Hello my fellow shredders!
Let’s do something new. Aku rasa sekali sekala dalam blog ni aku nak tulis bende lain dari technical about guitar. This time around, aku ingat nak review pasal band la.. actually bukan review, but more into autobio about the band. Nak review pun aku bukannya bagus sangat. Umm.. Whatever laaa.I would like to give the honor of the first review / autobio ni kepada band Kristal. Kristal adalah salah satu band tempatan favourite aku, though not in the top of the list, but among the top. Reason aku nak cover Kristal sebagai band pertama adalah kerana, Kristal ni still active, alive and kicking, but yet fail to make it to the top of the mainstream channel of our music industry, walaupun Kristal mempunyai kualiti yang, maybe tidak setaraf tetapi hampir hampir laa macam Wings dan Search satu ketika dulu.. Maybe to the reason of less media coverage and promotions..
Overall, aku rasa Kristal is a great band. Aku memang salute determination diorang. Walaupun album tak berapa rancak jualan, they still go on sampai dah produce 6 album. So here’s my tribute to you, Kristal.
Mohd Razlan Mohamed Yusuf (Razlan) is the vocalist of the band. Masa Kristal keluarkan first album, aku dengar suara Razlan ni macam Mamat Exist gak, lagi-lagi dalam lagu Ku Membisu. But as time went by and Razlan’s voice reached its maturity, and maybe with the guidance of their sifu, Awie, suara Razlan memang banyak improve and it has become,(at least to me), one of the best rock, and perhaps metal vocalist in Malaysia. Razlan has a very powerful vocal projection, sustain and fierce vibrato that suits every song he sings, and every song he covers..
Lead guitar Kristal pulak adalah Muhamad Rodi Baharudin (Rody). Muka babyface je si Rodi ni. But do not be mistaken and do not underestimate the will of this young lad for he is one of the most brutal guitarists when it comes to stage performances. Even at young tender age (during Seragam Hitam days), he could play tricky-finger-stretching licks like pros!
But I think Rody should clean his riffs. As much as I like his style of playing, I still think that the riffs are quite rough. It’s not the level or the gain of the distortion that contributes to the problem, but the number of strikes (or strums) should be re-analyzed. Maybe a couple of Zakk Wylde’s riffs could help. Zakk is fierce but clean at the same time.
The only question I have about Rody is, betul ke die pernah menuntut ilmu gitar dengan Man Kidal? That was what I heard. Rody pun banyak main lick yang ade influence Man Kidal like Arpeggios.
Bassist Kristal pulak adalah Izaludin Ibrahim (Izal). Dalam filem Getaran, Izal jadi one of the main supporting actors, part Izal lebih banyak berbanding member – member dia yang lain. Mungkin masa tu bakat berlakon Izal lebih ketara. He is the significant member of Kristal, but in term of contributions in song playing, nothing much a bassist can do when you play in the band with rock / metal genre.
Kristal used to have a second guitarist goes by the name Bob. Tapi tak sure la plak bile die keluar dari Kristal.
Kristal sekarang pun rasanya takde drummer tetap lagi. Their first drummer was Ainol Efraq Ramli (Ainol), and aku rasa ramai yang tahu the reason behind Ainol’s resignation from Kristal. Lepas quit Kristal, Ainol join band Deja Voodoo Spell, at least that’s what I heard. Occasionally, drum tracks for Kristal during live performances is played by Johari Yusof (Joe) dan juga adik kepada Rody yang hanya dikenali sebagai Acap. Acap ni belajar main drum kat Kajang kalau tak silap.
Band Kristal ditubuhkan and trained by bapa kepada Rody, if I’m not mistaken back in 1996, without the name Kristal I suppose, sebab nama Kristal was dubbed by Awie. Bapa Rody yang hantar demo tape kat Awie, and Awie plak, upon listening and watching the band played in front of him, felt suddenly impressed and started to groom the band until the direction they are in today.
Kristal juga pernah menyertai pertandingan Rentak Juara pada tahun 2005 (stand to be corrected) , but fail to make an impact dalam saringan lagi. Dalam Rentak Juara 2006, Kristal hanya menjadi artis jemputan. But to those who knows how to value a performance, Kristal was indeed getting better than the previous year..
Kristal pernah berlakon movie bersama dengan Awie dan Fiza pada tahun 2001, ‘Getaran’. Although the film featured about the love story of Awie and Fiza, the storyline evolved around the making of Kristal, a rock group. I am not gonna review about the movie, but I think kristal gave a decent performance in the movie.
Looking back, I think Kristal only receive one award in their whole career, Anugerah Artis Kanak-kanak Paling Popular, Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian (2000).
Eventhough the band was formed in 1996, the debut album was produced in 1999 through the album ‘Semut dan Lebah’. Debut album ni boleh dikira berjaya kerana nama Kristal telahpun mendapat tempat di dalam industri muzik tanahair menerusi lagu ‘Seragam Hitam’ dan ‘Ku Membisu’. They took the nation (saje nak exaggerate) by surprise by playing heavy rock song with their talents at young ages.
In 2002, once again Kristal berjaya membuat rockers-rockers kat Malaysia ni kagum dengan talent diorang by producing the second album ‘Pak Belalang’. Vocal Razlan yang semakin matang dapat didengari menerusi lagu ‘Delaila’.
For the third album, maybe driven by their desire to show everybody that they had grown up, their left behind the animals such as semut, lebah and belalang, and came up with more offensive life form, (and perhaps software) Virus. In 2004, they produced the N.T. Virus album (not the software) which included a tribute song to the late M. Shariff, ‘Keindahan Pantai’. They even donated a Fender Guitar to Allayarham’s family.
The fourth album though, takde kena mengena dengan any kind of life form, (and maybe because they changed to the new label) but instead they used the term Analogi as their title. Dengan empat buah lagu yang mereka hasilkan sendiri, (Analogi, Nurani, Awek Cun dan Generasi TV) Analogi boleh dianggap satu percubaan yang baik.
The fifth album was the tribute album, following the steps (and indeed much better attempts) of a heavy metal band before them, XPDC, they came up with a Rock Yeh-Yeh 60an. Kristal has made a successful attempt in adapting rock – metal element in those 60’s songs. Razlan kicks ass in this album, definitely improving, while Rody, impressive as usual.
The latest album, ROCKAFELLA had just come out bulan April lepas. Haven’t heard all of them yet, but the new version of the song from the soundtrack of Gila – Gila Remaja, ‘Memburu Impian’ is really alive with the new arrangement. They also cover a song by Inul (I think), ‘SMS’.
Here’s the full discography of the band
SEMUT & LEBAH (1999)
Funky Bukan Ahwee (Aku Bukan Pendekar)
Merdeka Di Minda Sfera
Siapa Semut Siapa Lebah
Tak Naik Tocang
PAK BELALANG (2002)
Resam Pak Belalang
Layar Dan Sambar
Nirwana (Lihat Lisa)
Lat Ta Li Lat
N.T VIRUS (2004)
Boheimia La Rambla
Rajuk Si Hawa
Rock Yeh Yeh 60an (2006)
Ayahku Kahwin Lagi
Bibir Mesra Jiwa Parah
Madu Dan Racun
Aku Semut Merah
Uih.. Panjang dah ni.. Lain kali la sambung..
Till Then.. ROCK ON!