Monday, March 2, 2009
CASBAH russian roulette 7" (1986)
1. Russian Roulette
2. death metal
I first read about Casbah in one of Pusheads columns back in the mid 80's(Prolly Puszone). The way he described this Japanese thrash metal band I knew I really needed to hear them. It really did take me forever to finally find the ep by these guys, but it was so fucking good that it seemed well worth the wait. I ended up buying it used at Reckless Records on Haight street for pennies. Some metalheads might find this to primitive and raw to be considered metal. To me It borders right on crossover thrash, mixed with maybe Kreator, and them being Japanese just ads to the frenzy. I know when I finally did get this, and blasted it for my buddies like Zoran, and Kenny(who were true metal types), they thought it was a hardcore band. This was one of the few Japanese bands that I had some knowledge over my Japcore fiend friend Louis J. I recall him telling me "dude... If you like this stuff, you are gonna love this". He would then blast the likes of Gism, Gauze, SoB, and Lipcream for me. The second part of the solo in Russian Roulette makes me want to get out my guitar and learn how to play it.