Tokyo Damage Report

reup : Dead (germany) Japan tour w/ church of misery

sep 11, 2004 go to the best metal show ever. jesus, all these bands are amazing. why is this genre not popular over here??? COFFINS Jesus, why didn’t I like these guys the first time? They are one of the best bands ever. Unbelievably slow and heavy with occasional Celtic Frost in the mix. Also […]

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reup : KOREA/JAPAN oi! FEST: dick spike, samchung, tabloid play, rux, couch, jiraltan 99, oi! valcans, spiky brats

KOREA/JAPAN Oi! FESTIVAL     ok, I went to another wish-we-were-english-punk show just last night, but damn. How can I pass up something as delightfully absurd/Quixotic as a ‘korea / japan oi festival’?? the first thing I noticed was: hella dudes wearing like 20 year old Fred Perry shirts (i.e. the ‘official skin shirt’) […]

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conquest for death, vitamin x, everybody’s enemy, dammit honey, yuuyake no oka, hardcore fanclub

friday november 6 @ nakano moon step   aaah shit! The Conquest for Death tour rolls on. This time with ANOTHER 9-band marathon show. This time, though, it was mostly younger bands, bands without a lot of "clout" or "juice" within the main Tokyo scene. Usually these bands have to "pay dues" for like 9 years […]


magma at May 20th, 2009 @ shibuya on-air west.

  Behold the power of Magma: Old guy with bib overalls singing opera in a made-up language, on a street corner = homeless. Same guy with a virtuoso band, in a Japanese theater: $48,000 a night.   Magma is one of those bands. For fourty damn earth-years, they’ve been playing the weirdest prog-rock/jazz/opera ever. Plus […]


nueva etika, thorn, blood calls we die, pasqua, loyal to the grave @hatsudai wall

  STRAIGHT-EDGE HARDCORE  – excuse me, I mean HAWD COAH NIGHT @ HATSUDAI WALL. Sat march 9th.   I’m not really familiar with this style of rock music, so I don’t know if this was a typical show or not. There seemed to be a lot of dudes drinking, for one thing. Also, the audience […]


Kylesa (USA), birushanah (from OSAKA), Church of Misery @ Earthdom

 CHURCH OF MISERY AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH shit! Church Of Misery is back with their old singer, Mr. Negishi. Dudes in audience was like:   Deeeyammnn!!   Negishi went hella wild –   I saw Mr. Man before the show and he was barely able to stand – all ‘wall walking’ to the bar to get more Demon […]

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Defiance (portland), no evacuations, disclapties, hat trickers, Tom and the boot bois,

DEFIANCE JAPAN TOUR, JUNE 2008 @ HATSUDAI WALL NO EVACUATIONS No Evacuations played mid-tempo punk, with a motorhead feel to it. They weren’t so good. TYPICAL DISCLAPTIES FANS yeah, it was that Spikie Drunx Punx kind of show.   THE DISCLAPTIES Disclapties’ singer said his hobby is mixed martial arts. But, like a other martial […]

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Christ on parade (Berkeley), Fuck the lot of you, banjax, it’s you, kola

@ HATSUDAI WALL     FUCK THE LOT OF YOU These guys did really crazy improvised grind / noise punk, which is not as terrible as it sounds. Kind of reminded me of Tokyo’s EXACTLY VIOLENT STYLE, who had a similar gimmick. The drummer was totally nuts – hitting the cymbals with his hands, muttering […]

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Dog Soldier (portland), kriegshog, life, C.O.P., crow, destroyed natural beast

BARKING OF THE DOGS, SNORTING OF THE HOGS @ EARTHDOM   KRIEGSHOG   This was a show organized by HG FACT (Japan’s most venerable HC record label). it was the last show of the KRIEGSHOG / DOG SOLDIER tour, and both bands told me they felt some pressure to wrap things up on a suitably […]

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church of misery, ogre, blood farmers

doom age festival v.4 @ shibuya cyclone   OGRE   Ogre won my heart by introducing a song like this: "OK, this next song tells what happened before the last song." in other words, ROCK OPERA. With Iron Maiden falsetto screaming, stop-and-start riffs (like War Pigs) and 10-minute bridges – but played by totally unpretentious […]

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electric wizard japan tour @ earthdom.

  in your face.     More than Corrupted or even Celtic Frost, this was the MMMMMMetal show I had been most looking forward to this year. There were problems to be sure — the venue was way too small to accomodate the number of fans, and 90% of folks could not even see the […]

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@ ASAKUSA KURAWOOD SIVADOH Sivadoh is a kind of new band from Kouenji. Maybe if you like 324 you’ll like Sivadoh. The story behind their name: it is not Japanese. At practice one day the drummer was just screaming because he was so aggro, and one of the band members apparently said, "Whoa, that scream […]

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