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D.O.N.D.O.N. Japanese thrash reissued! | Trash Cookies

D.O.N.D.O.N. Japanese thrash reissued!

Posted on 19 June 2008 by Craig

dondon coverThe years 1985 through 1991 make up my favorite period in Japanese hardcore. The bands of Japan at the time were mixing the crusty gloom of England’s Discharge with the thrashing tempo of mid 80’s euro thrash like B.G.K. If that’s not bad ass enough, they also embraced heavy metal’s crunch and blazing lead guitars. It’s funny that I like the ‘85-‘91 period so much because that’s the exact life span of the mighty band D.O.N.D.O.N. They released a couple of EP’s, a split flexi, a handful of compilation songs and two LP’s. The second of which is the “Last Warning” LP. It was originally released in 1991 on Never Again Records, in a small pressing of only 200. This basically makes “Last Warning” a lost record to those of us outside of the bands home of Japan. At the time of the album’s release, Japan had been experiencing a tsunami wave of thrash-fueled hardcore punk bands, many of whom never had proper releases outside of their native country. Luckily Schizophrenic Records has re-released this piece of blazing hardcore history in the U.S. and Canada.

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D.O.N.D.O.N. is actually an acronym which stands for Detestation of Negative Destruction of Nuclear. No shit, that’s the name of their band. Their name is not so strange when you consider the ridiculous acronyms of other Japanese hardcore bands like G.I.S.M. (God in the Schizoid Mind) or S.O.B. (Sabotage Organized Barbarian). D.O.N.D.O.N.‘s music is also similar to other Japanese bands of their time. They condensed all the elements of the Japanese and European bands that influenced them and added a bit of their own insanity. The guitars are fuzzy, crunchy, and slightly metallic. There is even the occasional wailing solo. Yoshikawa’s vocals are raspy and delivered in a growling, mostly yelled, sometimes spoken style. The singers voice sits just on top of the mix, giving you the feeling that your listening to some crazed transient, shouting his angry manifesto over a raging thrash score. The drums are pretty basic but, more importantly, they are played at an absolutely ripping speed. That’s probably the first thing that jumped out at me when I first listened to this disc. Death Side, Lip Cream, and loads of other bands were playing a similar version of hardcore, but many of the songs on D.O.N.D.O.N.‘s “Last Warning” approach near grindcore velocity. Even the Discharge-esque, mid-paced songs here seem a little rushed. This is all a total bonus in my book.

D.O.N.D.O.N may not be the first band mentioned when talking about Japanese hardcore, but they are an absolutely ripping band. It’s not every day that a label can make these kinds of records available in the U.S., so if you’re new to Japanese thrash or a long time fan, get this record. Schizophrenic has made this available on CD and vinyl, but they pressed only 700 records. I bought one, so that leaves a possible 699 records for the rest of you to fight over.

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  1. Jeff O. Says:

    I don’t know… the band I was in in 7th grade was named PFC for Purple Flying Cows, our drummer (who came up with the name) was on acid waaaaay more than any 12 year old should have been.

    Great post!

  2. LoryGil Says:

    D.O.N.D.O.N. is totally rockin. I can’t wait to get my own copy!

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