The Mad Capsule Markets
having one of the best names in rock ' roll, The Mad Capsule Markets have recently been
omnipresent in the Japanese media, their deliciously thunderous brand of industrial thrash
shaking foundations across the country with ever-increasing insistency.
The trio of Kyono (vocals), Takeshi Ueda (guitar), and Motokatsu Miyagami (drums) released
their indies debut in 1990, but were quickly snapped by Victor Entertainment, issuing P.O.P.
in '91. A steady string of seven albums followed, culminating in last summer's OSC-DIS
(Oscillator in Distortion) and their greatest triumph: supporting Rage Against the
Machine in their Japan tour.
With a brutally heavy sound that never fails to produce a frenzy in moshpits across the
nation, The Mad Capsules' sound is rooted in the aggro-rock of Ministry and Rammstein, but
lightened with a sense of humor. They have also had the privilege of being remixed by
Digital Hardcore kingpin Alec Empire and veteran British industrial dub producer Adrian
Despite their fearsome sound, The Mad Capsules also have a wicked inclination towards
mischief, as can be sensed from the surfin'-safari-Beach Boys-from-hell strains of OSC-DIS
and their always-playful videos on music video channel Vibe, a staple of the
11pm-12:30am Garageheadz alternative rock program. Headbangers will definitely
want to make a point of catching The Mad Capsules' Zepp Tokyo shows later in March.
The Mad Capsule Markets play
Zepp Tokyo on March 24-25. See listings for details.