Gloom
Speed Noise Hardcore Rags


3.5
great

Review

by Pine Cone Massacre USER (202 Reviews)
August 9th, 2011 | 25 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: PUNK AS FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I pride myself on being self alienating. I don't know what it is, but I just get off on being totally bizarre and unpredictable. I like scaring people with my theatrics but even more I like to wear viking dresses, drink mixed beers, and mosh alone. I am gratified by my own egotistical need to be different. In the process I make myself undatable and damage potential job prospects but that's alright because in the long run I really don't give a ***. Id rather just live in the moment, jerk off and listen to music all day with the occasional Renaissance fair, work day and gym visit thrown in for good measure. Music is therapeutic for me and I need a wide span of genres to compliment the various emotions I feel during the course of a day. Listening to hardcore is appropriate for when I want to smash 80 inch TVs with my battle axe or eat and drink excessively. Today is one of those days and the band in question is Japan's Gloom.

Gloom is one of those old-school crust punk bands you hear about from all the music elitists out there. Opinions are varied upon the tenets of musical elitism but in the long run these guys do more good than bad. The said elitists may be dick or arrogant but they introduce you to some kickass ***ing ***. Good tradeoff no? Gloom's 1993 EP Speed Noise Hardcore Rags is twelve minutes of blistering hardcore punk that will kick your sister in the face and buy her a bottle of wine afterwards. Gloom don't *** around here. They play groovy, heavy as a sledgehammer to the groin hardcore with a grimy ass tone and anarchist like precision. I swear, if the dudes and dudettes up in England aren't rioting to this I'll be surprised. There are no calming interludes or heartfelt Rebecca Black choruses. In fact, you won't even have a moment to breathe when this EP is running. For eight tracks you are bombarded with perpetually pissed off, high octane hardcore that doesn't stop until the twelve minutes are up.

Let me tell you something mother***ers. Gloom can riff. Gloom can riff harder and faster than any of you can. And it is that reason why I have a hard time not headbanging/running into walls while I write this exquisite review. They pull out all the big guns and pummel you with blistering crust riffs so catchy you will be helpless to remain still during this aural beating. Grab your bro, chug a beer and start moshing. Oh wait! "Wargasm" opens up with a heartfelt melody. Time to slow-dance with your gal pal. Never mind, that lasted about twenty seconds before the fast riffs and unintelligible shouts beckon through the speakers. Vocals are fierce yo. You can't really understand what he is saying but who cares? This guy is yelling like there's no tomorrow. He has so much passion in his voice that you have to believe that he's spouting a positive message. The drumming performance is E.N.E.R.G.E.T.I.C. Rampant snare abuse and kick-drums result in ear rape. No time to slow down, you have to keep moshing. This music is perfect for going to a house party solely to break random *** that doesn't belong to you. The rhythms are infectious, the production is raw and the attitude is up in your face.

Speed Noise Hardcore Rags is a perfect example of 90's hardcore done right. It's fast, furious and defiant. It doesn't reinvent the wheel nor does it stimulate your intellectual depth with progressive song structures but what it does have is passion. Speed Noise Hardcore Rags is a brief yet rousing good time destined for debauchery and destruction, even if this band turned out to be a straightedge/flower power crew without my knowing. If you fancy yourself as a lunatic or a man/woman who likes to punch floors and drink hot sauce then I recommend you give this a spin. You wont be disappointed.



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Relinquished
August 9th 2011


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2GRIM4ME

BallsToTheWall
August 9th 2011


44333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

FAST RIFFS. GON THRASH

Digging: Pharmakon - Abandon

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August 9th 2011


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IS THIS HARDCORE LIKE DEFEATER

BallsToTheWall
August 9th 2011


44333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

IT'S A JAPANESE VERSION OF DEFEATER. IN FACT DEFEATER STATED IN SEVERAL OF THEIR INTERVIEWS THAT GLOOM WERE THEIR PRIMARY INFLUENCE. GLOOM'S MULTI LAYERED DEPTH, EMOTIONAL HEFT AND TWISTING SONG DYNAMICS INSPIRED DEFEATER TO MAKE THEIR LAST RECORD.

Relinquished
August 9th 2011


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THESE GUYS BETTER BLOW ME

Relinquished
August 9th 2011


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AWAY THAT IS

BallsToTheWall
August 9th 2011


44333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

OF COURSE, BELIEVE IT OR NOT BUT BERLIN ARE BIG SUPPORTERS OF THIS BAND. THEY PLAYED A PIVOTAL ROLE IN THE MAKING OF TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY.

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HEARD TWO TRACKS ON YOUTUBES. IT IS HATEFUL AND NOISY, MY KIND OF HARDCORE. GONNA DRINK SOME PUBLIX BRAND HOT CHUNKY SALSA TO THIS.

Willie
Moderator
August 9th 2011


15969 Comments


I'll avoid the caps and this album, but great intro.

Digging: Necropoli - I

BallsToTheWall
August 9th 2011


44333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This has some sick pit riffing grooves man, give it a youtube trial run at least although not sure how versed or interested you are in hardcore.

Willie
Moderator
August 9th 2011


15969 Comments


I like old hardcore like Agnostic Front, Sick of it All, Carnivore, Madball -- I'll youtube this.

Willie
Moderator
August 9th 2011


15969 Comments


Oh shit, this is like Minor Threat/Black Flag hardcore with a metal edge.

edit: Still listening and even that description is a little off.

CrimsonChin
August 9th 2011


116 Comments


awesome review. checked out the first two songs on youtube but not too sure how much i like it=/

BallsToTheWall
August 9th 2011


44333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

THRASHIN WITH A PASSION

iFghtffyrdmns
August 10th 2011


7047 Comments


you know balls, I kinda thought that post in my shoutbox was a joke, but I'm thinking otherwise after reading this review, namely that first paragraph.

you rule bro. misanthropes 4 lyfe.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2011


16137 Comments


Japanese hardcore and crust is tops. Great review.

BallsToTheWall
August 10th 2011


44333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My greatest review no doubt.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2011


16137 Comments


You listened to The Stalin or Crow?

BallsToTheWall
August 10th 2011


44333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nO BUT i DIG Battle of Disarm.

alachlahol
August 10th 2011


7489 Comments


gloom gives me a stiff penis if you know what im saying

if you enjoy this band you should also be looking up the other japanese crust bros:

G.I.S.M.
Crow (as Angel said)
Framtid
Gauze
Disclose



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