Cause {Can’t Resist}

Drummer Spotlight: 혜성 from Pia
July 10, 2007, 4:16 am
Filed under: Prog Grind Metal, Seoul Hardcore

It’s a shame that, while there is some fine drumming on Waterfalls (of which I’ll be reviewing shortly), Hye-Seung’s drumming never really gets the spotlight that it did back on PIA’s ealier releases.

His style is obviously of a hip-hop/punk hybrid, but I think it’s pretty well formed, as he brings a certain jazzy style to what would otherwise be a more straightfoward Korean rock band.

I’m curious to hear him in a more aggressive rock band, as he seems to be quite creative in how he puts together rhythmic patterns and fills. I guess only time will tell.

Be sure to check out Pia’s 1st release to hear some of his more metal-inspired drumming.


Converge – Thousand Miles Between Us
July 9, 2007, 8:25 pm
Filed under: Prog Grind Metal

From the Official Website:

Converge “Thousands Of Miles Between Us” DVD coming soon

We are proud to announce that Converge “Thousands Of Miles Between Us” is now in the planning stages. Their previous DVD, “The Long Road Home” (Deathwish 2003), was one of the first quality punk/hardcore DVD’s ever released.

This new project will again raise the bar of what should be expected from music DVD releases. As the title suggests, “Thousands Of Miles Between Us” will document the bands travels across the world, showcasing the best live moments from their touring around the globe. Shows from Europe, Japan, and the U.S. will be featured, some sets even in their entirety. All this along with interviews with band members, crew, and friends who have been part of the bands ongoing touring legacy.

More news on this release will be available as the project progresses.

Oh No Minwoo, Where Are U?
July 9, 2007, 8:17 pm
Filed under: Prog Grind Metal, Seoul Hardcore


I know this is a question that many a fangirl across the world are asking themselves right now. Honestly, as much as I try to keep abreast of the latest ongoings of the Korean underground scene, not much noise has been made since 노민우 aka “The Artist Formerly Known as Rose” abandoned Korea’s 1st visual kei band (The Trax) in favor of more creative freedom with his band The Romantist.

Save for a few Hyde and X Japan covers at Rollinghall venue, no deals have been signed and no songs have been recorded. But, mostly due to 민우’s looks and popularity, they’ll have no problem gaining a strong fanbase once they decide to really get things going.


However . . .

I do have a nice treat for the fans who still wonder what happened to their ivory haired pretty boy. Click and enjoy!

July 9, 2007, 7:30 pm
Filed under: Prog Grind Metal, Seoul Hardcore


The latest addition to the Dope Music family, I introduce Desperado, who refreshingly play a sort of Korean-style Metalcore. Unfortunately I’m terribly backlogged as far as picking up the latest Japanese and Korean underground releases, so I can’t give a full review at this moment. But make sure to check out their MV for their track entitled “The Time Controls the Memories.”

Desperado Official Website – Updated with Tour Schedule (Cafe Daum)

44 Minutes Left Before Smelling Like A Disgusting Person is available for purchase at Mr. Kwang’s Music Store.

DESPERADO는 현재 앨범제작에 연이은 일본투어를 성공적으로 마치고 돌아왔습니다.

한달간의 투어는 오사카, 나고야, 도쿄를 돌아 다시 오사카에 이르러
총 14회의 라이브 스케줄로 진행되었습니다.
빡빡한 일정 속에서도 DESPERADO의 전 맴버들은 자신들의 음악으로 무대를 불태웠으며
그 반응 또한 뜨거웠습니다.

한국 발매 이전에 일본에서 판매된 DESPERADO의
뜨거운 반응속에 성공적으로 판매되었습니다.
지친 몸을 이끌고 귀국하긴 하였지만, 많은 것을 배우고 더욱 강인해진 모습으로 여러분들 앞에 다가설 생각에 DESPERADO 맴버들은 모두 ‘흥분상태’입니다.
투어후 바로 여러분들을 찾아뵙고 싶었지만 밴드 내부의 문제로 인해 DESPERADO는
현재 잠시 휴식중에 있습니다.
오랜시간 DESPERADO의 드러머 자리를 지켜왔던 양원준군이 입대하게 되어
새로운 드러머의 영입과 동시에 곡들의 새로운 어레인지와 보다 발전된 모습으로 여러분들에게 다가가기 위한 작업의 시간을 갖게 되었습니다.
양원준군의 군생활이 원활하길 빌어주시고 새로운 DESPERADO의 드러머와 만들어가는 보다 강력해진 DESPERADO의 모습 또한 기대해주시기 바랍니다.

앨범 소식입니다.
드디어 여러분들께서 DESPERADO의 앨범을 만나볼 수 있게 되었습니다!!!
5월 21일 온라인을 통해 선배포됩니다.
벅스뮤직과 온라인 스트리밍 서비스를 통해 오픈되는

6월 1일 DOPE ENT. 를 통하여 오프라인 발매되는 DESPERADO의 앨범을 만나보실 수 있길 바랍니다.
여러분들의 적극적인 서포팅을 부탁드리며, 곧 여러분들 앞에 새로이 모습을 드러낼
DESPERADO의 라이브를 기대해주시기 바랍니다.
DESPERADO 의 앨범과 라이브는 곧 여러분들을 찾아갑니다!!!

雅-miyavi- Kabuki Danshi [歌舞伎男子] / -Neo Visualizm- [咲き誇る華のように] (PV)
July 9, 2007, 7:14 pm
Filed under: Prog Grind Metal, Visual Kei

Miyavi and the Boys have produced yet another PV for their blues meets hip-hop effort. Even if it isn’t your cup of tea, you have to check it out for novelty’s sake alone. More importantly, I think Miyavi’s recent artistic direction is just another sign of the maturation of the Japanese visual rock scene.

Many may complain about how westernized many japanese rock artists are becoming, but in the end I feel that it’s a “necessary evil” in an evolution that will continue to bring about a greater variety and depth to the j visual scene.

As for the videos, I think they pretty accurately capture the spirit that I witnessed at the JRock Revolution here in Los Angeles a few months ago. I may not be a huge fan of Miyavi’s music, but I am a huge fan of him as an individual. I honestly feel that he, more so than most rock artists of his generation, understands the “true” essence of rock music (mostly likely due to his Blues background).

In his own way, I think Miyavi is truly doing something revolutionary to the Visual Kei scene, ushering in a sort of Democracy of Existence that many fans have seemed to have gravitated towards.

Whereas most Japanese rock stars have taken the route of inflating their “godlike” stature in front of their peers, Miyavi’s main priority has always been about creating an accessible atmosphere where he (and all those who wish to join in) can take part in creating a fun and engaging experience, regardless of one’s color, nationality, sex or language.

Rock on Miyavi . . . ROCK ON!

If Punk’s Not Dead, Then Why Does It Smell Like Shit
July 9, 2007, 5:39 pm
Filed under: Prog Grind Metal, Super 8mm


I looked at the 40+ punks in this film and couldn’t help feel that they were more than a bit sad. They appeared desperate to hold onto their long-gone youth, seemingly oblivious to how old and pathetic they will look to many of the much younger kids in that scene. Punks either die; grow up and move on, occasionally visiting again to remind them of their youth; or stay forever trapped there either because they have fashioned a career in the music for themselves or they are too atrophied and unfit for work in the wider world after years of being in the punk scene.

Why do I have a feeling that this article/review written about Susan Dynner’s new documentary entitled “Punk’s Not Dead” is probably more interesting (read: more willing to call a spade a spade in regards to the subject matter) than its filmed counterpart.

At any rate, the article (in the old punk spirit) is a very good read, in that it highlights many rarely mentioned issues that have come about decades after the original punk movement.

One in particular, that most are aware of, is in regards to how “punk” has now become co-opted by the establishment it originally sought to dismantle. Pie-n-the-sky social ideas aside, the subject that I have found to be most affecting in regards to my own personal life is in how, as Daryl Palumbo from Glassjaw eloquently states, “The surfer/punk kids are now the cool kids. They’re the ones picking on and making fun of the Guidos [jocks], etc.”

It’s difficult because music today, regardless of genre, has become so image conscious. Bottom line, regardless of how well acquainted you are with the bands in that scene, if you don’t look the look, you don’t belong. It probably is the most grave thing to have happened to the underground music scenes. I do think however that the more progressive bands that do exist, even though the underground scene may have served as a fertile incubator during their youthful days, now today stand purely for the originality of both themselves and their music.

The irony here is that, at the end of the day, the bands today who are most “punk” or “hardcore” are the bands who look anything but. They are the normal guys like you and me who just enjoy creating some “awesomely sick” music. They don’t have crazy hairstyles or makeup, not because they’re trying to make a statement, but because they just want to live out their lives with a modicum of normalcy and happiness.

Whereas “punk” originally might have been used as a vehicle towards anti-socialism and dysfunction, today, at it most pure, it can bring a wide variety of people together and promote positive social change by promoting the empowerment of the “I” in individual.

by Graham Rae
Punk’s Not Dead (Official Movie Website)

July 9, 2007, 4:56 pm
Filed under: Artistic Stylings, Seoul Hardcore


형님 finally got around to updating his website layout. He’s still working on it but check it out anyway since it’s pretty funny, and if you haven’t seen his awesome graphic artwork, you need to go there immediately. Just click on the graphic down there to the left that says “Tigerworks.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I gotta get back to my Korean studies so I can hopefully work with him and his band in the near future.