Been waiting for a couple of parcels to show up but they're taking their time. So I guess it's time to post something about one of the main score of the year that I did few months ago. When it comes to japanese hardcore, it seems that a lot of people are obsessed with ADK or Dogma Records. Solid labels of course, but when I think to the label that defines japanese classic hardcore sound, I only have one name in my mind: the legendary Selfish Records. This label has released over the years so many classics by even more classic bands such as Death Side, Gauze, Outo, Systematic Death, Lip Cream and many others. Not to mention all their classic compilation lps. Such a great label! Over the years I've been able to accumulate a decent part of their catalogue. Of course it's still a long way until I'll complete it, but overall I've managed to get all my main wants. Except for a couple of titles: Deathside "bet on possibility" lp & Nightmare "give notice to nightmare" lp. These have eluded me for a lot of time but a couple of months ago I've been finally able to secure a copy of the last one. Now please sell me your copy of "bet on the possibility"!!
Along with Gauze & Warhead, Nightmare is one of the few classic japanese bands that never broke up and it's still going strong after all these years. But when it comes to their records, 1990's "give notice to nightmare" lp is their highlight moment. Perfect sound, incredible songwriting. I can't find anything to complain about 'coz there's nothing wrong here. Classic metallic japanese hardcore/punk in one of its finest moments. Ok, perhaps the pixelated picture they chose as cover could have been something better (been finally able to understand what it is only when I got this copy in my hands!) but this is an undisputed classic so I'll just forgive them for not using something as cool as they did for their "s/t" ep of a couple of years before.
The copy I got is in immaculate conditions. Seriously, it looks like it came out from the pressing plant yesterday. Got it from a notorious european collector that was unloading a huge part of his collection. Sent him an offer I thought was fair, et voilà: I've finally been able to cancel it from my wantlist.