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Japanische Kampfhorspiele
Hardcore Aus Der Ersten Welt (Bastardized Recordings)

By: Jeb Branin

This is the second release I have heard from JAPANISCHE KAMPFH?RSPIELE (or JaKa for short) and this band knows how to tear me a new one. Feverishly raging grindcore played with blood-thirsty fury and that off-kilter mixture of chaos and precision that seems to be standard in all the best grind. The deranged outbursts of grind are enhanced (or is that engorged?) with just enough noise and noise rock to add texture but not enough that it comes across as even the slightest bit industrial. In fact if the AmRep noise rock scene had ever produced a grindcore band it would have sounded like JaKa.

Everything this band does is in German and it's been twenty years since I had high school German, so I have no idea what they are screaming about, but judging from the design work on the CD it is political and perhaps a bit arty. A stellar release any way you look at it.

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