GREED is a Japanese Cult Thrash Metal band! Well, I never really knew, I've been
in contact with Warzy (for Jackhammer Music) since last year & he never
mentioned a bloody thing. So here's what I found out: Narcotic Greed started in
1989, Warzy being one of the original members. A demo tape is released in
1991/1992 with various member changes. 3000 copies are sold out. Debut album
"Fatal" is released in 1994 by Lard Records Japan (now Jackhammer
Music). 2000 copies are sold out & they did a tour in England, France,
Switzerland & Italy. After that the band did not do any activities. After 6
years, they're back w/ 2 original line-up, Warzy (G) & Dan (V), and new
member Justice (B) with the help of Dan (D) of the band "Raging Fury".
Now a new CD is out "Twicet Of Fate" from World Chaos Production
Japan. They are now looking for a permanent drummer & will be touring Europe
this September. They are busy doing gigs in Japan & still working on new
Now this interview is actually in two parts. One is done by e-mail. The other is live, one-on-one. How the hell that happened? I work for a Japanese company & I was assigned temporarily to work in their Hiroshima office. So when Warzy founds out, he was crazy enough to drive 5 & 1/2 hours to visit me. Ain't he a nice guy? So that's the second part. E-mail intie also answered by Warzy.
UnderWorld - "NARCOTIC GREED" IS DAN, BOMBER, JUSTICE & OF COURSE, and WARZY. ARE ALL OF YOU CLOSE FRIENDS, WHO IS THE CRAZIEST MEMBERS, WHO IS THE SEX MANIAC, WHO IS THE DRUNKARD??? ARE YOU REALLY INTO NARCOTICS??? WHAT KIND OF ALCOHOL DO YOU DRINK?
Warzy - The craziest one is of course me WARZY. But I never do alcohol nor drug. I'm going crazy without anything. I'm sex maniac of course, and can fuck even with old women. But younger is better. I'm actually a specialist of low-teens. No need of under-hair!! The drunkard is drummer, JUSTICE. His belly is perfectly swelling, and can't distinguish between his snare drum. The other members don't drink alcohol, but vocalist DAN is; it's a secret, heroin junkie. (I guess it's not a bloody secret anymore! Sorry Dan :)-Roy) the bassist BOMBER once did a lot of weed and couldn't go out from Thailand. My acquaintance helped him and finally BOMBER came back to Japan. And he is a crap-eater. Anyway, we all love to be crazy!
UnderWorld - WHEN DID YOU FIND OUT THAT YOU LIKE METAL MUSIC? WHAT BAND INFLUENCE YOU A LOT (JAPANESE & WESTERNERS)? DO YOU DO COVERS OF YOUR FAVORITE BANDS IN LIVE SHOWS??
Warzy - Well, each member has its own favorites, but our common favorites are FORBIDDEN, LOUDNESS, YNGWIE. Justice listens to different kinds a lot. He seems to prefer ANVIL or AC/DC or old school metal. We sometimes cover LOUDNESS and FORBIDDEN in our shows. Recent kids don't know these kinds of music, so they go fucking crazy thinking these are also our original songs!
UnderWorld - HOW CAN YOU DESCRIBE OSAKA'S METAL SCENE? WHAT IS THE DOMINANT STYLE OF METAL STYLE IN OSAKA, HEAVY, THRASH, DEATH, BLACK, GRIND??? ARE THERE A LOT OF METAL HEADS THERE, PLACES TO DO GIGS?
Warzy - It's small compared to world average. And each band is closed-minded. But the first perfect Japanese Heavy Metal Band and Scene was established in Osaka. And it has many unique bands like Loudness, 44 Magnum, etc....(legend of HM bands they are) Audience is so heavy that they are watching still and hand-clapping at a song's end. Actually most of wild audiences are coming from not-Osaka areas.
UnderWorld - HAVE YOU PLAYED IN OTHER PLACES LIKE TOKYO, KYOTO, CHIBA OR SAPPORO? WHICH PLACE YOU LIKE BEST? DO YOU GET DRUNK AFTER EACH GIG? DO YOU FUCK AFTER EACH GIG?
Warzy - As I said, Tokyo is bigger city, so it's fun to play there. Many metal heads gather and welcome us. We can't forget Nagoya, cause enthusiastic fans gathering there. We are visiting Sapporo this May for the first time. I heard the scene is also heated there, so we are looking forward. Get drunk after gigs? Yes, but I always fuck in toilet. Women drink my white wine (I mean sperms!).
UnderWorld - YOU DO HAVE A EUROPEAN TOUR THIS COMING SEPTEMBER RIGHT? CAN YOU TELL MORE ABOUT IT, THE COUNTRIES YOU'LL PLAY IN, BANDS YOU'LL SHARE THE STAGE WITH??? HOW LONG WILL IT BE? DO YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE THE LADIES IN EACH COUNTRY TOO???
Warzy - Yes, we'll tour around Slovakia, Czech, Poland and Hungary for about 2 weeks with Slovakian Death Metal Band NOMENMORTIS. Of course other Local Excellent bands will powerfully support us. But, come on, last question is foolish. It's women that always tempt. No time to wear trunks!!
UnderWorld - HOW ABOUT AN ASIAN TOUR, IS THAT A POSSIBILITY? WILL THERE BE A US TOUR ALSO?
Warzy - Personally I went to Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore and had negotiations, but these countries don't pay. And the Asians are lazy. We can't find a strong support as a matter of fact. If all the other members say OK, I will book anyway. America seems not to need the band like us. If they call us someday, I will insert.
UnderWorld - HOW ABOUT YOUR NEW CD "THE TWICET OF FATE", THIS IS ALREADY RELEASED RIGHT? CAN YOU TELL WHAT THE METAL HEADS CAN EXPECT FROM THIS RELEASE? HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE IT TO YOUR OLD MATERIALS? WHY DO YOU CALL YOUR STYLE "SHOTGUN THRASH METAL"?
Warzy - It has released on 7. Mar. The same day with LOUDNESS' new album. It has past 2 weeks, and the sale is up and down between top 4 and 5 above LOUDNESS. Top 1 is AEROSMITH, so we are the most selling Metal band now. As our distribution is underground one, it's a great thing, isn't it? Our 1st album is getting a premium, and everybody is seeking around. Now we are looking for a label, whether domestic or foreign, who can re-master and release the 1st again with bonus tracks. Contact us, every interested label reading this, please. We have its copyright. The 1st sold 2000 copies in 3 months released 7 years ago. Then we lost 2 members of rhythm section, and we stopped activities for a long time. In the meantime I wandered Europe and Asia, thinking about my music life. You can hear the effect in this new album. All the essence of the album is summarized in the 1st song, DTA. It's perfect for the opening. Everybody seems to want fast number for the 1st, though. We want many people to experience our music. And everybody goes down without any escapee. It's like a SHOTGUN. So we call it Shotgun Thrash Metal.
UnderWorld - ALL OF YOUR TRACKS ARE IN ENGLISH RIGHT, WHY DO YOU PREFER TO USE ENGLISH?
Warzy - Because our target is metal heads over the world. In fact all the bands we got influence are singing in English, too. FORBIDDEN the same, LOUDNESS the same. Why over the world? There is a video of LOUDNESS' Europe tour called "EUROBOUNDS". When I saw it, I simply thought, "I wanna be there, too". LOUDNESS determined my life!! Ever!!
UnderWorld - HOW MANY RELEASES HAVE YOU MADE SO FAR? WILL YOU BE RE-RELEASING YOUR OLD STUFF?
Warzy - 2 Demo Tapes and 1st as I said, plus some Comp-CDs, but all of them are impossible to get now.
UnderWorld - HOW ARE YOU PROMOTING THIS IN JAPAN, ASIA & THE WORLD? HAVE YOU SENT OUT MANY PROMOS FOR THIS?
Warzy - WORLDCHAOS is doing a best job now. And we are receiving a good response on the radio or magazines. This year NARCOTIC GREED will be a rumor over the world. It's only us who are playing, as a pride of Japan, isn't it?
UnderWorld - WHAT DO YOU DO BESIDES THE BAND; YOU'RE IN JACKHAMMER RECORDS TOO RIGHT? HOW ABOUT THE OTHER MEMBERS, DO THEY WORK OR GO TO SCHOOL? ARE YOU INVOLVED IN OTHER BANDS?
Warzy - No, we are working. Younger member BOMBER (24) works at YAKINIKU (grill beef), JUSTICE (32) work at MAXWELL (Electric you know), DAN (34) work at computer company him-self. WARZY (33) you know well JACKHAMMER MUSIC.
UnderWorld - DO ALL OF YOU LIVE IN OSAKA? HOW OFTEN DO YOU REHEARSE OR JUST MEET? DO YOU WATCH PORNO TOGETHER?
Warzy - We all live in Osaka, almost near to one another. We are rehearsing once a week, sometimes watching infant porno to sword-fight with dicks.
UnderWorld - WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT THE JAPANESE METAL SCENE & YOUR SOCIETY IN GENERAL?
Warzy - Well, Japanese metal scene and society are a little bit silent now. Almost sleeping. But we know that Japanese kids and people are hiding huge money in their pockets. It's not impossible to dream a Japanese Dream if we want. Not so bad country, isn't it?
UnderWorld - WILL YOU AGREE TO STAR IN YOUR OWN PORNO MOVIE? WE CAN TITLE IT NARCOTIC SEX GREED W/ FULL SEX ACTION & YOUR MUSIC ON THE BACKGROUND!?
Warzy - The director is you? (Yeah! Or a cameraman would be fine!-roy) If our music is on the background, it's too fast and my hip will burst. Bomber loves muffing and licks (I mean Pussy licker!!) from the beginning till the end. So his tongue has lost the taste and he says "delicious" eating anything. He eats crap and vomit, drinks piss. Last week he got gonorrhea and went to hospital. Everybody, be careful about a stinking cunt!!! Well, use your dicks playing TWICET OF FATE!!!
This is the One-on-one interview w/ Warzy. But 1st the story...I contacted Warzy when I got here (Mihara, Hiroshima) to buy some CD & asked for promo. So he sends me some stuff. He did not 1st said about his band. I 1st listened to the sampler & the compilation cd. After a week, he called me at home & asked what do I think about it. I said I was actually interested in doing an interview w/ either Narcotic Greed or Nomenmortis (Slovakian Band that Jackhammer had signed). Then that's when he mentions he is the guitarist of N.G. But he asked a lot if I really like their music. Maybe because he know I also like Grind (well after the interview, you'll surely know he doesn't like grind! He, he, he). So I said I listen to all sorts of Metal. So he agreed for the interview. After a month or so, he said he wanted to meet & asked for a schedule. I'm alone living at my boss' house so I told him Saturday night would be best. I send him a map. He doesn't really know how long was the drive from Osaka to Mihara, Hiroshima, but I said it's about 21/2hours ride in a bullet train (at 250km/hr). So everything was set. The weather is bad that day, some rain in scattered areas that could make driving more difficult. So, when he came, he consumed 51/2hrs straight. So I treat him with some home cooked Philippine dish, beer & kimuchi, that Korean spicy veggies. Warzy don't drink much though. So after the meal & I'm just half drunk, we decided to do the interview. The only thing you are missing here are the tons of laughter! I don't know why we laughed so much; we did not take any cannabis! The truth is every question & answer has a laugh or two, & it will be ridiculous for you to read a lot of ha ha ha's... So I put it where it is really appropriate, so here goes...
Roy) So your drummer is not an original member?
Warzy) Not an original member.
r) But his band is your friend?
w) Yes, he plays for Raging Fury, you know?
r) No. What kind of metal do they play? Death metal? Heavy?
w) New wave...
r) New wave? Psychedelic?? Hard Rock???
w) No, not psychedelic, new wave of extreme music they say. I don't know but they say.
r) So for original drummer?
w) Yes, now we are looking for original drummer but nothing.
r) But from the 1st N.G. who were the original line-up?
w) Me & Dan
r) Your 1st album went good selling over 2000 copies, so why did N.G. stop?
w) Original drummer went back to his home in Takamatsu city. He quit the drums.
r) So he's not original from Osaka?
w) Yes. We did look for another drummer but we did not find any, so we stopped playing.
r) You gave me a Jackhammer sampler cd-r & Lard Compilation CD with tracks of N.G., so those tracks were originally unreleased?
r) Your real name is Hiroshi Yamashita, do you know the Yamashita treasure?
r) In WW 2 in the Philippines, he is a captain, I don't know, a high-ranking military official.
w) Huh, I don't know.
r) You are not related?
w) No, no relation. He's name is what?
r) He's name is Yamashita; he has many treasure, gold, and jewelry, usually gold. That's why in the Phils. Treasure hunters, they seek the Yamashita Treasure.
w) Ahhh, I don't know him.
r) In ww2?
w) Maybe my uncle, ha, ha, ha
r) Do you know Mirai of Sigh?
w) No comment. Ha ha ha
r) I went to his website & he has some sort of thrash revival something...
r) Is N.G. not part of that thrash revival?
w) I don't know why?
r) I think he wants to bring back thrash metal, but nothing was mentioned about you.
r) You're thrash metal & with complex vocals, sometimes screeching high that other bands have hard time to do that.
w) Maybe mirai don't like high tone voice. Maybe they don't like this style of thrash metal. I don't know but maybe so..
w) But he called me asking if we can play w/ them in Tokyo in June.
r) Maybe they already heard your new cd.
w) Maybe so. And he told me very good album & want to play together.
r) But you said you'd go to France this June?
w) Yes. So na.
r) So maybe you need to re-schedule.
w) If 1st week of June it's ok.
r) After that you can't play. But that's a good chance to play in Tokyo. Isn't the Metal Scene a little bigger in Tokyo?
w) Ah, yes. Famous bands go to Tokyo to play like Defiled, good thrash metal band, Sigh, Abigail...
r) How about Voidd?
w) Ah yes, Voidd. Also they played in Nagoya, Osaka & maybe Tokyo.
r) Voidd also an old band. Before they played...
w) Death metal. Now they play dokuro.
r) Oh, goth rock???
w) Skull. Dokuro in Japan. Skull rock.
r) Skull rock??
w) I don't understand, but they say "we play skull rock" dokuro.
r) I heard them before. But in Osaka not so many clubs to play?
w) We have many places to play. But not so many good bands.
r) Japan is more known as a grind nation, more grind bands.
w) Yeah I know, but they are just playing on masturbation, you know?
r) Playing on masturbation?
w) Japanese people don't know they play masturbation, they only make demo tape, then play a gig daroo.
r) Masturbation metal? How about in your bio, it says your favorite guitarist is from loudness?
w) Yes, Loudness, Akira Takasaki.
r) I haven't heard Loudness but last year I saw a cd, a 2nd hand, 100yen but I did not buy..
r) 'Coz there are 2 cd, loudness & Venom.
r) Yes, 100yen also. So I buy venom. Then next week Loudness already sold out..
w) Good choice..ha, ha, ha
r) Then this year I saw Loudness CD, it says Sale w/ discount. But price 4000yen..
w) Takai na. (Expensive)
r) Takai. That's why I'm thinking why?
r) Anyway, Loudness is a heavy metal band?
w) Hmmm..Well-known Japanese heavy metal band. When I went to Europe, France, Britain, I asked to them, do you know any Japanese bands, they say "Loudness, I know loudness", very well known in Europe too. I'm very surprised.
r) They say metal in Europe is not trendy, not like in USA, very trendy.
w) Hmmm..Very trendy.
r) Do you like hip-hop? Hip-hop & metal?
r) That's the heavy metal now in America.
r) The picture in the cd, when was it taken? You look a little fat.
w) Nani (what?) Now? Fatter?
r) Now you look slim. In the CD you look a little fat.
w) When was it?
r) Last year?
w) 3 months ago. (interview:March-roy)
r) Really, January?
w) Hmmm..Too fat.
w) In Philippines is there some band that plays this style of thrash metal? Nothing?
r) Before, there are lots of bands, now metal scene is very bad.
w) Very bad?
r) Before there are some good bands. Now.... nothing. (pertaining to this form of thrash metal!-roy)
r) So what is your favorite sexual position?
w) Hmmmm??? Sex position?
r) Yes, dog style, Samaritan?
r) Very hard question?
w) Easy, easy question.
w) Just look at suck my cock. Just looking..
r) Blow job?
w) Yes, blow job, for about 2 hours. Not so necessary to insert, just blow job. Piss, take a piss. I like piss to face.
r) That's extreme.
w) Very very exciting. Piss to her face.
w) More funny question.
r) I'm thinking of serious question. Ha, ha, ha. You are of Jackhammer music. Before Jackhammer is Lard Records Japan, then they change name.
w) We worked together w/ Malaysian Label, but in Malaysia don't wanna use like pig, hog.
r) Ahh, because they're Islamic.
w) Yah. So they say, "If you want to job w/ me pls. Change your name."
r) So you change your name.
Warzy's cell phone rang. It's a call from another band inquiring about Narcotic Greed's availability to play live. We never got the chance to talk about it & to continue the interview 'coz my non-metal friend called & is already inside a club asking us to join him. Since we were thinking of a place to go for the night (no metal clubs in the small city of Mihara), so we just grabbed our jackets & drove to the next town to join my friend! Conversation continued on the road but it was not recorded, so I can't put it here. Warzy put some Loudness music until we reach the place; we actually got lost & have to ask for direction. Still we have to wait for my friend in the train station 'coz we cant make out the direction given by the taxi driver. We did get to the place, so that's a totally different story!!! Ha, ha, ha. We went home almost 2 am. After resting a couple of minutes. My other non-metal friend arrived, he & Warzy talked till morning. I don't know what they talked about coz 1st, its in Japanese, 2nd, at about 3am, I really can't help to sleep. Next day, Sunday. My friend who treats us in the club last night came to give us a tour of the town. Then we went to another friends house. Free tour, free food, and free beer! What the hell can you asked for?! So special thanks to them all (Mr. Utsumi & Mr. Maruyama & Mrs. Linda Maruyama & Mr. Goto, Arigatoo Gozaimashita.) Got back home around 5pm. Two co-workers arrived from the Philippines. Yeah, they got to meet Warzy, but they are no metal heads. Anyway, the night passed by taking photos, more silly talk & watching Warzy's favorite movies, yeah porno!! Pure Un-adulterated, no mosaic porn!! Time flew...& were talking about what time to wake up 'coz we all have jobs tomorrow. But at about past 12 am, Warzy's Jackhammer boss, Dick (that really is he's English name!) called him & said he really have to go now 'coz they will have a meeting w/ a label company from Tokyo. Warzy must be there at 8 am. So Warzy grabbed his stuffs & get on his way. So that ends this story. My real 1st live interview & real 1st time to meet a Japanese metal head. He's crazy! A Maniac! So girls beware! If you are in anyway offended by any stuff here, sorry but we just became a crazed metal fuckhead!!! But if you got horny & titillated by words & photos, well go right ahead, contact Warzy!!! For either Music or Sex!!! Ha ha ha...
You'll hear Don't Trust Anyone from their new CD "Twicet of Fate". 1st album is not available so I hope some label would get interested in re-releasing that album. But you can get Jackhammer CD-r Sampler & To Decay w/ Lard compilation cd, both have N.G. unreleased tracks. Contact Warzy for more info!!
World Chaos Production - New Light Bldg. 406, 2-25-6 Hongo Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo, Japan 113-0033
Warzy / Jackhammer Music Japan
6-19-6 Toyosato, Higashi-Yodogawa, Osaka 533-0013 Japan
JHM Web site: < http://www3.justnet.ne.jp/~93/hammer.html > E-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Narcotic Web Site: http: members.aol.com/sen6666/ber.html
(Most photos here were taken by me -Roy- inside my boss' house. Arigatoo gozaimashita Satcho San!)