Friday, February 24, 2012

Duel Jewel pre-Lapidary demos


Genre: Alt/Pop Rock
Released: 1999-2000
Region: Tokyo, Japan
Label: Self-Released?
Format: Cassette

月と戯れ tracklist
01. 月と戯れ

白 tracklist
01. SEPIA
02. Chaste Sin
03. 永遠に夢を重ねて
04. 絆~Pray To Gray~

黒 tracklist
01. Bloody Mazenda
02. 暗幕
03. Nauthiz and…?

沈黙 tracklist
01. 沈黙

Since it was made clear that you guys don't mind much if I post low bitrate stuff every now and then ... I figured I'd start with these old, rare Duel Jewel demo tapes. All but one of the tracks off these tapes made it onto either Lapidary or Noah, but in updated versions.

Fuzzy and amateurish demos are something I've always had a weakness for and when they're of songs I already know and love it's even more exciting. These songs sound just awesome as their full versions, the biggest difference being some lyrics in Anmaku, the overall recording quality, and the song "Bloody Mazenda", which DJ have all but abandoned ever since the kuro tape - a REAL shame. It's an awesome song.

If you dig Lapidary as much as I do and are really curious how those songs sounded in simpler, younger, and somehow even more mystical-sounding demo form, then check these out. If you never gave that album a listen, check these out anyways cause they're freakin' beautiful.

Snagged off WinMX forever and a day ago.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Syndrome - 涙ノ下弦… (2000)


Genre: Glam Metal/Goth Rock
Released: July 12th, 2000
Region: Osaka, Japan
Label: Matina
Catalog #: MTR-016
Format: CD

tracklist
01. 涙ノ下弦…
02. 情景
03. 疼ク喉

Second maxi by Matina flagship band, Syndrome. One of my favorite releases of theirs, as every track is a gem; track 3 in particular is sinister, intense, and is one of my favorite songs from this band, and probably my top favorite from the 龍夜 era.

Bought from a friend.

Madeth gray'll - 十字架の結末… (1998)


Genre: Goth Rock
Released: August 10th, 1998
Region: Osaka, Japan
Label: Matina Soleil
Catalog #: SMMG-005
Format: CD

tracklist
01. パラサイト
02. 廃人狂イ人形
03. missantroop

First maxi released by the fantastic Matina band Madeth Gray'll under their 4th lineup. Three classic and, for me, very nostalgic dark-vk tracks on one disc.

Bought from a friend.

Friday, February 17, 2012

fi-ar - Unseasonable Snow (1998)


Genre: Alt Rock/Pop Rock
Released: February 25th, 1998
Region: Osaka, Japan
Label: FEAR music
Catalog #: FEAR-00001
Format: CD

tracklist
01. I Believe
02. DEAR...
03. Unseasonable Snow
04. Imitation Venus
05. ILLUSION
06. Discharge
07. Sarenade
08. INFLAME
09. NAKED MIND
10. MOONLIT

I snagged this for really cheap based on the fact that I haven't seen it ripped anywhere and the drummer(and co-songwriter) later joined ZXS(and co-wrote songs like カニバルカーニバル and メビウスブルー), a band I'm quite fond of(which you'd know if you followed the blog! I sure love parentheses!)

Unfortunately, I was really not into this release and I couldn't find a single track worthy of replay. Maybe it needs some relistens, I dunno. I'm glad I have it for the purpose of archiving ZXS band member history stuff, at least. Maybe one o' you guys will dig this album more than me.

Bought from an ebay seller.

Chateau La tour - 「葬列..」 (2000)

(Chateau La tour - "Souretsu..")

Genre: Goth Rock
Released: September 4th, 2000
Region: Saitama, Japan
Label: Iraya Label
Catalog #: IR-7773
Format: CD

tracklist
01. 葬列
02. 奇形の君へ
03. Tragedy
04. 未完の終幕

Third single from one of DEViL KiTTY/Kar'MariA frontman Yuuga's earliest bands. If you've heard his other stuff, you'll surely recognize parts of track 2. Yuuga liked to take parts of his old songs and recycle them into new ones, which always made for interesting comparison listening and almost felt like those songs were tied together in some canonical way.

Bought from a friend.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Lonesummer - There Are Few Tomorrows For Feeding Our Worries (2011)


Genre: Experimental Rock/Black Metal/Shoegaze
Released: December 31st, 2011
Region: Philadelphia, PA
Label: Music Ruins Lives
Catalog #: MRL14
Format: CD

tracklist
01. I Hope You Miss Me Now, Because I Want You To Know How Much That Hurts
02. Worries and Weariness
03. Tobacco, Gin and Bile
04. Ghost Stories
05. All My Bitterness Is Just Regret
06. The Sweetest of the Sweet Dreams
07. To Make Things Good Again
08. There Are Few Tomorrows For Feeding Our Worries
09. You're Ash To Me
10. Dream Me Free
11. Clouded Eyes and Candlelights
12. Despair Will Hold A Place In My Heart, A Bigger One Than You Do
13. ...For Just One Warm Day

Lonesummer are a (very)lo-fi experimental post-rock & black metal band who are label mates with mine and this, their latest full length, is my favorite release of theirs so far. A passionate, noisy feast that ranges from loud, fierce and intense to sweet, poppy and upbeat. Highly recommended. Favorite tracks are probably 3, 6, and 7.

Bought from the label a couple months back.

Monday, February 6, 2012

東京YANKEES - Overdoing (1992)

(Tokyo YANKEES - Overdoing)

Genre: Punk/Heavy Metal
Released: October 1st, 1992
Region: Kyushu, Japan
Label: Extasy Records
Catalog #: EXC-009
Format: CD

tracklist
01. BIG GAME
02. DEVIL
03. FLASHBACK
04. EXPRESS
05. DRUGSTORE COWBOY
06. POWER
07. QUICK AS LIGHT
08. DOUBLE CROSS
09. JOKER

J's writeup:

Overdoing, compared to their first album, is much more ambitious, now the length of a more typical album, better songwriting and general improvements all round, the songs also vary more. A few voices of the old visual kei scene appear in choruses, most notably hide of X Japan, Pata also guests as guitarist in the song Drugstore Cowboy.

Most notable about the album is that it includes a mini-disc, this disc features a remake of their first and only single Joker, it sounds much more ferocious and is definitely a highlight. This album's booklet also ends with a special thank you...

"Most of all, this album is dedicated to our following, some of the most punk, hardcore, or hardrockalike people we have ever met. We love to live the worst life in this gloomy society. We must live by the different laws. Who cares? Who will scold us? We find that we're doing all those things you would not have done without rhyme or reason. Do you envy or curse us? The past we made may be forgotten, but it never dies. Your feelings are free-for-all everyday, and our dramatic potential of sound that's helped by you is unknown. SO PLAY THIS LOUD, LOUD, LOUD as LOUD as the speakers and you can bear!! Everybody shout for joy and pain. Hope to invite you to another heaven. Good luck..."

東京YANKEES - Do the DIRTY (1991)

(Tokyo YANKEES - Do the DIRTY)

Genre: Punk/Heavy Metal
Released: May 28th, 1991
Region: Kyushu, Japan
Label: Extasy Records
Catalog #: EXC-006
Format: CD

tracklist
01. DIVE INTO FIELD
02. GAMBLER
03. RAT RACE
04. LET ME GO
05. GOOD-FOR-NOTHING
06. HOLLYWOOD HEARTBREAKER

James is on a ROLL with these j-punk/metal albums!!
His writeup for this'n:

Do the DIRTY is more like an EP than a full album, clocking in at only six relatively short songs, regardless this is the Yankees' first break into something full and is pretty decent in its sound. Ume's distinct vocals come out mostly as a slur, but seem to give the album more of a raw edge along with a don't-give-a-fuck attitude; these are the Tokyo Yankees and they're going to hammer your ears no matter what it takes (I take back what I previously said about mostly correct English, this album is Engrish through and through, can't say it detracts the charm though).

This one's a short headbanger, nothing brilliant, but fans of the faster and slightly grittier side of old metal will find something to like.