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TOOLS OF THE TRADE – Malaysian punishing grindcore

March 15, 2014 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asian Punk/Metal, English, Malaysia, Music Visited: No Comments →

I will be honest with you, I always though and still believe grindcore is a bunch of farts coming out of loudspeakers. When I went to Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic working for Cripple Bastards, I was forced to listen to the ungodly music for three days nonstop, developing more than a pet peeve for it. To put it mildly, grindcore to me is uninspiring and boring, especially when it explores the pathological or sexually perverted parts of the spectrum. C’mon guys, there are just four limbs and three holes, please come to grips with reality and stop belching about it, thanks.

ANYHOW… here and there, there ARE some grindcore bands who are truly interesting, gifted, or just plain face ripping. TOOLS OF THE TRADE from Kuala Lumpur is one of them, besides being a bunch of good guys with a penchant for good ayam penyet.

As I already stated in my Best of Malaysian Underground 2013, Tools of the Trade possesses those rare qualities to be found in Malaysian arts, among which perseverance and professionalism are most important. To me, they are currently the Malaysian grindcore act at the top of their game. They are about to release their third full-length LP “Proclamation” and embark on their first USA tour, where their recording has been powered at Mammoth Sound Mastering.¬†

Hear one of the finished tracks, “Catalysts”, and please hang to your chair as you do so. You have been warned. Catch them live and buy their stuff if you can.

NAZI GORENG reviewed by Jim Algie in The NATION Thailand

March 07, 2014 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, English, Malaysia, Marco Ferrarese writing, My Books Visited: No Comments →

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Last Sunday, my debut novel NAZI GORENG was reviewed by Thailand old hand, former bassist of Canadian pop-punk-country band THE ASEXUALS and author extraordinaire of “Bizzarre Thailand” and “The Phantom Lover and Other Thrilling tales of Thailand”, Jim Algie.

What to say, with such a reviewer and self-proclaimed “weirdsmith” holding the pen, I was expecting to be publicly flagellated in the tabloid pages of one of Thailand’s most prominent English newspapers.

To the contrary, I got one of the most positive reviews so far. One that is worth all the hard work I put into writing a book in a second language.

Algie says “in exposing Malaysia’s dark side through the light of literature, Ferrarese has bravely travelled to a place where few, if any, authors have gone before, in a promising and harrowing debut that marks him as a writer to keep both eyes on.”¬†

You can read the full review here


Some press updates on my first book Nazi Goreng

February 22, 2014 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Asian Punk/Metal, English, Malaysia, Marco Ferrarese writing, Music Visited: 1 Comment →

Last month has been quite full of activities and I haven’t had much time to upload the blog, sorry. I’m being busy as never before with, well… writing. Which should be good news for someone who wanted to do it full-time, correct? More good news are, my debut novel, Nazi Goreng, is going quite strong in Malaysia and abroad. I also made it into Borders’ Fiction Top 10. Thank you very, very much, to everyone who bought and read my book.

I recently had some interesting press attention, which I’d like to share with you.

First of all, I made it on Malaysia’s national radio. Listen to a fantastic Podcast interview for Night on Earth, titled the Power of Ideas, on Kuala Lumpur’s premiere radio station BFM98.8. Host She Fah Szetu presents an interview with my¬†unconventional self about writing Nazi Goreng, living in Malaysia and what I know about kuasa melayu. No cuss words, this time around :-) Tune on the podcast here. (My segment start at 17 minutes) Download the Podcast here. (more…)

Malaysian Chicken Feet on VAGABUNDO Magazine

January 30, 2014 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, English, Malaysia, Marco Ferrarese writing, Travels Visited: No Comments →

Year 2014 has kicked off and already kept me busy writing more than I would… nah, I’m joking, the more the better :-)

I’m happy to announce that I am now on board as a staff writer at VAGABUNDO magazine. To start off, I have a very a sexy “Extreme eats” story about sucking off chicken feet in Malaysia… for LOVE.

Besides providing online content, it publishes a quarterly issue which is jam-packed with adventure travel. This issue has stories from Africa, Tajikistan, Malaysia, Turkey, a piece in memory of hitchhiker Taylor Booth, diving the Rockies in Canada, and generally more action-packed content that a sane person can handle.

Have a preview here:

Interested? Great. You can buy this issue for $2.99 and have it delivered wirelessly to your favorite device (Kindle, Ipad, Kobo, Nook, you name it…) or as a PDF file, or, listen well, subscribe for a lifetime for ONLY $9.99 (more…)

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