There are two genres of music that arguably can’t be played at any time other time than night. (On a bright summerstage, they would look ridiculous.) That would be electro, intended for a grinding club, and metal — meant for the dive bar whose walls you find to be sticky with beer when you’re thrown against them by the power of the mosh pit. Combine them together and you’ve got Trance Metal, perfected by Jakarta’s angry, dance-y Cemetery Dance Club. (The name says it all, right?)
Using euphoric electro’s structure as a springboard, the band overlays angry, scream-o vocals and some train-wreck basslines. What results isn’t the disco your ABBA-loving aunt jives to or the muddy metal your boyfriend lifts weights to — it’s a clever mix of both. Tighter, more melodic metal; scrubbier more energized electro — whatever genre you choose to call this sound, just know that the combo enlivens both sides. As local music blogger Deathrockstar wrote, this is the perfect sound for “a DJ who wants to create chaos on the dance floor.” Chaos. What’s more metal than going against even metal’s conventions and throwing in oft-despised synths? Take that logic to the extreme and…nothing is more metal than disco!
Founded in ’07 as a five-piece, the group re-started in ’09 with a new line-up — bassist Audrio Susanto, drummer Alvin Eka Putra, guitarists Ivan Victor Lucas and Kazumasa Albert, singer Bona Rodriguez, and synth programmer Rizky Sulfian. Their hit single, “Wounds” got them press in Indonesia. It’s a tight mix of garage-rock metal guitars, pop synths, and scream-o vocals.
CDC, via MySpace