Vietnamese metalheads Microwave have released their second album in four years, a highly anticipated sophomore effort titled “Thoi gian/Time“, in the lead up to their first major show in October.

On releasing the record on September 13, Microwave band members said the album was more mature compared to their first, “Loi thoat/Escape“, as the band now had more life experience and had mastered Nu Metal, a blend of heavy metal and hip-hop.

“We would like to prove that rock music is not just aggressive and crazy, but actually a deep expression of our bare souls,” said guitarist Ngoc Linh, de-facto leader of the five-man band.

microwave band

L-R: Tran Ngoc Tung (guitar), Phan Anh Tuan (bass), Dinh Tuan Khanh (vocals), Cao Minh Trung (drums), Trac Ngoc Linh (guitar)

The nine songs on “Time” deal with different facets of young people’s lives in the modern city, from love, sympathy and responsibility, to sex, drugs, and depression.

Linh said the band were perfectionists and that the nine tracks were worth the four year-wait.

“We wanted to find the best studio for rock music, which is not that easy in Vietnam, where most studios are intended for pop. Then even with the best studio, we wanted to record, a perfect album so we laid tracks over and over again … then it took us half a year just to design the album cover!”

Tran Lap, former front man for one of Vietnam’s most famous and influential metal bands, the now defunct Buc Tuong/The Wall, said Microwave was the “most appealing” hardcore band in the country.

“At a Saigon Rock Show two years ago, I was definitely overwhelmed by their hard and energetic spirit. They have real rock spirit,” said Lap.

Microwave, who write and compose all their material together, have played several successful concerts with other bands, notably several Rock Fan Club shows over the years since their inception in 2002, but never have they had the stage entirely to themselves at major venues, as planed on October 31 and November 11 in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi respectively.

The group – which has been considered the hottest of some 20 active local rock bands since the turn of 21st century – also played a mini-gig at Acoustic Bar, 6E1 Ngo Thoi Nhiem St., Dist. 3, HCMC, at 14:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 20.

The band at release party forn "Time"

The band at release party forn "Time"

(Thanh Nien)

Check out a few of their latest tracks:

Chi La Giac Mo/Only a Dream

Bay/Fly (my favorite)

Thoi Gian/Time