Filed under: Japan
JUDGEMENT-Process e.p. (HG Fact 070) 1997
Sorta by request/sorta by duty, to finish the set of 7″s by this amazing band. This is the highly coveted, gig only 2nd (or 1st depending on what you believe) 7″ by JUDGEMENT and it’s pretty cool.
The song “process” starts off deceivingly melodic and builds into a soaring, full scale “burning spirits” epic. I had heard the “No reason why” 7″ before this one and was pretty dissapointed upon hearing “process”. I imagined that this, their first single, would be rawer, faster and any other adjective you could tack “-er” on the end of. Usually bands go from raw and “Green” to something a bit more refined (not always though) so hearing this first song was a bit puzzling for me. This was just a hint of what was to come on the later records and it ended up growing on me.
“The situation” on the other hand is a full scale rager and would sound more at home on the “no reason why” 7″.
This song really embodies what I love about this bands early material (and most Japanese h.c. for that matter), precise devastation and a band set on “kill” for about 2 minutes at a time. Absolutely fierce!!!!
I’m sure the band recorded both these 7″s at the same session and maybe “process” was the token, true “burning spirits” song and the others were just pent-up ragers ala members past bands (DEATHSIDE, BASTARD & CRUCK). No matter, this is still a classic 7″ and well worth your time.
For the history of the band and insightful commentary try HERE for the “no reason why” 7″ post-HERE for the “haunt in the dark” 7″ post and HERE for the “night brings…” 7″ post. There is also a CDep on HG Fact records entitled “just be…..” that may still be in print and is also worth checking out if you dig this band.
ps: The sleeve scan is from the HG Fact website and the songs from my archive via “professer” Stuart Schrader- Check out his masterful new blog HERE