Some records leap out seething with such discontent that it’s impossible not to be taken in. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of noisy music, it’s impossible not to be compelled by Singapore punk band Sial’s pummelling intensity.
The songs are peppered with Malay idioms and doused with buckets of hard truths. Blistering cuts like ‘Maut’ (‘Death’) and ‘Bencana’ (‘Disaster’) are appropriately timed reflections of the world today, making ‘Tari Pemusnah Kuasa’ arguably one of the most fitting albums to soundtrack the year. By the end of its 19-minute runtime, you’ll be gasping for air, wondering if it’s because of the flurry of epinephrine running through your veins or the calamitous state of 2020 – or maybe both. We’re all just trying our best to get through this sial world, anyway.