Ever since we first encountered
"Endless Blockades For The Pussyfooter" on the P.e.a.c.e
album, we have been haunted by a mild obsession for the strange
and violent madness this Japanese uber-cult band represents.
In the pre-internet days it was virtually impossible to find any
information about the band outside of Japan, which was then
an impenetrable fortress for us monkey-like Gaijin. Cryptic and scarce references
in Maximum Rock and Roll were all we could go by. Those few
lines and the urge to at least hear their music were all we had back
then, writing letters back and forth, trading Xth generation
casette tapes and swapping powdery 80's xeroxes.
Now, several years
and several trips to Japan later, we rest our bloated middle
aged corpses in front of the PC and dedicate our emptiness
to filling your void. The internet makes it amazingly easy to
provide all the info we scraped together to
all you lazy-ass post nuclear computer kids. Be thankful.
Many are the rumours and gossip we could share with you but
we wont. For us G.I.S.M. still represent elusiveness, mystery
and the lure of danger. The boundary between music and actual
threat is often blurry and on an exploration too deep into
the heart of darkness you may very well find yourself looking
into the abyss (and other cliches). If you want to pursue these shaky notions
any further we suggest you do it on your own. (Yours truly 1999)
Some after thoughts...
Went through this site a little bit, and realized some parts are a bit dated. There seems to be a hyper inflation of all things hardcore going on these days with copies of Detestation fetching as much as $270 on e-bay recently. Even while it's has never been cheap or easy to find (already going for about $80/$100 in the late 80's/ early 90's) this comes as somewhat of a surprise. Brings back memories of hanging out in Tokyo with a bunch of punx, dead drunk, ripping the needle off Detestation and throwing it on the floor only to cranck up Systematic Death. Punk-f*cking rock if you ask me. Anyway, working on an overhaul. I'm just sayin'.
Tracks on bootleg comps v/ Make War Not Love LP (Hammer Records 1991, Germany)
v/ I Like Violence LP (Hammer Records 1991, Germany)
v/ Killed By Death #6 LP (Redrum 1993, Australia)
v/ The Punx LP (2001)
v/ Hardcore Unlawful Assembly LP (?? 2001, ??)
(There might be more comps, but we haven't been keeping track
Live Tapes There's some tapes floating around w/ live stuff varying
in quality and duration.
DAS GOTTLICHE GEIST
Left to right: GENET (Auto-Mod),
Sakevi, Masashi Kitamura (YBO²)
Video of Sakevi of GISM on stage with Japanese
no-wave legend Jagatara.
In Suicide Mission. Decent, but messy page with a lot
of interesting pictures etc. For some odd reason the guy who
made this page seems to think the photo's on it are his private
property, resulting in a seriously annoying URL photoshopped
in all of them for "protection". Pff, how the f*ck are you gonna own artwork you stole??!! UPDATE: woops, guess he killed himself