Judgment Disorderly – Low-Power.ep

Judgment Disorderly from Kōchi (like the mighty Disclose) released this not-so-low-power 7“ in ’97 on Dan-Doh Records. They played pretty simple, straight-forward hardcore with a raw punk guitar sound. In some places it sounds like their guitarist had a lot of fun toying with his effect pedals.

Low-power, great name!

ネメシス – 慟哭 7“

Nemesis‘ first of sadly only two 7“es, released in 2011. I have no idea if they‘re still active, but with their last release being from 2013… The music on Doukoku is tight, high-speed thrash with a wild, shrieking vocalist thrown in. All in all not quite dissimilar to the faster, thrashier songs of Warhead, only with just a little bit more sanity…

Doukoku, that’s something like wailing lamentation.

The Stalin – Go Go スターリン 12“

Released in 1983 like their classic album , their Go Go Stalin 12″ is pretty similar in style and sound. Two fast hardcore numbers (the track Go Go Stalin was also included on 虫) plus a vicious mid-tempo number with the most depressing song title of all time: congenital worker.

Go! Go!

Disclose ‎– The Demo’s Album

As the name may suggest, this tape compiles Disclose’s early demos from 1992 and 1993, plus a number of compilation tracks, with the first demo providing the unique opportunity to listen to Disclose without Kawakami on vocals. My version is only a boot of the real thing btw.

I hope somebody lost their job for that apostrophe!

v.a. Raw Punkz 7“

Now this is really cool little comp! All five bands (Raw Distractions, Persevere, Solpäätos, Vendetta! and Skizophrenia!) play wild, driving, simple and kind of catchy punk rock. Though none of them play raw punk in the sense of Confuse et. al., if you take the title to mean pure, unrefined punk, then you are spot on!

Yeah!

Crow – Hametsu No Haoto 12“

Now this is a truly heavy release by the masters of hardcore darkness! From the doves carrying Little Boys to the Genbaku Dome to the actual music, this 12“ is dark and evil as fuck. The title track Beating Of The Wings Of Destruction is an almost 7 minute monster of slow, dark, metallic hardcore, the 4 songs on side b also merge into one 7 minute track of high speed chaos (one is a re-recording of Last Chaos). Originally released in 2007 with a cover, this picture 12“ is the 2010 licensed pressing on Prank.

This is a masterpiece, you hear me?

RAP – Wrap 7“

RAP may not be as well known as some of their label mates on the legendary Dogma Records (home to The Comes, GISM, R.U.G., Gastunk and The Clay among others), but their debut 7“ from 1985 is definitely a classic piece of japanese punk. It’s got two faster paced numbers between snotty and melodic, plus one slower song that’s pretty gothic in style. As you can read on the cover, this record was produced by Lizard’s Momoyo. Btw.: drummer Misa later displayed a dubious taste in t-shirts during her time in Final Bombs, haha.

There’s no literal rap on this 7“ btw.

Typhus – インセクト テロリスト LP

Typhus, godfathers of japanese hardcore! This fanclub LP compiles the priceless milestone of japanese hardcore which is their S/T flexi 7“ from 1981 and their punk-as-fuck rehearsal tape from 1980 on side A, side B has their Live Take tape with recordings from several of their shows (with firecrackers going off in the audience). Also included is a big, fat magazine insert with the band’s history, background info etc.

Something that absolutely NEEDS to be adressed is the ugly ass cover artwork. Yeah, I know typhus is spread by lice, but this is just loveless and shoddy. Not that I could have done better, I absolutely suck at all things design, graphics and layout. Even scanning LP covers is hard and taxing work for me, haha.

This boot was booted by Absolute Power, who (among others) also did this live record by GISM and this compilation album by The Stalin.

Insect Terrorist?

Vespera – 擾 Tape

Vespera (esperanto for evening) from Tōkyō play melodic punkrock with a hardcore edge. Between May 2011 and April 2012 they recorded three demo tapes. The 15 tracks of these demos are compiled on this tape. The recording quality may be a bit rough and tinny, but this is punkrock not pop music. For a while one of their band members operated a falafel stand in Tokyo, which sadly seems to have closed by now.

Mmmm, Falafel!

アナーキー – ’80維新 LP

Anarchy’s 2nd LP from 1980, released not long after their debut album. Stylistically it’s pretty similar to their S/T, but with more originals in place of the cover songs. Their roots and influences are still damn obvious though, the opener being so incredibly Capitol Radio… Today the LP’s title ’80 Restoration (as in Meiji Restoration) seems kind of weird/funny to me, considering this album sounds so damn 77 and not very 80s at all. But I‘m looking at it with a lot of hindsight bias, knowing what the 80s would later sound like; plus their 2 Tone-like influences were a lot more cutting edge back then.

Or maybe that almost-irony was just the point and I completely missed it? Hmm.

Systematic Death – Systemania Volume 1 2xLP Systematic Death – Systemania Volume 2 2xLP

If you want what’s essentially an all-of 80s‘ Systematic Death, look no further than the double albums Systemania Vol. 1 and 2. These records originally came out in 2007 as CDs on the japanese Fade In Records, the vinyl versions were licensed in 2008 by Partners In Crime.

You‘ll get their first demo tape, the Systema Flexi 7“ plus session outtakes, the tracks off the Hold Up Omnibus 8“ and the Systema 2 Cassette on Systemania Vol. 1.

The there’s the Flash Back 7“ (Systema 3), an unreleased track for a planned AA Omnibus, the tracks off Thrash Til Death, the Final Insider 12“, the songs off My Meat’s Your Poison and the Virus Compilation, the Stimulate Cassette and the Step 7“ on Systemania Vol. 2.

Kathabuta – Tune In Turn On Drop Out 2×7“

I have no idea if Kathabuta („The Skabs“, maybe?) were big LSD users, their style is definitely not psychedlic in any way, though, as this double 7“ flexi from 1990 on Bloodsucker Records has 8 tracks of raging crossover thrash. The production is lo-fi in a good way, as this style of metallic hardcore can easily sound a bit soulless to my punk ears when the production is too clear; but not Kathabuta, this stuff is cool shit. Besides these flexis they also had a tape and a number of compilation tracks.

Tune In Turn On Drop Out!

Crude – Attitude 12“

Crude’s best one? It’s hard to say, since Crude have been around for more than 20 years and released such a lot of full-lengths, EPs and splits. Plus it’s always easy to call the early, „defining“ releases the best ones, especially when today’s Crude are kinda different in style and sound from late 90s Crude… Anyways, Attitude’s opening track Stand & Fight Again is one of my favorite songs of theirs, so that’s that!

Still their best one…

夢札 – 狂ッタ夢ノ果テマデ

Yumefuda, a late 90s Tōkyō punkband sadly, did not release too much beside this 7“ from ’98 and a tape. On this release they included two snotty and enjoyable thrash numbers, one effect-heavy dirge and a simple, mid-tempo hardcore song. Not quite as hard as The Gaia, not quite as punky as Nurse, give them a listen and judge for yourselves.

Until the end of a dream gone mad…

The Willard – Good Evening Wonderful Friend LP

The Willard released their classic debut album Good Evening Wonderful Friend in 1985 after a string of 7“es. It’s a treasure chest of melodic bombs like Jolly Rogers or Vanguard; especially Nightmare is such an incredibly beautiful, dark and melodic song it’s almost supernatural. If you don‘t love it, you‘ve got no heart!

No heart, you hear me?

Worms‘ Meat – Trust Ownself And Burn Bright EP

Formed in the late 90s and still (or again?) going today, with one album plus a number of compilation tracks (including one Ghoul cover on the tribute to Masami Hosoya) and a couple of 7“es since their inception, Worms‘ Meat are not among the most prolific of bands. But if all of their releases are like their 1st 7“ from 1998, they are definitely worth it: simple and driving japanese hardcore, a powerful and competent delivery with just the right amount of dirty.

Trust Ownself And Burn bright!

Vendetta! – Vendetta EP

Vendetta’s first 7“, released in 2012. Mix high energy UK 82 with Swedes like Missbrukarna, the fast stuff of Nyx Negativ and E.A.T.E.R. (whose present day incarnation Vendetta toured with), then you‘ll get this record. Great, driving and energetic, plus a cool, powerful, lo-fi recording. Sadly, the band is no longer active.

This here is the european pressing, btw.

Gastunk – The Vanishing Signs 12“

Wow, it’s been quite a while since I last posted a record by Gastunk. How did this happen? Was it because I had already posted everything I owned by that point? Well, yeah. Anyways, here is their 1986 12“ ep, with four tracks between power metal, hard rock, punk and hardcore. Watch out for songs longer than 6 ½ minutes, acoustic guitars, the sudden ending of an endless waltz, crooning vocals and dual leads!

And over-the-top artwork, of course!

悲鳴 – 監禁 7″

Himei („Scream“) obviously took their inspiration by the legends of early japanese hardcore, The Comes. Their music is very simple hardcore, the recording is underproduced in exactly the right way, and the singer is as much as a banshee as The Comes‘ Chitose was. Kankin („confinement“) was their 2nd 7“, released in 2010 on HG fact.

Scream!

C.F.D.L. – Atrocity Exhibition 7“

I have no idea whether this e.p.’s title is supposed to be an allusion to Joy Division, the novel that Joy Division alluded to, or an allusion to all the other artists who used this title. Fuck that, at least I know that Crazy Fucked Up Daily Life took their name from the song Daily Life by the godfathers of raw punk, Disorder. So you know what you up for, six songs of primitive, crusty goodness including a cover of the Skitslickers‘ Warsystem.

This is the way, step inside!

The Discocks – Class Of ’94 7“

A while ago I had been threatening to further go down the slippery slope (though I had not been threatening to mercilessly split infinitives, yet here we go…) and post some more Oi!, so here it is: The Discocks‘ Class Of ’94 7“, released in ’95.

Enjoy them worshipping The Ejected (and mangling the spoken word part of Have You Got Ten p?)!

The Sadist – Onapet 7“

Before Maso Yamazaki started making noise music, he was the singer in The Sadist. They played simple, kinda atonal punk rock, and -judging from the band’s name, their song and album titles- had their feet planted firmly in the realm of the perverted, disgusting and unsettling. This is their first 7“, released in 1986 on MCR Company.

Onapetto: a fantasy object for masturbation. Hmm.

Last Bomb – S/T 12“

After two 7“es (Firing and Retro Firing) Last Bomb released their first and final 12“ in 1987 on Selfish Records. It’s raw, primitive, stomping hardcore punk, with some heavy rocking on the guitar. The final track Vomit is THE bomb, with the most brutal shredding bass intro since GISM sang about syphilis…

What distinction of motorcycles?

Paintbox – ゲンセキ 7″

If you ever wondered, what a song about the natural beauty of unrefined iron ore might sound like, look no further, for this is it! It’s hard rocking mid-tempo song full of melody and the late Chelsea’s beautiful guitar leads. While the two tracks b-side of this 7“ (among them Plastic Pump, their Poison Idea worship) made it on Paintbox‘ singles collection, Genseki on the a-side (also released on their final album Trip, Trance & Travelling) did not.

Unrefined iron ore!

v.a. 東京ニューウエイヴ ’79 LP

Tōkyō New Wave ’79, the other one of the two classic, early compilations documenting Tōkyō’s punk and new wave scene of the late 70s. Compared to Tōkyō Rockers, New Wave has the less well known bands with Sex, Jisatsu, Pain, 8 ½ and Bolshie. Of these, only 8 ½ released anything else during their original existence, though the members of all the bands went on to play in loads and loads of other groups.

Sex, Suicide, Pain, 8 ½ and Bolshie. There you go.

E.D.P.S. – Death Composition 8“

The first release by E.D.P.S.: vicious, funky post-punk by Friction’s Tsunematsu Masatoshi, Boy et al. This 8“ from 1982 has a mix of live and studio recordings.

Get it!

The Stalin – 虫 LP

虫 (Mushi, meaning „Bug“) was The Stalin’s third LP, released in 1983. 虫 was The Stalin’s most hardcore album, but in a way it also was their „simplest“, least musically diverse one. Don‘t get me wrong, this is still The Stalin we‘re talking about here, meaning 虫 is great from start to finish. Its hardcore songs are driving and powerful, and its dirges and mid-tempo numbers are fucking dark and ominous, topped by the almost 10 minute title track closing the album.

To the Bug!

Union – S/T 7“

This power trio from Tokyo played 77-inspired punk rock, you can hear The Undertones, Ramones and maybe even stuff like Ratsia in their songs. This here was their first 7“, released in 1986 on R.B.F. Records. I kind of wonder if their song From UK has lyrics like the german punk classic Frisch aus England (by Hanover’s Blitzkrieg), which lamented all the hip punks buying all their clothes, badges and dog collars in England, haha.

Na, wer von euch Arschlöchern hat denn den Badge aus Engeland?

Avfall – Dish It Out 7″

You don‘t have to be a genius to deduce from their swedish name that Avfall are d-beaty råpunk, there’s vacuum cleaner in the band, and the guys probably wear Knobelbecher, bullet belts and Skitslickers shirts! This 2012 7“ on Hardcore Survives is the stuff!

KÄNG!

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!