY stepped in. SEARCH opened the night with 'Panggung Khalayan' and with no break continued with their classic 'Balada Pemuzik Jalanan'. The sound was heavy indeed ! KID then went limbo with the guitar sound, but still continued playing. But he got the riff of 'Pelesit Kota' done well.

When AMY introduced YAZIT (drum) for the special segment, he was in tears. Despite his worsen health condition, YAZIT insisted to be there since the band played a big part of his life and he was also the founding member. He braved thru the night with 6 tracks (mainly slow numbers) and the crowd gave him a standing oviation.

When "Gadisku" drawing end, marking the exit of one of Malaysia best drummers, KID turned to YAZIT and calmly wrapped up his fretworks, his face expressed great respect, probably deep inside nobody knew the emotion his was holding onto.

While AMY gave his best, trying to connect as closest to the crowds, applause to that. He even jumped down to the isle while singing to "Isabella" and shaking hands.

The sets got more heavier after the special session, with 'Diari Habil & Qabil', "Gothik Malam Edan" and "No Way !!!".

The track "Gothik Malam Edan" was well delivered, tight and heavy, just brilliant.

To us, KID was at his best during the last 3 songs. We initially thought it was a brief guitar showcase when he stood alone in the spotlight and did some solos, and then came the deep riff of "Fenomena" intro before the band exploded at high voltage. The crowds were singing to the chorus and that one caucasian from PALADIN striked a cello solo, giving the song a bigger dimension. That was simply the moment !

Next was "Kereta Merah" and the show ended with "Pawana". All the PALADINs came down to the front stage, bringing the house down with SEARCH. That was just it.

There was no encore, there were no songs from the album 'KARISMA' and 'RAMPAGE'. There were also no meet & greet session for the first night.

SEARCH as a band we all knew all these long can deliver far better than this. Hopefully the following nights will be a blast.

1) Panggung Khayalan (Rock 'N' Roll Pie)
2) Balada Pemuzik Jalanan (Cinta Buatan Malaysia)
3) Kejoraku Bersatu (Selepas Banjir)
4) Laila Namamu Teratas (Gema Di Timur Jauh)
5) Gelora Cintaku (Mentari Merah Di Ufuk Timur)
6) Langit Dan Bumi (Langit Dan Bumi)
7) Menuju Puncak (Gema Di Timur Jauh)
8) Honky Tong Kosong (Gema Di Timur Jauh)
9) Pelesit Kota (Mentari Merah Di Ufuk Timur)

Special segment with Yazit
10) Kejora (Cinta Buatan Malaysia)
11) Rozana (Langit Dan Bumi)
12) Fantasia Bulan Madu (Mentari Merah Di Ufuk Timur)
13) Isi Atau Kulit (Mentari Merah Di Ufuk Timur)
14) Isabella (Fenomena)
15) Gadisku (Mentari Merah Di Ufuk Timur)

16) Gothik Malam Edan (Gothik Malam Edan)
17) No Way !!! (Gema Di Timur Jauh)
18) Diari Habil & Qabil (Rock 'N' Roll Pie)
19) Fenomena (Fenomena)
20) Kereta Merah (Rock 'N' Roll Pie)
21) Pawana (Fenomena)

Monday, June 9, 2014


Another historical event with WINGS went rockin' on stage without distortion at the prestigious Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC). For us, it was a perfect night ! Why ? Now you must read on ...

'Versi Tanpa Distortion' simply means brilliant different arrangements - a one time rendition that you will never experience elsewhere. So, it should not be missed ! Since this is an acoustic approach, the entire set was filled with those 'blues' vibe. The stage, sound and lighting were the best.
The management was also kind enough to allow the fans to record and take photo for the first 3 songs. That appears reasonable and should be kept like that moving forward.

It is impossible that WINGS read our review for 'Rockestra 2013', but oh well, we did got what we asked for - "Dalam Kehadiran Sofiah", "Midnight Blues" and "Rantai".

We were also celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary and it was definitely priceless to celebrate it with the band you grew up with, witnessing WINGS at their best on stage, and your another half close beside. Rockin' romantic !  Hahaha !

From our personal favourite album - 'Teori Domino' (1990), WINGS gave us 6 songs and it was just amazing. Our night was completed when we got the 'Teori Domino' album sleeve signed during the 'meet & greet session' afterward.
With nearly 45 minutes late, the show started with JOE sitting and riffing  alone onstage to the blues of "Dalam Kahadiran Sofiah", before the rest made their individual way out, starting with the guitar trio of Hillary Ang, Edrie Hashim and Ujang Tukimon. We were grinning with excitement and just kept telling ourselves, this will be a blast !

WINGS also pay tribute to old local heroes - LEFTHANDED, BLUES GANG and KEMBARA with a song each. When AWIE brought all of us back to 'Belenggu Irama' (1987), we really hope for "Biarkan Berlalu". Then it came, this time he delivered it with only JOE on guitar. You don't get this version even when you played back your old rusty tape of 'Belenggu Irama'.

Our best moment must be when the band grooved "Midnight Blues", a very rare song which we don't remember WINGS had played it live these recent years. Candidly, AWIE also said that Putrajaya is in need of some blues. The track "Perhentian" was great as well.

While, the best arrangement for the night was definitely "Taman Rashidah Utama" which has turned into this one enchanting piece with the organ/piano, and the song must have touched everyone with AWIE emotional vocal.

AWIE also pledged to the fans to fight against record piracy. With nearly 12 years with no album, 'Menakluk Kosmos' fell victim before the album was even released. The crowds were quite silence when the band hit their newest "Peti Pandora Mu" and "Ingatkan Dia". ("Bisa Yang Tertunda" next time please)

The only setback was the show was delayed to nearly 9.30 pm probably due to the late arrival of VIP, perhaps long queue at the entrance or for what other reasons. Everybody just need to be punctual next time please.

Another legendary show. The fans will talk about this for many years to come. So what's next ? An album show in its entirety - starting with 'Belenggu Irama' and 'Hukum Karma' albums perhaps ?! That sounds exciting !

  1) Dalam Kehadiran Sofiah (Jerangkung Dalam Almari)
  2) Bujang Senang (Teori Domino)
  3) Perhentian (Teori Domino)
  4) Sayap Illusi (Naga Kramat)
  5) Hikayat Penuh Ranjau (Hukum Karma)
  6) Harapan (Teori Domino)
  7) Ku Dihalaman Rindu (LEFTHANDED)
  8) Ibu (BLUES GANG)
  9) Hati Emas (KEMBARA)
10) Guitar showcase
11) Biarkan Berlalu (Belenggu Irama)
12) Peti Pandora Mu (Menakluk Kosmos)
13) Ingatkan Dia (Menakluk Kosmos)
14) Midnight Blues (Teori Domino)
15) Ameringo (Naga Kramat)
16) Sejati (Teori Domino)
17) Taman Rashidah Utama (Hukum Karma)
18) Rantai (Teori Domino)