■ On Sunday night, Revolver hosts another emerging underground festival mainstay, Raw Noise Attack VII (RNA, 第七屆猛烈爆音攻擊極端音樂會).
RNA, a metal show if the name wasn’t a dead giveaway, is a kindred spirit of sorts with Beastie Rock, as both eschew modern trends entirely. This time RNA sports one of its most international lineups to date. Malaysian sludge metal outfit Wynken Delirium is making its first trip to Taipei for the concert, while speed thrashers Fastkill from Tokyo are returning following their last visit when the band opened for German thrash giants Destruction in 2011.
Another band making a return to our shores for the show is Australian doom/ambient power trio Fear the Setting Sun, who first visited Taiwan last year. The band is in the midst of its third tour of Asia, this time playing in support of its latest EP, Beyond Our Darkest Skies, released independently just in time for the current tour. Vocalist/guitarist Henry Weston is looking forward to experiencing the Asian metal scene again, a scene which he says benefits from its relative youth.
“It is definitely a stronger scene in some respects to our home scene. Seems the Asia metal scene is a little younger and a little more hungry for new styles of metal music. It’s great to see everyone enjoying music in general, no matter the style or genre,” says Weston.
Fear the Setting Sun is a band that fits in perfectly with RNA’s mission statement: underground bands doing it not for fame or ego, but for the pure love of the music and honest expression. When asked about the rigors of international touring for an independent band, Weston is quick to steer the conversation towards the positive.
“The pure passion for our music and the experience to share our music worldwide is what we are truly grateful and humble for.”
Raw Noise Attack VII takes place Sunday night at Revolver, 1-2, Roosevelt Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號). There are only 100 tickets available, NT$750 at the door.