Wednesday, December 26, 2007

鉄アレイ (Tetsu Arei) - 鉄アレイ II

Heard about these Tokyo hardcore legends (whose name, by the way, translates as 'Iron Dumbbell') from my friend Kohei, who used to play with one of their former members in the equally ubiquitous Extinct Government. Apparently these guys were one of the original hardcore punk bands to form in Japan, and their super-heavy sound makes this a good deal more interesting than your average throw-away hardcore album. Don't get me wrong; these guys are as punked out as they get, but it's the way they combine typically catchy street-punk screamalongs with Sabbath-esque guitar sludge that gives them an edge up on the competition. Unfortunately, my inability to read Japanese makes finding album art and further info impossible, but luckily that won't prevent you from enjoying the songs.

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

One of the few sites featuring different styles that are all mighty fine.Keep spreading your net far and wide.

Best
Mike

Slobodan Burgher said...

the description sound intriguing enough so shall give it a try, +adding link here now

post said...

this band rules

post said...

you can find more info if you search 'tetsu array'

thats how ive always seen it spelled

wedge said...

one of the BEST ever, they never did a bad record, but this is probably their weakest release. utterly mindblowing stuff can be found on the s/t 1st LP/CD (Sunshine Sherbert label 1991), "Force" 7"ep (HG Fact label 1996-ish), and "14all" 12"EP/CDEP (HG Fact 2000). theres also 2 7"es that have been released in the last 5 years. the "Rocket/Core" 45 (HG Fact) is more straight-up hard rock style. it takes a few listens to sink in, but when it does...LOOK OUT!! also, theres a 25th anniversary ep from about 3 years ago, but i dont have it & have yet to hear it. also manditory searching are their appearances on compilations like "Eye Of The Thrash Guerilla" LP (4 tracks, Selfish label 1987) & "Rad" CD (1 track, BMG-Japan label 1993-ish); and the 10 minutes on the live video release "Complete Death Live" (Invitation/Sony-Japan 1988) is prtoof of how powerful this band is on stage, even with a session/fill-in guitarist!

as for the spelling of the bands name in English, all the Japanese collectors i corresponded with way back when refered to this band as "Tetsu-Arei", but in the last 5 or so years, ive seen it spelled "Tetsu Arrey" and even "Tetsu Alley". try either one & im sure youll have some luck. check out the website for their label HG FACT and im sure you can find something there...