New discover from Laos:
Sapphire: "Heavy Laos / เฮฟวี่ลาว" CD 1994
Together with The Exile, among the "first" (and only) wave of hard rock/heavy metal made in Laos or by laotian expat in the early 90's
As stated by the singer, heavy metal and hard rock was heavily censored and persecuted during the early 90's in the ultraconservative society of Laos, so that it didn't last too long. After 1995 the few active bands were completely vanished.
Both Sapphire and The Exile recorded their sole CD album in Thailand for some thai music company.
It is curious to note that The Exile, as well as other hard rock bands such as Chitpanya, Noom Sery, Noom Lao, Noom Shadow, Deamer have released their debut albums during their "expat period" in USA or Canada and following albums were released once back to Laos in the very early 90's.
Also the debut cassette album recorded in USA or Canada were heavily bootlegged in Laos and were quite easy to find until a 3-4 years ago. Now they totally disappeared as well as every other music album on cassette tape. No trace of cassettes anymore in the (very few) music shops in Laos, all replaced by ultra shitty and super cheap awuful useless mp3 compilation of international pop bands ("it's the future!")
Sapphire released their album in 1994 on CD and Tape, recorded, printed and distributed in Thailand only as well as a promotional 4-tracks 12" in the same year with 4 songs taken from the studio album. Officialy this is the second Lao heavy metal band to release a full lenght CD, after The Exile one year before (also recorded in thailand for a thai music company).
A second album was recorded much years later, on tape only and it's just pure hard/soft rock. I haven't seen it anywere else, except for the tape cover on some local forum
Nothing special...expect the same typical hard metal from South East Asia with boring vocals and annoying melodies, but with some Loudness-type influences here and there. Just a little bit better than similar crap from Malaysia or Thailand itself
Artowrk, images, make up and everything sucks (they look like U2 or Depeche Mode!) but actually the music is not that bad
Still searching for the ultra rare Warhead "Meltdown" Tape 1986 from Philippines and Post Mark "Stamp on you" Tape 1989 from India....