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Album Review

Huntsville, AL, band Daikaiju (which means "giant monster" in Japanese) came along to put their stamp on instrumental surf music 40 years after the style first became popular. The band has been building up a following for several years, but this self-titled effort is its first full-length CD. On it, the sound of Duane Eddy and the Ventures rides again, as pseudonymous guitarists Secret Asian Man and Dymaxion Lee twang and chime through original instrumental tunes that could have accompanied surfing footage in the early '60s, with the rhythm section of bassist Brain Conflict and drummer Mr. Nein charging the beats. For the most part, this is rigorously formulaic, the only slight change in approach appearing in the eight-and-a-half-minute closing track, "Farewell to Monster Island," which employs a reggae beat. Of course, there is still a surf music fan base out there, just as there seems to be for every musical genre that has ever existed, and Daikaiju stand ready to serve it.

Customer Reviews

surf rock is win

I heard of Daikaiju through the podcast Escape Pod (as they do the intro and outro music). I have been wanting this album for a long lime, but the samples iTunes picked always kind of made me feel meh about it. BIG MISTAKE! This CD is rockin, a blend of old school surf rock fused with some heavier modern flavor. Quite a unique sound with great riffs and songs. If your thinking about it, get it.

I can't decide which is best...

The album or the live show! Both are absolutly stunning but this IS a band you CANNOT MISS LIVE!!!!


these guys are great, worth the money!


Formed: 1999 in Huntsville, AL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

In Japanese, Daikaiju means "giant monster." The Huntsville, Alabama-based instrumental surf-rock band Daikaiju made its public debut in December 1999, its members hidden behind Japanese masks and pseudonyms, with Secret Asian Man and Dymaxion Lee on guitars, Brain Conflict on bass, and Mr. Nein on drums. During the early years of the 21st century, Daikaiju built up a following in the southeastern U.S. while placing tracks on various compilations (e.g., "Route Nowhere" on's Road Trip Tunes...
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Daikaiju, Daikaiju
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Surf
  • Released: Mar 08, 2005

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