The local hardcore scene has lost a pioneering and leading light. Singaporean hardcore luminaries Stompin’ Ground’s vocalist Mohamed Hafidz Bin Samsudin has passed away, aged 50 on the 23rd of February.
His brother, Zubir on behalf of his family told NME: “We wish for everyone to remember him at his best, when he was still Hafidz [of] Stompin’ Ground, the short Malay guy from Chai Chee that rocked the Richter scale in Singapore.”
UniteAsia, an underground Asian music publication shared a series of quotes by Ezar of Recover/LC93, Faisal from Vanilla Thunder Records, Syed of Bind/Rebel Hifi, and his cousin and bandmate, Suhaimi of Stompin’ Ground/LC93.
Lauded as the forefathers of the homegrown hardcore circuit, the band imprinted themselves into history when they first established in 1988. It comes with no surprise that the scene, fans, and everyone in-between are together in mourning the loss of a trailblazer.
"Stompin' Ground, We Set The Pace" reads his Facebook profile picture, and indeed they did. His imprint will forever be immortalised, and tributes have poured in from many since the sad news. Rest in peace, Hafidz.