Band: TONE FAILED TO DESTRUCT
Genres: Punk / Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence / Powerviolence / Grindcore / Noise / Experimental
Related artists: ?.
Country: Kota Kinabalu MALAYSIA
Years Active: 2019-present
For fans of: Daighila, 5000, False Flag, Converge, Carol, Hayworth, and Ed Gein.
Label(s): Tomb Tree / Utarid Tapes
I had been following the Malaysian hardcore/screamo group TONE FAILED TO DESTRUCT sometime in 2020 after hearing their digital single demo for "lullaby remedy for toothache" and being struck by the abrasive, jarring, and shrieky began talking to guitarist Chupi.
Let's talk bout dem treeeeeeeeeeecks:
1 "Lullaby Remedy For Toothache" - The reworked demo sounds gnarly and comes in crashing post-"Charlie, that really hurt!" and instrumental "nah nah nah nah nah" tease. It's an off-kilter slap in the face that dips in and out of rapid sections that has a strong metallic edge to it, making it perhaps more on the grindy metallic hardcore side than screamo.
2 "Varial Velocities" - The beginning sounds like a messed up drug trip with swirling/confusing instrumentals that nicely leads to an emo-violence explosion just 30 seconds in. Directly after is another instrumental interpretation, this time of "This Old Man" before moving into a very Hayworth-esque jazz interlude. The climax of the songs follows and is a massive breakdown that abruptly ends and Mohammed Ali jumps in to tell you how great he is.
3 "Pinnochio Worthless Words" - The middle of the EP begins with a Malaysian infomercial about dvds (lol) before ripping into the listener with the crustiest crack of the collection, and includes some cool guitar work by my man Chupi before the song goes into ludicrous speed whilst still wonking out (some Ed Gein vibes, perhaps) before another jazzy interlude gives you something to relax to. Relaxed? Good, cuz the final leg is more righteous noise before the Pinnochio sample outro with an interesting quote, "A boy who won't be good, might just as well be made of wood."
4 "Astakonah" - Utilizing a strange dvd audio sample, the band uses the confusing/quirky intro to distract the listener before followed laying waste to the speakers. Good lord that shriek is uncanny, and the mathy Hayworth part is followed by a behemoth of a breakdown. Definitely a stand-out tune.
5 "Not Your Typical HC Punk Band" - The closer sounds more like a party song than anything else, and I bet is a hoot live.
(2022) TONE FAILED TO DESTRUCT - "Varial Velocities" (from 'Tone Failed To Destruct')