Final Charge of the year : Surf & Noise


When I talk about Final Exit I talk about love. Love for noise, love for unorthodox music approach, love for free thinking and love for destroying limits in songs conception. The Japanese band was one of the first that caight my attention in the noise environment and I can’t remember the times I spun the splits with New York Against The Belzebu and Bludge. I was very excited for the idea of putting together two great band like Final Exit and Deche Charge, but I was also quite scared to get disappointed, but I think that’s a normal feeling when you expect something so much. The last output I’ve heard from Final Exit (not including the Divelto compilation and the 4-way CD with Bollock Swine, ひみつキングand Crovac which I’ve just bought but I haven’t listened to it yet) was the might Seasons Are Going and Goind 3″ CD and it sounded like a peak for the band, both in “music” and pure fun ways, so I’ve thought it was very hard to top a release like that. If on that record the main influences were from rock’n’roll and classic metal, on this split 7″, with Final Exit side properly called Surfin ’79, Ryohei and Hisao decided to deal with surf music, creating a furious and simply, let me tell ya, AWESOME blend of wave riding music and noisecore. In five minutes the Japanese duo takes the noise parts at their minimum, enhanching the surf sections, creating a really cool yet strange feeling of suspance and almost anxiety in each song. It’s like riding your surfing board on safe waves knowing that a tsunami will come sooner or later. Noise parts are awesome, fitting perfectly the classic style of Final Exit, so expect a brutal and blurr attack of drumming galore, topped with screams, sleazy grunts and guitar distortions. There’s no tomorrow, no light at the end of the tunnel, no…oh, wait, a surf part! Final Exit are as awesome as always, managing to play great songs in a style really far from their genre, creating an huge contrast between the sheer fury of noisecore and the sweltering dark mood of surfing music. Final Exit delivers also a really cool cover of Hawaii Five-O from The Ventures and you know the deal, when Final Exit covers someone’s song it will surely be a blast of pure fun! I’ve always thought to Final Exit as my fave noisecore band and this record just fixes that idea in my brain. This split EP is another great addition to an already extremely good career.


Do you remember when you thought Deche Charge was an ensemble of talentless noise fuckers? Well, those days are gone now. Everyone knows the various members of the best noise commando from Canada gave their talent to a lot of other cool and famous bands (Mesrine anyone?), so we just have to stop pretending they’re only good to make noise. On this record they will surprise you, starting their side with a long and riff-driven song, that could be on a Mesrine record and nobody couldn’t complain. Deche Charge was a power trio on this record, with Chainsaw on vocals, Dan on drums and Jack Moose on guitar and for FOUR times in just five minutes and a half they managed to deliver long songs, in a groovy and punkish grindcore way, with structures, riffs, vocal lines, tempo changes and so on, you know, everything that is about music, not about Deche Charge. Between these four displays of songwriting values and musical taste they burst out with their usual dose of a gazillion short songs, as always in a furious and messy up tempo and you should know by now how much I love when they start to make each song shorter than the one before and keep speeding up. For me, Deche Charge is the best band when you have to put out short explosion of noise in a breath-taking way, going straight to the throat of the listener, destroying his will to hear something with a chorus or anything similar to a song structure. In the inlay there are also two songs with lyrics, numbers 1 and 152, but, with my great disappointed, the usual tracklist with all the 177 titles is missing, in favour of a detailed discography of their career. Maybe Agathocles was an influence also in this and not only in the long songs they display on this split EP. There’s also a picture of a Garbage Pail Kid, bringing great memories to me!

In the end I also reccomend this side a lot, because, as on the Final Exit side, the fact that Deche Charge delivers four long songs between the usual bursts of noise is a new feature for them, making this split EP a great display of experiments and fresh air in noisecore!



This record is co-released by Grind Block Records and SAORS in a limited clear blue edition and a black regular one. The difference between the two labels’ copies is the colour of the obi, yellow for Grind Block, light blue for SAORS. Mine, as displayed below is the first one.



There are only 300 copies of this gem, act fast!


~ by petetheripper on December 26, 2010.

2 Responses to “Final Charge of the year : Surf & Noise”

  1. really interesting record and review mate!

  2. Keep it noisy + cheers for your time for the intie !! 🙂
    V. | saors

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