[Heavy Metal/Hard Rock] Boohwal (부활)
#1
I just want to bring to people's attention these two groups, BuHwal and Sinawe, which have likely been discussed already.
These were some of the early examples of Korean heavy metal. Both released some very influential and iconic recordings in the same year of 1986. Now the thing is, BuHwal was always very mellow. Even their first album opens with a very easy-going kind of rock song called Hwi Ya (Dear Hwi).

Bi wa Dangshinui Iyagi (Rain and the Story of You) was their biggest hit from this period. it's basically an emotional rock ballad.
Some of my main gripes about BuHwal's early work (the first two albums mostly) is that although they are considered important, I wasn't fond of the gravelly vocals. Lee Seung Chul and guitarist Kim Tae Won acted in these roles, although Lee did the softer melodic vocals and Kim did the ones I speak of. It's reminiscent of some hard rock musicians from the 60s and 70s, and for some it definitely has some character, an attempt to be edgy in a time where Korean music was grossly conservative for many. The first two records (Rock Will Never Die and Rememberance) both have this contrasting style between the two vocalists and also have a very garagey underground sort of production. The first BuHwal album is even to this day one of their heaviest. The second had some edge but was leading them to the soft rock sound they fully embraced on the third record and aped out for mainstream success in all the later records. But what is nice is to see a soft rock group that embraces some technicality in their musicianship.

However, since this is a metal discussion, only the first album is worth seeking, as it's the only one that can even seriously be called metal. But in all honesty, when Lee Seung Chul did solo (his work is generally more adult contemporary than rock) I greatly prefer his renditions of BuHwal's popular songs than even the originals.
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#2
As far as Boohwal (부활) is concerned, I haven't heard too much of their music yet. A lot of Korean bands are still a mystery to me, despite having a handful of albums in my collection. I will look into getting their first album.

I would personally extend your list to mention the likes of Baekdoosan, Charisma, and Foreign Legion, at least when discussing notable Korean metal bands of the 1980s, when the genre was banned by the South Korean government. Dionysus debuted just a year before the 1990 explosion of classic releases by Armageddon and Stranger.

Korean metal and rock are as close as Asia gets to being comparable to their Japanese counterparts. I've noticed a lot of Indonesian and Malaysian bands are more ballad-driven, even when they were playing hard rock.
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I think Boohwal second album is a masterpiece in Asia Rock history, I can't imagine any band in Asia play and write music like that!!
The band leader and guitarist Kim Tae Won shows his guitar talent in this masterpiece, Jill's Theme is a song from the movie "Once Upon A Time In the West", the song was written by famous composer Ennio Morricone.
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The Boohwal debut album was re-issued as Red color vinyl too, I don't buy it because I want the original pressing.
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#4
I agree with you. The first three Boohwal albums in fact, are probably the best.
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#5
I'm going to try tracking down Boohwal's third album. Do you guys know if there's a recent CD reissue? I'm still quite new to Boohwal's discography, as I only have their first two albums. The vocalist on that album was also on Jag-Eun Haneul's New Little Sky, by the way.
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#6
Boohwal first three albums on CD is easy to find out of South Korea. I used yesasia few times to buy some Korean Rock/Metal CDs.
Boohwal - Vol. 3
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#7
I actually just found it through Rakuten! Thanks, though. Looking forward to getting this album. Smile
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Kim Jae Ki unfortunately died in a car accident during the Vol. 3 recording session. This album actually is a Kim Jae Ki tribute album, there's some special meaning within the album. I need sometime to look back the information again.

In the music video of 사랑할수록, one of the most famous Boohwal song, the acting of vocalist is Kim Jae Hee, the young brother of Kim Jae Ki. He also sang in Vol. 4.




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#9
Here's the member line-up for their first three albums, as requested by Painkiller:

1st Album: Rock Will Never Die (1986)
Vocals - 이승철 (Lee Seung Chul)
Guitar - 김태원 (Kim Tae Won)
Guitar - 이지웅 (Lee Ji Ung)
Bass - 김병찬 (Kim Byeong Chan)
Drums - 황태순 (Hwang Tae Sun)

2nd Album: Remember (1987)
Vocals - 이승철 (Lee Seung Chul)
Guitar - 김태원 (Kim Tae Won)
Bass - 정준교 (Jeong Jun Gyo)
Keyboard - 서영진 (Seo Yeong Jin)
Drums - 김성태 (Kim Seong Tae)

3rd Album: Loss of Memory (1993)
Vocals - 김재기 (Kim Jae Gi)
Guitar - 김태원 (Kim Tae Won)
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#10
Alright, you may know the situation with my 'translation' of Sinawe's fist which I posted in their respective thread. However, I have come up with a rough translation (again, relying on Google and then some minor corrections from me) of BooHwal's first. Unfortunately, this is going to require some serious revisions later, because like I said, my Korean is not quite up to par to accurately correct everything. Still, it'll give you some idea of what the songs are about, and even includes the infamous 'lost track' only featured on the original vinyl. Here we go:

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01. 희야 (Dear Hwi)

Dear Hwi, look at me.
You liked me.
Even though you say 'no'
I know your heart

If I speak of love and leave
I wonder if it hurts
I will turn around and say I don't want to cry
You look so sad

Wet with a pale face
You look cold
Every night, the dream remains
I still draw an image of you.

Dear Hwi, look at me.
You liked me.
Even though you say 'no'
I know your heart

If I speak of love and leave
I wonder if it hurts
Crying in the rain
You look so sad

Wet with a pale face
You look cold
Every night, the dream remains
I still draw an image of you.
Dear Hwi, look at me.
Oh, my God. Oh, look at me.

Oh, hello. Oh, look at me.
Oh, hell, my hell.

- - -

02. 비와 당신의 이야기 (Rain and the Story of You)

As a child longs for rain
I miss you

Rather than the romance of the rain
Rather than the warmth of the rain
The day of your sorrow
Because it is unforgettable
You must remember me
I always brought you sadness.

My darling
The rain of your eyes
The day of your sorrow
I couldn't bear to see.

I cried a lot.
Rain to rain and snow to rain
Faintly drawing you in the rain
Our last words
Your last words
I remember.

I cried a lot.
Rain to rain and snow to rain
Faintly drawing you in the rain
Our last words
Your last words
I remember.

I remember.

I love you (repeat)

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03. 너뿐이야 (You're the One)

All the time,
You're the only thing that matters.
Wait all day
You're welcome.
What you always said
It was my dream that I said.
Repeated all day long
You're the only thing that matters.
There you are
Give me all my pain.
Where you and I met
The happiest thing in the world

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04. 길가의 연인들 (Lovers on the Side of the Road)

I accidentally saw them over there
Maybe something's wrong.
The man tilts his head and sees the land
She says something.

I wanna break up
Or do we talk about something?
I don't think so.
Where you can easily pass
Why should I be sad?

I accidentally saw them over there
Maybe there's something going on.
Parting ways is sad
What was wrong?

I wanna break up
Or do we talk about something?
I do not think so.
Where you can easily pass
Why should I be sad?

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05. 인형의 부활 (A Doll Reborn)

Crying together
What are you trying to say?
I cannot see it sadly
With wide eyes on the story

I don't want to talk to you
Looking sadly at this place
With a wide eye

I don't want to talk to you
I'm so sick of your little mouth.

With tears of parting and sadness
I don't know what to say.

I see sorrow in you
Love and parting
I will tell you with wide eyes.

Now you may have life, too.

Crying together
What are you trying to say?
I cannot see it sadly
With wide eyes on the story

I don't want to talk to you
Looking sadly at this place
With a wide eye

I don't want to talk to you
I'm so sick of your little mouth.

With tears of parting and sadness
I don't know what to say.

I see sorrow in you
Love and parting
I will tell you with wide eyes.

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06. 슬픈 환상 (Sad Illusion)

To forget the sad story with you.
I forgot now though.
Thoughts cannot move my mind.
I see a girl who only looks sad.
But the girl is not her.
It feels like crying.
Sitting on the corner of a cathedral (sitting on a chair)
Waiting for the heart that will not come
It makes me cry.
To forget the sad story with you.
I think I've forgotten it now.
Thoughts cannot move my mind.
I see a girl who only looks sad.
But the girl is not her.
But the girl is not her.
I feel like crying.
Sitting on the corner of a cathedral (sitting on a chair)
Waiting for the heart that will not come
It makes me cry.

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07. 사랑 아닌 친구 (A Friend, Not a Lover)

You're always a friend when you see me.
But I hate that.

Everyone is all love.
Why are you always a friend

I always love you when you see me.
But I hate that.

Everyone is all love.
Why are you always a friend

You do not know me ~~~ You do not know me ~~

It's love.
If not
I did not say anything.
A friend, not a lover

- - -

08. 사랑의 흔적 (Traces of Love)

Now you have no heart.
I'm looking for a heart of love
I don't see a longing again.
* Now there's no warmth for me.
I'm looking for a heart of love
I can't feel a longing again.
Now we have only a few years left
Like nothing else we say
Only the traces of love are left in solitude
Only the traces of love are engraved in impasse*

(*repeat)

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09. 건전가요 (A Healthy Song)*

Birds fly
Above the hard hills
When birds fly
Standing always, my darling
I miss you when I miss you
Do not cry. Do not cry.
Do not go to the one you loved.

* This song appears as the last track on Side B of the original vinyl LP. The reason for it's removal on the CD reissue is likely because it was a propaganda song encouraged by the Korean officials during the period of political oppression in the 80s, including an opposition to hard rock and heavy metal. Sinawe, a contemporary band of BooHwal, experienced something similar when they featured a well-known patriotic tune (Not performed by them of course) called "Ah! Daehanminguk" on their original LP. When it was reissued to CD years later, that song too was removed, as that dictatorship and period of censorship was long gone by then. However, unlike with Sinawe, it seems that 'A Healthy Song' was actually performed by BooHwal themselves.
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