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Daikyoju Gappa

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Daikyoju Gappa aka. Gappa, the Triphibian Monster is a kaiju film, a Japanese giant monster science fiction movie from 1967. The film is about young Gappa, some kind of prehistoric bird, which is kidnapped by reason of commercial and scientific thoughts and brought to Japan. Gappa’s parents aren’t amused about it and decide to go on a demolition orgy in order to fight for sole custody. The story is reduced to the minimalistic but is quite entertaining nevertheless.

If you like kaiju films like Godzilla and Gamera, you have to watch Gappa as it follows the typical monster movie aesthetics which, in Europe, are often described as cheap and funny. I beg to differ, Gappa is full of amazing suit-motion, cheap firework special effects, detailed city/island miniatures and Playmobil props. Not to forget the likeable blue screen scenes and the glorious but loose story (I have the dim feeling that they simply put some shoe polish in the little kids face instead of casting a child with dark skin). Compared to other monster movies, the monster itself looks incredible silly but also sympathetic and that’s why people claim Gappa to be a parody of the kaiju genre. Personally, I think that director Haruyasu Noguchi simply wanted to make clear that the human beings are the real monsters and not the labelled ones.

To conclude, Gappa, the Triphibian Monster is a movie where everything is made out of plastic with the people trying to play god who then have to find some crazy solutions they wouldn’t need if they would have been a bit more down to earth. In the original version there is even some place for a love story between Itoko und Kurosawa. If you, for some reason, should watch the German version, don’t forget to stop the movie before the ending scene at the airport and check out the Japanese version which you can find in the bonus section. All in all this is a really nice Sunday flick you have to like.

Trash Monday LII

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I don’t even know where to start, so I won’t say anything except: Japan out-japaned themselves on this one.
Thanks to Vic for the contribution!

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Metalucifer – Heavy Metal Hunter

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Metalucifer have been in existence since 1995 and Heavy Metal Hunter is their 2nd release.

The Ep is a classic release for various reasons. The main reason being the music. It just is that great! Especially if you know something about the history of Metal and how bad the scene was back in 1996 when this Ep first came out. Another reason being the fact that it is a Sabbat side project. For those of you unaware, Sabbat are one of the oldest Black Metal bands in existence. They started out as Evil in 1983 (!) and play, still to this day, in the old Venom vein.

Each song can be found on multiple other releases, albeit in different versions. Personally, I do enjoy every version of each song. The band does not just record the same song over and over again but each version is different (vocals in English or Japanese, different solos, different lyrics, etc).

The Ep starts off with their classic Heavy Metal Hunter, a hymn to the genre and the bands mentioned in the lyrics. One does not simply sit still while listening to the song. I know that I cannot help myself imitating Gezols‘ accent when singing along to “Heavy Metal Hunta…HUNTAHH!!!”.

Monster of the Earth is a slower number in the vein of early Iron Maiden (as is most of the material this band has ever released). The funny thing here is that it sounds very Japanese in an Anime way, meaning that I can imagine this song being played in an 80s or early 90s Japanese Anime. It has the silly lyrics, overly melodic guitar solo, etc.

Fallen Angel has that classic 80s Venom vibe and sounds more like a Sabbat song. In fact it might just be that as I know that some Metalucifer songs already existed in the 80s and were played/recorded by Sabbat (Wolf Man being one of those). Anyways, another great song for fans of 80s Metal.

Wolf Man starts off with a Speed Metal riff and might be the fastest song on the Ep. It is one of my all time favorite Metalucifer songs. Just listen to that chorus once and you will never forget it, EVER! I can not count the times I found myself singing “Oh woulf-uh man aww uh ooh”. This song, along with the next 2, is in Japanese….apparently. See, the thing here is that you just can’t tell because of Gezol. His English does sound Japanese at times and when he does sing in Japanese you don’t realize it. That is not meant as criticism though.

Bloody Countess is another song that I own on countless Sabbat/Metalucifer compilations/singles as a demo version. Same as with Fallen Angel, this sounds more like a Venom/Sabbat song and, in fact, it was written for Sabbat in the 80s. The middle harmony part is total Iron Maiden worship and leads into an awesome solo. That part always reminds me of Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Iron Maiden.

Headbanging is another fast Speed Metal song with a sing along chorus and sounds like faster Accept songs or even early Metallica.

I am reviewing the recently re-released 12” which, apart from the original 6 songs, has a bonus track in Thrash Metal Hunter. The song is, sadly, not a new one as I have it on the Heavy Metal Hunting compilation, if not on more releases. Former Death and Massacre drummer Bill Andrews sits behind the drum kit on that song.

It basically is Heavy Metal Hunter with different lyrics. I do not know if I am just used to Heavy Metal Hunter or if the lyrics don’t go down as well. I just prefer the original version.

All in all, I do own 3 different versions of this Ep and they all seem to be rare and hard to find. Chances are you will have to get this re-release if you want to own it. Personally I would recommend the first CD and vinyl re-releases just because they have more bonus tracks.

Either way, this is great music, so it does not matter which release you get, as long as you get it!
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