Resurrection – ST LP

In 1986 Resurrection released their debut/sole/final album. While their 7“ on ADK records sounds a bit more punk to me, this album is darker in its sound, somewhere between depressive, very down-tempo punk and blunt, punk-inspired gothic rock. You be the judge.

The flanger’s a bit more subtle this time!

愚鈍 – 卑下志望 7″

Higeshibou from 1986 was Gudon’s second release (after the noisy monster that is their 残忍聖者 7“ from the previous year). It’s another classic piece of japanese hardcore madness. Stoic violence on side a is a five minute (!) orgy of thrash with thumb-muted guitars, mid-tempo breakdowns and short metallic leads. On side b Leaden Love (鉛の愛) is another epic of (almost!) 5 minutes, a dark and monotonous monster of mid-tempo punk, while Burst Your Head is simple, fast and chaotic thrash. The sound is not yet as well produced as it would be on Howling Communication, but there are a lot less vacuum cleaners involved than on 残忍聖者.

Get it!

G.I.S.M. – Militaly Affairs Neurotic LP

With their second LP G.I.S.M. showed once more just how sick a bunch of motherfuckers they were. Militaly [sic!] Affairs Neurotic is a more metallic, and may sound a bit more -erm- „restrained“ when compared to Detestation or their early compilation tracks: the sound is less fuzzy but still pretty lo-fi, the songs are less frantic and Randy Uchida’s leads are also much clearer and more defined. Some of the melodies and guitar parts could have equally well turned into R.U.G.-songs, if they weren‘t immediately followed by atonal, hateful sickness. Degeneration, what a twisted and warped „ballad“! And Fatigue has to be the best interpretation of that chug-chug-a-chug heavy metal picking ever! If this sickness weren‘t enough, the two sound collages and the artwork (look at it! Just look!) definitely prove that G.I.S.M. were as insane as ever, and Sakevi’s growls sound even more cancerous than before.
This version here is a recent (and affordable) bootleg with an additional silk screen print on the outer PVC sleeve and a huge poster.


v.a. Best Run Fast Vol. 2 7“

And yet another one by MCR Company! One track each by Sicilian Blood, MESS, Idora and DONDON. To me, Sicilian Blood are the winners on this comp: driving, powerful and almost catchy; MESS are not yet as weird as they would become, and deliver some vicious riffs; Idora’s song is a metallic dirge which turns wild in the end, and DONDON are the blunt instrument on this comp.

Run, you fuckers!

ハイディナッシュ – 青い空 7“

A one track mind flexi 7“ from some time in the mid-eighties by Haidiinatshu. The song differs quite a bit from their tracks on the R.B.F. 1984 compilation, which were a lot more lively and cheeky, the song on this 7“ is calm, piano- and synth-laden new wave.

To the blue sky!

No Side – Depressing Day 7“

Named after The Comes‘ legendary and absolutely wonderful 12“, No Side play simple, no frills, US-influenced HC. The sound on this 7″ from 1997 is underproduced in a cool way, and the songs are driving and catchy (but nowhere as frantic, nutty and FUCK YOU as THAT 12“, but that‘d be hard to pull off anyway).

Plus, there a song about coffee and hating work! Yeah!

Headache – S/T 8“

Another one hit wonder, as this 8” from 1984 was Headache’s only release. The music is simple and primitive, mostly mid-tempo hardcore punk. There are some similarities to e.g. The Mobs or Danse Macabre, and some song titles hint at an affinity towards dark stuff: Devilism, Doom Dance, Pleasure Of Death. Internationally they remind me a bit of such antisocial nutters as FKK Strandwixer or Maho Neitsyt. No idea if their lyrics were as disgusting/humorous as theirs, but the last track Viva La Headache is kinda funnypunk (?), maybe a bit like Gai’s Blood Spit Night.

Aus der Hose läuft mir schon der Schimmel und mein Arsch der stinkt ja schon zum Himmel! Zefix noch amol!

So What – Murder 7“

This 7“ from 1990 was a shared release on Selfish and Dynamite Records. Since 1985’s Injustice 8“ So What have gotten harder and a lot tighter (I think they changed drummers), though it means they also lost that amateurish charme their first release had. On Murder they sound a bit like Gudon, though less wild and frantic.

I have spewed up on a pint of piss?

Forward – Fucked Up!! 12“

Fucked Up!! is the 2002’s 12“ release by Forward: 8 tracks of intense, powerful, Burning Spirits hardcore by these all-star monsters, immediately recognizable thanks to Ishiya’s unmistakable voice! Now less talk, more…

Not the Canadians!!

黒色エレジー – ST 12″

Kokushoku Elegy (Black Elegy) released this record in 1988 as their second self-titled 12“. Their guitarist and bassist had previously played in the great Niku-Dan. Though Niku-Dan had not played standard punkrock either, and ventured into weirder, sometimes darker, and more post punk stuff too, Kokushoku Elegy’s style is a lot more gothic and new wave now, kinda comparable in style to G-Schmitt.

This way to four tracks of beautiful anguish and melancholy!

Rose Rose – Mosh Of Ass LP

After a number of 7“es and compilation tracks Mosh Of Ass, originally released in 1987 on Dogma Records, was Rose Rose’s first full length offering (this here is the licensed pressing from 1988 on the british In Your Face Records). And what a monster of a debut this is: 40 minutes of very metallic, thrashy and grinding, mid-tempo moshing, blast beating insanity. Pure madness!

The Mosh Of Whose Ass? Mine?

Fuck Geez – パンク·ロックで埋めつくせ!! 7“

Released in 1986, the Fuck Geez‘ third 7“ was one the early releases by the prolific MCR Company (number 10 of now over 200, wow!), whose co-founder Yumikes is also a band member. Musically, this record has simple, melodic punkrock, so enjoy!

Yep, here they are!

Friction – 軋轢 LP

I couldn‘t tell you why I waited so long till I posted this, since Friction’s debut LP from 1980 is a true classic japanese post punk album. Some lot of their earlier punk stuff has been weeded out, and what’s left is cold, cold, cold. Some tracks off Tokyo Rockers and their first 7“ appear as re-recorded versions. The new version of Crazy Dream especially shows the increased post in the punk.

This is a S/T btw.

U.G. Man & Chärm – Some Secret Split 12“

I‘ll save myself the trouble to try and describe this album. I had posted Charm before, and the U.G. Man Side has to be heard to be believed.

To quote Dr. Zoidberg: „Such noises!“

v.a. Fear

I have to admit I got his compilation mostly to get the rest of Danse Macabre’s vinyl output. All told this comp is pretty heavy shit. On side A, the Rapes (why the hell pick THAT as the name for your band?) are vicious crossover thrash, the songs by Griffin are more diverse, fast thrashing, mid-tempo rocking, and slower, heavy shit. On side B, Danse Macabre offer their own, unique take at heavy, menacing, downtempo darkness, (including a cover version of … Born To Be Wild?), while K.G.G.M. are the most punkrock group on this comp, doing a cover The Ramones‘ I Don‘t Care in japanese as Ōkina Osewa (they did more Ramones covers on their other records).
There’s also a CD-version of this comp which has more tracks by Rapes, K.G.G.M and Danse Macabre (is Think About Death the same version as on their 7“?).

There’s still too many of us…

Deathtribe + Kriegshög – Split 7“

In Crust We Thrash released this monster by Kriegshög and Deathtribe in 2008: two times completely over the top distortion to deafness manic d-beat, absolute madness! The Kriegshög side is nuttier and wilder, Deathtribe are a bit crustier. It’s better check it out yourselves than to let me keep blathering!

Play loud & die!

The Zolge – Catholic Day 7“

This 7“ from 1987 was the last vinyl offering by this good looking, almost visual-kei bunch (though they went on to record a couple more CDs). The titletrack is a fast-paced, death rock/goth/new wave influenced punk rock with trebly guitars, lots of reverb and a minimalist piano, the B-side is a slower number, but similarly darkish punk. Like most of their vinyl output this record came out on Dogma Records (which had released a different version of Catholic Day with more B-Side tracks as the previous catalog number).

What’s a catholic day?

Deride – ハイランク EP

If you‘re into really fast and so-tight-it’s-almost-scary thrash, then Deride’s 2001 ep is definitely for you. 4 songs of no-frills hardcore in less than four minutes, what more could you ask for?

6 songs in less than 6 minutes, maybe?

G-Schmitt – Sin, Secret & Desire 12“

After a string of 7“ and 12“ e.p.s, this record from 1986 on Wechselbalg Syndicate was G-Schmitt’s first full-length release. Six great tracks of new wave and gothic rock between cold, adventurous, serene, dancable, melancholic and subtle, all made even greater by singer Syoko’s beautiful voice.

There you are!

Nightmare – Refugee Of Logical Society 7“

Refugee Of Logical Society from 2006 was Nightmare’s first release in about 7 years. The sound has become a lot more lo-fi, and the music is chaotic, wild hardcore (the type that a friend of mine likes to call „japanese hectics“, hehe) with singer Masahiro’s maddening shrieks on top. Wow! There’s two songs on this 7“, plus two rudimentary pieces of assorted noise called Spiral. This is the european licensed pressing on Hate Records btw.

Japanese Hectics. Nothing to do with Freddie Mercury. Haha.

Lizard – III 12“

The A side of this 12“ released in 1982 contains the 3 tracks off Lizard’s Save Momoyo 7“: Robot Love and Requiem are re-recorded studio versions of the tracks off Tokyo Rockers, Asia was released as a different version on their first album. On side B, I think the tracks may have been mislabelled, but I‘m not quite sure: Modern Noise is an otherwise unreleased song, while Theme is a re-recorded version of Modern Beat (off the first LP) with the slowed down ending of Kingdom (also off the first LP) attached. Modern Noise? Modern Beat? Theme? Two tracks or three? Dunno.

Anyways, this is quality stuff!

Geshpenst – Just Keep This Fighting 7“

Geshpenst were another of the countless bands which did one release and a number of compilation tracks. The four songs on this 7“ from 1995 are pretty varied. There’s mid-tempo moshing, crossover-thrash guitar riffs, some metal axe solos, some burning spirits, dual harmonic guitar leads, some high speed thrashing, you name it. Produced by Death Side’s Chelsea.

Now THIS is a band name!

Framtid – 8 Track EP

Framtid’s first 7“ from 1999, a classic piece of japanese crust, released on guitarist Jacky’s own Crust War label. This record is a fucking runaway bulldozer, so hang on tight and enjoy the ride!


Sadie Sads – Angora 7“

Released in 1984 on Wechselbalg Syndicate, Angora was Sadie Sads‘ first and only 7“ single (though they had loads of compilation tracks and two 12″ releases). Both tracks, Angora on side A and Id on side B, are vicious post punk, Id being the more avantgarde and experimental of the two with its complete breakdowns of music into echoing soundcapes, screams and rudimentary percussion.

This is evil shit, like Angora. This is fluffy bunnies getting slaughtered.

Samurai – I‘m A Person Not A Number 8“

I don‘t really know shit about Samurai, so if there’s anyone to fill in the blanks, I‘m willing to learn more. Here goes what little I can say: during their original existence in the early/mid-eighties it seems this power trio released a 7“ and two 8“es, this one being the second 8“ from 1985. The music is mid-tempo punk rock with a lot of rock‘n'roll thrown in, a bit like what The Rockers or Anarchy did a couple of years earlier. Samurai come across a bit stiffer and less fun, though. At least were as creative in finding a band name as The Rockers and Anarchy, haha. A reunion produced one more CD and a couple of compilation albums, it seems.

Is that enough? Hmm.

Chaotix – Broaden Your Horizons 7“

This 7“ from 2003 was Chaotix‘ first vinyl release. They played catchy US-influenced HC, maybe a bit like the Biscuits, only rougher and with more thrashing. I don‘t know if they were sXe, but the positivity and anti-smoking songs might be a hint there, or maybe not.

Fuck‘in Poisute Smoker!

Auto-Mod – Last Punk Hero/Dancin‘ Rhythm 7“

Last Punk Hero, what a great name for a great 7“, I hope it pissed off lots of humorless punk purists! Released in 1982, these two tracks are great disco‘esque post-punk with funky guitar and basslines, a drum machine, chirping synths and of course Genet’s unique voice. Yeah!

Dancin‘! Dancin‘! Dancin‘, dancin‘ rhythm!

Forward – What Are You Gonna Get 7“

Released in 1998, What Are You Gonna Get was Forward’s 4th 7“, full of great, rocking burning spirits style hardcore. The title track on side A is a fast paced smasher, but the B-side Go To Dive is definitely the winner on this single. Mid-tempo, driving as fuck, and Ishiya strains his voice so hard he sounds like he’s choking himself.

What are you gonna get? Great shit like this!

Daston + Gouka – Continuously Attack Of Endless Shock Split 7“

This split 7“ from 1996 was the first vinyl release for Daston and Gouka, both bands had released demos and a split tape before, though. Gouka are not yet as tight and definedly d-beat compared to their later releases, their songs are faster and thrashier on this record. Daston are more on the crusty side, with a singer who sounds a bit like D.O.N.D.O.N.’s Yoshikawa.

Endless shock!

FVK – Return To Roots 8“

Though both e.p.s were released in 1988, Return To Roots is stylistically a bit different from the Target e.p. First of all the recording quality is better, but most of all the song writing has evolved and is now closer to actual Bad Brains worship. The tempos are less frantic, plus there are more melodies and guitar leads. Also there are the Bad Brains allusions in the song titles and then there’s -obviously- the cover of Rock For Light.

Do they care what you may say? Have they got that attitude?

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