Japan Underground: Headbangers Bash w/ BRAIN DEATH ZOMBIE and UMEZ live (12 Jan)

Click to see the full BRAIN DEATH ZOMBIE gallery

Click to see the full BRAIN DEATH ZOMBIE gallery

When: Saturday 12 January 2013 from 7pm.
Where: The Pipeline, 94 Middlesex Street, E1 7DA.
Tickets: £6 (http://www.wegottickets.com/event/201100)
Event pages:
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Sponsor: JPU Records

Set times:
7:00pm-8:00pm – DJ set
8:00pm-8:40pm – Umez (live)
8:40pm-9:00pm – DJ set
9:00pm-9:50pm – BRAIN DEATH ZOMBIE (live)
9:50pm-11:30pm – DJ set

Come and join us celebrate a new year in the only way we know how – with loud, heavy metal from Japan! On Saturday 12 January, Japan Underground will once again takeover Liverpool Street’s punk bar The Pipeline for a night of distorted debauchery, featuring two live acts from the east.

Click for full size BRAIN DEATH ZOMBIE photo

Headlining the night is Kobe metal outfit BRAIN DEATH ZOMBIE, unleashing their aggressive and haunting sound for the first time outside of Japan. The quintet is heavily inspired by the likes of Korn, Slipknot and Japan’s own Dir en Grey. If you’re a fan of the latter, we recommend you check out BRAIN DEATH ZOMBIE’s tracks HATEFUL HEAVY PRESSURE and Nun, available along with the rest of their EP from their Soundcloud and homepage. Be warned, with their mixture of thunderous guitars, spine snapping samples and haunting vocals, this is one group not for the faint-hearted.

London-based Japanese noise-duo Umez will also make their return to Japan Underground. The pair previously opened for TOQUIWA‘s headline show in (click here for some ace photos of the event). They clash two contrasting genres together to create a unique sound, combining elements of J-pop and avant-garde noise. The unit is formed by members from the Japanese all-girl group No Cars, and indie rockers Screaming Tea Party.

PLUS! Japan Underground’s resident DJ, music journalist and JPU Records’ owner Tom Smith, will supply track-after-track from Japan’s hardcore, metal, punk and heavy rock scenes. If it’s not got loud guitars, thunderous drums or brutal breakdown, it’s not getting played. Come along, rock out, discover a whole new world of Japanese music.

DIR EN GREY’s UROBOROS: Remastered and Expanded!

One of the UK’s biggest selling Japanese rock albums will be making a return in 2012. From 20 January, OKAMI Records will re-release DIR EN GREY‘s phenomenal seventh album UROBOROS, remastered and expanded. The aptly titled UROBOROS [Remastered & Expanded] will boast 15 tracks and sees the return of sound engineer Tue Madsen who worked on the group’s DUM SPIRO SPERO release.

UROBOROS [Remastered & Expanded] will also include a longer version of ‘SA BIR’, previously only heard at live performances, the version of ‘BUGABOO’ that was only available as part of the album’s original first pressing analogue release, the Japanese language versions of ‘DOZING GREEN’ and ‘GLASS SKIN’, and the former’s coupling track from its single ‘HYDRA -666-‘.

The track list is as follows:

  1. SA BIR (3:52)
  2. VINUSHKA (9:37)
  3. RED SOIL (3:24)
  4. DOUKOKU TO SARINU (3:48)
  5. TOGURO (3:58)
  6. GLASS SKIN (4:28)
  7. STUCK MAN (3:35)
  8. REIKETSU NARISEBA (3:33)
  9. WARE, YAMI TOTE… (7:03)
  10. HYDRA -666- (3:39)
  11. BUGABOO RESPIRA (2:09)
  12. BUGABOO (4:44)
  13. GAIKA, CHINMOKU GA NEMURU KORO (4:22)
  14. DOZING GREEN (4:06)
  15. INCONVENIENT IDEAL (4:22)

Upon UROBOROS‘ original release in America, the album entered at 114 in the Billboard 200 albums chart, the group’s highest position in the chart to date. And when it was released in Europe, it entered Germany’s New Comers chart at number 10, ranking higher than the likes of Jedward, Zebrahead and Suicide Silence. Now that would be a Top of the Pops line-up we’d like to see…

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