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Bondage Fruit



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4 stars 1994 was the real advent of Zeuhl in Japan (yes Ruins got there before then, but was that TRULY Zeuhl?).

Bondage Fruit's debut album is certainly Zeuhl, at the very least the vocals give it away. While not as dark and totalitarian as peak Magma, it has its brooding moments while being relatively accessible.

Holy Roller is a great opener, very tribal sounding thanks to the percussion. Operatic vocals on Arabia No Zou mix with some scatting and a simple but great guitar riff in what's a bit like a post-punk take on Zeuhl.

Kodomo No Torokko is a masterpiece. A variety of instruments across the track mean it seems to go on a global tour of styles without settling on one for too long. The fast percussion, the violin work, vocal harmonies.

Rigo is a bit of cartoonish filler of scatty vocals and percussion before the guitars explode back into the scene in Octopus- Command alongside fantastic bass and drums. The start of this track is a couple of minutes of fantastic head bopping material! Everything then drops away for a slow, deep toned bass solo before things are turned up to eleven again, all the instruments return, the vocals get extremely manic and the guitars are distorted. A brief xylophone interlude just about gets the heart rate down before a final rock head banger to the end.

Hiko Suru Ko is a return to the tribal sounds of Holy Roller, with the vocals also helping to create the atmosphere of an African tribal song. Kaku No Sakana is a surprisingly lilting acoustic guitar track with incidental noise and violin added. Its a slow burner, perhaps a bit too long, but a nice change of pace. If its caused you to drift of to sleep, prepare for a big jolt though as Kinzoku No Taiji starts with a big bang, perhaps the most manic and Ruins-like track on the album with some parts losing melody entirely and becoming a wall of noise. TRex is then mostly a showcase of drumming, with a lot of electronic distorted noise and a build up to a crescendo and a final, sudden stop.

A very strong debut!

bartymj | 4/5 |


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