JABARA: Why We Wish: 12″

Originally released on CD by HG Fact in Japan, this is released here for the masses to hear the manic rage of this band. If you are familiar with the label, not all their releases are available outside of Japan. I’m not sure if this was one of them. It also sounds better on vinyl. It has a heartier feel to the music. Japan’s hardcore is unique in their passion for the recording and the energy you feel in their music. It does not feel faked and you feel the compassion they spew forth. This is my second exposure to this band. My prior experience was a split flexi that they did with a band called Messed Up. Here, they blaze forward in a ball of fire with their mixture of Japcore, metal, and pulverizing punk blasts. Without compromising the power, there is always an underlying hint of melody in the music. I never researched the history of this band and its members. From what I hear in the music, they seem to be seasoned veterans of the punk scene. The musicianship is top notch and the songs are well crafted. From start to finish, you can’t help focusing on the madness that flies out your speakers like a windstorm. If you are familiar with bands like Gauze, Paintbox, or Forward, you will be quite pleased with this band.

 –don (Prank)