Here we usually say “Korean rock is real” but now it’s time to declare “Korean metal is real”!
This week representatives of Korean glam metal – band Victim Mentality – will return to US to show power of heavy riffs.
Save the date!
March 16 Austin, TX @ The Belmont – Korea Night I: K-Pop Night Out Showcase (8:20PM – 9:00PM)
March 19 Austin, TX @ Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room – V-Rox Showcase (12:00AM – 12:40AM)
Victim Mentality formed in Seoul, South Korea in 2009 and play a fun and powerful mix of ‘80s-inspired heavy metal and glam metal.
Originally started as a duo, the members took their time crafting material for their first EP, “Magic Finger,” writing the songs in 2009 and 2010 and recording them in 2012 and 2013. In February 2013, bassist Scorpion joined the band and in July 2013 Victim Mentality finally made their live debut. Not yet having a drummer, they relied on a drum machine for their initial gigs until finally finding a drummer in February 2014.
Wanting their wardrobe to fit with their sound, Victim Mentality adopted a look that pays homage to metal’s heyday. And to keep audiences further entertained, flamboyant frontman Krocodile often brandishes a bullwhip while delivering his impassioned wails. Quickly winning over fans and capturing the attention of the Korean music industry, in May 2014 – less than a year after their first live show – the group played at Seoul’s Green Plugged festival and later that summer appeared at the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival.
In March 2015, Victim Mentality played their first overseas gigs at South by Southwest (SXSW) in the United States. The group’s three performances at the renowned event were well received and earned accolades from the likes of The Austin Chronicle. In April 2015, Victim Mentality issued their “Heavy Metal Is Back” full-length debut. Wanting to showcase the album’s catchy, playful cuts to both the metal loving masses and regular music fans, in July 2015 Victim Mentality appeared at Korea’s top musical outing – the Ansan M Valley Rock Festival – and in August they traveled to Russia to perform at the V-Rox festival. November 2015 saw the act parting ways with guitarist Kyungho Sohn and drummer Tarantula. But a new chapter in the band’s history began in January 2016 with the arrival of guitarist Die-Amond.
Regardless of whether they are gigging at home or abroad, Victim Mentality has only one mission – to show everyone that “Heavy Metal Is Back!”
Here’s a short interview with the band ahead of their SXSW performance:
What three words best describe Victim Mentality?
Krocodile: Sex, meat, and … metal!
If you had to battle a metal band from another country, which band would you like to fight and why?
Krocodile:We don’t want to fight any other metal bands. We love peace. We fight against war.
You’re going to release a new single soon called “I Hate Hiphop.” How does this song compare to the music you made on your Heavy Metal Is Back album?
Krocodile:“I Hate Hiphop” is closer to the true essence of heavy metal. In the future, we want our music to keep moving closer and closer to the essence of heavy metal.
Victim Mentality have performed internationally in the US and Russia. What are your best memories from each country?
Krocodile:At one of our shows during SXSW in Austin, Texas last year, I said “Show your boobs” and some women flashed us. But when I said the same thing in Russia, all we were shown was a giant pair of men’s underwear. Maybe this is a cultural difference? Both places were really interesting to visit, but if we had to choose, I think we’d go with boobs over men’s briefs!
We’re playing at SXSW in the US again this week. We’re excited to be performing abroad again. And I’m excited to eat lots of great beef in Texas!
Victim Mentality started in 2009. How do you think the band has progressed over the years?
Krocodile:I think we’ve really grown up over the past year because of the help we’ve received from many people. I love them all. As well, at the beginning of this year a new guitarist named Die-Amond joined Victim Mentality. I think with our current lineup we’re making the strongest music we’ve ever made.
What do you think Victim Mentality will be doing five years from now?
Krocodile:I think we’re rock heroes and are writing the new history of heavy metal. In five years we’re going to be huge! So make sure you start to follow along now if you haven’t been already. You’ll be very happy that you did!
And here is “I hate HipHop” video off new single:
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