Articles by FORWARD

HARDCORE. What do you say about a new FORWARD record? They've left the "what's the meaning of love" and "revolution" hooks in the annals of punk legend and, along with Prank's "war nuke and death sentence" from 2012, have saved their most searing material for nearly 2 decades into their run. Ishiya's gravel-throated vocals are more devastating than ever and the term bombastic has rarely been more accurate than on this 6-song banger. The anti-war bent on "against their insanity" is unforgiving (and refreshing), and the anger and frustration translates to the harsh metallic riffing matches the frustration conveyed by the song's lyrics. FORWARD bookend the whole thing with their best tracks ever, just to remind you that they have absolutely earned the legendary status that they hold.

LP 16.50€*


HARDCORE. Tokyo, Japan's FORWARD formed in 1996 after the break up of legendary Tokyo hardcore band DEATHSIDE (with 2 former members). FORWARD have been playing assaulting melodic hardcore since then and triumph with every release. Here's some essential Japanese hardcore from FORWARD. These guys have delivered supercharged, balls-to-the-wall hardcore and never show signs of fatigue.

7" 5.50€*


HARDCORE. From the torch bearers of Burning Spirits hardcore come 2 new tracks of Japanese hardcore the way only FORWARD can bring it. Formed over 22 years ago as a continuation of the spirit of bands like DEATHSIDE and INSANE YOUTH/RUSTLER, FORWARD have never stopped releasing records. "apathy kills people" and "our world our own" are a critique of modern society as well as a message of our community. The music is as familiar as their traditional Japanese hardcore sound but with some added influences from each members experiences.

7" 7.50€*


HARDCORE. 540 Records and Todo Destruido present the latest call to arms from Japanese punk legends FORWARD, "future troops". Featuring 10 tracks on a single disc, the release is the band’s 1st LP in 6 years and only their 4th in a storied 22 year career of state-of-the-art, nitro-fueled Japanese hardcore. FORWARD's unique intelligent savage approach to hardcore was and is decidedly their own, nodding at the work of POISON IDEA, ANTI-CIMEX and others while forging an ironclad path strictly through word of mouth, d.i.y. gigs and underground channels. "future troops" is a taut and explosive collection of tracks that spin yarns of police brutality, calls for peace, rumors of war, injustice and more in a compact and tense 25min. of vitriol. Limited to 500 copies only.

LP 18.50€*


HARDCORE. Tokyo, Japan's FORWARD Formed in 1996 after the break up of Legendary Tokyo Hardcore band DEATHSIDE, with lead singer Ishiya and bassist You joining new members from INSANE YOUTH and KGS to start a new band that would continue FORWARD. With an edgy, raw hardcore attack, "just go forward to death" was a culmination of those early years of the band, and was released in 2000 on the H.G. FACT label. One of the band's Milestone releases with some of the band's most classic tracks, all marked by the band's boisterous vocals, catchy guitar leads and sturdy, pounding rhythm section. This LP was never released outside Japan, has been out-of-print on vinyl in Japan for years and is newly re-mastered.

LP 15.00€*


HARDCORE. Tokyo's FORWARD return with their 1st new full-length since 2004's "burn down the corrupt justice", with catchy guitar riffs grounded in solid rhythms with intense gravel throated vocals. FORWARD maintain a constant live schedule in their native Japan and have honed these new tracks to make a solid collection of song-driven anthems hammered with hardcore impact. Lyrically the LP is poetically reflective and many of the songs address the situation of post-tsunami Japan. Formed in 1996 comprised of former members of DEATHSIDE, INSANE YOUTH and SYSTEMATIC DEATH, this is the band's 3rd full-length record. This vinyl edition comes housed in a gloss heavy-weight sleeve.

LP 15.00€*


HARDCORE. From the forefront of the Japanese hardcore scene of the last 15 years, FORWARD's fierce hardcore was first released on a series of 7"s and compilation appearances in the late '90s and early 2000's. "what's the meaning of love" collecting the entire tracks from their "feel the core of self" 7", "act then decide" 7", "we need the truth" MCD, "what are you gonna get" 7" and rare compilation appearances for the 1st time in a re-mastered collection from the original sound sources, shows the band defining it's sound of tough vocalled, stripped down hardcore, flourished with guitar solos and melody.

LP 15.00€*