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one of those vinyls I feared I would NEVER find, and for good reasons,
since this is one of the rarest and most sought-after Jpn-metal EPs. There's
a good reason for that too: On this debut offering they totally DESTROY!
No doubt was this one of the hardest and fastest Japanese metal releases
of it's time, 1 or 2 years before thrash metal broke for real in the land
of the rising sun (yeah I know SABBAT and WHITE
HELL whipped them silly, but these guys could actually play!).
After the great, bombastic intro the fantastic "In Despair"
hacks away at your skull like a rabid ninja-woodpecker possessed by Beelzebub!
It's furious "Fast as a shark"-style double-bass drum seminal
Power Metal Mania! incorporating all the elements of speed, catchiness
and attitude that I found their full-length follow up "Whisper
Of The Evil" to be lacking. The brilliant chorus kinda reminds
me of Candlemass' "a sorcerer's pledge" - at Speed Metal-pace!
- and there's even a mosh-part in there. Takashi's vocals do tend to reach
heights I'm not always too comfortable with, but at least he stays in
tune (and it's nowhere near appalling SOLAR EAGLE-standards), so that
doesn't quite count as a complaint, seeing as how popular this style of
singing is to some. "Midnight Dream" is more of a mid-paced
affair, not as instantly catchy, but with a really nice groove to it and
the chorus grows with every listening. It's a bit like the material on
the LP I guess, only slightly better.
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