Burgerkill: Go West
Burgerkill have become a symbol for Indonesia’s fucking ace metal scene, and now they’re heading to Europe for the first time. Brace yourselves.
"When I saw the email from Bloodstock inviting us to play, I cried. It’s a big reward at the end of 20 years. We’re really honoured, we’re really proud... I’m just speechless! An Indonesian band playing in the UK, and in Germany at Wacken... who dared to dream it, you know?”
These are the words of Ebenz, guitarist and founder member of Indonesian metallers Burgerkill. Formed in the religiously conservative suburb of Ujung Berung in Bandung, capital of West Java and a major city with a reputation for being a little more liberal than Indonesia’s more fervently Islamic capital of Jakarta, a European tour always seemed just out of reach for the band. But now they’re heading over for their debut, along with fellow metallers Jasad, under the banner ‘Bandung Blasting’. Jasad will play Obscene Extreme in the Czech Republic, Burgerkill will play Wacken, and then they’ll unite for Bloodstock, giving British metalheads their first chance to witness the passion of Indonesian metal. Bandung’s mayor has even showed support by writing a letter of recommendation for Burgerkill’s visas, though other logistical concerns are ongoing...