Godzilla cannot be stopped. No amount of military artillery, sophisticated bio-weapons or other creatures of equal or larger stature could bring the radioactive lizard down in 60-plus years. Not even time could stop him, as he has begun stomping his way back onto the big screen yet again. As if this wasn’t cause for alarm enough, Godzilla, and a few of his kaiju counterparts, have made their way into realms of hardcore and grind. Giant monsters are now causing damage on all fronts, wrecking cities and eardrums alike.
This where Kaiju Daisenso comes in; a hardcore quartet primarily based in New York that combines their love of giant monster films with energetic, grinding fury. Featuring an alumni that has ties to Unearthly Trance, Helen of Troy, Life Burns Low and others, Kaiju Daisenso weaves together pissed off hardcore, grindcore, powerviolence and radioactive G-cells into the giant d-beat laden monster hardcore fans didn’t know they needed.
Following their 2014 self-titled debut and 2016 “Carnivorous” single, Kaiju Daisenso carelessly detonated atomic bombs in the pacific ocean, resulting in the towering, scaly leviathan known as Radiation Scars. Comprised of eight new tracks, Radiation Scars delivers 14 minutes of flying, slithering, stomping grind that sounds as if it was recorded on Monster Island itself.
The EP is bookended by an intro and outro track, both of which are made up of classic monster movie film clips. The meat of the record begins with “Kilaakian Enslavement”, roaring three-minute track of buzzsaw grind riffs, moshy hardcore beatdowns and atmospheric, unsurprisingly sci-fi interludes, all of which are propelled by gruff vocals courtesy of frontman Matthew Gordon. From there the record becomes one bludgeoning Jet Jaguar punch after the next, with each track bleeding seamlessly into one another.
The EP’s triple-threat of “Sonic Wing Burst”, “Nebula Space Hunter M” and “Dino Saw’r” showcases Kaiju Daisenso at their most ruthless. These short bursts of high octane destruction churn out crushing, hammering guitar chords that make listeners feel as if they are caught in between the Brown and Green Gargantuans. Not surprisingly, these spin-kick inducing bashings tend to give way to spastic assaults of hyperspeed riffs and tumultuous drumming as well.
On “Oxygen Destroyer”, the band take a break from the Godzilla grind in favor of a two-minute, noisy soundscape that swells and swells and erratic drumming pummels underneath. This bleeds into the EP’s penultimate, though technically “final” and title track, which turns out to be one the album’s more vicious cuts. During this two-minute attack, gritty, riot-inducing hardcore chord progressions that battle over Tokyo with tremolo-picked, disemboweling riffs that explode in atomic hellfire.
Kaiju Daisenso‘s Radiation Scars is a raw, solid hardcore release and, mostly due to its subject matter, is fun to boot. Though it is less than 20 minutes in length, listener’s get a whole Toho film’s worth of entertainment. Grind or giant monster enthusiasts are strongly encouraged to check this release out.
So, it seems like Godzilla is here to stay and, hopefully, so will Kaiju Daisenso as a result.
Release Date: January 2, 2017
Label: Tokyo Fist Records
Favorite Tracks: “Sonic Wing Burst” and “Radiation Scars”
For Fans Of: Insect Warfare, Infest, Nasum and Godzilla, duh.