Thursday 27 September 2018


GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence / Ambient / Experimental
Related artistsCantilever, Secret In DefenseEustryll and Love As Arson.
CountryKuantan MALAYSIA
Years Active2018-present
Song: "Escape Plan"
Album: "past present future"
Year: 2018
For fans ofTextbook Traitors, Lyed, Cassus, Massa Nera, Ostraca, Portrayal Of Guilt, Boneflower, Viva Belgrado, La Parade, Virginia On Duty, Tempano, Beast Jesus, Rêche, False Flag, and Mališa Bahat aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the September 2018 Mix. This is track #5.
You can download: the September 2018 Mix#9 right here or get the new October 2018 Mix#10 here.

Holy shit, Malaysia you are spewing screamo fire! Pretty much non-stop, I might add. A few months ago a new band called MORTAR released their demo EP titled 'past present future' and I've been in love since. Combining a bat-like shriek with sexy, emo-violence and some ambient, post-hardcore leanings you can't go wrong with a single track here, and the band has left me ridiculously intrigued as to what their next output will be.

"Escape Plan" toys a bit with the listener as I thought I was about to jam an old, unreleased Thursday record until the vocals and instrumentals meet up in a fiery fury, holding more in common with bands like The Bled and Lyed than anything on the emo side. The song dips in and out of fast and melodic moments and is a great screamy hardcore/post-hardcore opener to start the record. Next up is one of the two mediocre tracks, as "Bruised Heart" is pretty long (perhaps a bit too long), but it does venture further out than any other song does, with chill parts permeating the midsection, causing a light, ambient lift. "Anaerobic" is extremely powerful, both in the vocal department (that shit is intense and rarely lets up) and with the instrumentals (very driving and early Germany 2000s-esque screamo) that reminds me of Mališa Bahat and Cassus, making it my pick of the EP. Title track "past.present.future" opens with almost two minutes of spacey post-rock and then catapults into some very intense screamy hardcore. Again the vocals here are at the forefront, demanding attention while spewing forward such powerful rage. With the song being over 8 minutes in length, it is no surprise that we are greeted with another ambient middle, although there are softly spoken vocals throughout, adding an awesome, eerie layer to the spacey post-rock and reminding me of Beast Jesus' 16-minute opus. Closer "The Last Part of Sorrow" begins very Spanish in sound, bringing to mind bands such as La Parade and Viva Belgrado, as the flowing, lush guitars melt into the flowing drums and bass creating a wonderful audio river that you'll find yourself floating freely down in no time. Your relaxing trip will come to one hell of a halt at 2:35 when shit goes bananas, weaving the perfect ending to a fucking awesome first release.

I don't know what the band has planned next, but considering this is a debut I'll just assume it'll be a top 20. No pressure, friends.



2018 - past present future -  (stream/buy here)


(2018) MORTAR - "The Last Part of Sorrow" (from 'past present future')

(2018) MORTAR - "Anaerobic" (from 'past present future')

(2018) MORTAR - "Escape Plan" (from 'past present future')


MORTAR additional links

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