Thursday, May 19, 2011



Dahong Palay has been in the mainstream and underground metal scene in Manila for over 18 years now. The band was formed and managed by Ramon "The Doctor" Zialcita during the reign of the 90's metal era. Dahong Palay, one of the Philippines' prime movers in the metal scene is about to unleash its venom once more via their up-coming EP album by the end of this year 2011. Heavy, aggressive, dark, melodic and intimidating music is what you could expect from this group. 

Dahong Palay really marked its venom to their audience and listeners during those times. Having more than 500 shows under its belt to date (from the underground venues to small clubs to school gyms to arena concerts like Pulp Summer Slam) the group earned the title of the Philippines’ answer to Black Sabbath and was even later christened as “The Philippines’ Kings of Dark Metal.”. The rest as they all say is history. 

The “Kings of Dark Metal" toiled the underground scene for almost a year until they received their first big break in the compilation album issued by Vicor Music entitled "Mga Himig Natin: Pinoy Rock Revisited. Dahong Palay carved a grunge-metal version of Florante's "Pinay." 

They have also appeared in compilation albums (Mga Himig Natin: Pinoy Rock Revisited, Christmas on the Rocks, Batuhan: Still Another Ten of Another Kind, LA Rock 105.9: the album; Biyaheng Ilalim, and Filipino Alternative Rock.) to name a few. Dahongpalay released compilation albums under Tone Def/Ivory, Vicor, BMG & other major recording labels. 

The group finally issued their opus "Kapatiran ng Bakal at Apoy" on Ivory records' Tone-Def label in 1996 and appeared in 2 more compilations. For the record, Dahong Palay recorded at least seven (7) compilation albums in the 1990s, the most number of appearances ever by a metal group. 

There is no doubt that Dahong Palay will go down in pinoy rock history as one of the finest heavy metal bands of the 1990s. They were part of the "Big 4" in their era which included Wolfgang, Death by Stereo and Backdraft. Dahong Palay first formed in 1993 and were composed of Andew "Eurd" dela Hostria (vocals/ bass), Jed Sison (guitar) and Derrick Periodico (drums). Dahong Palay carried on with this line-up seeing action in four more various artists projects until 1995 when Sison was replaced by Booths Oca, better known as "The Guitar Demon," Oca was an understudy and a replacement of guitar legend Noel Mendez (ex- The Dawn) when the latter was still playing for Hayp and FrancisM. Oca was primarily responsible for bringing the Dahong Palay sound to a higher level. 

Dahong Palay, is definitely one of the pillars of Pinoy Heavy Metal and one of the best rock bands that made a mark in the country’s music history, Dahong Palay ‘s latest appearance was at the Pulp Summer Slam XI and this re-launched the KBAP or Kapatiran ng Bakal at Apoy line-up. “Eurd, Oca, Periodico & post DP-KBAP guitarist Carlo Balita Jr.”

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