Archiv für Mai 2017

The Stalin – Fish Inn LP

I have to admit, of The Stalin’s four regular studio albums, Fish Inn is the one I listen to the least. This is definitely not because I don‘t like it, or because it’s any worse than its three predecessors. Fish Inn is great, it’s just that I really have to be in the mood for its uneasy, darker, more atmospheric and less bluntly punk/hardcore songs: by its release in 1984 (this here is the re-release from 1986) both bassist Shintarō and guitarist Tam had left, so I guess it’s only natural that Fish Inn is vastly different from trash*, Stop Jap and Mushi.
Though the music itself cannot really be compared, the change in style reminds me a bit of the Dead Kennedys releasing Frankenchrist as the follow-up of Plastic Surgery Disasters.

I wouldn‘t want to stay in a fish inn. Once more: hahaha.

D.O.N.D.O.N. ‎– Skulls. EP

D.O.N.D.O.N.’s first 7“ from 1989: four tracks of absolutely relentless, lo-fi thrash with singer Yoshikawa’s recognisable barking, followed by the five minute epic „Last Supper“ (which is also mostly relentless, lo-fi thrash). Drummer Mokichi must have been a metronome, since the thrashing in all 5 songs is basically the same tempo. Wow, what an EP! It’s only fitting that „dondon“ is a japanese onomatopoeia for knocking, drumming or similar noises (like automatic gunfire, hehe…).

Skulls. Period.

我殺 Crime Fighter – Rude Beat 7“

Rude Beat is Gasatsu Crime Fighter’s first 7“, released in 1984 on ADK (for real this time! I checked! :p ), following their tracks on the Neo Punk Disordery / ADK Omnibus Vol.2 7“. The songs on this 7“ are pretty similar to the compilation tracks: punky, sometimes catchy, minimalist hardcore in typical Penta Studio sound (at least I guess so, there’s no studio mentioned on the sleeve).

Get it (if you wanna)!

v.a. Suck My Life, Suck My Death Compilation EP!!

Another one of the countless compilations by the prolific MCR Company! Released in 1998, The „Suck My Life, Suck My Death Compilation EP!!“ featured four young thrashy hardcore bands: Lego, Razors Edge, Fishy and Food. Razors Edge are still active and have a shitload of releases by now, Fishy and Food had a couple more releases, while the tracks on this comp seem to be Lego’s only release.

Fishy Food, hahaha.

Madame Edwarda ‎– ヒステリックな侯爵夫人 LP

Madame Edwarda’s debut LP, „The Hysteric Marchioness“ from 1984 on City Rocker Records, sadly remained their sole vinyl full-length album; later they would release one more album on tape.
In my opinion the tracks are not as great as the three masterpieces on this 12“, but it is still a great piece of gothic rock.

To the hysteric marchioness!

Kyah – S/T 7“

Kyah’s S/T 7“ from 1984 on R.B.F. Records is chock-full of greatness: its four tracks bounce to and fro between snotty punk rock, new wave, almost-hardcore and post-punk (pretty much like their songs on the R.B.F. 1984 8“ compilation). A really cool 7“, interesting and with a lot of attitude!
The cover’s inner fold-out didn‘t scan too well. It’s printed on reflecting paper, which came out as solid black. I had to improvise, the end result is a bit dull and blurry, but at least you can read the lyrics now.

Btw: the cover of the 7″ opens like an envelope. I love that kind of stuff!

Judgement – Haunt In The Dark 7“

After their first two 7“es which were recorded with Crück’s singer Nori, Judgement recorded their third one with the mighty Bastard’s Tokurow on vocals. His voice really fits these songs, which sound a lot more blunt and direct when compared to their first release. „The Mad Dog“ on Side A is a fast stomper with a cool stop-and-go verse, and „Haunt In The Dark“ on Side B has one of the most recognisable and well-travelled riffs on punk’s history.

Watch your back, you degenerate, there’s a Party in Paris today!

The Willard – Lightning Scarlet 2×7″

Although three of four songs (two studio and two live) on this double 7“ were also released elsewhere, this record is definitely recommended. The title track was also on The Willard’s 2nd LP, Punx Sing A Gloria and Outlaw were both released as studio versions on the eponymous 7“es. Especially the (as far as I know) otherwise unreleased song Untouchable is a true killer track with awesome synth melodies, I was completely floored when I listened to it the first time!

We‘re the lightning, go west!