Category Archives: Metal in China

PK 12th Anniversary | Cannibal Corpse in Beijing

Painkiller hosted their 12th anniversary fest with CANNIBAL CORPSE visiting. Read the awesome review at Smart Beijing!



Phoenix will be dead (Tomb) | Chinese Black Metal

Pest Productions released the record Phoenix Will Be Dead (鳳凰絕) by Chinese Black Metal band Tomb in May this year. This EP consists of one song with a total length of 23:37. Depressive black metal out of Shandong!

Download the EP at Pest Productions bandcamp page.

September 15th 2012 – Metal Alliance at Hidden Agenda

Hong Kong Metal Alliance presents:
Hong Kong Metal Revolution 2012 (香港金屬起義2012)

Performers: Cadaver, Elysium, Fear Index, Massacre of Mothman, Eve of Sin and Shepherds the Weak
HKD100 (Advance) HKD140 (Walk-in)

地點 Venue:Hidden Agenda
2A, Wing Fu Industrial Bldg, 15-17 Tai Yip Street,
Kwun Tong, Hong Kong

Ticket Outlets(Start on 18th AUGUST) :
Hidden Agenda
2A, Wing Fu Industrial Bldg, 15-17 Tai Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
Tel: 9170 6073

Records Rendezvous
Flat1405, 14/F, Efficiency House, 35 Tai Yau Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 2716 9333

弘力樂器 Holiday Music
G/F, Midas Plaza, 1 Tai Yau Street, San Po Kong
Tel: 2242 2256

Bluesrock Guitar Shop
Unit F, B/F, Ph 2, Kwun Tong Industry Building, Kwun Tong road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 2622 2881

Battle Stage
Unit B2, 11/Fm Union Building, 112 How Ming Street, KKwun Tong
Tel: 2415 2999

Music Life (音樂共和國)
B38A, Basement, Sino Centre, 582-592 Nathan Road, Mongkok

Camel Studio
Shop 2,1/F, Hung Kwong Shopping Arcade, 2A – 2P Tung Choi Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 3421 2587

Music Trio
Rm 1406, President Commercial Centre, 608 Nathan Road, Mong Kok
Tel: 2771 5888

CORE IN CHINA – available on Xiami, Google Music and

CORE IN CHINA is now available on Google Music, and Xiami!

CORE IN CHINA | Official Release Post | Tell Us What You Think

Hereby the compilation record CORE IN CHINA is officially released worldwide! It had been some busy five months (January – May 2012) that we worked on getting the songs lined up, mastered and uploaded on various internet services for the global release.

As such, cutting things short and keeping it essential, download the album (ZIP) or go to either bandcamp, soundcloud or to listen to it online and download it. All songs have been mastered by Björn Sonderman in Germany and we have received two splendid cover arts which were contributed by Joe Wu and NERVE Magazine!

Spread the word! Share the compilation and send it to your friends! CORE IN CHINA is alive and the twenty bands we have chosen for this first edition are hungry to show you what China is: Heavy! Whether its the electronicore of Thyhazard or the hardcore of King Ly Chee, these bands deserve to be listened to!

Please tell us what you think of the songs, of the bands, the cover, the project itself, the impression you got and what you think of when you listen to “Liar” or “End of Me”. Write it in the comments below!


  1. Why Lazy – Dying in the dream 04:35 (mp3)
  2. NewTank – The Dreamer 04:22 (mp3)
  3. Meat Sucks – Buried the Truths 04:54 (mp3)
  4. Ordnance – Ask for a justification 03:44 (mp3)
  5. Partisan – Selfish 03:18 (mp3)
  6. Monkey King – Until You Come 05:31 (mp3)
  7. Multi-Ego – End of Me 04:01 (mp3)
  8. Mensheng – 故謠 Ballad of Fallen 04:54 (mp3)
  9. Die In Velvet – 每天生每天死 03:59 (mp3)
  10. Ashtemato – Joker 05:06 (mp3)
  11. Saving Molly – To My Friend 02:58 (mp3)
  12. Luktomo – We Are Luktomo 06:41 (mp3)
  13. Beyond Cure – Self Destruction 04:34 (mp3)
  14. DustFall – Dawn Late 06:02 (mp3)
  15. Thyhazard – Liar 04:58 (mp3)
  16. King Ly Chee – 在路上 feat. Andrew Neufeld (Comeback Kid) 03:29 (mp3)
  17. Shut Up! Shut Down! – Bros Holds On Firm Bloods 03:14 (mp3)
  18. Raving Jokes – No Vain 04:07 (mp3)
  19. The Falling – Circle II Circle 04:50 (mp3)
  20. Mary Dolls – 2012 04:14 (mp3)

Download the whole album as ZIP.


Not only is the overall compilation free, but Rock in China has also compiled further information on the ‘core scene of China that will help everybody to understand what is happening in the scene:

  1. Read The ‘Core of China – Deathcore, Metalcore, Post Hardcore, Nintendocore, our accompanying article about the CORE scene of China.
  2. Regional Love: CORE IN CHINA has been listened to, shared, downloaded and talked about in France, Germany, the USA and China.
  3. Since the inofficial release as sneak previewed by Beijing Daze,  CORE IN CHINA was downloaded over 600 times (bandcamp), with additional 200 downloads on Soundcloud and it was listened to over 5000 times across various servers.

CORE IN CHINA | Band & Song List

It has been many weeks since Rock in China announced it’s CORE IN CHINA project for the very first time. We already announced the participation deadline, closed the submissions and reviewed them in our small yet dedicated team. A couple of days ago we sent out the official selection emails and also informed those bands that didn’t make it. There was no case that we had to reject a song due to its bad quality, but with a total number of 20 songs and by far over thirty song submissions, we had to make a choice.

Right now, all songs are being “mastered” in Germany, with it being however less of a real mastering and more of a volume alignment as most bands already had pretty good mastering done before submission. Whilst we wait for the final song versions to be issued to Rock in China and whilst we wait for the designers to prepare our cover, here is the band and song list:

# Band Song Title
1 Why Lazy Dying in the dream
2 NewTank The Dreamer
3 Meat Sucks Buried the Truths
4 Ordnance Ask for a justification
5 Partisan Selfish
6 Monkey King Until you come 2010
7 Multi-Ego End Of Me
8 Mensheng 故謠 Ballad of Fallen
9 Die In Velvet 每天生每天死 (final mix)
10 Ashtemato JOKER同期录音人声完整版
11 Saving Molly To my friend
12 Luktomo We Are Luktomo
13 Beyond Cure Self Destruction
14 DustFall Dawn Late
15 Thyhazard Liar
16 King Ly Chee 在路上 feat. Andrew Neufeld (Comeback Kid)
17 Shut Up! Shut Down! Bros Holds On Firm Bloods
18 Raving Jokes No Vain
19 The Falling Circle II Circle
20 Mary Dolls 2012

We have already interviewed a number of these bands above and you can check out the interviews here:

PS: Photo taken from Multi Ego‘s Douban page.

Interview with Meat Sucks | Post-Hardcore from Wuhan

Post-Hardcore band Meat Sucks answered our call for CORE IN CHINA and also responded for all our interview questions:

Azchael: Can you briefly introduce yourself and Meat Sucks?
Meat Sucks: We are Meat Sucks from Wuhan and funded in 2010. A girl vocal and four boys Musicians composed this band. Respectively is the following, vocal Sami, guitarists Mike and talon, bassist Zuo, drummer Gong Xiao. Technically, we are a very young band, but it has never been the problem for us to be the most professional and passionate band compare to other bands. Initial, because we all love Emo Rock then decided to create this band. Though all the discussion, our direction is post-hardcore, and make our own Rock music. Finally, we’ve got a lot of chances to perform, meanwhile, rehearsing and recording are very good ways to improve our skills. Rock music is the best channel to help us access our deep thoughts and express our potential capabilities.

Azchael: Which instruments are you using and which brand?
Meat Sucks: Our band’s configuration is the simplest of the three: bass, drum, and guitar. But we can not rule out the possibility of adding electronic equipments like keyboard. The main use of the brand of guitar is PRS, Schecter, or ESP. bass is Sadowsky,and drum is Tama.

Azchael: Why have you chosen to use post hardcore as your style of music?
Meat Sucks: We have chosen post-hardcore as our style of music because the five of us like it. It can show our most inside voices.

Azchael: How is the core scene in Wuhan? How many people come to your gigs?
Meat Sucks: Compared to other cities, Wuhan is more conservative. However, in recent year, more bands would like to try post-hardcore and more audience accepted it. We are glad to see in our performance there are almost 200 people come every time.

Azchael: From your douban I can see that your songs get a lot of listening, especially compared to other more mainstream bands. Where do you have most fans?
Meat Sucks: I can only answer this question by speculation, because I cannot represent our audiences. In the group of rock, most rockers are male. However, Meat Sucks consists of a female vocal and four young boys. Perhaps it is the reason why we can express more delicate and soft feelings. I think it is the unique point to attract our audiences.

Azchael: Do you think you represent the new sound of Wuhan?
Meat Sucks: Wuhan never lacks of excellent musicians and bands. We are just an epitome of the new wave bands in Wuhan.

Azchael: Have you toured in China or plan to do so?
Meat Sucks: Yes. In addition to Wuhan, we also visited Changsha, Beijing to perform. Our plan in 2012 is to launch our debut album, then try to tour in China.

Azchael: What is underground for you? Are you underground?
Meat Sucks: I think we are the underground band, from music writing and recording, we make it independently. Performances and records propaganda are done by ourselves.

Azchael: Where do you see the future of post hardcore, especially as the wave of post hardcore in the west seems to be already coming down?
Meat Sucks: The style of the band is not so important for us. We do not rigidly adhere to a certain style. We like post hardcore, so we are pleased to do this kind of music, and don’t care whether it is already coming down or what few people like it.

Azchael: How do you promote your music? Do you promote internationally?
Meat Sucks: Like many other bands, we promote our music via the internet. I think the best way is to promote is to write more good songs, let our audiences willing to recommend us over and over again, willing to listen to our songs and find their own resonance.

Azchael: What do you think of
Meat Sucks: We have known your website, what the most intuitive feeling is, it is very professional, very thorough, and your questions made me feel that you are very fond of rock music. I hope more people like you can always willing to get an in-depth understanding of rock, report rock, stand on solid ground for Chinese rock music. We really like your site.

Azchael: Thanks for the interview!
Meat Sucks: We are very pleased to accept your interview!