Origin of Madness


Hiroshima has the doubtful honour to be the first city to be hit by a nuclear bomb. Besides this, or maybe even because of this macabre past, they also have a good history of punk. Most well known band is Gas thrash punk with female vocals, their classic 7″ “No More Hiroshima” goes for insane amounts of money on Ebay. The other famous HCHC band from the early eighties is the chaotic thrash punk Gudon. Guy, one of the members of Gudon  started Blood Sucker Records, who released a lot of Japanese HC classics. In the 2000’s he went on to form Origin of [M] with members of Warhead Junk and Cavemen.

…I think Origin of M is one of the best kept secrets from Japan. This band fucking rocks.  It’s hard to label them since they are influenced by a lot of different styles. A mix of groovy Metal and Hardcore I would say. One band that comes to my mind is Judgement and also a bit of GISM. Of course coming from Japan they are great musicians as well, the groovy bass even reminds me of Candiria. Origin of [M] released one self titled full length on Under the Surface Records, which I unfortunately don’t own. However I do have the Terro-Rhythm split cd, which contains six tracks of them. The killer opening track “Thirsty” can be downloaded from their myspace. The opening riff of “Twins” wouldn’t be misplaced on any NY Hardcore classic, all six songs are damm good. Check this live video of “Thirsty” and “Suicide”. A video of the song P.V. Outta Ke from their self titled cd is on youtube:
It wouldn’t be hard to find their cd, so check it out. I’m fucking broke at the moment otherwise it would be my first buy with the new Paintbox. Anyway to buy Japanese HC you don’t have to spend crazy amounts on ebay if there still so much good stuff coming out these days and this could be a classic in ten years…


2 Responses to “Origin of Madness”

  1. I didn’t know Origin of M. I will check them!

    My favourite GAS record is “Sweet Emotion”. More melodic but awesome too.

    Gudon (with Systematic Death and GISM) are one of the bands that made me go into Japanese Hardcore. So I only have good words for them.

    Another great Hiroshima bands are Chicken Bowels and Googol Plex. Chicken Bowels are very similar to Gudon, very recommendable. Googol Plex are faster, more thrash, they remind me SOB but slower.

    I can say more about them because I only have a bootleg LP (“Godzilla”) that contains their EP’s, but without inserts or info. If somebody knows more, please, share it.

  2. Jagged Visions Says:

    Never listened to Googol Plex or Chicken Bowels, but will check it out. Just noted that a peace fanzine to the future has been released with a compilation cd with the following songs:

    1. intro~ORIGIN OF [M] (Hiroshima) / 戦争の犬共 -Dogs of War- (新曲) 2. PERSEVERE (Hiroshima) / NO WAR (再録音) 3. ACE IN THE HOLE (Hiroshima) / Roots Rock HxC (新曲) 4. FRAMTID (Osaka) / LAND OF DEVASTATION (2008年4月ライブ録音) 5. NEVER AGAIN (Hiroshima) / TO FUTURE (新曲) 6. SLANG (Sappro) / Rain in August (リマスタリング) 7. EXTREME NOISE TERROR (U.K.) / DIVIDED & RULED (リマスタリング) 8. ~outro 未来へ

    I will try to get my hands on it!

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