Tentatively… the new lineup

July 22, 2008 at 10:30 pm (Dermapthera)

Hi guys.

Glad I’m still alive! I can’t believe that I actually can find people who actually ever share the same dreams as me?

Anyway… here’s our new lineup:

  • Me – Guitarist
  • Faizal Lala – Guitarist
  • Ace – Vocalist
  • Faizal – Drummer
  • CT – Bassist

We’ll rise. I will make sure we rise.


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Sample Recording

June 16, 2008 at 10:42 pm (Dermapthera) (, , )

After the initial broke up, I became even more determined.

I looked at all my stuffs, and thought that “I could do some recording material”. And so I did! I recorded my favourite song, Like Light To The Flies by Trivium. I can say, I’m pretty impressed with the results. All I used was just my guitar, my amp and my computer. No interfaces, no complicated softwares, and no gadgets.

Though there are mistakes in a lot of parts, I could say I’m still not a perfect player.

Check out the recording at Dermapthera’s MySpace page.

And for all Trivium fans, say “hell yeah!”

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Dermapthera is looking for a bassist!

June 6, 2008 at 9:13 pm (Dermapthera)

Hey guys…

If you happen to bump into this post, I must say you’re pretty lucky.

Anyway, since the fateful day, I (Yus), have been thinking about the future of the band. Those long-term dreams I used to share with my best friend just crumble in front of my bloody eyes. But I’ve decided to continue the legacy.

As Is said: “We begin the legacy, we might as well die trying!”

That’s the spirit I’m talking about.

So, we’re currently looking for a bassist. I don’t care how experienced you are, all I know is that you have the same drive and ambitions as I do. I just want someone who’ll follow, not lead.

In war, there’s only one leader. If the troops die, it’s due to the leader, not the soldiers.

If you’re interested, leave a comment with a valid email, and I’ll try to respond as soon as possible.


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Dermapthera has disbanded.

June 3, 2008 at 10:30 pm (Dermapthera)

For fans of Dermapthera, if any, we are now officially disbanded.

Thanks for all your support, if any, because due to some unforeseen circumstances, we are officially not playing as a band anymore.

However, I’ll probably set up the band again, maybe in the near future, with people I can truly trust. I will bring up the name Dermapthera again. I don’t want my dedication to Dermapthera SOUNDED LIKE A BUNCH OF SHIT. Dermapthera has always been everything to me, and now everything becomes NOTHINGNESS.

To ex-Dermapthera, I must say you just broke my heart and my friendship. Thanks for not even bringing up the matter together. You call this a band, yet there’s no mutual understanding. You call this a “bond” and “family”, yet there’s no discussion. You call us “friends”, but I’m now just your enemy.

To Hafix, I thought I could trust you. You were once there deciding the future of the band and the future of our friendship in music together. I trusted you. Yet you don’t seem to care. Or maybe you did, but you didn’t tell me. I dropped you a few SMS, but you didn’t reply. I wanted to call, but I wasn’t available myself. If you think I don’t care, you’re wrong. Just because we don’t stay near each other and I seldom drop you a call, it means I’m uncommitted. Just because we don’t jam, we’re uncommitted. Just because you have too many bands, I don’t understand. Your blood and passion are the same as mine, but it seems that I was betrayed. I was betrayed by someone I could trust. Since our first meeting, our first comp, our first band fight, our first everything, you are just the “middle man”, not wanting to get involved. Thanks for everything. I hope you’ll forget me forever.

To Lee, you are like a brother to me. Even if you don’t know that. I looked upon you as someone I could look up upon whenever I need it. But it seems you have betrayed me too. NOBODY EVER KNEW MY PROBLEMS. Oh ya, I forgot, we’re supposed to share problems together. Did you even bother to ask? The only person who knew my misery is Is. Ask him yourself. I was betrayed at my previous work, and I was betrayed again. Nobody seemed to care. Nobody bothered to even say hi in SMS. I had to dig holes after holes trying to earn some money, so that I could begin building up the band where I left it. I knew it was collecting dust. I kept looking at my worn-out “expensive” guitar, sometimes crying in my heart thinking “when will I ever rock this baby again?” I was desperately working day and night just to fill my mouth. You thought I was joking. Ask Shasha. She had to live without dates for a month. I had to reduce my calls and SMS because I was tight. I wonder what happens if it was you and your GF. She’d probably get bored of you by then. I didn’t want to be a burden to my father who’s pending retirement. You think my Diploma can bring me everywhere. Open your eyes and see for yourself. You’ve just got a friend who’s education is the highest amongst everybody but is not even earning a single cent. You think I didn’t try. You’ve been telling everybody that “it’s whether you want or not”. But it’s not that I don’t, but I don’t have any choice. You don’t know how it feels like to be independent, living without expecting any help from anybody. Or maybe you knew, but you’ll never understand. Ever since my mother passed away 6 years ago, I have been living on my own. I have never asked for any money from anyone, because I never trust anybody. The reason why I didn’t take up upon your offer to buy me the gadget is because I don’t want to feel indebted. I desperately wants (not need) it, but I can’t. I need to look after myself first. And on the FIRST day I secured my job (03/06/2008), you had to deliver me the bad news. Thanks for everything, dear brother, but now I hope you’ll forget me forever. I felt betrayed, as I tried so hard to impress everybody. If noone seems to care, then I shouldn’t even bother thinking about it anymore. You have just killed my passion and dreams. You’ve just destroyed my dignity. You’ve just perished my heart. You’ve just broken my friendship.

I’m just tired. Tired from all the nonsense. I set up Friendster profiles to keep in touch with more friends, if any. I still take a look at MySpace account and comment on international bands so that they’ll visit our site. We have had a few enquiries like “when are you guys releasing a demo?” or “Can you send your demo to the US?”. We’ve attracted a lot of attention, but it seems like I should just tell them to get lost. Dermapthera ain’t going anywhere, especially where the heart and bond are not there anymore.

If you want to claim ownership to the songs we’ve been created all these pitiful years, please let me know. I don’t want to be labelled a “song stealer”, cause I have other better things to do. If you don’t claim ownership, I will assume all songs and tabs are made by ME, and only ME. I will probably use those songs to kick-start a new band, with fresh new ideas and fresh new friends. My old friends ditched me for their ideals, and those ideals just don’t match with mine at all.

To Matin, I have nothing against you. But if you’re even part of this, then you don’t deserve to be my friend anymore. I was betrayed. But if you’re not, please ignore this line altogether.

Thanks once again. Thanks for the support. And thanks for breaking my heart. Please forget me forever.


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This blog is moving place!

February 24, 2008 at 10:53 pm (Aishah's, Announcements!, Band progress, Band reviews, Competitions, Covers, Dermapthera, DIY, Downgrade, Fishing CR, Fishing Review, From Stomp, From the News, Fun Stuff, Funny, Gadgets, Game Review, GBA, General, Gossip and Entertainment!, Hot Stuff, How to, iPhone, iPod Firmware, iPod Touch, iPod Touch Jailbreak, Jokes, Magic Tricks, Movie Reviews, MP3/MP4 Players, Music Reviews, Original compositions, Other products, Personal, Previous Gigs, PS2, PSP, PSX, Random Snaps, Reviews, Song reviews, Technical Stuffs, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized, Upcoming shows, Upgrade, Version 1.1.1, Version 1.1.2, Version 1.1.3, YouTube videos)

Hi guys.

I am going to relocate most of my non-band related content from this blog onto another blog.

Although I enjoyed getting a lot of reads lately, it seems that this blog has become a little bit non-standard. I have loyal readers (I hope) and people who’d be willing to come to me to ask for help. I enjoy helping as much as possible.

And not forgetting being featured in WordPress’s BOTD and fastest growing blog, I’m just so honoured. But my decision is final.

Most links WILL be broken (if you have linked to me). I will not leave any trace of the post in this blog at all.

Since I’m getting more and more ready for my band Dermapthera, I plan to use this domain name (dermapthera.wordpress.com) as an official blog for the band only. I have been sticking to the domain name for as long as I can remember, and most people in the blogosphere will identify me as “dermapthera”.

I find that this could be misleading in the near future. Although I don’t see the band anywhere being successful in the near future, there’s still a possibility that we could be if we worked hard. Me and my vocalist have drawn out our visions for the future of the band and what we could do.

Hence I would like to take this opportunity to migrate to another blog. A new blog name, a new blog address. And I need a new identity. I don’t want to be remembered as “dermapthera”, but instead, as the “guitarist of dermapthera”.

When my new blog is ready, I will announce the address again. For now, I might not be updating new contents yet.

Sorry if I have caused any inconvenience. You guys have been great, and I have been enjoying a lot from blogging here.

Expected migration period will take one week (starting today). I will re-announce again once migration is successful.


P.S: The main reason why I placed all the tag/categories there is to reach out to potential RSS readers.

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Promoting my band’s MySpace

February 19, 2008 at 11:35 pm (Announcements!, Dermapthera) ()

Hi guys!

I’m sure you’ve seen this, but if you haven’t done so, please visit my band’s MySpace account. Though we got nothing to share at the moment, I hope you add us as friends so that when we had new songs or demos released, we will update you.

Though this is the same as spamming, it’s a little different. I’m not soliciting, and I’m not forcing you. All I did was request. And I did ask humbly too… 🙂

Well, here’s the link to my band’s MySpace account.

-> http://www.myspace.com/dermapthera

I hope you enjoyed your visit.


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Proposed demo CD cover

February 16, 2008 at 4:25 am (Dermapthera)

Hi guys!

I was bored this morning, so I decided to do some designing on the CD cover I thought would be cool that fits our band.

So, I had visualized designs that have a rose in it, some pentagram, and some tribal fonts…

And viola! The finished product!

I designed this from various fonts and tribal designs I gathered online. Of course, I wouldn’t use anything that aren’t free, so if they’re copyrighted stuff, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

I’m against copyright shit, so I hope to see cooperation here.

Anyway, here’s the proposed design. Let me know what you think. I might be changing this in the future. I’m open to critism, as long as it’s constructive.

Let’s take a look shall we? Read the rest of this entry »

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Dermapthera news: Introducing Matt into the family

January 11, 2008 at 3:32 pm (Band progress, Dermapthera)

Since we haven’t heard from Fadli of his side of the story, I assume that he is not interested in finding out the progress of the band or even drop by to say a simple hello.

We are also getting sick and tired of having to put up with these kind of nonsense, so we decided, without the official approval of him, to replace him so that we can continue our musical endeavor.

We hereby officially welcomes Matt into Dermapthera. We hope Matt will be able to pull of some sick riffings while we get ourself prepared for future performances or competitions. We will continue with our musical directions and hopefully be able to write our own demo soon enough.

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New bassist???

November 27, 2007 at 11:59 pm (Band progress, Dermapthera) (, )

We had auditioned a new bassist last month.

Well, thanks to Fate we were forced to start looking for a new one. But honestly speaking, I don’t know if Fate still wants to play or not.

This newly auditioned bassist called us up earlier today just to let us know that he can’t commit to such a big band like us. He’s afraid that we might treat him like a small kid. But hey, I can’t blame a new talent like him. If I were him, I might also back out cause it’s such a big step to take.

But hey, no matter what you do, we’ll always support you from behind. Hehehe 😀

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Dermapthera – Broken Hearts In A Crowd Of Riot

November 25, 2007 at 8:35 pm (Dermapthera, Original compositions, Previous Gigs, YouTube videos) (, , , )

Place of performance: Celebrations Pub @ Hougang
Name of song: Broken Hearts In A Crowd Of Riot (Original composition)

Song mainly composed by Fix, Fate and Lee. Lyrics composed by Yusry and Ace. This song is about a love tragedy. Original idea came from various emo lyrics but we weren’t so much into emo, so we decided to write a unique one instead. Currently the fav song of the band (2007).

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