Thursday, December 10, 2009

Shikabane (屍) - "Ego & Desire" (2000)

SHIKABANE "Ego & Desire"

Year: 2000
Genre:  Blackened Crust
Country: Japan

Track List:
  1. 憎悪
  2. 繰り返しそしてまた その繰り返し
  3. 自我と煩悩
  4. 人のために生きるか 自分のために生きるか
  5. ボーナス・トラック(ライブ3曲)
in English:
  1. Hatred
  2. Repeat... And Repeat It Again
  3. Ego & Desire
  4. Living For Someone or Living For Myself
  5. bonus track (live)

Shikabane, or 屍 (which translates to English as "Undead", I believe), are one of the best Japanese crust punk acts, and here's my favourite album by them: "Ego & Desire". It isn't really blackened crust, though I can catch the strong black metal overtones especially on the first track, "Hatred". It was also said that they sounds simular to Radioskugga - and they definitely are (to some extent). I'm still waiting for the really blackened crust from Japan, though. Japan has a very strong crust/hardcore scene, and Japanese anarchist black metal is expected to appear in the near future.


  1. "It isn't really blackened crust"
    I don't understand this conception of.
    To me this band is one of the best example of "blackened crust".
    thanks for this release.

  2. Hmm... all the "blackened crust" thing began from the Black Kronstadt's mid-90s and Iskra's early 2000s releases. And I find it extremely unlikely if Shikabane were influenced by both of these bands, but your opinion is interesting ('cause it confirms my own thoughts).

  3. Great album. Not pure blackened crust, but music is very interesting.

  4. "Shikabane" is from old Japanese and means "corpse." Is usually used in a Buddhist context in classical literature, referring to the corpse versus karmic constituents, the flesh and attachment to it. Their music has an extremely Buddhist, mostly Zen and Esoteric, undercurrent to it.

  5. Thanks for the clarification! That was interesting.