The name Penunggu was inspired by a Sweet Charity song with the same title; directly translated “Waiter” or more accurately a haunting entity or a guardian of an area/location. Started late 2013 in Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor with the twin brothers: Haireey (Bassist) and Haizeel Hashnan (Rhythm Guitar). They were then joined by hard hitting drummer Aerrichi Setiawan (Drummer);a close friend of theirs. They discovered comfortable chemistry between three of them after many casual jamming sessions together. After a long series of auditions, they were finally joined by melodic voice of Muhammad Hafiz Yaakob (Vocal) and fret maestro Muhammad Redzwan Manan/Wan Tido (Lead Guitar) to finally complete the band as a whole. In early 2017, Fiz left the band after having a hard time to juggle between work and commitment to the band. Another long series of auditions was held to find a suitable replacement. Finally they settled in for the powerful voice Hadzri Hussin or ‘Ary’ as the band’s new frontman and lead vocalist.
Penunggu Line Up:-
- Ary ( Lead Vocal)
- Wan Tido (Lead Guitar)
- Haizeel “EJ” ( Rhythm Guitar)
- Haireey (Bass)
- Aerrichi Setiawan “Richi” (Drums/Percussion)
Contrasting to the current local metal scene; stereotypically death metal, black metal and metalcore, Penunggu chose to stay true to the roots of early heavy metal/rock, influenced mostly by Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Motorhead , Megadeth and Metallica; creating an energetic and adrenaline pumping music instead of trying to be dark or too scary sounding. Of course theres abit of soft sides to the bands with their more mellow and ballads such as ‘Talian Ayah Bonda’ to showcase their versatility. Although initially heavily influenced by bands from the western world, Penunggu later quickly followed the footsteps of their local heroes such as Wings, Sweet Charity, Amuk and May by adding their (Malays and Indonesian) cultures; lyrically and conceptually into their materials. Their lyrical concept usually plays around with current issues and affairs but described and narrated metaphorically into something more fantasy/sci-fi theme, pretty much the lyrical style of Dio, Jimi Hendrix, etc which make the subject matter more interesting and encrypting.
- Haizeel – 019 214 4303
- Haireey- 019 455 6404