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Grim Force
Circulation to Conclusion
August 2002
Released: 2000, World Chaos
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: JP

There is an incredibly rich, diverse and complex metal world in Japan that is so much more than worship of Malmsteen, Dokken, Harem Scarem and Mr. Big! There are hundreds of quality heavy bands active in the underground in Japan and we are going to have a quick look at one of the bigger, but still independent, Japanese metal labels.

World Chaos is a record label that is starting to make waves in the global underground metal community. Formed in late 1999 (I believe) this small Japanese label has producing high caliber Japanese true metal and thrash for a couple of years. Now in North America and Europe some smaller labels like Spinefarm (Fin) and Brazen (US) are starting to discover some of the great artists on this label and ask to license and release this material. We felt it was time to give an overview of the first five releases that World Chaos released. These bands are Terror Squad, (KDM 001) Manipulated Slaves, (KDM 002) Grim Force (KDM 003) Fatima Hill (KDM 004) and Narcotic Greed (KDM 005). Please note: Some of these releases have been licensed from even smaller Japanese labels! I will make a note of it where possible.

For other World Chaos bands reviews you can read Luxi’’s June 2002 review of the King’’s Evil CD, DELETION OF HUMANOISE or Cid’’s June 2002 review of the second Fatima Hill CD, AION.

As with many regional metal labels and bands originating from nations where English is not the dominant language, there are a few elements in each of these bands that may not be as attractive to a metal fan in the Western hemisphere. The prime example is lyrics and translation. I would strongly encourage fans of quality thrash and metal NOT to let your decisions to check out these bands be influenced by cultural differences in terminology and/or general language barriers. Be open-minded and you will be able to discover a whole new world of killer heavy metal!

Grim Force was only my second introduction the World Chaos label when I bought this disc several months ago. What caught my eye was the stunning and twisted cover of Wes Benscoter. The high-gloss cover unfolds into one of those nine, panel posters of the cover, instead of a traditional stapled booklet. Good art, packaging and lyrics are just a bonus, it was the music that makes GF likely my favorite of the WC bands I have heard so far.

GF are a three piece and their bassist, Sonoe Takahata is a drop dead gorgeous Japanese chick who can play extremely well, as well as adding “breakdown vocals” which are deep, inhuman and guttural. You don’t think those sounds should be coming out of pretty mouth of a young, petite Japanese girl but of course that is a stupid thing to say, because of course Yellow Machine Gun and others have done it before as well.

The production is lots of low end and power the bass and pummeling double-kicks coming through nicely. The solos maybe are a little far back in the mix. The band did the production themselves and seem very proficient at the task. The songs are all quite fast but not too frantic as too lose the power. The solos are surprisingly subdued considering they had Eddie Van Koide of Ritual Carnage do all the leads. In fact this band reminds me quite a bit of Ritual Carnage. There is Slayer-esque riffing on tracks like, “The Sin of The Blackest Dye” and overall the vocals remind me a bit of newer Testament, while the music reminds me of older Testament!

I have surprisingly little to say about this great CD, which for me is odd. Sometimes it is better not to over-analyze things. I love this CD if you like thrash and the above mentioned bands you will not be disappointed.
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