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Jou Hou

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This New Jersey grindcore trio existed from 1992 to 2001, writing and recording sporadically and touring mostly in Japan, where the majority of their audience was. Second studio album Jou Hou was originally released in 1997 in a limited vinyl run, but was reissued in 2004 after the band's demise. Jou Hou saw the band entering a critical phase in its development, shifting from straightforward grindcore into a more complex variation on the standards set forth by Napalm Death or G.I.S.M. Very few of the album's dozens of tracks reach past the one-minute mark, but even in their brevity, forceful blasts like "Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said" (named after a Philip K. Dick novel) are powerful examples of grindcore grandeur. The 2004 reissue expands the original set list with 12 additional tracks from split releases with Melt Banana and Plutocracy, as well as a live recording from a Tokyo gig.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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0:53 Amazon
2
0:58 Amazon
3
1:01 Amazon
4
0:41 Amazon
5
1:15 Amazon
6
0:45 Amazon
7
0:53 Amazon
8
0:46 Amazon
9
0:26 Amazon
10
1:02 Amazon
11
0:52 Amazon
12
0:48 Amazon
13
0:51 Amazon
14
0:36 Amazon
15
0:28 Amazon
16
0:46 Amazon
17
0:58 Amazon
18
1:10 Amazon
19
1:12 Amazon
20
1:17 Amazon
21
0:35 Amazon
22
0:51 Amazon
23
0:24 Amazon
24
1:11 Amazon
25
1:03 Amazon
26
0:39 Amazon
27
0:59 Amazon
28
0:37 Amazon
29
0:09 Amazon
30
1:15 Amazon
31
1:26 Amazon
32
26:30
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