I was lucky enough to get in contact with these guys and I had the opportunity to interview Agni for this article about Indonesian Black Metal Band called Barzakh from Jakarta - Indonesia.
Formed this band for the first time in a rehearsal session consisted of three personnel namely : Kiky (Guitars/Vocals), Yusuf (Guitars) and Rony (Drums), Then get new bass player and met Gatrik in Jayabaya University (Jakarta - Indonesia) in the early years 1997. We do not know much about Black Metal music because each of us is still likes listen to metal underground music genre such as : Thrash Metal, Grindcore, Death Metal, and Punk. As well as each of us still keep busy with activities at the college.
Precisely on March 29, 1998, We decided to form a band and we decided to name band is BARZAKH. The flow of the music we play is a musical Black Metal and decided to spend more time listening music of Black Metal for idea and concept in the band. Original line-up are : Kiky (Guitars/Vocals), Yusuf (Guitars), Gatrik (Bass), Rony (Drums).
March 29, 1998, The band's first trip has started. We have not been quite satisfied to play Black Metal music then we try to add a Keyboard player in August 1998, Then we add Ally as a keyboard player for almost a year and joined for the band. On September 24, 1999, Yusuf (Guitars) and Ally (Keyboards) decided to leave the band and eventually be replaced by Reno as a Guitar player replaces Yusuf (Guitars) and we also have recorded the first promo album in the format on cassette tape titled "Ritual Of Darkness" (Self promo released - 1999), Then Kiky (Guitars/Vocals) left the band on May 26, 2001, Leon joined then fill Vocals and assisted by the inclusion of Yudi as a Guitars/Vocals helped Reno (Guitars). Changes line-up in the band are still happening but does not change our attitude to record a song and then we made the first album in the format on Cassette Tape and CD titled "From The Devil To Sin" (Self released - 2001). On July 17, 2001, Leon (Vocals) left the band for a long time and also on July 25, 2002, Rony (Drums), Kiky (Guitars/Vocals) and Yudi (Vocals) are also more concentrated in college to finish his education and out from the band. Not long after Andy fill the Guitars/Vocals and Adev Chudaiva has joined for the band as new drum player. On October 26, 2002, Yudi (Vocals) has left the band, October 31, 2002, Andy (Guitars/Vocals) also has left the band.
One month later, exactly on November 20, 2002, met with Rizal as Guitar player at a Academic University in Jakarta - Indonesia (Bina Sarana Informatika) to support the position of Reno (Guitars). On January 23, 2003, Agni has entered as new Vocalist and Willy as Keyboard player and then we decided to record again for our second album in the format on CD titled "Heart Holy In Hypocrite" (Self released - 2004). Right on May 10, 2004 Rizal (Guitars) and Willy (Keyboards) has left the band and we appreciate them only as supporting musicians in the band.
On January 10, 2006, Adev Chudaiva (Drums) has left the band and that's when we did not have a real drummer. Yes, No have ‘Real Drummer’ and then we agreed to record again for the third album in the format on CD with the support of drum programming (Software) titled "In A Meaning The Note" (Self released - 2007). After all this time did not get a real drummer, In the end we agreed to looking for a new drummer and we met with Arvin precisely on January 20, 2007, (Rehearsal session for drum), After Arvin joined to fill the drum a few months later Reno (Guitars) has resigned from the band (Focused for his family). And finally the line-up has changed only two/duo musicians in the band since 2010 : Agni (Guitars/Vocals) & Gatrik (Bass). We still use a drum programming (Software) for the next album and Arvin (Drums) be back again for a long time in the band since very busy with his college in the Trisakti University (Jakarta - Indonesia) totally support from him for rehearsal and covering song on drum in the band.
Song lyrics we've made of telling about the grim of life, death, and whatever we think!
Rest In Peace to : Rony (R.I.P) and Yudi (R.I.P). Goodbye brother and we will always remember you in the band, Hails and Respect!!!
So there is quite nice collection of information about Barzakh, now would be a good time to move on into the interview part that I made. All questions were answered by Agni Barzakh.
1. How did you came up with the name Barzakh and does it have some special meaning you’d like to share ?
Barzakh name was formed in 1998 in Jakarta - Indonesia. The line-up at that time still original: Kiky (Guitar/Vocals), Yusuf (Guitar), Gatrik (Bass), and Rony R.I.P (Drums). There are no specifications for the Barzakh name but for me personally has a meaning so deep in our lives as human beings! Means of the death.
2. Are there other projects you have been or will be part of in the past, present or future?
The project split album ‘6-Ways Of Hell’ with 5 bands : Suicidal (Singapore), Horrific Disease (Japan), Goresluts (Malaysia), Savage Deity (Thailand), Shadowmirth (Brunei) was released in 2015 on CD & Digital format by Satanath Records (Russia) & For now here, no have projects with other bands ☺
3. What are your future plans for Barzakh, will you continue with the current line-up and release more albums?
Yes, I just want to continue the process of making song for the next new album, Hopefully this year can be release and still continue to promote my band with the current line-up right now : Me as Guitar/Vocals, Getz playing a Bass. We use drum programming!
4. Where could people see you performing at live shows and what do you think about live shows in general, are they important part of your career?
The show with the band ended in 2012 after so long we were busy with our family, Regular work as a worker and the absence of a drummer at the time. For our next performance on May 11th, 2017 it was playing in Bojonegoro city : ‘Bojonegoro Rotten Fest’.
5. Are you planning on any music videos?
I do not know, I am currently only focused on music, whether it's just create a new song or lyrics ☺
6. I can see you publish music also in physical form which is nice, where could people buy your music or other merchandise either in digital or physical form?
7. Anything else you’d like to say?
Thank you for this interview sessions & Hails!
Author: You're welcome and thank you!
So I had the pleasure to listen Barzakh's third album "In A Meaning The Note" besides this YouTube video I included here. The whole album is similar good quality and there are no songs that I would like to skip when I listen to it repeatedly. It is enjoyable to listen time and time again just like this 'Hatred In Mourn Heart'.
Black Metal from Jakarta, Indonesia; song from "In a Meaning the Note" released in 2oo7.
Listen to/buy "In A Meaning The Note" here:
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