Overdrive Hell 12 -Hizumi Tengoku LEGACY-

overdrivehell12 Album Title:
Overdrive Hell 12 -Hizumi Tengoku LEGACY-
Record Label:
Troubadour Record
Catalog No.:
Release Date:
October 28, 2013
Buy at Sweep Record


overdrive hell 12: Hizumi Tengoku LEGACY is the twelfth in a series of hardcore and experimental electronic EPs featuring Ayako Saso and Shinji Hosoe. In addition, a new composer, 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 seem to feature track titles inspired by the TRON Legacy film. How does this album compare to the previous entries in the ongoing series?


The album opens up with “Lesson.49 RAM is where?” features a very intense beat, some ominous vocal samples; however, it also features a section with some interesting accelerating synthesizer tones that give off a feeling one what hear in a racing game. Of all the tunes, this one is definitely one of the more accessible tunes on the album. “Lesson.50 Kuru Kuru CLU” is an interesting mixture of intense beats as well as sections that give off a distinct industrial flavor. The vocal sampling in this tune is minimal, but it definitely adds a gritty texture to the piece.

“Lesson.51 Zuse explosion” is definitely the turning point into the more intense tunes on the album. The piece is predominately hardcore beats with some vocal sampling; however, there is a less tense section within the middle of the piece that adds a more robotic sound and there are some slight rock influences that are incorporated from time to time. The shortest piece, “Lesson.52 Dillinger is still alive” is one of the most intense tunes as well. There are some interesting things going on in the accompaniment that manage to provide a more “melodic” focal point to the crazy vocal sampling and insane beats that dominate the piece. Lastly, “Lesson.53 Don’t underestimate him” is by far the most intense piece in the overdrive hell series to date. It is a barrage of heavy beats, some slight wobbles, vocal samples, and a very industrial and chaotic atmosphere.


This album is definitely not for the faint of heart. Fans of hardcore and experimental music may enjoy this album, particularly if they have been following the series. However, for those interested in this, it may be best to try to listen to some of Ayako Saso and Shinji Hosoe’s more hardcore music to get a feeling for the nature of this album. Compared to some of the previous entries, I’d say this a bit more on the less accessible side, as it features some of the most intense tunes in the series thus far.

Overdrive Hell 12 -Hizumi Tengoku LEGACY- Don Kotowski

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Posted on February 28, 2014 by Don Kotowski. Last modified on January 17, 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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