Japan has a very rich extreme music scene, from some of the brutal death metal out there like Vomit Remnants, Gorevent and Disconformity to eerie black metal like SSORC and Gallhammer to even some really warped out noise, experimental stuff like the Boredoms and Merzbow as well. But the main genre we are going to talk about here is grind, and that is not far behind as well, with awesome bands like Gate, Brob, Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation and Go-Zen, but the band that Japan is most known throughout the globe is Unholy Grave. Although I wouldn’t really call myself a fan of this band, I have always enjoyed their releases, and I am indeed honored to review their live album, which is also my first live album review.
This live album features twenty songs, which were recorded from the band’s 2007 show at the Showcase theatre, California. Although not as raw as some of the releases which I have heard, they still sound true to their signature sound. The guitar tone here is slightly on the harsher side, but still pretty normal, however the bass guitar when played with distortion sounds pretty raw and plays an important role in maintaining their sound. Hardcore fans might be disappointed by the sound here but their performance is nothing short of top notch! They play a very tight set that is as energetic as an album. Hell I was headbanging in my room and my neck was getting sore. That only happens to me in concerts!! This album really made me feel as if I was right there in front of them. The only flaw I guess this album would have is that at certains points during their performance you can hear some glitches and the sound dips a little, but these are very minor, and they aren’t something that hinders the entire experience.
So on the whole I think this is a pretty good album that fans may or may not enjoy, but I definitely had a good time. In fact I think I’ll go back and listen to it again!
Stream the entire album below: