This band was active from 1982 till 1990, they started with their first release (Anti Hagenbach Tape) dating back to 1983. I can say with confidence that this band was one of the first in a long line of German Hardcore punk. Hibakusha was released in 1986 and it’s really hard to find this LP (an original pressing of course) nowadays, luckily Power It Up Recs re-released this piece of history, so now everyone can get this vinyl for their collections. I must say I was never a fan of cover art that depicts the band members. I can’t put my finger on why, but almost all of them look cheesy to me. But that is only my personal opinion, let’s skip this shit and switch to 14 songs of good Punk.
The first few minutes of the record are the real tone-setter for Hibakusha.
The guitar and bass actually pack a good portion of energy into this LP. Simple, but well done riffing (sometimes a bit clumsy) is catchy, all tunes easily slip into your brain. I like the sound of the bass drum, it’s so loud, it makes my whole brain vibrate, haha! The same can be said about the tone of the bass guitar, the rhythm section is really strong. Some of these tracks are pure pieces of wild Hardcore Punk injections; fiery bite-sized pieces of raw vitriol that serve to kick around the listener.
Hibakusha is a great projection of protest, unstoppable young power and fun. If you’re looking for a great Punk record in your local record store, you should think about buying this LP!
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