Overdrive Hell 20 -Hizumi Heaven Nippon Distortion Story-

 odh20image Album Title:
Overdrive Hell 20 -Hizumi Heaven Nippon Distortion Story-
Record Label:
Troubadour Record
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Release Date:
December 31, 2015
Buy at Sweep Record


overdrive hell 20 – Hizumi Heaven Nippon Distortion Story – is the twentieth iteration in a series of hardcore and experimental electronic EPs featuring Ayako Saso and Shinji Hosoe. In addition, a new composer, X, who has yet to be identified, returns to the fray. While not for everyone, it does feature some interesting music for those fans of this style of electronic music. All of the themes on this album feature track titles inspired by the Japanese folklore. In addition, this album features vocals by DeathmotoDie-s K a.k.a MMDS How does this album compare to the previous entries in the ongoing series?


The album opens up with “Lesson.89 Nippon Distortion Story,” which sets the tone for the rest of the album, with its hardcore beats, intricate percussion hits, mixed with some melodic sections, with some guttural vocals throughout, giving it a grungy, heavy metal-like sound. “Lesson.90 Grizzly and Axe guy” features harsher vocals, but is also much more electric guitar oriented, giving it a much more metal sound compared to the previous tune. In combination with the heavy beats, it works quite nicely and is one of the more successful tunes on the album.

“Lesson.91 Master 1inch” is a tune that blends the death metal style vocals with heavy beats and catchy synth sections. On the album, it’s one of hte more melodically focused, so this tune might appeal to more listeners. On the other end of the spectrum is “Lesson.92 Troll extermination,” with guttural and screechy vocals, most likely to represent the “exterminator” and “troll” respectively, but it’s one of the more intense tunes thanks to the increased tempo and modulated bass. Lastly, “Lesson.93 Turtle riding guy” is an upbeat and adventurous tune mixed with some DJ scratching, heavy beats, and guttural vocals, but I find it to be one of the least successful tunes on the album.


Overall, with Overdrive Hell 20: Nippon Distortion Story tries some new things, which, for the most part, are fairly successful. As with many of the albums in the series, it might not appeal to everyone, but for those who enjoy Supersweep’s heavier sounds, it might be worth checking out.

Overdrive Hell 20 -Hizumi Heaven Nippon Distortion Story- Don Kotowski

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Posted on April 20, 2016 by Don Kotowski. Last modified on April 20, 2016.

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Currently residing in Philadelphia. I spend my days working in vaccine characterization and dedicate some of my spare time in the evening to the vast world of video game music, both reviewing soundtracks as well as maintaining relationships with composers overseas in Europe and in Japan.

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