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Omoide Hatoba



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4 stars Their fifth full-length-album "Kinsei" released in 1995 can be thought as one of their masterpieces, Through this creation inside such a bizarre sleeve the audience can understand their extensive, eccentric intention for "rock". Filled with various music elements and strategies built up by lots of rock pioneers but simultaneously seasoned with their superlative interpretation and cynical dissemination here there and everywhere. Just their strong, colourful identity that should never got restrained under old rock stereotype launched such a cornerstone in the Japanese rock scene.

You can notice easily that this album flooded with "music mess" - weird synthesizer sounds, crooked drumming, tape- effected voices, along with bizarre soundscape - cannot be classified under any subgenre ... simple minimalistic rhythm and melody lines like Totsuzen Danball, tribal ethnicity with meaningless words, deep heavy riffs like King Crimson, experimental monotony plus tape effects like Neu!, acid-folksy sound traveler, explosive noises like Hanatarash (one of Seiichi's previous projects), or catchy poppy outcome ... their musical basis might be quite massive, and historically important veins must be messed with flashy sound crooks launched by Seiichi and Atsushi - the big two of OMOIDE HATOBA.

And their lyrics are pretty impressive at the same time. Their words mainly sung in Japanese should be smeared with full of cynics, laziness, disappointment and desperation against the current society and human life. Looks like "Kinsei", Venus in English, means that they might want to rush or fly away from the earth into the universe. Via this album we cannot find any cool phrase nor pleasant melody line but just only criticism and hopelessness solidified with lyrics and composition. However we cannot get depressed but chuckle along their comical atmosphere. What a mystery, what a cynical hysterie tour.

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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