>> 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
>> Rizal SUICIDAL: Alright. Here's a write-up about the SUICIDAL's official band bio:
> Deeply rooted in black metal with influences like Emperor and Abigor, SUICIDAL was diabolically brought into existence in early 2003 by three demonic hordes namely Awi, Ijal and EZ, who were from the same band previously. The trio soon found Alif, who was recruited shortly to fill the vacant drum stool. The band rehearsed like maniacs and shortly after, they recorded and circulated the "Secrets From Beyond" Demo VCD to announce their blasphemic existence. This demo showed a definite reflection of the band's dark direction, and of things to come. After a couple of successful shows, they recorded and released three tracks of pure rawness for the "Secrets From Beyond" promo in mid 2004. 200 copies of the promo was given free upon the masses in a gig organized by Ijal. A new blood was added in late 2004 with Acap handling keyboards. Shortly after, the five demonic hordes soon released a six-track Demo entitled "Unholy Mayhem" which incorporates traditional black metal and melodic riffings. The band then concentrated on writing with more intensity, emotion and hatred. Their debut self-released full length opus "Vengeance" was released in mid 2005. This time they have added an extra dimension with a more ferocious death/black metal chords with aggressive drummings. Acap was then asked to leave the band due to some circumstances, replaced by guitarist Ferb. He will always be regarded as a close comrade and brother to the band. Soon after, the horde recruited a new drummer Ghal to keep the blasphemic existence of the band, SUICIDAL. The band continued composing more hellish tracks which saw the outcome of the "Blasphemic Existence" EP at the end of 2005. After 10 long years of silence, SUICIDAL came back with 2 new hellish tracks which were then released in a "6 Ways of Hell" split with other great asian metal bands, official distributor Satanath Records (Russia).
>> 2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
> Rizal SUICIDAL: Our sounds started off with heavily influences of the mighty EMPEROR & ABIGOR. Therefore, i would describe them as Raw black Metal at its finest. We don't really go for perfection in our recordings but we deliver what we felt suitable for our music to our audience.
>> 3.Besides the split there has not been much newer music being released since 2006, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
> Rizal SUICIDAL: Well, the band actually went on separate ways due to family and other personal commitments in late 2006/2007. We stopped literally everything; live shows, recordings and even jam practises. Slowly after a few years had passed, the band had some re-unions to catch-up our good old times and finally then, we started planning to record new tracks. By then, we were quite worried whether people still remember us for our existence or otherwise. So we started off with 'Armageddon' & 'Desecration' which were released in 2015 "6 Ways of Hell" split. Well, you guys can checkout one of our latest track 'Desecration' (Bootleg version) at link https://www.soundcloud.com/rizal-suhaimi/suicidal-desecration
>> 4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
> Rizal SUICIDAL: Basically our lyrics are heavily driven to anti-christ. Every song has a story behind it. Like for example, in 'Black Messiah', (You can hear the song from YouTube link https://youtu.be/qClAyJe6weA) our song unfolds a story about a great deceiver (Dajjal) filled with vitriolic hatred, demanding everyone to pledge allegiance to him. The band really explore in great depth to this anti-christ issues.
>> 5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Suicidal'?
> Rizal SUICIDAL: To be honest, our band name initially was 'Suicidal Warlocks'. Our guitars and bass instruments were BC Rich Warlock series. Back then, whenever we went jam practises, people went "Who is this band? They look deadly with their instruments & leather black pants." Hell, we even had the logo design as well for that name. But at one point, the band suddenly decided to cut short to 'Suicidal' instead. We had our inspiration from those great pioneer of Black Metal bands like MAYHEM, EMPEROR, ABIGOR, and so we decided to keep short; SUICIDAL.
>> 6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
> Rizal SUICIDAL: One of our best shows should be 'Xtreme Metal 2' gig which we played along side with Thailand's ultimate aggressive death metal, HERETIC ANGEL and many other bands in 2005. But by far the best we had performed was definitely our very own gig i organized in 2006. Apart from SUICIDAL, i also organized gigs in Singapore. Back then, it as METALINDUSTRIES; and in 2006, i organized for the 3rd time 'Metalindustries III - Blasphemic Existence' where i called bands from 3 different countries (Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore) to perform. That event was definitely crazy! Well, you can see some of our live shows from SUICIDAL Videography "Secrets From Beyond" at YouTube link
>> 7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
> Rizal SUICIDAL: At the moment, we don't really plan to have any tours or shows. Our plan is still not concrete yet; we only recently decided to revive the band by recording and releasing new songs. We see how it goes. Only time will tell.
>> 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
> Rizal SUICIDAL: generally, feedback given was great. In Singapore and even fans in Japan where i had to travel to meetup my very close friend Kazuo Ogasawara from 'Asian Rock Rising' radioshow for some project releases. We had a fan in Japan who was desperate to get my autograph on his CD when i was there. I was stoked! We really apreciate every single fans and supporters of our music whereever they are from. Thanks a million guys! Without you, there is no us, SUICIDAL!
>> 9.Recently you where a part of a split, what are your thoughts on the other bands that have participated on the recording?
> Rizal SUICIDAL: The split was actually started off with me discussing with the main man from Satanath Records (Russia). He wanted to release SUICIDAL album but unfortunately, the band wasn't that active yet. We had only 2 songs for our come-back and then it struck my mind; To make a split release collaborating bands from 6 asian countries; Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Indonesia & Japan. I knew the bands as one of the finest in their respective states. Only Japan's HORRIFIC DISEASE i have yet to know them and so, i travelled again to Japan to witness their live performance. They blew me away! When all 6 bands had agreed to collaborate, together Metalindustries & Satanath Records went full force for the release!
>> 10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
> Rizal SUICIDAL: i am really clueless on the date of release but i can assure you that it will happen sooner or later. Only time will tell. Our music now has strengthen and by the sound from "Armageddon" and "Desecration", i can safely say that we are heading towards more unholy & blasphemy direction on our music.
>> 11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
> Rizal SUICIDAL: The old MAYHEM had greatly influenced us lately, but we are actually listening to variety of bands, not only sticking to one. We try to create music which differs from the rest. Only our listeners can judge us better.
>> 12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
> Rizal SUICIDAL: Thanks a million to you for this great opportunity interview in occult black metalzine. Was surprised that SARCOFARGO had been featured before. They had been an idol and also greatly influence to us. SUICIDAL had even covered SARCOFARGO's Nightmare during one of our live gig! HELL YEAHH!! It is definitely an honour for SUICIDAL to be interviewed. We really appreciate it. Thanks again!