Wednesday, September 8, 2010
hayaino daisuki - invincible gate mind of the infernal fire hell, or, did you mean hawaii daisuki? (2010)
As evidenced by the title of this EP, Hayaino Daisuki have a pretty light-hearted approach to their music. They celebrate the energy, fun, and above all SPEED of heavy metal. They are not, as their name might reasonably lead you to conclude, Japanese. Nor are they (as you might believe after seeing their press photos) a group of tattooed female rockers. They are, in reality, four dudes from New Jersey, one of whom is the former vocalist for revered grindcore band Discordance Axis. Although this has the speed and intensity of grindcore, it lacks the aggression and hostility of the genre, instead indulging in melodic and heart-pounding guitar leads. Every one of the four songs on this EP is a testament to the maximum limits of intensity: the fastest speed, the loudest volume, the hue and saturation turned all the way up. Every moment is the most epic moment of all time, until the next the next moment, of course. It's almost too much to take, with no chance to stop or catch your breath- but then that's why Hayaino Daisuki only put out EPs. A full length album of this would probably give you a heart attack, but this EP is as short as it is explosive. In my view it's been a fairly disappointing year for heavy metal, but this gets my fists pumping every time I put it on.