9mm Parabellum Bullet
Termination


4.5
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Review

by KMHouldey USER (5 Reviews)
February 24th, 2012 | 17 replies | 3,292 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid debut for the Yokohama quartet.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

As far as Japanese bands go, 9mm Parabellum Bullet is one of the most accessible bands around. Rather than delving into the realm of Visual Kei, the band plays straight up rock music and does so with style. Many people are deterred by Japanese music due to the language barrier and the radically different styles of music. However, it doesn’t take a Japanese dictionary to appreciate some good old rock and roll. If you are looking for something raucous yet catchy, with impressive instrumental work and a non-cutesy Japanese vocalist, you’ve come to the right band and indeed the right album.

As the name suggests, the band plays fast. Very fast. From ‘Psychopolis’ to ‘Punishment’, their talent shines through, with a liberal application of each instrument within each song. ‘Punishment’, the album’s closer, best sums up the fusion of this talent as it is filled to the brim with frenetic shredding, rapid drumming, and a very tasty bass line. It acts as a release valve for the album, squeezing out every last shred of noise and ounce of ability the band has to offer. However, that’s not to say the rest of the album is reserved. From the marching bass line of ‘Sleepwalk’ to the thunderous end of ‘Butterfly Effect’, the album strives to pronounce its energy at every turn, which is certainly refreshing in an age of mostly substandard albums from mostly substandard bands. Songs such as ‘Sundome’ and ‘Battle March’, featured halfway through the album, show no sign of the album dwindling into a creative blackhole, instead maintaining the frenetic and energetic pace set by the catchier ‘Psychopolis’ and ‘Discommunication’ found at the start of the album.

That’s not to say that the slower songs are not equally impressive, however. The more radio-friendly ‘Suna no Wakusei’ and ‘Heart-Shaped Gear’ definitely take the band’s speed and aggression down a notch and yet they stand out, rather than simply acting as filler tracks. Both tunes are mainly driven by the amazing drum and bass work, which instantly makes them both catchy and memorable, which is an achievement given the louder nature of the rest of the album. With bands such as this, it’s rare to appreciate the more subdued tracks from their albums, but this is certainly not the case here.

The album as a whole is solid and pretty much flawless, despite being a debut. If there absolutely had to be a cause for complaint, it would be Sugawara’s singing, which at times appears weak or flat. Regardless, the album is catchy throughout and yet never gets tiring or mechanical (listen to ‘Discommunication’ and deny the urge to drum or strum along. I dare you). Every song has its own unique charm, which demands a repeat listen. As far as replayability goes, the album gets a 10, especially bearing in mind the language barrier, which is made irrelevant due to the accessibility of the band. Genre-wise, the band lies between rock and metal. It’s fast and features the trademark distorted shout from bassist Nakamura but it can’t be deemed heavy or off-putting for the general rock fan. For a debut, it’s surprisingly tight and devoid of any filler material, whilst fully utilising the talents of the band. It’s a nice introduction to Japanese rock, and a recommended album for those who are looking for something new.

Highlights-
‘Discommunication’, ‘Punishment’, ‘Sleepwalk’, ‘Suna no Wakusei’.


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Captain North
February 24th 2012



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Still need to listen to these guys. Decent review although you sound less like a reviewer and more like a press release.

KMHouldey
February 24th 2012



28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You should, although I would definitely start with their earlier stuff as it's much better. Any suggestions on what I could change? I'm pretty new to this to be fair.

Rastapunk
February 24th 2012



735 Comments


Well you gave it 5 yet you rated it 4.5 .

graygalz
February 24th 2012



37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

about time the debut got reviewed. shame that the next album doesn't quite follow the frenetic touch of this album

KMHouldey
February 24th 2012



28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I assumed changing the user rating would change the album rating. This has been changed on the review now.

It is a shame indeed; they have definitely lost their touch, especially when you compare their newest album to the older EPs which have much more raw energy.

Muse1748
February 24th 2012



160 Comments


I thought the review was great; I didn't think this would interest me, but the review has essentially forced me to check these guys out. Have a pos

FadedSun
February 24th 2012



1257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow. I never expected to see a review for this band on Sputnik. You should review their other albums. This is a really good band!

CaptainDooRight
February 24th 2012



28791 Comments


bro solid review, esp for the second, pos

I hardly listen to what you called "good old rock and roll", but your review strongly makes me wanna check this out. And I will. Sold!

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

AsoTamaki
February 24th 2012



2525 Comments


Yes! Great album. Love this band.

@Captain
It's post-hardcore/punk with a touch of alternative rock.

they have definitely lost their touch, especially when you compare their newest album to the older EPs which have much more raw energy.


Revolutionary was their low point for sure, but Movement is just as good as this one. I personally think it's better. The songs aren't as fast and energetic as this, but that's to be expected from a band as they grow older.

CaptainDooRight
February 24th 2012



28791 Comments


"@Captain
It's post-hardcore/punk with a touch of alternative rock."

Yes I know what it is, I was trying to be personal with the reviewer.

Funeralopolis
February 24th 2012



11195 Comments


this cover looks an awful lot like Swim by Caribou

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amanwithahammer
February 25th 2012



404 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hell yes. Basically every song on this is golden. Such a classic j-indie album.

KMHouldey
February 25th 2012



28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks a lot for all the positive feedback, guys! I'm really pleased that I've encouraged some of you to check the band out; it would be nice to write future reviews on the albums/EPs of bands that people might not have heard about to create the same effect.

I'm currently working on a review for their follow up album, Vampire, if you would like to hear my opinion on that one also.

Again, thanks for all the kind words!

Captain North
March 7th 2012



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Heard this now and it's fucking excellent

instantradical
October 7th 2012



206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a friggin' badass album, I've loved it since the day it came out. I don't like much of their music after this record, but Discommunication + the early EPs are all amazing.

treeqt.
July 23rd 2013



9704 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wow what an album

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FadedSun
July 24th 2013



1257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been learning a lot of songs by them on bass. Freaking fun to play!



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