April 29, 2010

APR. 29TH 2010 (PART 2 : N~Z)

N~Z +++

Narcosis "S/T" CD - Self, 2000, Peru, (No Cat. #) - $12
Early obscure Peruvian HC/Punk circa '85. One of the first Peruvian HC bands among some others like Ataque Frontal(Guerrilla Urbana), Leusemia, Autopsia(pre-Gx3) etc. Contains the "Primera Dosis" 18-track demo tape('85) and various unreleased live/studio stuff including the Sociedad Anónima(pre-Narcosis) material as well. Ultra-raw and primitive sounding HC/Punk that's comparable to Lixomania, early Cólera, Gx3 etc. I don't think this CD is available anywhere in the U.S. It's probably out of print, too.

Nausea "Extinct Demo" 7" EP - Boot, 199?, US, Blue vinyl, Sleeve version #1 of 3, (No Cat. #) - $8

New Walls "S/T" 8" flexi - Line, 1984, Japan, (Line-002) - $25
Like the harder version of Nickey & The Warriors. Great rockin' hard punk rock with really cool female volcals! Featuring ex-members of Poisonous Cross Gibbet and Headless. The vocal style reminds me of Chitose from The Comes. Rare obscure release on Line Records(New Walls' label) that also put out the Rose Rose flexi, PCG flexi etc.

Nightmare "Be Put To Urge Rise In Yourself" 7" EP - Blood Sucker, 1995, Japan, (BSR-016) - $25

No Lip "S/T" 7" EP - T.P.C.(Tokyo Punks Club), 1986, Japan, Insert, (TPC-1103) - $20
ADK Records styled, dark and fast-pased metallic punk! Roger from Dead Cops/SiC was in this band. Appeared on various foreign and domestic comp's. Released on the same label that also put out the Corruption Of Peace LP, Masami(Ghoul) EP, Warriors EP etc. Thought I'd waste a bit of my time again and go on writing some interesting(?) episode regarding this lesser-known Tokyo-based label(with a criminally embarrassing name...) coz probably not so many people know about it. This label was ran by a dude from the legendary punk shop called "Jim's Inn" and Sakevi's Beast Arts was originally part of T.P.C. Records(they used the same contact address) The "M.A.N." LP was planned to be released on T.P.C., however it ended up being the first Beast Arts release as Sakevi decided to establish his own label in the last minutes, although the LP was already advertised in the T.P.C. release ads.

No Value "2002/6/8 @ Cymbaline" Tape - Bad Smell(New Smell), 2003, Japan, Ltd. to 200 copies, w/ sticker, (No Cat. #) - $12

Non Fiktion Noiz "¡Contaminación Mundial!" 7" EP - SouthKore, 2004, US, 500 pressed, Insert, (SK 001) - $3
Awesome raging pissed-off hardcore from Chicago, in the vein of Los Crudos and Sin Orden. Brutal shit.

Notoken "Resiste Juan Resiste..." 7" EP - Chivolo Discos, 1997, Ecuador, Oversized sleeve, (No Cat. #) - $15
Long-running Ecuadorian raw HC band. Known for their split tape release with C.F.D.L.

Nubile "S/T" 7" flexi - ADK, 1983, Japan, 1000 pressed, (ADK 04S) - $30
ex-Typhus singer Ken Tanami on vacals. He was the singer on the Typhus "Live Take" tape. Produced, engineered and released by Tam(The Stalin/G-Zet/Typhus/ADK Records).

Order "Taep'o-Dong" LP - HG Fact, 2002, Japan, 500 pressed, Insert, (HG-158) - $58
Excellent 1st full-length album. This one is way better than their recent 7"s in my opinion. The vinyls were limited to only 500 copies. Hard to find!

Order "Saru" 7" EP - HG Fact, 2007, Japan, 1500 pressed, (HG-213) - $15

Outo "No Way Out" 7" EP - Selfish, 1988, Japan, Insert, (AMI-7033) - $35

P.C.G.(Poisonous Cross Gibbet) "Last Sheet" 7" flexi - Line, 1984, Japan, (Line-003) - $28

Poison Arts "One Hundred Dragon" CD - Captain/Gong, 1989, Japan, Obi, (GONG-6010-CD) - $35
Their 2nd album(CD-only release) on Captain Records that came out several months after the "Kick Rock" LP. Just an additional note: Poison decided to change the name during the recording of the 1st LP(so, technically it's a Poison Arts release) only because they thought having the same name as the hair metal band sucks. According to the band member, Poison and Poison Arts are considered the same band just with different names/line-up.

Pretty "Neo Damaging Noise III" CD - Fuck The System, 2006, Japan, Obi, (FSR-003) - $10

Rabid "Total Chaotic Attack" Cassette - E.A.S.T. Peace, 2001, Japan, Ltd. to 500 copies, Pro-copied blue cassette, (EPCA-001) - $28
'80s Swedish HC style ala S.O.D., Disarm, Absurd meets distorted Kyushu noisecore!!! The only release ever(and it's very rare) by this killer short-lived band from Kyushu. Wish they've released at least one record! Noisy and chaotic HC attack like the title says, cool artwork and excellent production. Perfect!!!

Raise Cain "Return To Many Shocks And Panic..." 7" EP - Self, 1989, Japan, Original 1st press, Insert, (RC-001) - $40
Very rare '89 original self-released pressing with full-color original artwork(glossy pocket sleeve) and insert, not the later German reissue on Amok Records from the early '90s. This original one almost never pops up for sale... Excellent traditional Japcore in the vein of Nightmare, Bandit, Crück, Death Side, Warhead etc.

Rap "Wrap" 7" EP - Dogma, 1985, Japan, (DOG-9) - $10
All-female Japanese punk. Very well known band in Japan. The drummer Misa later played in Last Bomb/Final Bombs. Check out their cool live videos:

Rap "Rapout" 7" EP - Dogma, 1986, Japan, (DOG-11) - $10

Rapes "Final Collection" CD - Alchemy, 1991, Japan, (ARCD-037) - $40
Very, very rare CD-only release. Loooooong out of print. This is their 1st full-length album. The title sounds like it's some kind of a compilation stuff, but it's not. Totally killer shit for fans of Zouo, Ghoul, G.I.S.M., Mobs, A.T.-Det, Demolition, Gewalt, Dilenma.... and what else?

Razors Edge "Thrash March" 7" EP - Booz, 1998, Japan, 1000 pressed, Original Japanese press on clear red vinyl w/ red sleeve, (BOOZ-003) - $10

Razz, The "The Great Punk Rock Storm" 8" flexi - Self, 1984, Japan, (1984-001) - $28

Re Zist "Shelter Skelter" 7" flexi - Half Alive, 1986, Japan, (HAR-001) - $38
Great metallic HC!!! Rare 1st flexi by one of my favorite obscure '80s Japanese bands. This band later turned into more like ADK styled dark punk on their 2nd EP('87), but what you get on this flexi is straight-forward fast Japanese HC. All the releases on Half Alive Records are good!!(Jyuden-Souchi, Gazize etc.)

Real "Real 4" 7" EP - ADK, 1984, Japan, 2 x booklet, (ADK-20E) - $38
Produced, engineered and released by Tam(The Stalin/G-Zet/Typhus/ADK Records). I like most of the Real releases, but this 7" and the 8" on Ducasse label are their best in my opinion. Solid and hard sounding punk with sharp guitar. Probably one of the most overlooked, yet harder to find ADK releases. Never seen it for sale elsewhere outside of Japan. Real was one of the very few ultra-political activist bands in Japan among the others with the similiar political stances(anti-emperor, anti-war, animal rights) like Theze, The Ballad, Nué, HDW, Hellnation etc. I remember some of them getting arrested in the chaos of the riot when the Showa Emperor died(X-day) in '89. This copy comes with the two East Asia Anti-Japanese Armed Front booklet inserts(not all copies came with them).

Refuse "Punk Save The World???" 7" EP - Beer City, 2001, Japan, 500 pressed, (Beer City Records-01) - $30
Lo-fi noisecore. Includes a Gai/The Swankys cover song "Little Star". The center labels say "Beer Cider Noise!!!!!". 6 tracks includes the song titles like "Noise Never Die!", "The Fuck Song" etc. Self-released on the band's own Beer City label(not to be confused with the U.S. label with the same name).

Result "I Can Go Die" 7" EP - MCR, 1997, Japan, Insert, (MCR-109) - $35

Resurrection "S/T" 7" flexi - ADK, 1985, Japan, New/Unplayed, (ADK-23S) - $20
Produced, engineered and released by Tam(The Stalin/G-Zet/Typhus/ADK Records). Had ex-member(s) of Hentai Club, which is the pre-Aburadako band with Paruo from Sha-London/Sex Imagination Drugs/Incest Records.

Rinjyu-Zange "Who's The Founder?" 7" EP - Adventure Family/Nouzui, 1988, Japan, (AFR-008) - $25
Drivin' fast Japcore with a slight metallic touch. Comparable to Googol Plex, Chicken Bowels, Brain Death, DonDon, Systematic Death or Mad Conflux. They also had a good split EP with Disclaim. Split release by Adventure Family and DonDon singer's Nouzui Records. Cloudy(Front Guerrilla/Last Bomb/G.I.S.M.) is listed on the thanks list.

Rise From The Dead "Haraguro" 7" flexi - Bron, 1990, Japan, w/ sticker, New/Unplayed, (Bron RFD-1/GIGA-1) - $18
Original/early line-up featuring the ex-members of Crow, Outo, Chicken Bowels and S.O.B. This is their best work in my opinion. Their later releases kinda suck.

Robbing The Cradle "Blue Note/Echoes" 7" EP - Battle Company, 198?, Japan, New/Unplayed, (FEI-8032S) - $10
Obscure KBD style, wavey and rockin' punk from Kyushu. Rare self-released 1st EP. ex-Sheena & The Rokkets!

Rocky & The Sweden "Hardcore Grass Hoppers" 7" EP - Nat, 1997, Insert, (NAT-011) - $20
Long out-of-print 1st EP by this rockin' Japanese HC band with ex-members of Bastard, Systematic Death, Headless, Idora, and Crisis Kill.

Rustler, The "S/T" 7" flexi - D.I.S., 1988, Japan, Insert, (D.I.S.-005) - $25
One of the best Shizuoka city Japcore bands among with So What, Innocents, Deadless Muss, Griffin FZ(pre-Zone), Mental etc. Rustler had a split EP with So What. Very rare 1st flexi on Deadless Muss' D.I.S. label. 10 tracks!!
Note: Unfortunately, the flexi is bent and skips once or twice during the song. Arm pitch adjustment might help on some turntable, but I can't guarantee and thus priced low(selling it for my cost). The sleeve and insert are in very nice shape, perfect for upgrading your copy though.

S.D.S. "Live In Automatic Country" Tape - E.A.S.T. Peace, 1999(?), Japan, Pro-copied, (Sore Core MT002) - $25

SS-20 "I Never Change The Life" 7" EP - Self, 1993, Japan, 300 pressed, New/Unplayed, (No Cat. #) - $30
Yes, this is SS-20 from Japan, not those other bands with the same name from Mexico, Poland, Italy or France. They've existed from '87 and probably broke up not too long after this release which is the only record they've ever done as far as I know. Awesome solid sounding Japanese hard punk in the vein of The Stalin("Stop Jap" era), with a bit of ADK touch. Sounds very similar to The Stalin, actually. The songs are pretty catchy yet hard and strong. The chorus parts on the song like "Kill or Killed" and the title track are so damn good! The guitar riffs sound so shorp. Fucking brilliant. I love this style. Man, it was released in the early '90s but all the songs totally sound like if they were from the mid '80s. Could easily be on ADK or City Rocker Records if this came out back then. This 7" was self-released by the band themselves and sold only at their shows and an old shop in Kanagawa that one of the band members worked at. That makes it nearly impossible to find after 16 years of its release. Some copies came with a release show flyer says "This EP is our final warning. Strictly limited to 300 copies only, sold at our future shows & mailorder. No repress!"(in Japanese).

2nd Degree "S/T" 7" EP - Self, 2004, Japan, 500 pressed, (No Cat. #) - $7
The Bristles, The Last Survivors, Persevere, '82 U.K.(No Future/Riot City) styled Japanese HC/Punk. Their 2nd EP and CD are out on HG Fucked.

Shoichi Miyazawa "Kiristo wa umagoya de umareta" 7" flexi - Political, 1981, Japan, (MIG-2502) - $90
Mega-rare release on the legendary Political Records by Michiro Endo(The Stalin). This one is actually much rarer than any of the other Political releases(The Stalin & Typhus), however it's quite unknown and obscure comparing to the others such as the "Trash" LP or Typhus flexi. For the serious, die-hard collector of Japanese punk or The Stalin. Produced by Michiro and he also plays a guitar and drums on this flexi.

Sicilian Blood "Violent Storm" 7" EP - Nouzui/Adventure Family, 1988, Japan, (NR-00?E/AFR-07) - $28
Straight-forward fast Japcore ala Lip Cream, Outo, Gauze etc. Late '80s Selfish Records style.

Skitsystem "Profithysteri" 7" EP - Distortion, 1995, Sweden, (DISTEP 23) - $12

Smash Your Face "Loose Times, Light Times" 7" EP - Prank/Ride On, 1998, Japan, (Prank-029) - $3
"dirty, nasty, fuckin' high energy" mixture of early LA punk (ala Germs, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, The Dwarves, and The Stooges) and early Japanese hardcore such as Lip Cream.

So What "Murder" 7" EP - Selfish/Dynamite, 1991, Japan, Insert, (EX-/VG), (AMI-7043/DON DON-009) - $38
Legendary Shizuoka-city Japcore. Produced by Minoru from Lip Cream. Split release by Selfish Records and Lip Cream's Dynamite label.

Sodom "S/T" 7" flexi - Trans, 1985, Japan, Gig freebie, (Trans-01) - $35

Sqwad "Set Free Me Out" 7" flexi - Slice, 1989, Japan, Poster sleeve & insert, (No Cat. #) - $25
The reformed Ghoul(a.k.a. Ghoul II) changed the name to Sqwad in '89. All the members except a bassist are from the last Ghoul line-up(on the "Game Of Death" comp.) Late Ghoul styled, dark and metallic HC. Released on Poison Arts' label Slice Records.

Stalin, The "Stop Jap" LP - Climax/Tokuma, 1982, Japan, 2nd press, Orig. sticker on sleeve, Printed inner-bag sleeve, (CMC-2505S) - $40
This is the rare 2nd press on black vinyl that's harder to find than the red vinyl 1st press copies which seem to be more common.

Stalin, The "Romantist/Light My Fire" 7" EP - Climax/Tokuma, 1982, Japan, (CMA-2030) - $35
Classic 3rd 7" with their most well-known song "Romantist"(a.k.a. "Romanchisto" or "Romanticist"). Includes a B-side track that's not on the LP's. The best live photo of Michiro on the front cover.

Stalin, The "Allergy/No Fun" 7" - Climax/Tokuma, 1982, Japan, (CMA-2033) - $25
The killer classic tunes on this EP. Includes a B-side track that's not on the LP's.

Stalin, The "Stalinism" 12" - Independent/B.Q., 1987, Japan, Insert, (Independent 009ML) - $35
Official collection of their early classics. Compiles the "Dendou-Kokeshi" 1st flexi(Political, 1980), "Stalinism" EP(Political, '81), "Vacuum" mailorder-only bonus flexi for the "Fish Inn" LP(B.Q., '84), "Chicken Farm Chicken" off the "Welcome To 1984" comp LP(MRR, '84).
Note: There's a scratch that doesn't affect playing.

Stalin, The "Dendou Kokeshi/Niku" 7" flexi - SS Recordings, 2005, Japan, Clear red flexi, Insert, (SS-5001) - $25
Limited official reissue of the 1st flexi, originally released on Political Records in '80. The original price of this reissue was 1500 Yen...ouch.

(Stalin, The) Ing,o! No.4 - Zine & The Stalin 7" flexi - Political Project, 1984, Japan, A4 size, 31 pages, (ING-004) - $75
Mega-rare infamous zine published by The Stalin singer Michiro Endo and his Political Project(Records). Complete with the "Dendou Kokeshi/Tempura Rock" flexi!!! The flexi has a picture sleeve insert. This is "The Stalin Special" issue w/ photos, centerfold poster, interview, "Vietnam Legend" full-page ad, MRR reprint etc. Very rare to find The Stalin photo(centerfold poster) with their early '84 line-up incl. Michiro, Jun Bleed(The Willard), Teruya Ogata and Jun Inui. Perhaps this is the only one ever appeared in the zine. Large A4 size, thick pages.

Star Club, The "Anoko ni hitomebore" 7" flexi - Club The Star, 1984, Japan, Gig freebie, (The Star Club No.7/CSR 005) - $35
Mega-rare gig freebie-only flexi! One of the hardest to find and most sought-after S.C. releases of all. Contains a killer, fast and hard drivin' punk title track tune which was actually the very first song that was ever written by them right after the band was formed, however has never been officially recorded until 1984(Except the live version of this song appeared on the "Go To Hell" acetate 7" that they've pressed less than 5 copies in 1977.) Although this studio track isn't available on any of their other records, it's one of the most well known and loved S.C. tunes to their older fans. The flexi was given away free to fans only at one show at Loft in 1984(Says "Not For Sale" printed on it). Some online resources say that it was the first flexi to be given away through their "Cosa Nostra" fan club(existed '85~'90), but that's a wrong info.

State "No Illusions" 7" EP - Reagan Era HC, 2001, US, Insert - $3 Originally self-released on Statement Records in '83.

Suicide "S/T" 7" flexi - Bizarre, 1984, Japan, Insert, Clear red flexi, (No Cat. #) - $25
Produced by Atsushi Kaneko from The Stalin. Self-released 1st flexi. I thought their 2nd EP "Warning For The World Punks" is very good but this flexi is even much better. Like an old zine review says, I can definitely hear The Stalin influence and the song "Heroes(Your Dirty Face)" sounds like one of the songs on The Stalin's "Stop Jap" LP!! Really good stuff. Very mid '80s Japanese punk sounding release.

Swankys, The "This Is My Lifestyle" 7" EP - KPP, 1985, Japan, (KPP-002) - $60
The legendary 1st EP on Kuro's KPP Records.

Swankys, The "Rock'n'Roll History Fuck Off!!"(Neo Damage) 7" flexi - Kings World, 1986, Japan, (KK 001) - $35
It's actually their 2nd 7" and the "Best Of 2" EP on Dogma came out several months after this one. Also this is the very first Kings World Records release.

Swankys, The "Very Best Of Part 2" 7" EP - Dogma, 1986, Japan, (DOG-15) - $60

Swankys, The "Five Star" 7" EP - Kings World, 1987, Japan, (KK 001) - $40
This is the hard vinyl version of the "R&R History Fuck Off!!"(Neo Damage) flexi from '86(the flexi actually came out a few months earlier than the "Very Best Of Pt. 2" EP on Dogma). Contains the same 4 tracks as the flexi, but the titles for the B-side tracks have been changed, and has a completely different artwork. Cool ass porno photo sleeve design, done exactly in the Swankys style if you know what I mean! The catalog number for this release is the same as the flexi.

Swankys, The "Foolish" 7" EP - Kings World, 1987, Japan, Orig. sticker on blue die-cut sleeve, (KK 002) - $28

Sweet Weapon "Overheat" 7" EP - Adventure Family/Nitro(Water Land), 198?, Japan, (NTR-01) - $10
Quite unusual release by Adventure Family Records. This sounds more like KBD stuff. Uptempo and a bit wavey punk rock. Adventure Family put out mainly HC bands from the Yokosuka area and also Water Land did the Janky/Mad Conflux split and I believe the Front Guerrilla 7" as well. I know nothing about this band though.

T.U.S.K "S/T" 7" flexi - Overthrow, 1990, Japan, Insert, (Overthrow-001) - $ (will be listed on eBay)
Sorry, but I had no clue what to price this one as I've never seen it for sale before... So, I decided to just list in on eBay. If anyone's interested in it, please check it out there(eBay ID: kurwa123).

305, The(The Three-O-Five) "S/T" 8" flexi - Beat Time, 1984, Japan, New/Unplayed, (A-305) - $7
Catchy, melodic and fun punk rock with sharp and trashy rockin' guitar riffs. Completely unknown band here. Some of the members went onto form The Pogo and Kenzi.

Tiffany's "Tiffany's But Goodies Vol.1" 7" flexi - Stomping, 1987, Japan, (SR-002) - $35

Total Fury "Committed To The Core" 7" EP - Youth Attack, 2002, Japan, Ltd U.S. tour press, White blank labels w/ large center hole, (YA #16) - $7

Tranquilizer "The Massacre of St. Bartholomew" 7" flexi - Self, 1986, Japan, (Tranquilizer Record-002) - $120

U.B.R. "Yugoslavia Panic" 7" EP - Crust War, 2002, Yugoslavia, Japanese release, Textured sleeve, (Crust War-012) - $20
Recorded in '83. Official vinyl pressing of the previously tape-only studio demo material. Raw as fuck noise HC.

Unholy Grave "Terror" 7" EP - Blurred, 1997, Japan, Ltd clear red vinyl, (Blurred-12) - $10

Violent Pain "Feel For New Age" 7" EP - MCR, 1996, Japan, 1100 pressed, Poster sleeve(tiny sticker tear), (MCR-093) - $3

Wankys, The "The Very Best Of Hero The Wankys" CD - Hardcore Kitchen, 2008, UK, Bonus "Noise Punk" EP tracks, Japanese import, (HxCxK-015/Distortion Party #7) - $7

War Crimes "The True Face of Bombings" 7" EP - Blood Sucker/Pikadon, 1993, Japan, 500 pressed, Poster sleeve, Stamped & numbered plain inner-sleeve(# 363), (BSR-009/PIKA-01E) - $40
They were the very first crust styled HC band from Hiroshima. Great mix of Scandi styled crust and trad. Japcore. Split release by Bloodsucker Records and the band's own Pikadon label. This 7" is very hard to find nowadays. Rarely seen for sale. Great artwork by Sugi.

Warhead "The Lost Self and Beating Heart" 7" EP - Blood Sucker, 1996, Japan, (BSR-017) - $35

Waves "The Vagrancy Of The Hell" 7" EP - Human Stench, 2002, Japan, Insert, (Stench 11) - $3

Willard, The "Lightning Scarlet" 2 x 7" EP - Eastworld, 1986, Japan, Gatefold sleeve, (T65-1096/97) - $18
Awesome 4-track double EP includes the exclusive live version of their early classic tunes "Punx Sing A Gloria" and "Outlaw". Very nice packaging as well. The singer Jun joined The Stalin as a guitarist and the drummer Kyoya played in The Execute while The Willard was temporary broken up in 1984.

World Downfall "S/T" 7" EP - Agromosh, 2003, Japan, 900 pressed on black vinyl, Flyer, Small sticker tear on back sleeve, (Agromosh-011) - $4

Worms' Meat "Trust Ownself and Burn Bright" 7" EP - Kappa, 1998, Japan, 1000 pressed, Flyer & sticker, (KPR-011) - $20

Yumefuda(夢札) "Kurutta yume no hatemade..." 7" EP - Cut Up, 1998, Japan, Full-color outer & black die-cut inner sleeve, (Cut Up-001) - $25
120% raging traditional '80s style Japcore smasher. Awesome speedy HC tunes here. All female members(and they look BAD ASS!!). They were also on the Japankore Omnibus LP. Self-released EP with a nice full-color artwork and a band photos on the slick fold-out sleeve. See here:

Zadkiel "Hell's Bomber" Picture 7" EP - Hold Up/Noise Room, 1986, Japan, 1500 pressed, Clear PVC sleeve, (NRR-E011)- $45
The legendary band that G.A.T.E.S. were highly inspired by!!! Violent mix of thrash, hardcore/punk, Motörhead, and Venom style. 4 tracks recorded circa '83/84. Fucking loud, noisy and totally raging!! This EP was released after they broke up. Some of the members, including a super bassist Koh Morota(R.I.P.), went onto form Doom and F.O.A.D.(with Max from Ghoul & Jotaro from Mobs/Geizz/Tetsu-Arrey). Killer picture disc artwork. One of the BEST and harder to find Hold Up releases.

Zolge, The "Over Alive" 7" flexi - Dogma, 1984, Japan, 1000 pressed, (DOG-4) - $30
Rare 1st flexi. Early Zolge sounded very different from their later releases. This flexi and the 1st LP were more in the vein of fast, hard hittin' punk. Really good stuff.