February 7, 2012

FEB. 7TH 2012 (PART 2 : N~Z)

+++ N~Z +++

Nausea "Smash Racism, Now." 7" EP - Boot, 1992, US, Pink sleeve ver., Insert, (No Cat. #) - $25
Old and hard to find German bootleg. Recorded live at CBGBs June 19, 1988. The sleeve says "Parts of the profits made from the sale of this record will be donated to a local anti-facist organization."

Never Again "Blow Off" 7" EP - Drinker's Music, 2000, Japan, Dist. by Blood Sucker, (DM-001) - $15
Wild Japcore from Hiroshima city. Self-released, 4-track EP on the band's own label. It was co-released and distributed by Blood Sucker Records.

Nightmare "S/T"(a.k.a. "Ikasama") 7" EP - Selfish, 1988, Japan, Insert, (AMI-7031) - $75

Nikudan (肉弾) "S/T" 7" flexi - Lucky Strike/Ing,o!, 1983, Japan, (ING-003) - $20
Produced by Michiro Endo(The Stalin). The Stalin meets ADK Records styled, '80s Japanese punk ala Kikeiji, Aka, Aburadako or Masturbation. This is their 1st flexi(3 tracks) that was originally issued with Michiro's infamous Ing,o! zine. The first track "Seppuku" is a fast-pased, solid punk tune that reminds me a lot of The Stalin songs from the "Stop Jap" or "Mushi" albums. Insanely complicated and metaphorized, Aburadako-like lyrics that make absolutely no sense to me. Nikudan also had the split 8" with Gas. I've been looking for the "Proletariat-Sports" 8" EP by this band...!

Ningen Hormone (人間ホルモン) "S/T" 7" flexi - Joker, 1985, Japan, Clear red flexi, (JRR-002) - $28
Released on the same label that also did the Barigade and Kyoaku Kyojindan flexi's. Joker Records is pre-Satsugai Enka Vinyl. Ningen Hormone's music is pretty hard to describe. Like a chaotic, rawer and "crappier" lo-fi version of The Stalin and some of those ADK style Japanese punk bands. I remember that's how they described it in some old Japanese zine review. Think of Flipper playing the ADK style punk like Aburadako, Kikeiji etc. 6 tracks of fast, rough and obnoxious as hell hardcore punk. Crazy ass lyrics, too. You can read a better review/article regarding this band on Stuart's shit-fi site:
(P.S.) Ningen Hormone suddenly did a one-time only reunion show in '03, with two other '80s Japanese bands, Aka and Shojo Ningyo in Tokyo. The unreleased live recording from that show exists.

No Cut "Don't Look So Gloomy" 7" EP - KPP, 1985, Japan, (KPP-004) - $35
The Swankys/Gai/Violent Party-related, legendary '80s Kyushu punk. Released on Kuro's label KPP Records. Their only release besides the demo tape on Gai's Violent Party label. No Cut also appeared on the "Violent Party Omnibus" and "Pinch & Ouch!" comp's. Great band like Desperate Children!

Nurse "Nurse II" 7" EP - ADK, 1984, Japan, (ADK-13E) - $65
Produced, engineered and released by Tam(The Stalin/Typhus/G-Zet/ADK Records). Rare 2nd EP with Tatsu(Gastunk/Dead Cops) on guitar and Euro(The Execute) on drums. The same female singer and bassist from the 1st flexi on Incest Records, which was the label ran by a Sha-London/Sex Imagination Drugs singer, that also put out the S.I.D., Sha-London and Paruo flexi's. While it's not as crucial as the 1st flexi, is still a great EP. Wish they've done an LP with this last lineup before breaking up though. This is actually one of my all-time favorite ADK releases.

P.O.W.(Punk On Wave) Vol.1 - Magazine - P.O.W., 1985, Japan, Paperback, Full-color covers, 90 pages, B5 size, (No Cat. #) - $65
Edited and published by Sakevi(G.I.S.M.) and Charmy(Laughin' Nose/AA Records). Glossy, full-page color and b&w photos of Ghoul, Aburadako, Outo, Laughin' Nose, Lip Cream, Kyaah, Samhain and Psychic TV. Articles/interviews of G.I.S.M., Cobra etc. Lots of cool live photos, artworks and ads for Hold Up, AA, Jisatsu, Skeleton Records, Lip Cream "Kill The IBM" tape, as well as a rare full-page ADK Records ad stating that the Gauze LP is out and the Typhus LP is planned to be released. The back cover has the large live photo of The Stalin.

P.O.W. (Punk On Wave) Vol.2 - Magazine - P.O.W., 1985, Japan, Paperback, Full-color covers, 113 pages, B5 size, (No Cat. #) - $65
Edited and published by Sakevi(G.I.S.M.) and Charmy(Laughin' Mose/AA Records). Glossy, full-page color and b&w photos of G.I.S.M., Lip Cream, Cobra, Auto-Mod, The Willard, Chaos UK, Wretched, Disorder etc. The G.I.S.M. part(2 pages) has the killer live pics of Sakevi. The photos, interviews and articles of Gauze, Hanatarash, The Willard, Chaos UK, AA Rec., U.K. HC scene etc. The ads for Ghoul EP/Hold Up/Noise Room, KPP, AA Records, Last Bomb, and tons more cool stuff in this issue. There's even a two full-page odd artwork by Sakevi. Most of the texts are in Japanese, but well worth the $$$ for all those nice photos, artworks, rare ads and such. Fucking amazing underground punk mag that shouldn't be missed.

Paintbox "Honou/Sabaku" 7" EP - HG Fact, 1998, Japan, Insert, (HG-101) - $28

Paintbox "Back Reporter/Gaichuu No Uta" 7" flexi - HG Fact, 2000, Japan, Ltd. gig-only release, Label catalog flyer, (HG-152) - $55

Paintbox "Raise The Capital" CD-R - Self, 2003, Japan, Ltd. mailorder & tour-only release, Pro-printed full-color sleeve & back tray card, (No Cat. #) - $35

Pinocchio (ピノキオ) "Akubyodou" 7" flexi - Oozake, 1995(?), Japan, 500 pressed, 1st press w/ orig. sleeve artwork, (Oozake Record 001) - $85
Very rare, self-released 5-track flexi by this Tokyo-based band from the mid '90s. Their music is like a more chaotic and rawer vesrion of the Selfish Records-era Gauze, with that viciously violent feel of the '80s Japanese HC bands ala Kuro or Kyojinbyo. In my opinion, Pinocchio was one the best '90s Japanese bands although they're criminally unknown outside of Japan. Wish they've done a full-length LP. I know that the demo tape exists and would love to hear it. Some of the members went onto form Geshpenst and Sicks In Throat. Original 1st press with a spiky-haired punk photo on the fold-out sleeve. The 2nd press/re-issue was co-released by the record shop Base and Uramachi Records, and has a completely different artwork on the pocket sleeve. Yes, this flexi sure rips fucking hard!! All the songs are full of tension and energy. This is one defnite record you won't get bored of listening to. Highly recommended for any Japanese HC fans!!!!

Pinocchio (ピノキオ) "Akubyodou" 7" flexi - Oozake, 1995(?), Japan, 500 pressed, 1st press w/ orig. sleeve artwork, (M/VG++), (Oozake Record 001) - $75
Note: The bottom inner flap is detached from the sleeve and there are a few small pieces of clear scotch tape to fix it. If you've seen this sleeve before, you probably know what it's like. The bottom part of the sleeve, where it's folded(the inner flap part), is originally sort of like perforated and it gets detached/separated from the major part of the sleeve so easily. It doesn't really look bad at all and isn't really visible from the outside. It's kinda hard to describe, so I can provide a photo of it if you wanna see it.

Poison "Kick Rock" LP - Selfish, 1988, Japan, Insert, (BEL-12026) - $58

Poison Arts "Kick Rock" 7" flexi - Rockin' F, 1989(?), Japan, Promo-only/freebie w/ pocket picture sleeve, (No Cat. #) - $25
Re-recorded version of the killer title track tune that originally appeared on their classic 1st LP on Selfish Records in '88. Much faster and better than the original version!

Pretty "Neo Damaging Noise III" CD - Fuck The System, 2006, Japan, Obi, (FSR-003) - $8

R.U.G. (Randy Uchida Group) "Deathly Fighter" 7" EP - Dogma, 1984, Japan, (DOG-3) - $120

Rabia "Pecado Contra Natura" 7" EP - Overthrow, 1995, Japan, 250 pressed, Mail order-only release, (Overthrow-015) - $145

Rancid Cocks "Chikushou" 7" EP - Dan-Doh/Think Twice, 1997, Japan, Insert, (Dan-Doh 010/T.T.-02) - $15
The first and only EP by Rancid Cocks from Kyushu. Traditional metallic Japcore, totally wild and raging band like Lip Cream, Bastard, Nightmare, Tetsu-Arrey or Crück!

Reality Crisis "Deformed Society" 7" EP - MCR, 1999, Japan, 1000 pressed, Insert, (MCR-141) - $38
Long out of print 1st EP. It's on MCR but for some reason this one is a bit tough to find. Rarely seen for sale, actually.

Resistencia "S/T" Demo Tape - Accion Subterranea, 1995, Mexico, Pro-copied cassette, Stamped & numbered sleeve, (NAM-001) - $3

Rise From The Dead "Haraguro" 7" flexi - Bron, 1990, Japan, (New/Unplayed), (Bron RFD-1/GIGA-1) - $20
The first and probably the best work done by this Osaka-based band consisted of Naoto(S.O.B.) on vocals, Motsu(Outo, Chicken Bowels & Half Years) on guitar, Mitchun(Outo) on bass and Taku(Crow) on drums. Formed in the late '80s. Yes, their later releases are pretty lame, I must admit that... I guess they played HC only up to the split EP('91) with Filthkick, when they still had the original line-up. I remember not liking their 1st album on Selfish Records so much when it first came out in the late '92. It still sounded HC but was kinda weird, I think. An unplayed, mint stock copy. (P.S.) If anybody wants to either sell or trade a ltd. promo/hard vinyl edition of this flexi, lemme know! I know the promo copies exist like the S.O.B./Napalm Death split.

Rose Rose "Emotional Disturbance" 12" - Dogma, 1986, Japan, Insert, (DOG-16) - $55

Rustler, The "S/T" 7" flexi - D.I.S., 1988, Japan, Insert, (D.I.S.-005) - $58
One of the finest '80s Shizuoka-city Japcore bands among with So What, Innocents, Deadless Muss, Griffin FZ(pre-Zone), Mental, Zamza etc. Rustler also had a split EP with So What. Very rare 1st flexi on Deadless Muss' label D.I.S. Records. 10 tracks!!

S.O.B. "Still Grind Attitude" CD - Toshiba EMI, 2003, Japan, Out of print, (TOCT-25147) - $30
Here's S.O.B.'s come back release with the new singer Etsushi. Contains 25 tracks. Their classic tunes from the Selfish~Toy's Factory label era re-recordeed with the new line-up. Like the title says it all, they're returned with the total grindcore style. For some reason, this CD went out of print not too long after its release and the band doesn't seem to be active lately.

Sadist, The "Seiri-Youhin" 7" EP - Vanilla, 1989, Japan, 800 pressed, (Vanilla Rec-2) - $25
ADK Records styled, great hard punk ala Kikeiji, Aburadako, Masturbation, Aka, Sekinin-Tenka or The Stalin. They also have a flexi out on MCR in '86, but this 2nd EP is harder to find. 800 copies were ever pressed. The songs on this EP still sound dark but more punkish with some killer razor-sharp guitar riffs. Crazy SKB(of Kyoaku-Kyojindan, Headwasher, Hi-Technology Suicide & Satsugai Enka Vinyl label) is credited as a guest recording member for this release! Also the EP title is "Seiriyouhin" and the large photo of a vibrator is on the front sleeve! How can you go wrong with this??

SDF (Screaming Damned Fossils) "Une Saison En Enfer" 7" EP - V.O.D.D., 1995, Japan, 500 pressed, Pink marbled vinyl, (V.O.D.D.-002) - $15
Straight-forward, fast and simple Japcore that sounds kinda similar to Outo, DonDon or Systematic Death, but with a bit more metallic guitar riffs. This is their self-released 2nd EP. Never seen the first one before.

Severed Head Of State "Anathema Device" CD - Hardcore Holocaust, 2003, US, (HHR 011) - $4

Sex Complex Class "Geninfumei" 7" flexi - M. Sound, 1985, Japan, 1000 pressed, (No Cat. #) - $22
This is an awesome shit. Fast and solid sounding, killer HC/Punk that sounds similar to the bands like Typhus, The Stalin, The 4th International, Nurse(early), Kikeiji or Molugu!!!! Don't miss this one if you dig that particular type of the mid '80s Japanese raw punk and HC. You won't be disappointed! The Stalin-ish lyrics over the speedy punk tunes rule. I think this band should have released something on ADK Records. It's their 1st flexi. Although it doesn't say "MCR Company" or the MCR catalog # anywhere on the flexi or sleeve, this was supposed to be a split release by the band's own label M.Sound and MCR, but it was more like distributed by MCR which is the label from Kyoto where this band is also from. I guess this is considered the 3rd record release of the label since MCR 003 & 004 are the Fuck Geez tape). I've got the catalog #005 for this flexi from the discography page on the MCR site. Sex Complex Class put out another flexi in '86 and that one is on MCR.

Sexual, The "The Last Days" 7" flexi - Kochi, 1985, Japan, 1000 pressed, (No Cat. #) - $85
The legendary HC band from Kochi prefecture. I don't think there were so many bands like them from that area back then. Now well known for the songs later covered by the bands like Disclose, Kriegshog and Besthöven. For fans of early Crow, Disarray, Discharge, Final Bloodbath etc. The Sexual in their early days(circa '83) sounded more in the vein of The Stalin, Typhus ADK Records style punk mixed with straight-forward HC, but what you hear on their two flexi's and the "Jisatsu Omnibus" compilation are the Discharge and U.K. influenced HC with the song titles like "War Cry" or "Anarchy & Destruction", comparable to early Crow, Disarray or Final Bloodbath. Also their music reminds me a bit of The Execute as well.

Shock Troop "Your Worst Nightmare" 7" EP - Overthrow, 1999, Austria, Ltd. mail order-only clear green vinyl, Insert, (Overthrow-025) - $17
Death Side worshipped, Burning Spirits style HC from Austria. Japan-only release on Overthrow Records.

Shura (修羅) Vol.1 - Zine - Shura Project, 1985, Japan, B5 size, 42 pages, (No Cat. #) - $70
From my personal collection! Shura was one of the most well known and active punk zines in the '80s Japanese punk scene. Contains lots of rare photos and interviews of the various bands. The main contents in this issue: The Comes(Chitose, 2 pages), The Star Club, The Willard, Tam(ADK), AA Records, Madame Edwarda // Live report,mini interview etc.(w/ large or small pics): Aburadako, Sodom, Madame Edwarda, Phaidia, Kyaah, Braddbury(G-Zet), Masturbation, The Continental Kids, The Willard, Sadie Sads, Pill(Lip Cream/Bradbury), Real, Gasatsu, Tokyo Battle Days(Gauze, Lip Cream & G.I.S.M.: Sakevi holding a guitar and microphone), Gastunk, Laughin' Nose, Auto-Mod, Hiroshi(Aburadako), Tatsu(Gastunk) & Ume(Kyaah), Outo, Gas, Cobra etc. // Ads: ADK Records(Gauze, Masturbation, G-Zet, The unreleased Bradbury EP etc.), Ducasse Records etc. // Front & back cover: Chitose(The Comes), Charmy(Laughin' Nose) & Hikage(The Star Club)

Shura (修羅) Vol.4 - Zine - Shura Project, 1985, Japan, B5 size, 42 pages, (No Cat. #) - $70
From my personal collection! Shura was one of the most well known and active punk zines in the '80s Japanese punk scene. Contains lots of rare photos and interviews of the various bands. The main contents in this issue: Kuro, Kikeiji, Sodom, Gauze // Live report, mini interview etc.(large & small pics): Anti Septic, Kyaah, Ghoul, Gauze, Madame Edwarda, Auto-Mod, Gastunk, Sadie Sads, G-Schmitt, Masami(Ghoul) & Genet(Auto-Mod), New Walls, New Roteeka, Real, Resurrection, Rose Rose, Shuffle, Tetsu(The Comes), Baki(Gastunk) & Sad(Sadie Sads), Shoujo Ningyo, The Trash, Rap, Lip Cream, C.O.P., Pill(Lip Cream/Bradbury), Molugu, White Hospital(Baki from Gastunk on guitar!), Gara, Asylum etc. // Ads: R.B.F. Records, Dead End(punk shop) // Front & back covers Kuro, Kikeiji & Sodom

Shura (修羅) Vol.6 - Zine - Shura Project, 1986, Japan, B5 size, 50 pages, (No Cat. #) - $65
From my personal collection! Shura was one of the most well known and active punk zines in the '80s Japanese punk scene. Contains lots of rare photos and interviews of the various bands. The main contents in this issue: Masami(Ghoul) & Kenji(Mobs), Real, Poison(w/ Chelsea), Gudon, Coma, Oi Of Japan, Zarathustra etc. // Live report, mini interview etc.(w/ large or small pics): The Comes, Aburadako, Sodom, Sadie Sads, Friction, Lip Cream, War Painted City Indian, Gauze, Mobs, Transformer(ex-Kikeiji/Masturbation), Kenzi, No Lip, Merrygoround, H.D.W., Masami(Ghoul), Shuffle, Hydra, New Roteeka, Last Bomb, Shodoku Gig Vol. 28(Gauze, Lip Cream, Death Side, Systematic Death, Poison, S.V.S., Red Army etc.), Gudon, Chicken Bowels, C.O.P., Asylum, Gastunk, Nubile, G-Schmitt, Gastunk, Typhus, Cobra, The Zolge, Zoa etc. // Ads: Trans Records, Dead End(punk shop), Straight Time Prod.(Consumer Blackmail), Neurotic Doll etc. // Front & back cover: Masami(Ghoul)/Kenji(Mons) & Min Hisako

Shura (修羅) Vol.9 - Zine - Shura Project, 1989, Japan, B5 size, 58 pages, (No Cat. #) - $55
From my personal collection! Shura was one of the most well known and active punk zines in the '80s Japanese punk scene. Contains lots of rare photos and interviews of the various bands. The main contents in this issue: Zoa, Ranko(The Continentl Kids/Sperma), Neurotic Doll, Chu-Doku, Mother Goose/Ex-Ans/Dip The Flag, Kokushoku Elegy, Roger Armstrong(Sic/Straight Time Prod.), Mad Conflux, Systematic Death, Outo etc. // Live report, mini interview etc.(w/ large or small pics)" Asbestos, Nira-Kodomo, Zoa, Asylum, Kuro, Sic, Aggressive Dogs, Fuck Geez, Lip Cream, Gauze, Death Side, Matsuji, Don Don, Mental, Final Bombs, Front Guerrilla, Honge Honge, Nue, Mess, Rap, The Magnets, Sqwad, Chu-Doku, Kyaah, Tetsu-Arrey, The Zolge, New Roteeka, Bardo Thodol, L-TRans, Neurotic Doll, Geil, Gastank, Keiji Haino, Ruins, Zeni Geva etc. etc. etc. etc. // Conneca Bazaar, Dead End(punk shop) etc. // Front & back cover: Morikawa(Zoa) & Ranko(The Continental Kids/Sperma)

Sin Orden "S/T" Demo Tape - Self, 1998, US, Original, (No Cat. #) - $10

So What "Murder" 7" EP - Selfish/Dynamite, 1991, Japan, Insert, (AMI-7043/DON DON-009) - $40
Legendary Shizuoka-city Japcore! Produced by Minoru from Lip Cream. Split release by Selfish Records and Lip Cream's Dynamite label. This is one of the very few last Selfish Records releases that rarely pop up for sale, like the Gauze 3rd LP('91), Death Side/Chaos UK split CD('93), Death Side 2nd LP('91), Assfort CD('91), Acid 2nd LP('91) etc. While most of the Selfish releases before '90 were pressed in the large quantity of a few thousand each or more, the later ones that came out a little before the label ended were pressed in the much smaller quantity and probably no represses either. Anyways, this last So What EP is awesome and is much better than their split with The Rustler in my opinion. 6 tracks of blazing Burning Spirits style, top-notch quality Japcore at its best. Can't believe this was their last release though. The whole EP rules! They should have done a full-length LP with this last lineup before breaking up....!!!!

Sorto "1984-1986" 7" EP - Power It Up, 1992/2003, Finland, 500 pressed, Ltd. edition w/ orig. '92 sleeve & blank center labels, Insert & label postcard, (P.I.U. #6) - $7

Sqwad (a.k.a. Ghoul II) "Set Free Me Out" 7" flexi - Slice, 1989, Japan, 1500 pressed, Poster sleeve & insert, (No Cat. #) - $25
Here's the detailed info about this band featuring the Ghoul frontman Masami(R.I.P.), including some interesing facts about Ghoul that many of their fans might or might not be aware of. I'd like to provide a bit complicated, but the most accurate history of Ghoul you most likely won't find anywhere else online. The original Ghoul broke up in '85 as there's the official VHS entitled "Last Gig" out on ACC Video label. The band got back together as "Ghoul II" with a different line-up in the late '86(or possibly the early '87), changed the name to Sqwad(originally called Masami with Sqwad) sometime during the summer of '88, either right before or after they played the "Complete Death" show at the Toshima Public Hall in Tokyo on July 17th '88, then broke up and got back together again as "Ghoul III" in '89 with just a slightly different line-up than Ghoul II and pretty remained active until Masami puked the blood on the stage and went into a coma afterwards in the early '90s. "Ghoul II" or "Ghoul III"....? That's how Masami called themselves when they got reformed twice and those names were often mentioned in the interviews, magazine articles and that's how they were usually listed in the gig flyers as well. As most of the fans already know, they're credited as "Sqwad(ex-Ghoul)" on the "Complete Death Live" VHS(released on January 1st '89), however in the flyers for this show they were still listed as Ghoul II. So, I assume they changed the name to Sqwad right before this show or after but sometime before the VHS came out. I'm not certain if they actually played the show as Sqwad or Ghoul II. Anyways, they played as Sqwad during the year of '89, released this flexi on Slice Records(Poison Arts' label) and broke up before the mid '89 if I remember correctly. As I mentioned earlier, they got back together again later the same year(before the summer). The Ghoul tracks you find on the "Game Of Death"(Slice Omnibus Vol.2) comp LP(w/ Death Side, Poison Arts & Final Bombs) are the only recorded material by Ghoul III, although they're simply credited as Ghoul on this release. This comp LP was released on July '89 for sure. The Ghoul tracks on this LP are awesome, by the way. These alternate names were sort of like the nicknames that the band members and fans used to separate the later two from the original Ghoul. Additionally. here's the known line-up changes: Ghoul II(Sqwad): Masami(Vo.), Arano(Gu.), Montess(Ba.) and Nemoto(Dr.) ~ Ghoul III: Masami(Vo.), Muttcha(Gu.), Arano(Ba.) and Nemoto(Dr.) During these years, as far as I know the line-up changed at least a couple of other times and another member that played in Ghoul III at some point is the guitarist from Worms' Meat(named by Masami) as a bassist. Nemoto also played in the bands like Poison Arts and Final Count. Arano also played in the band called Miscreant which was another band Masami did vocals for. After the original Ghoul broke up and until the early '90s, Masami also had a few other bands/projects like The Bad Lots(w/ Norio from the late Gas), Masami & L.O.X.(w/ Naoki from Lip Cream) and Bull Power. After his death, Masami & L.O.X. changed the name to L.O.X. and played a few shows(with the various members including the singer Tokurow from Bastard) and released the CD/double LP set with the various singers from X, Death Side, Tetsu-Arrey etc. The guitarist was Naoki from Lip Cream and the drummer was Yoshiki from X the whole tire time. Norio from The Bad Lots and Naoki were also some of the guest recording members for Masami's great solo album called "Power Line x Shock Line" in '87.

Stalin, The "遺影集(Ieishuu) 1980-1985" Photo Book - JICC, 1985, Japan, 216 pages, B6 size, w/ Orig. b&w negative film, (No Cat. #) - $85
Here's a super-rare and quality photo book of The Stalin from '85. A massive collection of various live and off stage photos from '80 to the '85 last show taken by the well-known underground photographer Akira Ishigaki. He went on almost every tour with the band since the year the band was formed until they broke up on February 21, '85. Some of you might have seen another photo book of The Stalin that came out in 2003. That one is a part two(outtake collection) of this book and is completely different from this one. Each copy of this book comes with a different bonus b&w negative film that was used for one of the photos in the book. It's the 100% original film and only one of each exists in the whole world. You can see some of those films and the info in English here: The red and black photo you see at the top part os the front cover of the book. A true collectors item indeed. Definitely a must have for the serious fan and collector of The Stalin.

(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.

(Stalin, The) Michiro, Get The Help! "Help!(Take 2)" 7" flexi - B.Q./GNP(Grotesque New Pop), 1985, Japan, Promo-only/freebie, Clear red flexi, (SPS-2) - $10

(Stalin, The) Michiro, Get The Help! "Odyssey 1985 Sex" 7" EP - GNP(Grotesque New Pop), 1985, (K07S-10052) - $12
Post-The Stalin project band under the name of "Michiro, Get The Help!" with Masayuki Ono(Allergy/The Stalin) and Jun Shimoyama(The Roosters). The 12" version of this single isn't so hard to find, however this lesser-known 7" version is pretty rare. Would be a nice addition to The Stalin/Michiro Endo collection. The front cover artwork was done by a cult Japanese comic artist Suehiro Maruo, who also did The Stalin "Mushi" picture LP artwork. GNP was the newly established label by Michiro.

(Stalin, The) Michiro Endo "Hasan" LP - GNP(Grotesque New Pop), 1985, Japan, Insert & obi, (K28A 742) - $12
Post-The Stalin solo project band(The Gay-Nou Brothes) of Michiro with Jun Shimoyama from The Roosters(Burst City!) etc. The first full-length release under the concept of what he called "Grotesque New Pop", an essential mix of punk/new wave/post-punk, plus the usual Michiro craziness. A year after the several GNP releases, he formed the new bands Video-Stalin and Paranoia Star. While Video-Stalin was around for about two years and very active, as far as I know Paranoia Star played only a few gigs and released one LP which contains a few re-recorded early tunes of The Stalin.

State, The "No Illusions Reunion" Tape - Take 'Em Up, 2003, US, Hand-written on chrome tape, (Take 'Em Up #1) - $4
Official limited tape-only release containing their '03 reunuion show(at the State Control Record Shop) by this classic MI hardcore band. Excellent sound quality. Includes a Discharge cover song "State Control".

State Of Fear "Discography 1994-1996" CD - Fired Up!, 2001, US, (Fired Up 006) - $5

Straight Edge Kegger "Is A Fucked Up Mess" 7" EP - Wicked Witch, 2007, US, (New/Unplayed), (WWR 029) - $5

Swankys, The "Never Can Eat Swank Dinner" LP - King's World, 1987, Japan, Insert, (K.K. 001LPS) - $80
Classic 2nd LP by Hero The Swankys. The frst LP release of King's World Records.
Note: The insert has the visible light brown spots from discoloration. Both vinyl and sleeve are in the great shape!

Swankys, The "Never Can Eat Swank Dinner" LP - King's World, 1987, Japan, Photocopied insert, (K.K. 001LPS) - $68
Note: The insert is a xerox copy.

Tetsu-Arrey (鉄アレイ) "S/T" CD - S.E.X./Sunshine Sherbet, 1991, Japan, Obi, (SS-011) - $55
The first and the best ever release by one of the originators of the Burning Spirits style Japcore. Awesome album. Nothing they put out afterwards can beat this "hidden treasure" of Japanese HC history as that's what I'd like to call it. This CD is long out of print as the label doesn't exist anymore. On the great S.E.X./Sunshine Sherbet Records. Rare!

Transformer (Kikeiji + Masturbation) "Manoeuvre" 12" - Drug Store Club/Balcony, 1986, Japan, Orig. 1st press on black vinyl, Insert, (DSC-1001) - $45
Kikeiji + Masturbation!! Transformer was a short-lived ADK Records-related band consisted of ex-Masturbation singer Hiryu, ex-Kikeiji/Aburadako guitarist Hiroshi, and Tatsushi who played in both Kikeiji and Masturbation. 100% ADK Records sound! Think of a cross between Kikeiji, The Stalin, Sekinin-Tenka and Masturbation. Awesome dark and solid sounding hard punk, but Transformer's songs are more uptempo, punkish and not as gloomy as Masturbation. I'd say they're much more comparable to The Stalin or Kikeiji. Great record! Worth checking it out if you're into the ADK related and similar bands. Needless to say this 12" is very rare and really tough to come by. It's the original 1st pressing on black vinyl. Oddly the 2nd press is on the picture disc.

Typhus "1980.10.28" Demo Tape - Self, 199?, Japan, Tokyo ver. w/ stamped sleeve & plain black cassette, (No Cat. #) - $45
A mysterious official release that was sold at the selected shops in Tokyo and Osaka only. This is the studio demo with the female vocals(rumored to be Chitose from The Comes?) on some of the songs.

United "Destroy Metal" 7" EP - Hold Up/Noise Room, 1985, Japan, Orig. 1st press on black vinyl w/ poster sleeve, (New/Unplayed), (NRR-E003) - $25
The 1st EP from their pre-thrash metal era. Very HC influenced Japanese metal. It's like a perfect mix of old school speed metal and the Gastunk/Ghoul/Poison/Mobs-like metallic HC sound. United was also on the legendary Hold Up Omnibus LP. Max from Ghoul and The Trash are listed on the Special Thanks list. If you dig that metal-punk sound of the G.I.S.M. "M.A.N." LP, you probably will enjoy this as well. Unplayed old stock copy!

United "Beast Dominate" 7" EP - Hold Up/Noise Room, 1986, Japan, Orig. 1st press on black vinyl w/ insert, (New/Unplayed), (NRR-E010) - $25

United "Beast Dominates '92" CD - Howling Bull, 1992, Japan, Obi, (HBR-M0006) - $40
All the songs from the "Beast Dominate" EP ('86) re-recorded with the '92 line-up, plus two bonus tracks. Long out of print, early Howling Bull Records release.

Warhead "Cry Of Truth" 7" EP - Self, 1991, Japan, Orig. 1st press, Poster(ish) sleeve & insert, ((A)-001) - $68
Hard to find, original, self-released 1st pressing. 3 different pressings of this classic 7" exist and they all have different sleeve, layout and/or color of the vinyl etc. Only this original issue came in a folded poster style sleeve(when you open there's a large artwork inside) and comes with an insert. As for the reissues, the 2nd press came out in Germany on Amok Records in '91 and the 3rd press came out on Devour Records sometime during the late '90s~early '00s.

Willard, The "Punx Sing A Gloria" 7" EP - Camouflage, 1983, Japan, 1000 pressed, (KKK-13FRI) - $120 (Sold)
Here's an extremely rare and absolutely brilliant self-released 2nd EP by this long-running Japanese punk band. Definitely their best release ever. All the 5 songs included on this EP are totally awesome. The songs, sleeve artwork, layout and everything about this EP is perfect. Well, that's my opinion. This has been my all-time MOST favorite Japanese punk record since the '80s if you ask. I have so much good memories seeing them live back then. The title track is the most loved song of them amongst their fans in Japan. An amazing powerful punk anthem, indeed. Their early releases especially this one and the 1st flexi(produced and released by Michiro/The Stalin) sound quite different from the later releases which might sound "too melodic" for some of the HC punk fans out there. On this EP, speedy, melodic and catchy yet very strong sounding punk is what you get. One of the songs included here called "Suicide Romance" is totally fast and ripping hardcore. Another notable tracks is "Soldier Song" which is another killer punk tune. 1000 copies of this EP sold out within one week(!!) of its release. A little after this EP came out, The Willard broke up once and the singer joined The Stalin and the drummer joined The Execute. Got reformed sometime in the late '84 and they got really big shortly after. Just an additional note, the singer Jun used to sing for this short-lived early Japanese HC band called Middle→Class in '81 with Tam from The Stalin on guitar(right after Typhus).

Willard, The "Good Evening Wonderful Fiend" LP - Captain, 1985, Japan, Booklet, (CAP-0001-L) - $20
Excellent 1st full-length LP. This was also the very first Captain Records release.

Willard, The "Will" Picture 12" - Captain, 1986, Japan, Clear PVC sleeve, (CAP-0036P) - $10
Original Captain Records pressing(later reissued by Více Records). This is the pic. 12" issue of their '85 gig freebie flexi, with an extra track added. Also, two of the songs(3 Years & D-Day or Lost Day) on this 12" originally appeared on the rare "L.C.D.D."(La Caduta Degli Dei) 1st flexi from '83. Totally killer, speedy and hard-hitting punk tunes. The 1st flexi was produced by Michiro Endo(The Stalin) and came with his infamous "Ing,o!" zine. The Willard was formed in '82 and broke up once in '83, then the singer Jun joined The Stalin as a guitarist and the drummer played in The Execute, until they were reformed in '84. There's The Stalin interview in "Ing,o!" Vol.4 with Jun as their new member.

Willard, The "Lightning Scarlet" 2 x 7" EP - Eastworld, 1986, Japan, Gatefold sleeve, (T65-1096/97) - $10
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.

Willard, The "Mercy For The Rabbit" 12" - Eastworld, 1988, Japan, Insert, (T18-5013) - $8
One of my favorite Willard releases from the late '80s era. Great songs and great sleeve artwork.

World Downfall "S/T" 7" EP - Agromosh, 2003, Japan, 900 pressed on black vinyl, Flyer, Small sticker tear on back sleeve, (Agromosh-011) - $3
Top-notch Japanese grindcore with the band name taken from the Terrorizer album title! Check this out if you're into Napalm Death, Terrorizer, Unholy Grave and the old Earache stuff.

Zolge, The "Over Alive" 7" flexi - Dogma, 1984, Japan, Photocopied sleeve, (DOG 4) - $10
Note: The sleeve is a xerox copy.

Zone "Win Back To Sanity" 7" EP - HG Fact, 1994, Japan, Prod. by Chelsea, (HG-025) - $25

Zone "The First Blow Is Half The Battle" 7" EP - HG Fact, 1996, Japan, (HG-068) - $20