Archiv der Kategorie 'Ghoul'

v.a. Devil Must Be Driven Out With Devil

Fucking hell, this must be among the ugliest, trashiest cover artworks ever! The „Devil must be driven out with devil“ compilation, released on Hold Up in 1986, has a wild mix of hardcore and metal on it, as evidenced by the „very eighties“ band pictures on the insert.
Lip Cream, Ghoul and -to some degree- City Indian represent the hardcore fraction, though Ghoul are already pretty heavy and weird in this line-up. Casbah, United and Saver Tiger all play pretty tame metal stuff. Lip Cream definitely deliver the best shit on this record.

Why is the metal monster’s axe all bent?

Ghoul – Oi! Oi! 7″

„Oi! Oi!“ is the last release of Ghoul’s original incarnation. Originally intended to be a track on the ADK Omnibus Vol. 3, Ghoul had to release the song themselves as a one track flexi, because ADK’s Tam vanished in 1985 before the compilation could see the light of day. Musically „Oi! Oi!“ lives up to its name: it’s a complete departure from Ghoul’s earlier heavy primitivity and much more like Masami’s solo stuff.

Running down the backstreets?

Masami – Power Line X Shock Line LP

In and out of all his different bands like Sqwad, Ghoul and the Bad Lots, Masami released his only full length solo album „Power Line X Shock Line“ in 1987. Just like his earlier solo 7″ „Final Days“ this LP is a lot more rockin than his punk and hardcore stuff (and even contains something resembling a ballad?!). Now that you‘ve been warned…

… go and get it!

v.a. Hikashibou – A Japanese Compilation LP

If you‘re going to release a bootleg compilation LP of 7″es, why name it after one further ep (Gudon’s 卑下志望 7″) that you‘re not going to include? Anyway, this comp has Ghoul’s first and second 7″ in all their awesomeness. Just as high on the awesomeness scale is the Gastunk’s self titled 7″ from 1985. Although it’s not yet as hard-rockin‘ as Mr Gazime, it’s got melodic and metallic thrashers that surely made all these NWOBHM dudes swear off hairspray forever out of sheer envy. Last is Systematic Death’s „Flash Back“ 7″ from 1986 which definitely breaks the records in velocity, thrashing wildness and underproduction on this record.


Ghöul – Jerusalm 7″

The second release from the greatest band on earth, Ghoul’s (Ghöul’s?) 1985 Jerusalm 7″ is already quite a bit darker, heavier and more rocking than the equally great Carry Out Fucking 7″: the four tracks are brutal and primitive, with singer Masami’s trademark barking, raspy vocals. The songs „Jerusalm“ and „Intro“ (on Side B, by the way) were later re-recorded for the „A Farewell to Arms“ compilation, and the piano intro/outro on the title track was played by Gas‘ singer Narumi.

Too bad Bear Bomb’s no longer on bass…

v.a. Game Of Death LP

This 4-band compilation LP is 50% japanese hardcore, 50% thrash metal. On the A-Side, Poison Arts and Death Side deliver the HC, while Final Bombs and the last incarnation of Ghoul are responsible for the metallic B-Side. Death Side’s „Beast In Hell“ ist one of my favourite tracks of theirs. The backcover shows some great eighties hair in Ghoul and the Poison Arts, and has the singer of Death Side dressed completely in tattered rags!

It also proves that the Final Bombs‘ drummer had bad taste in t-shirts!

Sqwad – Set Free Me Out Rock You Out 7″

Sqwad was another band of Ghoul’s singer Masami, who only released this two track single sided flexi 7″ in 1989. The music is brooding and somewhat ominous sounding, with one slower and one fast paced song, both of which could have been on an earlier Ghoul release. However, I am completely at a loss what the song titles or the name of the single might mean.

Sqwad is a registered trademark

Masami – Final Days 7″

Remember the crazy singer of Ghoul I wrote about? After Ghoul went through their dozens of incarnations Masami played in a couple of other bands (e.g. Sqwad and The Bad Lots) and also released some solo records. Even though one of the songs is a reworking of Ghoul’s „Oi! Oi!“, this solo 7″ of his is wildly different from most of his other output. The songs are more Oi! and street punk with none of his usual metallic madness. Does anybody know how this came to pass? And even more importantly:

Who’s that old guy on the cover?

v.a. A Farewell To Arms

This compilation was originally released in 1986 with cover artwork featuring the Atomic Bomb Dome, but this here is the 1988 version on Nuclear Blast. Lipcream, Outo, Gauze and The Execute are featured with great thrash, Ghoul and Gastunk are more metallic. I especially love the tracks by Ghoul and Gauze.

I like Cola!

v.a. Hold Up Omnibus 8″

The Hold Up Omnibus 8″ is a compilation of live recordings with Systematic Death, Ghoul, The Clay and Gastunk. The tracks by Systematic Death are all available as studio versions on different 7″es and compilations, as is one song by Ghoul. The Gastunk songs are (as far as I know) otherwise unreleased, just like all the songs by The Clay. Sadly the recording quality is mostly mediocre, but The Clay are absolutely great on this record. Really primitive, powerful stompers of straightforward political hardcore.

8 inches of noise!

Ghoul – Carry Out Fucking 7″

Oh hell, this 7″ is so fucking great in its stomping primitivity! I couldn‘t even say just why I like Ghoul so much: is it because there’s actually a guy named „Bear Bomb“ on bass or the great makeup job on the guitarist? Or is it all the legends surrounding their one-handed singer Masami, who allegedly lost his hand in a pipe bomb accident/workplace accident/retaliatory yakuza action, and who died in a coma after passing out on stage? Anyway, check out the videos on youtube of him fighting the audience with a microphone stand at a Gauze show!

Goddumnd Street Gangs‘, dance & fight, then carry out fucking! Question?