Archiv für Oktober 2016

赤 – 偽想愛 7″

Aka („Red“) released their one and only 7″ in 1985 on Gas‘ Jisatsu Label. The disturbing cover artwork kind of fits these four tracks of dark and atonal punk. Two songs are slow and dirge-like, the other two songs are primitive mid-tempo stompers. Aka sound a bit similar to Masturbation, especially in the slow songs, which are the winners on this 7″.
SS-Recordings also released a posthumous CD with more songs of Aka some time in the 00s, but I have no idea if they were studio or live recordings.

Why split up after one release?

Fearless Vampire Killers – Target ep

The Fearless Vampire Killers from Yokosuka were (as can probably deduced from their name) among those late eighties thrash bands that were heavily influenced by USHC. Target is their first 7″ from 1987, with 6 tracks of extremely fast thrashing, stop-and-go-parts, wild drumming, background shouts and mid-tempo breaks.
After this 7″ they would go on to release another big load of 7″es and splits.

I don‘t even want to know just what a „Smegma-O-Mara“ is supposed to be!

v.a. Shizuoka City Hard Core 7″

Shizuoka City Hard Core is one of those (seemingly) countless city themed compilations released by MCR Company in the 90s, which documented many of the less well known japanese HC bands. Mental start the compilation with some cool guitar wanking followed by total blast beat annihilation, The Rustler recorded one mid-tempo song followed by one more blast beat orgy, Innocents have definitely got the best singer on this comp, and Nibbles are less core and more punk.


D.S.B. – No Fight No Get. 7″

This is the re-release on Deranged Records of D.S.B.’s first 7″ from 1996. The four songs remind me of Nightmare’s early stuff: Super fast, kind of catchy (if you consider this an appropriate term) with some guitar harmonies and cool shouts in the choruses.

Yes, there’s a period at the end of the title…

Friction – S/T 7″

Friction’s first 7″ from ’79 is a true masterpiece of 70s japanese punk. The music is still a bit more punkrock when compared to the self-titled album they would release a year later. The recording is rougher and more abrasive, and the versions of Crazy Dream and Big-S that appear on this 7″ are faster and rawer than on the album; the LP versions are a lot darker, and pure post-punk.
This version here is the re-release from 2001, which -like the original- came as a vinyl 7″ in an 8″ sleeve. The version from ’79 also came in a yellow cover; maybe there was a re-release in yellow, too?

This is as good as it gets!