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HUNDRED SIGHTS OF KOENJI

Koenjihyakkei

 

Zeuhl

3.81 | 61 ratings

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Kazuhiro
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4 stars The diversification of a variety of music characters existed surely for the music of Japan in the latter half of the 70's. Of course, the market of music in Japan drew the flow that derived to music with the originality that Japan had the influence for Punk Rock and New Age Rock and at that time and was flooded.

It had the flow to which the wave of techno and Punk Rock derived in the market in Japan and in advanced music, it was also true to have exhausted a lot of bands that surely expressed those music characters. And, time when the band that pursued an original music character at the same time by independent production had begun to appear rapidly happened in the 80's, too.

Existence as a part to draw flow that pursues originality in the flow and to work on music. And, the band that is related of Tathuya Yoshida as existence that begins to receive the evaluation in the market from the home country to foreign countries for the creation and the activity of music at this time and the music character will be able to be called existence beyond price as the band that exists in Japan.

It might surely have had the influence from the creation, directionality, Magma, and This Heat if it thought as a flow to which this band that led Tathuya Yoshida established the music character. And, it is possible to think about the flow and the derivation from "Ruins" that began to be created in the latter half of the 80's as a pair.

The expression of Tathuya Yoshida that has already advanced "Ruins" as an activity of music goes back to the time of 1985. Music character that is reminiscent of Magma. And, it is partial of the song and the chorus who has them absorb "Kobaia word" and interpret it. They surely derive to this band. The expression of the music character derived this band and here might have had the base as a flow surely including "Ruins" at this time.

This band was formed in 1991. At that time, they were daring the project that performed the tune of Magma in live. They will surely have been bases of this band. And, they announce this album in 1994. The music characters of them initial including "Ruins" gradually include the element of Prog Rock from the part of Hard Core. And, Magma and the Kobaia word might be absorbed as a theme in the unique aspect and the method of the expression have already been established since this time.

Establishment as creation and pursuit of these music characters exactly. And, it is caught music also in Japan as existence that one of Koenjihyakkei is valuable as the existence of the band in Japan that has received the evaluation in foreign countries.

A steady rhythm twines round "Ioss" with the song that overwhelming Kobaia influences to a heavy melody and the chorus. Word and chorus's complete composition power. It is a tune to decide their existence exactly.

"Doi Doi" shifts to the part where complete power is demonstrated from the solo of the song with the tension. Chorus of complete Kobaia. And, the female chorus part and the part by the orchestra might be complete Zeuhl. Solo of the guitar is also overwhelming.

A melody that is reminiscent of the music scale of Arabia and an original song of "Molavena" are impressive. Progress of rhythm advanced in fast Passage and original Chord. And, the composition by the division of labor of the chorus and the song is established. Development advanced as the melody of the keyboard is emphasized has overwhelming power of expression. The development of the rhythm and the melody that puts fast and slow is also splendid.

"Gepek" starts from the construction of heavy Riff. Composition of song that comes in succession and continuousness of tension. Part where various rhythms are multiused. Line of Bass to contribute to tune. The composition is complete.

"Yagonahh" starts by the melody that is very reminiscent of the music of the Middle East. Flow of rhythm that completely buries space and carries it out. It might be in the method of processing the space as one of the charms of Magma. And, the rhythm of this band will have the method of overwhelmingly burying the space. The construction of the chorus part and the melody that develops with the complexity has originality.

"Ozone Fall" is heavy Riff of the guitar and a chorus part. Melody in close relation to complexity. And, the song and the chorus by complete Kobaia. Tension and rhythm intermittently repeated. Overwhelming composition power is demonstrated.

"Zhess" is a part of refined song and chorus. And, it is partial where Syncopation was multiused and is partial of Blast Beat. Or, it flavors about a few Jazz in close relation to a chaotic melody. It is expressed well as development with diversity.

As for "Zoltan", the chorus twines round the melody of a beautiful organ well. The chorus in close relation to development that is reminiscent of the hymn also demonstrates originality. It is likely to be able to listen to the part where they are not simply mimicking Zeuhl.

The melody of the keyboard that shines in the rhythm of the shuffle gets on "Avedumma". Originality is expressed in the progress of bright Chord. Song and chorus who develops one after another. Flow of rhythm that continues dash feeling. The composition and power to involve are overwhelming.

"Sunna Zarioki" is a part of the song and the chorus who is reminiscent of the march as the dash feeling is continued. Development that puts fast and slow while changing the rhythm one after another is expressed.

The existence of men who have them express it as a part of Zeuhl that Japan thinks about is valuable existence also in the home country. And, the music characters of men who have them express Zeuhl splendidly interpreted are always paid to attention in the band in Japan that another has.

Kazuhiro | 4/5 |

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