ILLYA: Microcosmos: LP

After ten years’ worth of demos and EPs, this is the vinyl edition of the 2018 debut album from Japan’s Illya. Raging hardcore with metallic overtones and a vocal delivery on the edge of sanity. If you’re remotely interested in Japanese hardcore specifically—or dark, raw hardcore of any origin—check this out. Sidenote: excellent use of a lead from the bridge of Iron Maiden’s “Fear of the Dark” to open track two! –Chad Williams (SPHC)