Monday, 3 November 2014

Systematic Death - Systema

'Systema'
Systematic Death
1984

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: D-Beat, Raw Punk, Crossover Thrash
For Fans Of: Gauze, Minor Threat, Absolut, The Comes, The Gerogerigegege, Kuro
Favourite Tracks: 77 Kids, Save, Japanese Punx, Fight Go

Feast your ears, lovers of obscure 80s punk from Japan, because if you haven't already heard of Systematic Death before then you're about to become very happy. Formed in 1983 by members who lived in and between the cities of Yokohama and Miura, Systematic Death would see almost constant changes in it's line-up following the release of 'Systema' which was composed of the four original members: Shigeru, Nagi, Takashi, and Hiromichi- to be fair Nagi had replaced the original guitarist, Hiroshi, but he had only played on their initial demo release. Anyways getting to what the album actually sounds like, which can be summed up as a stylistic hybrid of Minor Threat and Discharge, the songs last about a minute and a half each roughly- but bring an insane amount of energy, skill, and raw power to the table in a collection of 21 tracks. They sound like they were recorded either live, or in some extremely DIY conditions, hence the raw power atmosphere I mentioned, but only works in favour of the group as Systema becomes a trek through a familiar but nonetheless awesome moment in the history of global punk and hardcore.

Tracklisting:
1. 77 Kids (1:10)
2. Systematic Death (1:15)
3. Disobey (1:48)
4. Sink You (1:18)
5. Save (1:30)
6. U.S City (1:22)
7. Alley Army (0:49)
8. Japanese Punx (1:27)
9. Life (1:49)
10. Furanshitai (1:21)
11. Kankisen (1:31)
12. Tokyo City (1:50)
13. Fight Go (1:28)
14. So What (0:57)
15. Isshin-Kyo (2:14)
16. Oi Oi Oi (1:45)
17. Island (3:15)
18. U.P.P. (2:23)
19. Pinfu Nippon (1:29)
20. Nearby War (1:36)
21. From Hell (1:19)

Total Run-Time: 33:36

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