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Hayaino Daisuki - "Invincible Gate Mind of the Infernal Fire Hell, or Did You Mean Hawaii Daisuki?" (CD)

Hayaino Daisuki - "Invincible Gate Mind of the Infernal Fire Hell, or Did You Mean Hawaii Daisuki?" CD cover image

"Invincible Gate Mind of the Infernal Fire Hell, or Did You Mean Hawaii Daisuki?" track listing:

1. Ghosts Of Purgatory (2:43)
2. Shibito (3:40)
3. Iri-Kirei (3:35)
4. Blood (2:20)

Reviewed by on August 28, 2010

"Though a significant departure for Discordance Axis fans, Hayaino Daisuki offers a new direction for Chang and his music."

With Discordance Axis done and gone, Jon Chang has moved on to other endeavors to fill his time. So where, one might ask, would a grindcore legend naturally progress to? Why, Japanese speed metal of course! With a title that far outweighs the actual length of the EP, “Invincible Gate Mind of the Infernal Fire Hell, or Did You Mean Hawaii Daisuki?'” is a serious step up from Hayaino Daisuki’s first EP, with the equally exhaustive title of “Headbanger's Karaoke Club Dangerous Fire.” This EP takes all the elements from the first and amplifies them in a considerable fashion.

When I say all the elements, I really mean every single one of them, in particular the production value. Quite frankly, the mix on “Headbangers” was not very good. In fact, it was pretty bad. The kick drum dominated the musical stage and drowned out the excellent guitar work. The band has learned from that EP and seriously pulled out all the stops on “Invincible.” This is high octane squealing speed metal that does not slow down at all, and the parts that are technically at a lower tempo than the others are still pretty damn fast.

Jon Chang’s trademark high pitch fits into the music uncannily well. His frantic technique is more than appropriate. The best part, though, is where Discordance Axis played technical songs that constantly changed time signatures, Hayaino Daisuki manages to keep a high speed approach with a very straightforward sort of songwriting. Chang’s vocals work in both cases perfectly.

Most of the melodies consist in fast paced tremolo parts where the solos really show off the band’s shredding ability. The transitions between sections of the songs are done smoothly and beautifully and the songs are very well composed. The music comes at you full force, yet never gets lost or meanders. The shredding is also very well done and doesn’t get overly flashy. Guitarist Takafumi Matsubara manages to hammer out some righteous solos, while working it into the music seamlessly.

Though it only clocks in at about 12 minutes, this EP is well worth getting for fans of high speed music. Though a significant departure for Discordance Axis fans, Hayaino Daisuki offers a new direction for Chang and his music. I can’t wait to see what unreal tempos they produce with this project.

Highs: Fun, catchy, and absurdly fast speed metal.

Lows: A very short release.

Bottom line: Though painfully short, this EP is brilliantly composed and mindblowingly fast.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls
4.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)