This compilation from Einstein Records brings together some of the grittiest street punk and hardcore bands from Japan with groups from Korea, Taiwan and China sets the record for promoting unity among the Asian punk scene to date.
CD Compilation - JP031
A punk compilation entitled Samurai Spirits leads one to believe they're in for an all-Japanese riot. On the contrary, Einstein Records slickly invites bands from Korea, Taiwan and China to join the fracas. Japanese street punk bands THE PERA-S, ZERO FIGHTER and THE HAWKS provide gritty street punk while J.U.U.M represents the Nagoya hardcore scene. Coming from the first wave of Taiwan punk, FIRE EX and REPRODUCTION (RPDX) hit the listener with inspiring melodies. Korean rap-core group NEVADA#51 breaks up the monotony with some funky business. For the the punk girls, B.B. BOMB from Taiwan and AKIAKANE brighten the comp with their pop punk stylings and the exiled Chinese PUNK GOD make an unforgettable appearance. Touching on various styles from Japanese hardcore and oi! to Taiwanese pop punk and Korean nu metal, Samurai Spirits is the best attempt at unifying Asian punk to date.