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Estranged (band)

During 2009 Sunburst KL
Background information
Origin Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Genres Alternative rock, nu metal, hard rock, post-grunge
Years active 2001 (2001)–present
Labels EAD Entertainment
Members Rich Gimbang
Nor Hanafi
Din Hormatov
Azwin Andy
Past members Chow Ken Chung
Adzrai Zainal
Alda Evan Tan

Estranged is a Malaysian alternative rock band that formed in Damansara, Kuala Lumpur in 2001. Currently comprising vocalist Rich Gimbang, lead guitarist Nor "Enha" Hanafi, rhythm guitarist Din Hormatov and drummer Azwin Andy, the band have released two full-length albums: In Hating Memory (2004) and Remain Unknown (2008).


The band held their first live show in 2001, at TwelveSI. The band went through many changes to its line-up, including original lead guitarist Adzrai departing to further his studies, replaced by Hanafi, a grunge-influenced guitarist. Estranged participated in the "Yamaha Asian Beat Competition" in 2001, finishing 2nd runner-up.

After Rock The World 4 (Malaysia's annual rock festival), the band started work on their debut 11-track album 'In Hating Memory', released in December 2004. The album includes 10 English tracks and 1 Malay track. Their first single 'Velocity' started receiving airplay in June 2005, followed by the second single 'Chocolate Syrup'. Both singles were accompanied by music videos, directed by Motion Notion and Tan Chee Meng, respectively.

The band played alongside The All-American Rejects, Hoobastank, Raygun, Boys Like Girls, Pixie Lott, Misha Omar, and Kasabian as one of the live acts at Asia's very first MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia concert that was held in Malaysia on 15 August 2009.[1]


With a bit more diversity in the music arrangement, providing more variety between tracks, Estranged could well be an undiscovered Malaysian gem. -TERRINA HUSSEIN, The Malay Mail, 15 June 2005

Estranged's approach may seem middle ground, but there's still plenty of anger, as evident with plenty songs on 'In Hating Memory' being about times. -ADLIN ROSLI, New Sunday Times, 26 June 2005


  • 2003
    • Rock The World 4
    • MTV's Search for Linkin Park
    • AXN
  • 2004
    • Asian X – Games
    • 8TV's late night talk show Latte@8
  • 2006
    •'s birthday bash
    • Konsert Gemilang Anugerah Era
  • 2007
    • Rock The World 7
    • Hot FM Big Jam Kuala Lumpur
    • Konsert Akademi Fantasia Season 5 Episode 5
    • MTV LIVE with Good Charlotte
    • Muzik Muzik
    • Anugerah Planet Muzik
    • Festival Muzik Borneo
    • Hot FM's Mini Jam Tours
    • 8TV's Campus Tour
    • Muzik Muzik Semifinals
    • Anugerah Juara Lagu ke-22
  • 2009
    • MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia
  • 2012
    • William Beckett (of The Academy Is...) Live In KL


  • 2006
    • Nominated for the "Favourite Local English Artiste" at the Anugerah Era
    • Won the "Favourite Local English Artiste" at the Anugerah Era
    • Nominated for two categories "Best Rock" and "Best Video" at the Malaysian English Top 10 Awards
    • Won the "Best Rock" category at the's Malaysia English Top 10 Awards
    • Won the "Best Video" category at the's Malaysia English Top 10 Awards
  • 2007
    • Nominated for the Favourite Rock Band category at the Anugerah Era
    • Nominated for the 'Favourite Rock Hit at the Anugerah Era
    • Finalist for 22nd Anugerah Juara Lagu

Band members

Current members
  • Rich Gimbang – vocals (2001–present)
  • Nor "Enha" Hanafi – lead guitar (2005–present)
  • Din Hormatov – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2001–present)
  • Azwin Andy – drums (2001–present)
Former members
  • Alda Evan Tan - bass (2001)[2]
  • Adzrai Zainal – lead guitar (2001–2005)
  • Chow Ken Chung – bass (2001–2007)


  • In Hating Memory (2004)
  • Remain Unknown (2008)


External links

  • Twitter
  • Interview with Kleio
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