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Running Scared

Show notes for the 256th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Norm RejectionKemm Hawn Dwejjaq Fil-Pajjiż
This track from the new EP Belligerent from the same band that gave us Malta Not For Sale about 10 years ago will very possibly join that classic of 21st century Maltese rock as a favourite with generations to come. No other band expresses itself as eloquently about political discontent in Malta as Norm Rejection. The EP also features a couple of bonus tracks from the bands early recordings from the 1990s.

Cable 35Memories
In preparation for the release of their CD album, Cable 35 have released a music video for this song to start off the promotion for July’s official launch. I’m sure I’ll be playing another track (or two) from the album once it comes out, so for now I can only really recommend that we enjoy the video that comes with this new song. I think people familiar with this band’s previous pop punk sound will be pleasantly surprised at the heavier grungy sound this power trio has moved towards.

One of the most popular new metal bands in Malta in the 1980s was called Passion Blade.  They eventually morphed into Blade and by the end of the 1990s had matured into one of the best loved melodic metal acts that Malta has ever produced. Apparently Blade is now reformed and in the process of producing new material. So I thought I’d play this track from 1998 on this week’s podcast, particularly for the new generation of rock fans in Malta who are completely unfamiliar with this band.

Prayer of the DyingWastelands
Martin Ciappara has been involved in various projects over the last decade or so and most of them have been featured on previous editions of the MMI podcast. When his band Prayer of the Dying released the album In Silence and Grief We Decay a few weeks ago, I knew right away that I’d be including a track from it on the MMI podcast. So that’s what you hear as this week’s closing selection.

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