January 28, 2012

My article on Slapshock’s seventh studio album is now up on the gmanews.tv website. Check out the metalcore sound of these OPM stalwarts who’ve been around for 15 years running.

There’s certainly more breakdowns and start stop thrash here. Enjoyable if you like all the melodic growling and glam of M. Shadows, Synyster Gates and co.

Slapshock bring the hammer down with ‘Kinse Kalibre’

KARL R. DE MESA January 26, 2012 2:21pm

Slapshock are one of OPM’s best exports. Their work ethic, popularity and satisfaction in touring have propelled them to places like Dubai, Singapore and the cities of North America, bringing the gospel of Pinoy heavy metal on a furious rollercoaster that’s lasted 15 years.

They’ve since opened in 2011 for the Manila shows of their alt metal heroes Deftones and Korn. That’s a long way from their days crossing American East Coast rap and thrash on 1998’s 4th Degree Burn. Check out the music video of “Carino Brutal” on Youtube that recounts the mayhem of their live shows in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Virginia, and Canada’s Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver to witness the glory veteran musicians can accomplish when they’re given full backing by sponsors and a record label.


Along the way they’ve shed the baggy jeans and the constraints of rap rock while still retaining a core membership in Jamir Garcia (vocals), Lean Ansing (guitars), Lee Nadela (bass) and Chi Evora (drums). The only person who’s off the roster is guitarist Jerry Basco, Garcia’s cousin, who’s since migrated to the US. “Although he still plays with us when he comes to Manila,” said Evora.

Aside from acquiring a tremendous amount of tattoos that must be directly proportional to their accolades, they’ve also found the time to become a founding member of the Asian super group PROJECT E.A.R (stands for East Asian Revolution). It’s a collaborative effort with bands from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore that debuted during the 2009 MTV Asian Music Awards.

2012’s Kinse Kalibre (Polyeast Records) is the seventh on the Slapshock discography, and it’s got more Tagalog songs than you can shake a skull ring at. This is a metalcore infused album in the vein of bands like All That Remains, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God and Avenged Sevenfold. The roots of speed and thrash are very much present, amped up by very melodic harmonies, a singing guitar lead, drums that have the double pedal attack on full throttle and breakdowns to mosh by.

It’s all very technical, requiring dozens of hours spent in practice alone and in a studio together. Also, there’s nary a line of rap here except for Lourd De Veyra’s (frontman for The Radioactive Sago Project) spoken word introduction. What it all means is that it makes for whiplash listening. What it means is that it’s reminiscent of an AR-15 killing spree.

 Read the rest of it HERE.


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