鉄アレイ + Warhead – 鉄弾頭 2015 7″

To me, bands covering each other usually amounts to not much more than gimmicky, novelty releases. Boy, does this 7“ here prove me wrong! It’s hard to decide, which band pays better tribute to the other: Warhead going full overdriven crazy on Tetsu Arei’s heavy, Burning Spirits hardcore, or Tetsu Arei infusing Warhead’s insanity with their totally in control heavyness. Still, the winner to me is Warhead’s Under The Moonlight as played by Tetsu Arei. Incredibly good!

Under the moonlight cry out!

3/3 – S/T LP

3/3 (pronounced Sanbun No San), were successors to the weird ◯△▢ and predecessor to the mighty Friction. They recorded the tracks on this LP over the course of several months in 1974 in several rehearsal studios and live spaces. The music is garagy (how the fuck do you spell that?!?), wah-wah-heavy psychedelic proto-punk (the opener is a 9-minute song!). It’s definitely interesting to hear them going wild on their instruments before stripping their sound down with Friction.
This version here is a bootleg of the original LP, which was released back in the day in a staggering run of about a dozen copies. There’s also an official CD release with a lot more material by 3/3 which includes tracks that later morphed into Friction songs.

Get it!

Gastunk – Geronimo + Red Indians Rock 7″

On this 7“ single from 1986 Gastunk felt like mixing their trademark, metallic hardcore punk with some stereotypical spaghetti western, wild west music tropes: acoustic guitars and these hoove-imitating, stomping drum shuffles included. Side A -Geronimo- is obviously a hymn to native american Goyaałé (aka Geronimo), while side B’s title may not quite be the, err, preferred nomenclature.

Tatakae, Geronimo!

Toxic Noise + Damnable Excite Zombies! – Kick Out The Real Pain Split 7“

Toxic Noise and The Damnable Excite Zombies! (exclamation mark! Yeah!) released this split 7“ in 1993. (As I happened to write before) Both bands remind me of Nightmare’s sound during the eighties: played at breakneck speed, catchy, not quite melodic songs, with almost singalong crew shouts.

Kick out the real pain!

Moonscape + Unarm – Split Tape

This 2017 split-tape by Tokyoites Moonscape and Unarm is a re-release of their sold-out 7“ from the same year. Moonscape deliver two tracks of twisted and nasty, mid-tempo metallic hardcore, with little Danny Torrance adding the spoken word parts. Unarm, who recently toured Scandinavia and the USA, offer vicious, politically charged raw punk with a little bit less vacuum cleaner on the guitars compared to some of their previous releases.

This is pure insanity! I love it!

S.O.B. – Osaka Mon Amour 7“

Oof, now this is a truly loveless bootleg if I ever saw one: the cover is a low quality black and white xerox, the 7“ has no labels, and the songs had to be pitch corrected so they‘ll at least have the right tempo/pitch. The songs compilation tracks off Last Punk Osaka, Eye Of The Thrash Guerilla and My Meat’s Your Poison, but there’s a couple of numbers missing. Damn. Quality control, where are you?

But since grindcore pioneers S.O.B. are great even in loveless bootleg shape, here it is anyway. Enjoy! I did!

鉄アレイ – I LP

Tetsu Arei’s first album from 1991 is one of the classic albums of Burning Spirits Hardcore. A lot more hard rocking and less thrashing than their peers, Tetsu Arei are still going on strong, with 2014’s „IV“ being my true favourite among their albums. This one here is sadly not an original, but a european bootleg from 2009.

Get it!

The Original Star-Club – Saturday Night Live 1978 8“

This 8“ flexi from 1987 was released as a promotional item, and as you can guess from the title, it contains old live tracks from 1978. I enjoy this one more than their later stuff I‘ve got, even though their -ahem- influences are extremely obvious here. Through the -sometimes charmingly out of tune- guitar wall you can easily make out the Ramones, Heartbreakers, New York Dolls et al, one track also sounds a lot like Anarchy’s Not Satisfied.

I don‘t care about the music, either.

Skizophrenia! – This Fucking Skizophrenia! Still A Raped Ass 7′‘

„Attack! Attack! Attack! Attack! Attack! Attack! Attack! Attack!“ is the most sensible review I can come up with at the moment. If I were forced to try harder, I‘d say that Skizophrenia (exclamation mark!) are frantic as hell and definitely top Vendetta in their worship of Missbrukarna and E.A.T.E.R. It has to be said though that there’s not much Anti Cimex in their sound, (and if so it is definitely more Jordens Undergång than Victims Of A Bombraid), as Skizophrenia are not nearly as blunt and Yu’s screams are nowhere near Jonsson’s growls.

Again: „Attack! Attack! Attack! Attack! Attack! Attack! Attack! Attack!“

The Execute – Spend Your Money LP

This LP is a boot of the first releases by The Execute: the S/T flexi 7“, Hard Core Temptation 7“, Criminal Flowers 7“, plus the compilation tracks off Great Punk Hits and the legendary international P.E.A.C.E./War benefit compilation. As you might see once should you download it, the LP is rich in bootleggy goodness: a simple silkscreened front cover, no artwork on the back cover, and a single-side insert, that’s it. The title is an allusion to the official compilation album „Save Your Money“ (which ironically is pretty expensive…), the cover is also simplified version of that LP’s artwork.

Note the great choice of fonts.

v.a. Starving Dog Eats Master

Starving Dog Eats Master, released in 1991 on Bloodsucker records, another classic japanese compilation. Death Side (some of their best tracks on this album) and Nightmare need no further introduction, and Crück are another true gem (especially considering they only ever released compilation tracks). Kathabuta only released a 2×7“ flexi and a tape beside this, Warhead Junk had a split release with Gudon, and Bandit released two albums in the early nineties.

Get it while it’s hot!

Sadie Sads – Box With Little Doll 12“

First things first: the title of this release should be Box Without Little Doll. There’s no little doll. What’s not (really) there either, is songs in the every-day meaning of the word. Just like Id on Angora, there’s avantgarde sound scapes, Birthday Party‘esque aural torture, singer Sad’s wailing and warbling, simple percussion behind repetitive, chorus-laden bass lines and -what Peter Hook might call- economic guitar playing.
Though there’s no doll (why not?!), these two 12“es from 1985 do come in a box with all kinds of extras, including an unrecognisable blob on a slide. No idea what it is.

Maybe THAT‘ is the little doll?

Narumi & The Misters – Groovin‘ Queen And Fridnes 12“

After Gas split up singer Narumi went on to play in Narumi & The Misters. This 12“ from 1988 was to be their second and last release (compilation tracks aside). The music is definitely no longer the hardcore of the early or the darker/melodic punk of the later Gas. The Misters were more of a rock‘n'roll group, and the music is pretty upbeat in places.

The spelilgn!

Daston – Plow Through Now 7“

This 7“ from 1998 seems to be the only vinyl release of Daston aside from their split 7“ with the mighty Gouka. These songs here are less noisy, atonal and frantic than the ones on the split, there are even some primitive melodies creeping in. Here they kind of remind me of a slower D.S.B.

Keep up on attack!

Lizard – 浅草六区 7“

One of several 1980 releases by Lizard, this 7“ is less punk and more new wave and pop than their S/T LP from the year before. Asakusa Rock on Side A is an upbeat number (about Rock in Asakusa, I presume?), Misha on Side B is „russian sounding“ including a musical quotation of the famous folksong Kalinka.

Come on baby, that’s Asakusa Rock!

Insane Youth – Breakthrough Blockbuster 7″

Their, errm, mediocre name aside, Insane Youth from Kōchi on Shikoku released a load of hard hitting 7“es thoughout the nineties before mutating into Insane Yout A.D. Their first release was a split with Disclose, just to show where this is going.
This release on Dan-Doh Records from 1996 is simple and brutal hardcore with great guitar leads, with singer Gem giving Bastard’s Tokurow a run for his money.

To the Breakthrough Blockbuster!

Döraid – Devil’s Highway 7“

If you‘re into heavy metal mayhem fused with japanese hardcore insanity, Döraid are the right shit for you. This 2010 release has two absolutely over the top metal-punk numbers with the equally awesome titles of Devil’s Highway and Satanic Rites.

To the fiendish 7″!

Sheena & The Rokkets – Kiss Me Quick + 恋のムーンライト・ダンス 7“

Here comes one of Mentai Rock legend Sheena And The Rokkets‘ earlier (well, 1980) singles, with two lovely new wave numbers. In my opinion, the b-side „Love’s Moonlight Dance“ is the winner of these two. Listening to it, you can just see love-sick teenagers, doing that awkward slow dance under a bright Fukuoka moon, haha…

No idea if the lyrics are appropriate for that, though.

解剖室 – 邪 LP

Kaiboushitsu („Autopsy Room“, named after the opening song on The Stalin’s classic first album) were (are?) an all-star punk/hardcore band led by Crow’s eponymous singer. Their influences were Japan’s darker, sicker, more twisted mid-eighties punk acts. 邪 (yokoshima, meaning wicked) sounds as wicked as its title promises, with Crow exploring his whole vocal range and showing his love for psychedelia. The album is said to be an homage to The Stalin’s album 虫. While the influence is obvious, here you‘ll find less straight-up hardcore and far more twisted sickness: the second to last song (霊柩車 meaning hearse) is basically the same two chords for 16 and a half minutes…

死んでくれ!

Disarray – 1982-1986 LP

This compilation LP has Disarray’s two classic self-titled 7“es (from 1984 on ADK Records and 1985 on Chicken Shit Records) plus two demo tapes. The tracklist on the record is wrong though, the song Dolly Bird on the second tape is missing on the LP.
The comp originally came out in Japan in 2008 on CD, this LP is the 2014 release on Black Water.

Enjoy!

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.



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