Archiv der Kategorie 'Various'

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!

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!

v.a. 東京ニューウエイヴ ’79 LP

Tōkyō New Wave ’79, the other one of the two classic, early compilations documenting Tōkyō’s punk and new wave scene of the late 70s. Compared to Tōkyō Rockers, New Wave has the less well known bands with Sex, Jisatsu, Pain, 8 ½ and Bolshie. Of these, only 8 ½ released anything else during their original existence, though the members of all the bands went on to play in loads and loads of other groups.

Sex, Suicide, Pain, 8 ½ and Bolshie. There you go.

v.a. Best Run Fast Vol. 2 7“

And yet another one by MCR Company! One track each by Sicilian Blood, MESS, Idora and DONDON. To me, Sicilian Blood are the winners on this comp: driving, powerful and almost catchy; MESS are not yet as weird as they would become, and deliver some vicious riffs; Idora’s song is a metallic dirge which turns wild in the end, and DONDON are the blunt instrument on this comp.

Run, you fuckers!

v.a. Fear

I have to admit I got his compilation mostly to get the rest of Danse Macabre’s vinyl output. All told this comp is pretty heavy shit. On side A, the Rapes (why the hell pick THAT as the name for your band?) are vicious crossover thrash, the songs by Griffin are more diverse, fast thrashing, mid-tempo rocking, and slower, heavy shit. On side B, Danse Macabre offer their own, unique take at heavy, menacing, downtempo darkness, (including a cover version of … Born To Be Wild?), while K.G.G.M. are the most punkrock group on this comp, doing a cover The Ramones‘ I Don‘t Care in japanese as Ōkina Osewa (they did more Ramones covers on their other records).
There’s also a CD-version of this comp which has more tracks by Rapes, K.G.G.M and Danse Macabre (is Think About Death the same version as on their 7“?).

There’s still too many of us…

v.a. Oi Of Japan LP

I‘m still not really sure if posting this LP on my blog is really fitting, since most Oi! (with the necessary exceptions…) is not really my cup of tea, and I don‘t know shit (with even fewer exceptions) about Oi! Of Japan. But then, AA Records was a classic and hugely relevant label in japanese punk and HC, so why not? Also at some time or other, thanks to band incest magic, some of the bands on this comp shared members with the likes of The Star Club, The Stalin, Bradbury/G-Zet and many more, so this record is not too off the mark for my blog.
The version I‘ve got is not the original pressing on AA Records, but a european bootleg (from some time in the 90s maybe?).

Can I now go down the slippery and post some Discocks?

v.a. Go Ahead Make My Day – Smashing Odds Ness 2 LP

As can be deduced from the name (ignoring movies and presidents), this compilation was a) the follow-up to the Smashing Odds Ness and b) the second release on the Smashing Odds Ness label. What you can‘t quite deduce is that it was also the last one. Many of the bands on this 1989 compilation play late eighties thrash, with the mighty Bastard and the stenchy Asbestos definitely delivering the heaviest stuff. F.V.K., DONDON, Sic and Idora are among better known and more prolific bands on the comp, with Complete, Sicilian Blood and Sweats having fewer releases to their names.

And I have only one thing to say to the tax increasers…

v.a. 時の葬列 – Selections From Excommunicated Monument

This is great compilation album of japanese mid-eighties gothic, new wave, post-punk and noisy avantgarde stuff. G-Schmitt are frail, beautiful and full of pathos, Madame Edwarda’s tracks definitely surpass the songs of their debut album, Auto-Mod deliver songs of dancable aggression and childlike wanderings (but less funk than on some of their 7“es), and Sadie-Sads‘ tracks on this album are pure genius. And to make it all perfect, the title translates as…

The Funeral Procession Of Time!

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.

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.

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!

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!

v.a. Meaningful Consolidation 2×7″

If you‘re a fan of distortion to deafness and songs about black holes to avoid, this double 7″ compilation from 1994 is for you. It features d-beat and crasher crust from Iconoclast, Disclose (kings of the vacuum cleaner sound), Crazy Fucked Up Daily Life (the odd ones out on this comp with a cover of Blitz’s 45 Revolutions), Anti Authorize, Defiance, Abraham Cross and S.D.S.

Bark, grunt, fzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

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.

Go!

v.a. Violence – A Japanese HC Compilation 8″

Released in 1998 on Six Weeks, Violence – A Japanese HC Compilation was something of a follow-up to the first Six Weeks Omnibus 8″ compilation. Stylistically the bands are typical nineties thrashy hardcore: Real Reggae, Nice View, Argue Damnation, No Think, Flash Gordon and One Size Fits All feature a very lo-fi production and deliver lots of blastbeats.

Real Reggae must be the best band name of all time!

v.a. My Meat’s Your Poison LP

The My Meat’s Your Poison compilation from 1987 is nothing but classic high-speed thrash from start to finish. I‘m not going to waste your and my time describing every single band, after all I‘ve already posted releases by all of them: Outo, Chicken Bowels (misspelled on the cover as „Chiken Bowels“), Systematic Death, Gudon, S.O.B. and Lip Cream, they all rule! Still, S.O.B.’s hilarious and over the top cover of Blitzkrieg Bop deserves to be mentioned separately.

Sadly my copy of this record has no lyric sheet.

v.a. One Shot One Kill LP

Of the bands on this compilation, the glue sniffers of Warhead are definitely the winners. Even their mid-tempo songs are absolutely over the top, manic hardcore insanity with a totally crazy singer. Extinct Government are another all-star group with members of Tetsu Arei, The Comes, Lipcream, Idora and Crück. They are more on the punky side of hardcore and even play a cover of No Desire by Switzerland’s Jack & The Rippers, which was originally released in 1979! On Side B Zone speed things up again with some fast and tight hardcore, which sadly doesn‘t reach the level of Warhead’s insanity. D.S.B. are a lot dirtier again, but I prefer their 7″es to these compilation tracks.

And since I am totally incompetent, I could not keep my scanner from screwing up the color of the front cover.

v.a. 東京 Rockers LP

If I am not completely mistaken, Tōkyō Rockers was originally a video documenting Tōkyō’s 78/79 punk scene, with this LP of live performances being released by CBS/Sony as the soundtrack. All the bands are kind of experimental, somewhere between Post-Punk, New Wave and Punk. Friction are jangly, noisy and aggressive on this recording. They kept releasing stuff at least up into the nineties, I‘m not sure if they ever split up. Mr. Kite, who seemed to have named themselves after a song by the Beatles (ack, again), are slower and more quiet, and only released one 7″ of their own. Mirrors are mid-tempo punk with somewhat dissonant guitars; they later released two 7″es. S-Ken produced psychedelic pop music with wah-wah pedals and synths, and managed to release on LP afterwards. Lizard! (exclamation mark!) are the undisputed winners on this comp with two awesome, bouncy synth-heavy tracks. Sadly missing from this compilation are SS who also recorded live tracks for this release. One song (Mr. Twist) can be found on youtube for all those who want to know just how much more awesome this LP could have been!

Get it!

v.a. R.B.F. 1984 8″

R.B.F. 1984 is a weird little 8″ compilation ep with a mix of three chords punk, New Wave and Gothic. Kyah on Side A deliver two simple, snotty, bouncy punk rock songs and one slow, brooding gothic/death rock song. Besides these tracks they released a couple of 7″ and 12″ eps in the mid-eighties. Next are Haidiinatshu with two fun and very lo-fi, almost childlike wave numbers. The Loods on Side B sound like they should have been big in 78; they went on to release a huge number of singles and albums on R.B.F. Records. Last are Phaidia with two death rock songs, recorded live in good quality.

Yellow is the new red!

v.a. 未来ハ僕等ノ手ノ中 – Future Is In Our Hands 7″

The „Future is in our hands“ 7″ compilation, released in 2010, features 4 bands from Tsuyama City (as you may have deduced from the 7″ cover). The 7″ starts with Last (heh!) who are fast, raw and energetic punkrock with very rocking guitar licks. Disturd (great band name) are old school, metallic stenchcore and remind me a bit of Hellbastard. Next are The Sick who are not HC at all, but play very melodic, singalong punkrock. Last band on the compilation are the great Skizophrenia. Most descriptions of their style I heard called them UK 82; they also remind me a bit of the hardcore stuff by Nyx Negativ, but obviously the name-dropped Ernst and The Edsholm Rebels are a point of reference, too.

I thought there was no future?

v.a. Neo Punk Disordery / ADK Omnibus Vol.2 7″

If I wanted to prove that Japan produced THE wildest and craziest punk shit ever, this 1984 compilation 7″ on ADK records would be one of prime pieces of evidence: 4 bands delivering 15 low fi minimalist songs in 15 1/2 minutes. Side A starts with Gabell; they are fast and punky, have lots of reverb on the vocals and never released anything besides these two tracks. Next are Molugu, whose name is a creative latin alphabet transcription of the katakana transcription of „morgue“. None of their songs last longer than a minute, and amid all the screaming he does, their singer somehow manages to sound like really enjoys himself. They also released an equally cool 7″ on ADK in the same year.
First band on Side B are Glycerin, who are the winners on this comp! Their four songs are fast, raw and noisy as fuck. Their 1987 8″ on AA Records was a lot less wild and more punky. Last are Gasatsu Crime Fighter with one cool, slow and stomping punk song and three primitive but kind of catchy thrashers. They recorded two more 7″es in addition to these tracks.

Neo Punk Disordery!

v.a. 反新安保 Compilation 7″

Hanshinanpo (basically „Against the new US/japanese security treaty“, just as it says on the cover) must have been released some time in the late 90s or early 2000s as a benefit compilation for a japanese pacifist organisation. Musically all bands are pretty lo-fi, crusty, thrashy or blast-beaty (is that a word?). Argue Damnation’s title track is the most catchy, Youth Strike Chord are the fastest (and sound like they‘re most competent), Victims Of Greed are the most lo-fi and Absent have the longest song. Now you know.

反新安保!

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?

v.a. Get Back The Discharged Arrow LP

Another japanese compilation with the awe-inspiring Crück on it! They are definitely among my favorites when it comes to late eighties thrash bands from Japan: super fast, primitive and catchy with a cool singer! Hell, yeah! Me♀ss are more metallic; one of their songs (Wreck Of Maggot) even sounds so rocking, it could almost have been written by bands like Mustang or Clown. Mad Conflux definitely have the most vicious production on this LP. Their compressed sound makes their thrashing sound even more urgent and ominous. Last are Acid whose songs are the most punky (and who sound almost tame compared to the rest…).

What arrow?

v.a. Six Weeks Omnibus 8″

When Chaotic Dischord called one of their albums „Now! That’s What I Call A Fuckin‘ Racket“, they hadn‘t heard anything like THIS yet. Six Weeks released this compilation of japanese thrash/grind/chaos/whatever bands in 1995 in the ever appropriate 8″ flexi format. You‘ll get a lot more noisy, thrashy, fuzzed-out and blast-beating insanity than on the comparatively „tame“ follow up compilation LP from bands like The Gaia, Rose Rose, Zone and a shitload of ofhers that are just as wild!

„Brand new music called hardcore punk…“

v.a. Smashing Odds Ness!! 8″

Seems like somebody was pretty quick smashing the Odds Ness label, since they never got to release more than two compilations. Lame jokes aside, their first 8″ from 1987 fucking kills! Idora open Side A with simple, no-frills hardcore driven by a rumbling bass, Don Don follow up with primitive, super-fast thrash with a raspy-voiced singer. Side B has Mink Oil, who sound like they forced their singer to record 20 takes before they were satisfied; next are Crück, the greatest thrashers on earth who never had a record of their own, followed by Death Side with „Stick And Hole“, the first song ever released by the best band of all best bands: super fast shit with great heavy metal intro and interludes.

Smash it up!

v.a. Enjoy Your Youth By This Hardcore Sampler

The biggest names on this compilation are probably the Fearless Vampire Killers, SIC and Don Don. All the other bands here only ever released tapes, 7″es, compilation tracks or splits (Mad Conflux, Scum Bag, Vulgarity Kids, Oil Shock, Disclaim, Bad Smells, Discust Boys, Final Count, Jelly Beans, Crück, Mino-5). Except for Scum Bag (Oi!-ish funny punk) all these bands play typical late eighties, US-influenced thrash with the typical japanese twist. Crück are definitely my favorites here, with great, noisy high speed thrashers like „Smash Your Friends“!

Great fucking shit!

v.a. Tunes For Fucker Vol. 3

The last of the three money savers! It starts off with Sha-London’s 8″ flexi „Short Cut To The Hell“ and 11 songs of lo-fi thrash. Next are A-Bomb, who looked and sounded like teenaged glue sniffers and must‘ve thought treble was the only channel of the EQ-band they needed for their 7″ „Hell’s Story“. Side B has The 4th International, who play very minimalist and punky songs (without overly much fuzz or distortion for a change) and had the longest title for their record („日常性ノ破壊ハ我々ノ幻想 – Destruction Of The Illusion Of Our Everyday“). Last are the rockin‘ Bones with „In A Sick Society!“, who are definitely the most punk guys on this LP (just like Kruw they didn‘t really need to tune their instruments)!

For the last time: get it, fucker!

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.

卑下志望!

v.a. Six Weeks Omnibus Vol. 2

If you‘re into lame descriptions like „what a powerhouse of a compilation“, then this review is for you: released in 2002 by the USHC label, this omnibus takes no prisoners. Soul Craft start out with very rocking guitar riffs and a singer who sounds like he’s permanently complaining. Next are Gouka with extremely tight, driving and powerful d-beat. Last on Side A are Civil Rights, who like their background „Ooohs“ and drum shuffles.
Side B starts with Flame, who are fast and dirty as fuck. Exhale play melodic Burning Spirits-like HC with an extremely pissed singer. Last is the Society for Cutting Up Men (just kidding) with lots of raw distortion and fuzz!

What a powerhouse of a compilation!