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Inferno: The underground studio that helped launch Surabaya’s heavy metal scene

Reno Surya

The Jakarta Post

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Surabaya  /  Wed, March 24, 2021  /  01:55 pm
Inferno: The underground studio that helped launch Surabaya’s heavy metal scene

Samier founded the influential rehearsal studio Inferno as a young man after dropping out of college to focus on music. (JP/Sammuel Christ K.A)

The music of British metal band Napalm Death was reverberating loudly from a speaker when The Jakarta Post arrived at Inferno studio in the Dharmahusada area of Surabaya. The studio’s windows and walls were covered in stickers and posters of various metal bands. At the end of the hallway, a long-haired man was listening loudly to music. That man is Samier Abdullah Talib, a member of influential metal bands Tengkorak and G.A.S 178. Whenever he is not busy playing gigs, Samier usually spends his time in the studio that he built more than two decades ago, in 1997, right before the financial crisis hit Indonesia.
 
Samier started the studio, which soon became the center of Surabaya’s metal scene, when he was 23 years old (he is now 49). At the time, he was not interested in continuing his studies. He quit college and set up the studio in his parents’ h...