NIGHTMARE/CONCRETE SOX-Split e.p. (MCR 049) 1993
Released to coincide with a CONCRETE SOX Japanese tour, what matters most about this record is the absolutely raging NIGHTMARE tracks. Anyone that’s been around this site for any length of time knows my affinity for rampaging J-core, and NIGHTMARE are at the top of the love-fest. Existing a bit later than most of the “classic” Japanese band, these guys had the perfect mix early J-core, speed, and a touch of ….ahem -“metal”. They released a great 7″ (posted HERE), some tracks on the “Eye of the Thrash Guerilla” compilation and an lp before this record, and had a couple 7″ after. Original drummer Osamoon died in the early 90’s and they took a break for awhile. They started up again in late 90’s and have been going strong ever since, with a new 7″ released in 2006 that’s pretty damn good.
Ummmm…… the CONCRETE SOX side of the record is alright, at best. These guys were pretty boring in their later years and nothing really compares to the outta control, early recordings with John March (future HERESY singer) playing drums. Not the worst stuff I’ve heard from them, but this is a 1-sided record as far as I’m concerned. Check out the” Your turn next” lp or the track from “anglican scrape attic” compilation to hear the primo C.Sox material.
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