Monday 25 September 2017


GenresPunk / Rock / Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Post-Hardcore
Related artists?.
CountryLonigo, Vicenza ITALY
Years Active: 2011-present
Song: "Lentiggini"
Album: "Cheat Death, Live Dead!"
Year: 2017
For fans ofSuis La Lune, Young MountainØjne, Raein, Blind Girls, Ogni GiornoThey Sleep We Live, Via Fondo, Anemone, Vi Som Älskade Varandra Så Mycket, Pastel, La Quiete, Viva Belgrado, Pettersson, Mira, Shirokuma, Rainmaker, State Faults, Daïtro, Doda Lov, Careless, Sed Non Satiata, AporiaYouth Novel and Yo Sbraito aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Dog Knights Productions / Adorno Records / Fat Boy Don't Cry Records / Driftwood Records / Annoying Records / Enjoyment Records / Boned Factory / Blessed Hands Records / Shivery.MMXII.Productions / Unnamed / Collettivo La Défense / Krampus MGMT & Retailing / Laterraurla / Trivel Records
This post's artist is from the August 2017 Mix. This is track #5.
You can download: the September 2017 Mix#9 right here or get the new October 2017 Mix#10 here.

SHIZUNE is a band from Italy that has been releasing steadily since 2012. Their well constructed and weaving songs contain a lighter air than most screamo bands, as I would loosely compare them to Raein, Suis La Lune, Young Mountain and Pettersson. The instrumentals are beautifully woven, much like the aforementioned bands, and never contain breakdowns or anything of the heavy, pummeling or chaotic variety. The vocals are screamed but never in a thick or shrieky way, as maybe labeling them as yelled/screamed would be more accurate. SHIZUNE quickly rose as a Driftwood Records band before that debacle blew up and the label receded into ostracized obscurity. Their 2015 release saw the inclusion/trade-off from Driftwood to Dog Knights, although the most recent offering 'Cheat Death, Live Dead!' was solely released by the band in true DIY form. Plus, that 10" fucking owns.

In 2012 SHIZUNE dropped two releases, their self titled 'Shizune' 7"EP and the 12"EP 'Mono No Aware: Between Eternity and the Burial'. Both are relatively similar in sound, with the 12" capturing the pure and more straight-forward form that is SHIZUNE (except for the surreal "MONØLITH- Fall of Nibiru"), while the 7" expanded the sound to include more experimentation, dynamics and textures. My personal favourite from this EP is in "Days Of Vaestena" which boast vocals that are nearly identical to Young Mountain as well as some nice, round-table screaming. I'd be amiss not to mention the sweet twinkly/near-breakdown that brings the release to a close on "Weekend At Lake Vostok".

2013 saw the lonely release of two songs on the 'Minus Tree split' 7". "Souvenirs D'éternité" is a rocking opener and takes the band to a heavier, more frantic level, while the twin track on the split is the longer and relaxed screamo daze of "In Memoria di Nessuno". 2014 saw the release of two more songs on the 4-Way split 12", "An Appointment With Richard Harrison" and "March Blizzard in Rostov na Donu", both of which continue the balanced evolution of both screamy and beautiful. The 2012-2014 discography tape 'Retro Engineering Project' was released in the same year but is now obsolete due to the 2017 'First Five Years' full discography tape that you can buy directly from the band here.

In 2015 SHIZUNE dropped what may well be their most complete work to date, the fantastic 10-track 'La Voyageur Imprudent' on cassette and 12". Every song on here is fantastic and saturated with passion, drive, skill and awesome music. At this point the instrumentals seldom drop to slower bits, but when they do the melodies and atmosphere created are simultaneously surreal and palpable. Fast and energetic bursts occur in "Aestheticism", "Notes of Decay", "Sputnik! Nostalgia", "Senza Luce", "Difficile da Capire, Impossibile da Spiegare" and "Instructions for Inertia" that bring to mind the lush instrumental textures and cathartic screams created by Via Fondo and Raein. The sensational "Immortel et Impérissable" is all encompassing, and the epic bass drops during the first 30 seconds of "Un Telefono Che Non Squilla" are worth checking out if you haven't already jammed SHIZUNE thoroughly. Oh, and the end of "Vesper" sounds like La Quiete, so...fuck yeah! What a killer LP.

The next release by SHIZUNE easily gives the previous endeavor a run for its money, as the cassette/10" LP that is 'Cheat Death, Live Dead!' is fucking awesome. Housing 10 songs generally shorter in length, such as the brilliant "Lentiggini" (so La Quiete), "Dead All Day, Rodeo Tonight!" (so intense) and my personal favourite "Always Separate the Drugs" (so driving), the LP blazes circles of fire around the listener with amazing drumming leading the charge of Italian-screamo instrumentals and more, beautiful Italian screaming. Opener "The Dreamers Sleep On Concrete" ignites and extinguishes itself in less than 50 seconds, followed by "Dance Dance Dance", which includes some sexy guitar riffs just after the break at 30 seconds before SHIZUNE goes warp speed for the second straight track.

I don't know what the band is doing next, but sign me the fuck up right now.



2012 - Shizune 7"EP (stream/donate/download here)
2012 - Mono No Aware: Between Eternity and the Burial cassette/12"EP (stream/donate/download here)

2013 - Minus Tree split 7"EP (stream/donate/download here)

2014 - 4-Way split (w/Things Fall Apart, Infro and Tall Ships Set Sail) 12"LP (stream/buy here)
2014 - Retro Engineering Facts cassette discography (stream/donate/download here)

2015 - Le Voyageur Imprudent cassette/12"LP (stream/donate/download here)

2017 - Cheat Death, Live Dead! cassette/10"LP (stream/donate/download here)
2017 - The First Five Years cassette discography (buy here)


(2017) SHIZUNE - "Always Separate the Drugs" (from 'Cheat Death, Live Dead!')

(2017) SHIZUNE - "Lentiggini" (from 'Cheat Death, Live Dead!')

(2017) SHIZUNE - "Dead All Day, Rodeo Tonight!" (from 'Cheat Death, Live Dead!')

(2015) SHIZUNE - "Immortel et Impérissable" (from 'Le Voyageur Imprudent')

(2015) SHIZUNE - "Sputnik! Nostalgia" (from 'Le Voyageur Imprudent')

(2014) SHIZUNE - "An Appointment With Richard Harrison" (from '4-Way' split)

(2013) SHIZUNE - "Souvenirs D'Éternité" (from 'Minus Tree' split)

(2012) SHIZUNE - "MONØLITH- Fall of Nibiru" (from 'Mono No Aware: Between Eternity and the Burial')

(2012) SHIZUNE - "Days Of Vaestena" (from 'Shizune')

(2012) SHIZUNE - "Kairos" (from 'Shizune')


SHIZUNE additional links


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