D.O.N.D.O.N.: Last Warning: LP

A little history here. This was originally released in Japan in 1991 and there were only 200 pressed. I’m guessing only a handful ever made it out of the country with that kind of press run, but the fine folks at Schizophrenic Records unearthed a gem. Not only do they re-release this, but they also include comp tracks to fill out this reissue. This deservingly needed to be put back out there. The distinct style of punk that this band plays is very distinctively Japanese and should be mentioned in the same breath as one of the great punk bands out of Japan like The Execute, Lip Cream, Gauze, or GISM. They thrash with fury and add that slight crossover element that was popular in that time period—almost purely manic, yet controlled with such precision. Melodic, metallic, and fast bursts of sheer power. It is a sound that makes many people obsessive about punk music from Japan; it’s a sound that is hard to duplicate if you are not from the country. You feel like your heart is about to burst but a smile overtakes your face. Such a great release that if there is an inkling of interest, you’d better act fast. I hear they were only pressing 300 on cool multi colored vinyl. There is a CD version if you snooze.

 –don (Schizophrenic)