Monthly Archives: January 2012

CORE IN CHINA | Upcoming Compilation Project by Rock in China

The CORE IN CHINA compilation project is a non-commercial promotional compilation record scheduled for release in May 2012. Artists and bands of the genres screamo, deathcore, nintendocore, metalcore, post hardcore and various other ‘core-styles are being approached from January to March 2012.

Up to 20 bands from Mainland China, Hongkong and Macau are being show casted as the fresh and dynamic heavy underground from China. For each band, Chinese and English biography and song lyrics are being included in the booklet to enable international accessibility of the music.

If you are interested in the project, either to participate or to hear more about the compilation contact Rock in China:

  • AZCHAEL@ROCKINCHINA.COM
  • YANG@ROCKINCHINA.COM

Read more on the project and what is done.

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Interview with Arcane Saints on their 2011 China tour

Arcane Saints, an Australian hard rock / metal band went on a 6-city tour through China in October 2011. Rock in China interviewed them on their experience. Azchael for Rock in China and Jim for Arcane Saints.

Azchael: Can you briefly introduce yourself and Arcane Saints?
Jim (Arcane Saints): My name is Jim, bass player, back up vocalist and nocturnal activities advisor. We are the Arcane Saints, dirty rock/metal hedonists that go hard on stage and off!

Azchael: How did you get the idea of coming to China in the first place?
Jim (Arcane Saints): We talked to a fellow Melbourne band that made the trip and decided we had to do it.

Azchael: How did you get in contact with Tom of This Town Touring?
Jim (Arcane Saints): We contacted him through This Town Touring’s website.

Azchael: Can you describe your experience in one sentence?
Jim (Arcane Saints): Best time of our lives!

Azchael: If you have a chance to visit any city again of your tour, which one would it be?
Jim (Arcane Saints): 2 cities: Wuhan, because we let them down after we missed a train, and Shanghai, because we have a love affair with the BM club, and unfinished business with the Prison Break tattoo parlour.

Azchael: Have you had a chance to see any Chinese bands playing and if yes, which one would you think is fit for playing in your home town?
Jim (Arcane Saints): All the bands we played with on our tour would do the business in Australia, we were backed up by consistently strong bands!

Azchael: How did you overcome the financial constraints of the tour?
Jim (Arcane Saints): The same way we overcome all our financial constraints: We work our asses off, save up whatever we need to stay alive, and hit the road! Plus we had a very good friend kick in some cash to help with airfares.

Azchael: What your plans for 2012? Will you come to China again?
Jim (Arcane Saints): We are embarking on an Australian tour over 2 months and then, in late April, we are coming to Canada and China for more international touring madness! We may even throw in some recording in March.

Azchael: How can I buy / get your music in China?
Jim (Arcane Saints): At the moment it can be done following links on our facebook and myspace pages to buy online.

Azchael: Do you have China Tour T-Shirts?
Jim (Arcane Saints): Working on it. By the time we hit China I’m pretty sure we will be sorted.

Azchael: Thanks for the interview.
Jim (Arcane Saints): Thankyou.

8 million visitors on Rock in China

Just a quick update. Over Chinese New Year our 8 millionth visitor checked out Rock in China!

Discovering and Purchasing Chinese Rock Music

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A nice summary for American rock fans on how to find and purchase Chinese Rock Music, especially if one cannot read Chinese and thus cannot use Douban.

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Finding Music:
When it comes to Chinese music, it’s hard for a foreigner who has hardly any prior exposure to Asian music to discover new bands to add to their repertoire of music. The point of this post is to hopefully help people who have a general interest in Chinese music that has no connection to the Mandopop and Cantopop movements. It’s not that I find these genres of music to be terrible, I’m just ready to broaden my horizons when it comes to Chinese music in general, and think its time for the rock scenes in China to get a little bit more exposure. So, with that said, the purpose of this post is to help someone learn how to search for Chinese rock, indie, punk, and other forms of musical entertainment that hardly get any exposure on mainstream western websites.

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Nuclear Fusion G – Space exploration | Chinese Industrial

Li Ziwei formed the band Nuclear Fusion-G in July 2004. Since then they have composed 18 songs, all written by Li Ziwei, including music, lyrics and sampling. One of China’s leading electronic music acts, the band take science as one of its major themes, and by combining many different element such as the heavy rhythm of dance music, samples, the human voice and DJing, they create music that has the power a nuclear bomb detonating. In 2005, with their ambition redoubled and focus on more international exposure, Nuclear Reaction-G is finding its own way in a brand new sector of China’s still blossoming music industry.

Four Five – Faith | Chinese Deathcore

Four Five, two words lined up together does not express any defined meaning to give you enough space of imagination, so is the music of the band Four Five. Due to different opinions on music by all band members, everything still go together as one, the appearance as metal and hard core combining multiple new elements. Strong metal riffing on progressive combi-beats, sometimes cut sharp, sometimes grooving, the sound waves are beating the ears and hearts of listeners like a heavy hammer. Complicated verses yet in clear shaps do not lack on power and strength, acting in chord with guitars and bass, bursting druming here and there, plus expressive vocals, all that marks out Four Five’s music. Each band member all have at least over five years of musician experience, arm in arm they go together for the main goal in their hearts.

The ‘CORE scene of China | Screamo, Deathcore, Metalcore, Nintendocore

With guys like the ones above (Monkey King) hitting the stages of China, the metal scene has seen an invasion of ‘CORE related music in recent years.

Started in 2006-2008 with the likes of Ego Fall, re-born Yaksa, Hollow and Nuclear Fusion-G, the scene has moved forward and produced a number of quality bands screaming and thrashing their way into the hearts of the young generation.

With genres even as remote to traditional metal as Nintendocore – which was first introduced to China by leading artist HORSE THE BAND in 2008 – the wave of emo bands and hardcore bands that were pushed by HotPot Music certainly paved the way for Screamo to take its place among the hot and powerful. The 2007 compilation record King-Size China 2 already featured a range of bands that left the old school nu-metal and emo paths to divert into the heavier and more extreme genres.

Nowadays one has to open Douban to see the sprouts shooting up in every city with the likes of From Sad To Dead with their electronic influence and Tribute to Attack Attack! to emocore made in Wuhan, Romeo Bleed to die(喋血罗密欧), and Beijing’s Tun Shu (豚鼠乐队) deathcore advances.

For those interested in these core-related sounds, I can highly recommend to check out the following Douban groups and their links to bands and songs:

Also check out the never-ending list of Chinese metal artists that Rock in China has compiled so far and is extending, with its various subgenres.

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