Indonesian thrash metal band Sucker Head will hold its last performance at the 2017 Hammersonic Festival at Eco Park Ancol in North Jakarta on Sunday (07/05) to pay a tribute to its legendary bassist, vocalist and founder, Krisna J. Sadrach. (Photo courtesy of Revision Live Media)

Sucker Head to Hold Its Last Concert at 2017 Hammersonic Festival

BY :DIELLA YASMINE

MAY 07, 2017

Jakarta. Indonesian thrash metal band Sucker Head will hold its last performance at the 2017 Hammersonic Festival at Eco Park Ancol in North Jakarta on Sunday (07/05) to pay a tribute to its legendary bassist, vocalist and founder, Krisna J. Sadrach.

The Hammersonic Festival is the biggest annual heavy metal event in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. The festival brings together local and international metal bands and performers.

Megadeth and The Black Dahlia Murder from the United States and Seringai, Revenge the Fate, and Trojan from Indonesia will take the stage during Sunday's event.

Sucker Head was formed in 1989 and released its very first album "The Head Sucker" in 1995. The name Sucker Head was inspired by Säkerhets Tändstickor, a Swedish brand of wooden matches.

Under the genre of thrash metal mix with groove metal, the band was greatly favored by the metal community because of its uniqueness in the genre.

Having had to change its member so many times over the past 25 years, Sucker Head's last lineup consisted of Krisna J. Sadrach (bass & vocal), Nano Rooseno (guitar), Medi Marmonho (guitar) and Bakar Bufthaim (drums).

And after a long hiatus, due to the members' personal projects, the band decided to come up with its latest album named "Symphony of Life," which will be released on the same day as the Hammersonic Festival.

Krisna's wife, Anasthasia Sadrach, said in a statement on Thursday that the album is one of the band's efforts to pay tribute to Krisna, after almost a year of mourning.

"We are determined to present this album to his fans because it is one of his greatest masterpieces worth sharing," Anasthasia said.

The 10 songs on Sucker Head's "Life Symphony" album were recorded and played by Krisna before he passed away. Of those, two remix versions, "Hak Asasi" ("Human Rights") and "Budak Industry" ("Slave Industry") by Mario, will also feature on the album.

Anasthasia said the opening song, "Symphony of Life," represents the big picture of the overall material of Sucker Head's last album.

"We can say that this is the best album they have ever come up with," she said. "The recording technique, music compositions and the arrangements are quite advanced."

Sucker Head guitarist Nano said in a separate statement that the band only spent one to two months on the creative and recording process.

He said the third track titled "Orang Gila" ("Crazy Person") is the song fans should listen to because it best represents Krisna.

"This song really represents Krisna's powerful vocal character. He also wrote, composed and arranged this song himself," Nano said.

Krisna had been around in the Indonesian metal scene for decades and he earned respect from fellow metalheads for his consistency over the years. He was involved from a local underground concert in a badminton hall in Pondok Gede, Bekasi, in the mid 90s, until witnessing the birth of Dead Squad, an Indonesian death metal supergroup at the 2006 Metal Madness Jakarta.

The Surabaya, East Java-born metalhead also established his name on Indonesia's metal scene when he played at the 2002 Monster of Rock tour and as an opening act for Hamburg-based power metal band Helloween during its 2004 tour of Indonesia, as well as opening for Arizona-based metal band Soulfly in 2012.

Krisna J. Sadrach has won the Rolling Stone Editor's Choice Award for sellout producer in 2008. He passed away at the Dharmais Cancer Hospital in West Jakarta in August last year.

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