I am glad that COMA finally posted their opus maximus “Black Moon” from 2012 on Bandcamp. I pestered them for over a year to do so, in order to be able to help them get some digital exposure. Hailing from my turf Penang, COMA are a strange beast with 7 heads at its best (way too many for a proficient touring beast, tough), and represent the missing link between originality and the Malaysian extreme rock scene. In fact, where most Malaysian bands take their influence from the obvious metal and punk bands, COMA verge towards the swampy soundscapes of American labels Southern Lord, Relapse and Hydrahead. I can’t point a single influence, because besides the drummer, I bet none of these guys listen to any of those blazoned mammoth volumetric bands. But there’s a lot of Malaysian Chinese Yellow Fire (who gets my reference, I pay for beer) current of thinking going on behind the trenches here. And that’s just as good as it gets.
Because of their post and college rock influences, after having them blended in with metal and a bit of heavy hardcore, COMA comes out powerfully refreshing, and very Asian. Oh yeah. Finally one band – if even only ONE band – in this enormous continent who dares to challenge ears by playing something I define as pretty original. By choosing to open up this song with Buddhist chanting, COMA might indeed sound lame if you are from New York. But there’s no Ray Cappoism going on here. For when you look at the ethnic diversity of the players (Malays, Portuguese Indians, Malaysian Chinese, Muslims, Taoists, Alvin Neo the uncategorized Chinese elf, and so on) …well, you should come to the conclusion that this is not some white guy on a religious trip who disembarks in the Orient on a mission to find his inner stupidity. This is real heavyness for anyone to recognize that Malaysia (Asia) has finally opened one of its two sleepy eyes, and maybe is thinking. New things are about to move. Help these guys understand how much they are worth, for Asians they are, and the shy chromosome of inadequacy is still there. They deserve to be much more international players of what they think they are. Have a go, press play down here, and reflect.
Sorry, the boys have no other website as far as I know.