For us Westerners, many forms Japanese non-traditional music carry an awkward, or even amusing air of exotism. When it comes to metal and punk, this sense of other-ness often stems from the way European-descended musical genres get filtered through a cultural lens largely alien to its original source. Even when it comes to obvious carbon-copy tribute acts, there’s always something strikingly goofy about Japanese metal/punk. Not surprisingly, this makes for a good marketing device because even if the bands suck (and to be frank, many of them do), they still sound “unique”. Relevant cases in point are just too ubiquitous to deserve mentioning. Let’s instead talk about something that does not suck. Like Japan’s premier hardcore punk act and much-overlooked crossover pioneers G.I.S.M. While definitely goofy, G.I.S.M. succeed where most Japanese metal- and punk-acts fail by forging a highly idiosyncratic expression that not only offers something new to the table, but also manage to resonate with the deeper spirit of both punk and metal.
Tags: Crossover, destestation, Gism, Hardcore
A “War Metal Maniac” calling himself “Nokturnal Thrall to 7-11, Glutinous Devourer of Transmogrified Phallus” submitted a story of an encounter of his to Death Metal Underground in light of Gorgowocoa’s recent revelations of disgusting degeneracy.
Tags: blasphemy, conqueror, Crossover, crossover thrash, homoeroticism, homosexuality, nuclear war now! productions, nwn, NWN/FMP, thrash metal, War Metal
Grafjammer play crossover thrash with a black metal production on Koud Gemaakt.
Tags: beer metal, black 'n roll, Crossover, crossover thrash, funderground, grafjammer, pizza thrash, review, the netherlands, thrash metal, trends mosh core fun
Expulsion are a self-proclaimed grindcore band who rarely grind on their debut crossover thrash album Nightmare Future.
Tags: Crossover, crossover thrash, expulsion, metalcore, nightmare future, relapse, relapse records, repulsion, review, thrash metal
Harley Flanagan (Cro-Mags) is currently recording upcoming material with his new band HARD-CORE according to his Facebook page.
Tags: Crossover, crossover thrash, hard-core, Hardcore, Hardcore Punk, Harley Flanagan, news, recording, Speed Metal, thrash metal, upcoming release
Metal interview blog Bardo Methodology interviewed Nuclear War Now! Productions owner Yosuke Kinishi earlier this week about his motivations for starting his mostly war metal label. Konishi spoke about his mild misanthropy, veganism, “die hard” edition cash grabs, and how most war metal bands (presumably on his label) fail to live up to the social Darwinism they spout.
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Review contributed to Death Metal Underground by Jon Browning.
This Ends Here / The Conqueror Worm is a not totally godawful, self-titled punk split from the bands of the same names. You won’t want to shoot half of them after listening to it if you’re that bored you know. This Ends Hear’s a-side consists of atmospheric d-beating crossover similar to Discharge crossed with Celtic Frost to create punk with the same tempo as 1990s post-hardcore and atmospheric sludge with none of the outright guitar wank and junkie idiocy. While listeners have probably heard the standard d-beat rhythms, the influence from the stranger, melodic side of speed metal (Sabbat and the Brazilians) and later post-hardcore gives them strength beyond the robotic machine punk guitar wank of bands like Martyrdod. This Ends Here would do well to get rid of most of their bluesier attempts at atmosphere in future material or better integrated it into flowing compositions similar to the better Celtic Frost influenced death metal like Autopsy and Obituary – Cause of Death you know.
Tags: 2017, Crossover, crossover thrash, d-beat, Hardcore, noise, noise rock, post-hardcore, punk, punk rock, review, rock, split, the conqueror worm, this ends here, thrash metal, War Metal
Metalheads tend to be wary of punk, recognizing it only for its role as an influence on metal. This attitude obscures the fact that the best of punk is worth exploring on its own terms and merits, starting with perhaps the greatest influence of punk technique and heightened aesthetics in that genre, hardcore punk‘s The Misfits.
Tags: Crossover, Earth A.D., glenn danzig, Hardcore, Hardcore Punk, punk, punk rock, the misfits, Thrash
Some metal was created to be enjoyed drunk and alone with reality TV blaring in the background.
Tags: Brutal Death Metal, collision, Crossover, crossover thrash, Goregrind, Grindcore, hammerheart records, Orchectomy, sadistic metal reviews, Thrash, thrash metal