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Romell Regulacion would like to see his band, Razed in Black, gain even greater exposure.



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The last stop on an album tour
brings an isle musician home




Razed in Black and DJ Swamp

Where: Wave Waikiki, 1877 Kalakaua Ave.
When: 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. today
Admission: $10 to $15, 18 and over
Call: 941-0424



EVEN THOUGH his flight arrived at 3 in the morning yesterday, Razed in Black frontman Romell Regulacion had important business to take care of as soon as he was home.

"First thing we did after we got off the plane was go to Zippy's," he said with a laugh from his hotel room a few hours later. "A day away from Hawaii is too long, especially being born and raised here."

Tonight's performance at the Wave Waikiki is the last stop of a 28-show tour in support of Razed in Black's new album, a two-disc set entitled "Damaged." It also marks the Damien High School and University of Hawaii graduate's first performance in Hawaii since 2001.

In the eight years that have passed since Regulacion got signed to his label, Cleopatra Records, he's seen his music included on more than three dozen remix compilations, had songs featured on major network television shows like NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" and MTV's "AMP," licensed tracks for use in the Sony PlayStation game "VS." and even won an award for "Best Music in Adult Video" after his songs were used on a soundtrack for a porn flick. But Regulacion wants more.

"I still feel like I have a long way to go," he said. "I want more people exposure. I want more people to listen to the music ... to feel."

And while it's been four years since Razed in Black's last album hit store shelves, fans across the continental United States and Canada have embraced the new release, something that the singer-producer-guitarist was hoping for but still surprised him once he was out on the road.

"It feel like it's been so long since the last full-length. ... It was overwhelming for me because we haven't been out (touring). I was blown away."

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In addition to his work with Razed in Black, Regulacion also spent the last few years releasing material under different names -- his work as Transmutator was "a little more electronic," and stints as DJ RB and DJ SkOOBY allowed him to participate on tribute and remix tracks without compromising his other efforts.

But did he feel like he was spreading himself too thin? Of course not. "If I don't do it, someone else is going to," he said.

Now that the new album is out and touring is back in his blood, Regulacion promises that fans won't have to wait another four years for new material. "I don't want to wait this long again for another full-length," he says. "Maybe it's just me, (but) I'm never satisfied."

Along with another album, expect to see an EP of remixes that he's been working on, along with a DVD that chronicles this year's North American tour. A film crew will be on hand at the Wave to capture more footage that will be used for that purpose.

Also showing up tonight is the legendary DJ Swamp, former tour deejay for Beck and 1996 DMC World Champion, as well as DJs Mizota, Matthew Grim, G-Spot, Jedi and Sovergn T.



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