Tam Boy Ide – Bootleg 10“

How to describe this 10“? Tam, together with Boy and Ide of E.D.P.S. going wild in the studio and recording their crazy, 10+ minute long, purely instrumental improvisations live, maybe? I guess that’s as accurate a description as I can come up with.

Tank, definitely. Relaxation time, not so much.

The Execute – The Antagonistic Shadow LP

After several 7“es, a tape and a split 12“ with Inferno, „The Antagonistic Shadow from“ 1988 was The Execute’s first solo full length vinyl release. At this stage they no longer played hardcore, but had become deathrock/goth in style (after some earlier flirting with darkness, e.g. in Criminal Flowers). Quite hard to imagine that a band, who once released thrashers like these, would produce an album that’s 53 minutes in length, with the longest track being almost 8 minutes.

P.S. It was also made to be played very loud.

v.a. Crack – Gojira Records Complete Collection 1978-1979 LP

The six 7“es on this compilation album, all released in 1978 and ’79, are the complete output of Gozira Records. Mirrors, who also had two tracks on the Tōkyō Rockers live compilation, were the only band to release two 7“es on Gozira. Their songs range from simple, pounding punk rock on the first one to funky/off-beaty post-punky greatness on number two (this is not to say, that the first 7″ was any less great!). Mr. Kite played slow, pondering post-punk; their lovely track Exit B-9 was also featured on Tōkyō Rockers. Tsunematsu Masatoshi would later release more solo records and several albums while playing in E.D.P.S. Compared to his later output these two simple punk tracks are a lot less experimental. Though Flesh’s band members would later go on to play in a number of other acts, this 7“ of cheeky/snotty punk rock (with a synth) was their only release as a band. The same holds true for Maria 023, whose fast stompers are definitely the most aggressive songs on this compilation.

There are several versions of this compilation on tape, LP and CD, with different track lists, sometimes with a different album title. Some include live tracks or even one more band -Pain- from the Tōkyō New Wave ’79 compilation / the Rockers movie.

This album is pure gold.

Poison – 毒 7“

This (kind of) self-titled flexi 7“ from 1985 was Poison’s first release. Since only their vocalist Fighting Soldier would remain for 1986’s follow up Mystery Tempation, this 7“ sounds like it’s from a totally different band. The playing is charmingly amateurish, the songwriting is a lot more primitive and completely different in style: a lot less burning spirits, but more… what? Primitive UK 82, maybe?

Sex!

Slang – The Immortal Sin 12“

I know it would be such a cliché, but why is this album jacket not black? This album -released in 2008- would be a great aural representation of black. The darkest, sickest, stenchiest and blackest d-beat you and I could wish for! None more black (aurally).

Vantablack, maybe?

Das Gemeine – S/T 7“

This flexi 7“ from 1985 (?) seems to be the only release of this cool ass gothic rock band with a great singer. Halloween on side A is a pretty catchy, almost uptempo number, while Carnival on side B is a slow, 7 ½ minute lamentation; just the kind that would be the most appropriate counterpoint background music for barbarian, uncivilised rituals such as german carnival…

Funny enough, I can‘t really decide which side up the front cover should be displayed. From the way the cover is folded, my scan would be upside down…

But it looks better this way!

Manbiki Chocolate – Super Dimensional Hardcore LP

If you want to know just why Nattō rolls from 7-11 and Mobile Suit Gundam models are relevant to hardcore, download this LP. You‘ll find the answer in the detailed band history in the booklet. This compilation’s got Manbiki Chocolate’s first 8“ 万引伝説 Part-1 from 1990 (bootlegged here), outtakes from the 8“’s recording session, late 90s compilation and CD tracks plus unreleased songs.

Great name for a band, great name for an LP!

Auto-Mod – Cannibal Of Love 7“

Cannibal Of Love, what a title! This 7“ from 1985 is already a bit different from Auto-Mod’s earliest releases: slow, dark and romantic, new wave pop rock with crooning vocals and a wailing saxophone. Side B even has some disco-like moments during the chorus.

Delicious!

Last Bomb – Retro Firing 7″

After Ghoul’s original bassist Bear Bomb quit the band, he went on to sing in Last Bomb. The Retro Firing 7“ from 1986 is their second release. I can‘t help it, but in my mind I always compare this record to finnish Pohjasakka’s „Maailma Täynnä Vihaa“: the guitar sound is just as underproduced, and the playing as frantic, though Last Bomb sound a bit more focused and put more work into their songwriting.

I thought retro was poison?

Allergy – アレルギー作用 12“

Oh man, bands like Allergy and their 1983 アレルギー作用 12“ are the very reason I often despair describing music (well no, not really despair). Sure, „post-“ is a catch-all term I could certainly use, but damn! Resorting to comparisons always works, too: the funky bass lines are surely influenced by Killing Joke’s Youth, and the singer’s wails and warbles bring Theatre Of Hate to mind, but Allergy are definitely no rip-off. Guitarist Ono also played on The Stalin’s Fish Inn LP, which might be a further indication of what Allergy are about musically.

For E.

Age – Survive 7“

Rotting skeletons, tearing out their own hearts while climbing on a dove (?) and holding on to a Flying V! The cover on this 7“ from 2010 is definitely an improvement compared to that one, he. The music’s still the same: heavy, fast, metallic crust with the most throaty-voiced and choking singer you could wish for.

Important to know: The Flying V started out as a blues guitar.

Molugu – Romance 7“

Molugu’s Romance 7“ from 1984, another ADK classic (edit: nope, it’s not. That’s me being sloppy!). The songs are less minimalist than the ones on Neo Punk Disordery, with 3+ minute dirges and 1.5 minute punk stompers in typical tinny, lo-fi ADK (nope, more like Penta Studio) production (including one live track).

No more wasting time with my useless ramblings; get this 7“, it’s great!

v.a. Nagoya City Hardcore – Japan – 名古屋 LP

Nagoya City Hardcore was originally released as a CD in 2009 on MCR Company, this is the 2010 LP release on Prank Records and Agipunk. Clown are heavy and rocking in the vein of Mustang, Reality Crisis deliver fast crustcore, Zilemma are melodic with great guitar leads, D-Clone (obviously) feature distortion-to-deafness-vacuum-cleaners, and Demolition are pretty metallic with thumb-muted shredding and double-bass drumming.

Note the cover artwork by Sugi!

8 ½ – S/T 10“

8 ½ were one of the bands included on the Tōkyō New Wave ’79 compilation. These tracks were recorded in 1979, but only released posthumously in 85. The songs are synth-laden, more new wave than punk, with a certain rock‘n'roll influence coming through. Seriously: I can‘t stop myself from humming Twist and Shout over the opener Shounentachi. These recordings were also released as an LP with one extra track, which I assume is the one off their single-sided flexi 7“ called Mémoire. After playing in 8 ½, the band members were active in a load of experimental/avantgarde groups like Guernika, Hikashu or Yapoos.

Well, shake it up, baby, now!

Assault – S/T 12″

This 12“ from 2004 is the Partners In Crime pressing of Assault’s self-titled CD which had originally been released on HG Fact. Side A is somewhat similar to the wonderful „Martyrdom“: wild hardcore with crazy guitar leads and harmonies. The opener of Side B „The End Of Silence“ is a slow, 7 ½ minute long and almost tragedyesque epos, followed by two simpler, faster stompers.

That’s it for this year. See you in 2017.

Death Side – The Will Never Die 7″

Death Side’s penultimate release, just as awesome as the rest. The title track is an anthemic smash-hit of Burning Spirits hardcore (oh damn, can I really say that?), the two following tracks on side b are faster, rawer, more primitive, no less great.

Never! Got it?

Real – Real 4 / Kids 7″

Real 4 / Kids was released on Tam’s ADK Records in 1984. I‘m having something of a hard time finding a good description for the music on this record; the best thing I can come up with is very lo-fi and minimalist punk, with atonal passages alternating with very rudimentary melodies. Hmm, I could have done better. Maybe if I mentioned the obviously Joy Division inspired cover artwork? Nope, still sub-par.
As can be deduced from the title this was not Real’s first release; they kept releasing (sometimes also numerically named) records until the nineties.

Dancing about architecture…

v.a. Hardcore Inferno

„Hardcore Inferno“ is a quite the appropriate title for this compilation LP (especially the Inferno part) which came out in 2010. Death Dust Extractor, Deathtribe, Tantrum, Krossa, Disturd, Isterismo and Sacrifice all deliver raging lo-fi brutality between stenchcore, käng, crasher crust and rawpunk; ADA†MAX and Chaotix are among the more inventive bands on this comp, and Skizophrenia!’s hectic chaos was the very reason I bought this record.

Destroy The Last Line In Madness!

屍 Shikabane – Why Do You Live LP

Shikabane originally released „Why Do You Live?“ as a CD in 2002, this here is the 2003 vinyl issue on Prank Records. The songs on this record continue the route of Ego And Desire: extremely dark, metallic, brutal yet melodic epics of up to 6 and a half minutes lenght, with slow passages and wild blast beats, plus lots of barking, choking and grunting. Great stuff!

Why indeed?

The Willard – Indies 12″ + Klan – S/T 7″

The Indies 12″ from 1986 (named liked this because it was released on Independent Records?) is a compilation of three earlier 7″es of The Willard: Outlaw from 1984, Vanguard and Congratulation from 1985. Two songs off these 7″es were released in different versions on the compilation The Punx – Street Movement.

Indies also comes with a solo 7″ by The Willard’s bassist Klan. In my opinion, the single’s A-Side is the total winner of this package: a totally awesome new wave rock song with sax and a slap bass solo!

Sing A Gloria (not on this comp)!



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