Whilst exploring the international DIY punk scene in my teenage years I discovered this band from Malaysia around the year of 2007. Back then, my first introduction to Osmantikos was their debut CD-r with five songs on it (Burn All The Order!, 2006). At first listening, I was immediately blown away by their galloping d-beats, thrashing riffs, and raw vocals.
Osmantikos were clearly influenced by the sound of Tragedy that so many other bands have tried to excel ever since, but honestly I wasn’t really aware of many bands playing that particular style of dark and melodic crust hardcore at the time.
Although the Malaysian trio has been around for such a long time, they don’t have such a huge discography as you might expect. Besides a handful of splits and short EPs, Survival is actually their first proper full-length released in 2019. Having that in mind, Survival is the release I’ve been hoping they will eventually get around to doing—fast, intense, and unpretentious crustcore with a clean production to enjoy at best.
If you’re still getting shivers after putting on bands like Tragedy, The Holy Mountain, or Cop On Fire, here’s a band from Malaysia that provides this wholesome goodness in a dirty dozen. Hypertension crust is back!