Formed in the Hokkaido Prefecture in 1986, Kyoufu Shinbun is the solo industrial punk project of Proletariat Honma, the elusive keyboard/synth player from cult Japanese hardcore punk acts such as Kikeiji, Hightechnology Suicide, and countless other Crazy SKB-related projects. Honma intended for this project to be the purest outlet of his musical being, combining his love for John Balance/Coil, Foetus, etc., with elements of Japan's occult Noroi, junk noise, electronic musics, environmental music, and punk/hardcore.
While his 1993 cassette was released on the legendary Japanese noise label Vanilla Records, a majority of the releases under the Kyoufu Shinbun banner were primarily self-released as very limited-run cassettes on Honma's own Integral Label.
Death Training is the magnum opus of Kyoufu Shinbun, a collection of work originally released on the 13th of every month from May 1993 through February 1994 as a series of ten, four-song cassettes, each in a run of 200 copies. Each explores a theme of specific forms of death: Burning, Drowning, Microwave, Explosion, Starvation, Pressure, Suffocation, Freezing, Abdominal, and Shock. The subject matter is perfectly complemented not only by Honma's depraved and uniquely-Japanese take on Métal Urbain's drum machine cacophony, but also by the mind-melting artwork by Shinya “Toozy” Tsujimura of Jiheitai, Michiro Endo's pre-The Stalin band.
Bitter Lake Recordings found it absolutely necessary to work with Proletariat Honma in order to remaster and reissue this psychotic masterwork for modern consumption. Pressed as a 3xLP to maximize audio quality, also included Kyoufu Shinbun's 1991 7" flexi, whose title translates to "Falling To Death", a fitting precursor of and perfect posthumous addition to the Death Training series. This collection features an 18-page booklet with all original Shinya Tsujimura art. Housed in a think casewrapped boxset.