Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Rest In Power: Kawakami's non-Disclose related side projects

Note: Sadly, I'd be in the depths of hell after the imminent nuclear holocaust :(

Coucou, les! We're back with another update. I'm sorry I couldn't update last weekend but I was busy with Empatía (my new band) live performing in Ibagué. If you're curious enough and want to know about it, there are some videos out there but I'll fully reveal it when the songs we already recorded are mastered and mixed. Just be patient for the official announcement. Also, this week I'll try to complete the yet unfinished 80s ex-yugoslavian hardcore punk special post. I must admit that it's been a tough task since most of the releases are out of print and even unavailable on the Internet but I'm almost finishing it. Don't worry. 

So, in the meantime, I'll feature Kawakami's (R.I.P.) side projects after Disclose's demise. This entry wasn't meant to be here but a little thread discussion was lead by both Disordera Records and Narcosarcasmo (two colombian record labels, already featured here in the blog) owners about Bacteria, a cryptic noisecore outfit made by this "d-beat" master (Thank you for the inspiration, homies!). So, in the aforementioned thread, I confused it with Takeshi's (from C.F.D.L.) side project of the same name but I made my research and eureka! I found it. I also recalled some other similar hardcore punk, noise and experimental side projects and decided to feature them here in the blog since they're fairly unknown and not so common for this site's standards. I even bet many diehard fans of Kawakami (R.I.P.) aren't aware of their existence. Ha!.

Finally, I also was considering writing about Disclose but I will do it in another entry with other purposes. And, well, as you must already know among all "dis-clones" and "d-beat" worshipers out there, Disclose is reaaaalllllyyyyy well-known and popular. Everyone's mad about them but me. Ha ha ha. With all that written, let's begin. 

Bacteria - 28 trax demo CD/LP!78RgWJqJ!RHaxhL8Yb4_ICuizH8CaKBfQqH2BQUknbDRnBJ-g7_Y

This rare yet "brutiful" noisecore masterpiece was recorded back in 1994, the same year Disclose released, IMHO, their masterpiece: the Tragedy LP (Overthrow Records, Japan). And, yes, as a curious fact: the infamous american crustcore band took their name from this chef-d'œuvre. However, these demo tracks didn't see the light until 2015 when Dan-Doh Records (a japanese record label) released it on CD format. It also was re-released on LP format the next year by Regurgitated  Semen Records in Germany. 

Now, regarding the sound, Bacteria, unlike Kawakami's (R.I.P.) other Discharge tribute band, is pure fuckin' noisecore. Indeed, you'll find in here influences from Sore Throat (UK), Fear Of God (Switzerland) and Seven Minutes Of Nausea (Australia), for naming a few. The album's length is only 16 minutes, pretty accurate for the standards of this infamous grindcore variant. I completely dig this record due to the display of violence and hate, pretty different to Disclose's traditional trademark sound. I can't even imagine what would have happened if this demo was released back in the 90s...

Finally, click on the image for downloading this rare and cryptic jewel. This is the original CD version. Note that it's one track since I had serious difficulties trying to rip the album. But don't worry, this fact won't ruin the musical experience. I think it will enhance it. Also, the artwork, inserts and layouts are included in the file but lyrics' sheet is absent. This is completely unnecessary since most of the tracks are way too short and all of them make different references to pain, war, diseases and misery, etc. like any other generic hardcore punk band does, right? Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Insane Youth A.D. Wild Things / Crucified By The Ka-Kämi - Just Wanna Be Myself / Crucified By The Ka-Kämi split 7"!DlAlmT7Z!UZgI9RSe-2LO9Z1PUiQOzm7Zvc-ANPHzqoaN6Kw2rhI 

An impressive split 7" released by Dan-Doh Records in 1999. The first band, Insane Youth A.D. Wild Things is a japanese hardcore band that released a pretty extensive discography, even they shared a split with Disclose (MCR Company (Japan), 1993). For this record, they display short, fast and loud music with a particular mix of both japanese crust and thrashcore of their time (somewhere between Gloom and Systematic Death) and also there are some cool metallic guitar riffs. Pretty solid stuff. 

And, last but not least, Crucified By The Ka-Kämi is a short-lived hardcore project with this split as the only official release. It follows the same path traced by Disclose but, the musical execution also somewhat reminded me of an eventual blueprint for future american crustcore bands such as Tragedy and From Ashes Rise. Neat. For this side project, Kawakami (R.I.P.) is credited as Filthy Anus, one of the three aliases used for releasing his non-Disclose related side projects.

Finally, click on the image for downloading this record. The file contains the artwork, inserts, layouts and lyrics' sheet. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Blackgoat AKA Goatworshipper!34g0VbTB!liOWp1u-t57uC5IBnKKIEk8J3CUUqi_cf54Fmla97ZI

Both names were the last two aliases of Kawakami (R.I.P.). For these side projects, the "d-beat" master followed the same noisy path established by the previous band but also added some black metal toppings into the repertory, as well as satanist references and imagery. However, I do think the noise elements are prevalent above all. Don't worry, it's still obscure enough. 

Regarding the sound, unlike other japanese harsh noise and power electronics projects, these two outfits were more influenced by The Rita, Knurl (Canada) and Goat (USA) with a more "dark" approach as already stated above. Also, note that this material was released posthumously: Sabbatic 5 Goat EP as Blackgoat (Smell The Stench (Australia), 2007), The Blackgoat Mass as Blackgoat AKA Goatworshpper (Deathrash Armageddon (Japan), 2007) and Blackgoat Harshnoise demo CD-R as Goatworshipper  (Smell The Stench, 200x).

Finally, click on the image for downloading the material mentioned in the previous paragraph. Note that The Blackgoat Mass is one mp3 file with a length of more than 30 minutes (!). I didn't rip both tracks individually because I think your BDSM sessions or isolated yet introspective lonely moments inside a dark room will be more comfortable with this soundtrack made in the depths of hell. You're welcome, naughty and kinky If you remember outfits such as Vermapyre (Belgium), Broken Cross (Sweden) and OEDE (Norway), already featured in our infamous yet successful Holy Terror special post, Blackgoat AKA Goatworshipper is definitely for you. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

A Tribute To Kawakami: 1971 - 2007

Featured bands: Blackgoat, Audiocum (France), Gruuthaagy (Croatia) and Stirner (Netherlands) 

We finally conclude this entry with an awesome tribute to the "d-beat" master, released on digital format by Smell The Stench in 2007. This record features previously unreleased tracks that were meant to be released as splits tapes/CD-Rs with Blackgoat but it wasn't possible due to Kawakami's (R.I.P.) death in 2007. So, you'll find in here pure harsh noise and power electronics and it's unnecessary to do further explanations about it. Just listen to it. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to the offical bandcamp account where you can get access to this awesome tribute. I hope you enjoyed this entry as much as I did preparing it. Stay tuned for more surprises. Until the next time. Kisses and hugs!

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