Monday, May 23, 2011
Beatdown hardcore is cool
I'm about to pass out, but what better time to watch a sick video of the circle pit at a Japanese hardcore show? Would love to see these guys teach some emo kids about real karate kicks...
The music is "Japan Beatdown Anthem" by the strangely named band Straight Savage Style. I haven't been able to find any real info about them, but this mp3 is a one-track demo that is floating around on the internet. It embodies the most extreme end of a really cool, totally obscure subgenre of mosh-friendly metalcore called "beatdown hardcore."
Straight Savage Style are all about monolithic slams, to such an extent that their sound is very abstract, even inadvertently arty. People who are into bands like Winter and Coffins will probably ignore "Japan Beatdown Anthem" because it's so far from the treasured "vintage death metal" aesthetic, but that's a huge mistake... S.S.S. are basically getting at the same thing.
Weird, devastating shit. Highly recommended.