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KOREKYOJIN

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Yet another of Yoshida Tatsuya's many musical projects, KOREKYOJIN sees the RUINS mainman working with Kido Natsuki, BONDAGE FRUIT's guitar ace, and sometime GROUND ZERO bassist Nasuno Mitsuru.

The band originally convened in 1999 and released their well received debut album, recorded in a single day. It looked as though that would be all from this particular line up, but 5 years later they reconvened and recorded "Arabesque", which was subsequently withdrawn and reissued with extra live tracks. A (mostly) live album, "Isotope", followed in 2005 and a third studio album, "Jackson", was recorded in 2006. While the style will be recognisable to fans of KOENJIHYAKKEI and RUINS, KOREKYOJIN has its own sound and musical agenda. Almost everything is composed by Yoshida, barring some brief group improvisations, and there are no vocals. The playing is extremely tight and has a strong jazz influence with an unexpected but highly effective dash of funk thrown in for good measure. The compositions and arrangements push all three members of the band to their limits without ever descending into pointless noodling or lengthy solos, and there are some truly beathtaking instrumental performances on all their releases.

The best album to start with is probably the live "Isotope"which includes pieces from the first two albums played with a verve and bite that is sometimes missing from the studio recordings. All their releases are worth investigating, however, and like MASSACRE they demonstrate just how versatile the basic power trio format can be.


Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
An essential collaboration between 3 of the best players on the Japanese progressive rock scene.


Discography:
Korekyojin, 1999
Arabesque, 2004
Isotope (Live) 2005
Jackson 2006

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3.42 | 10 ratings
Korekyojin
1999
3.53 | 5 ratings
Arabesque
2004
4.91 | 11 ratings
Jackson
2006
3.71 | 12 ratings
Tundra
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Doldrums (with Tsuboy Akihisa)
2011

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4.04 | 4 ratings
Isotope
2005
4.51 | 3 ratings
Swan Dive
2009

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 Tundra by KOREKYOJIN album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.71 | 12 ratings

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Tundra
Korekyojin RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars I've found out!

Exactly hard-edged sound battles among the three perfect avantgarde rock giants (Kyojin in Japanese), and as a result, a musical republic commune created by them ... This album "Tundra", released in 2011, is a brilliant progressive rock crystal for us, and at the same time we can notice via this album that their live performance should be quite fascinating.

What a splendid instrumental fight indeed. A killa drummer (and the frontman of this ensemble) Tatsuya YOSHIDA, whilst playing massive attack with drumming, might be upstaged by other two rock talents I'm always afraid, and it's sometimes correct. A cool, intelligent (mentioned by himself :D) guitarist Natsuki KIDO explodes his guitar weapon loudly, strictly, and especially comfortably. A funky, but quiet bassist Mitsuru NASUNO lets his bass growl deeply, sharply like a wild beast. And Tatsuya, the basis of KOREKYOJINN, goes ahead and ahead aggressively via playing drums with his magical sticks in his machinery hands.

Their gig I've experienced was gorgeous indeed. Can express that as a rock energy explosion. Easily I've got sure that even upon stage they can play as "precisely" as upon their recordings, and this album could notify me the fact. Loud electricity, swift thousand hands, complex but smooth guitar merry-go-round, or gentle acoustic waves ... Natsuki shoots various touches. Mitsuru sometimes hides behind other two, and sometimes stands upon the frontline like Chris Squire, as kaleidoscopic appearances. Tatsuya struggles for unifying all of characteristic artists through his killa drumming, and at last can navigate them apparently ... what a vanguard.

In conclusion, this album has notified me that they be a super combo with perfect technique and strong intention to beat the audience out via their aggressive, avantgarde inner / outer space. Their albums can only be an entrance into the giant world named KOREKYOJINN. Woohoo, keep your ear sharpened ... you can realize that one and one and one is not three but thirty or more.

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 Tundra by KOREKYOJIN album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.71 | 12 ratings

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Tundra
Korekyojin RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Negoba
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4 stars Organic, Heavy, Quirky Modern Fusion

Korekyojinn is a trio from Japan led by drummer Yoshida Tatsyuda of the Zeuhl / Avant group Ruins. Joined with guitarist Kido Natsuki from Bondage Fruit and bassist Nasuno Mitsuru, this project sounds nothing like Zeuhl and instead is a very fresh take on jazz fusion. All of the instruments are active and each has a raw tonality that makes the recording have a very live feel. Though precise, the music grooves hard, and clearly very little has been done to doctor the performances for the album. The band that this most closely reminds me of is LA fusion trio Ohm:, though Korekyojinn is both more composed and more raw.

All of the pieces are carefully composed and deliberate which I confirmed by checking out video of the band. Though the songs may have evolved out of jams, the central melodic lines were identical. Korekyojinn is able to retain a very spontaneous vibe and energy, almost to the point of feel spastic. At the same the music on Tundra never feels out of control or random. In fact, it isn't particularly Avant-Garde to my ear, except in a few very specific spots. Instead, it's just a trio of very gifted musicians getting together to make some great instrumental music.

There are a few quirky surprises. The acoustic, jazzy guitar free time intro to "Vanishing Point" gives us a nice respite before dropping into a bass-heavy prog that brings to mind Anglagard. "Xenon" does dabble a bit more in the noise realm, much like a drugged nightmare. "Abandoned" actually beings in an almost loung-y vein, before ending the album closer to the band's core sound.

I am a relative newcomer to the Japanese scene so the strange genre choices maybe make sense for more experienced fans. Certainly, this album has some similarities with my only Bondage Fruit record. It is, however nothing like Koenjihyakkei's Magma-on-speed sound. However you choose to categorize the niche of this band and its parents, there is clearly both great skill and emotion in the performance of this hybrid.

For lovers of slightly experimental, slightly raw, slightly proggy fusion, Tundra might be just what you're looking for. 4/5

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 Tundra by KOREKYOJIN album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.71 | 12 ratings

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Tundra
Korekyojin RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Anthony H.
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3 stars Korekyojinn: Tundra [2011]

Rating: 6/10

Tundra is my first Korekyojinn album. Considering my previous experiences with Yoshida Tatsuya's music (mostly Koenjihyakkei), I was not expecting this album to sound anything like this. There's no super-charged avant-garde zeuhl anywhere here. Rather, the music presented here is instrumental heavy rock with strong math rock and technical metal influences. In fact, I detect very few avant-garde tendencies on this release. This doesn't mean that the music is simple, though, despite the rather simple band setup of guitar, bass, and drums. The song structures are incredibly complex, and the musicianship is as top-notch here as on anything Tatsuya is involved in; the instrumental interplay is absolutely seamless. However, I was still a bit disappointed by this release. Koenjihyakkei and Ruins aren't particularly known for their ability to create deep emotional passion within the listener, but their music is consistently engaging and almost undeniably interesting; in other words, it's easy to get involved in the music. The same cannot be said of this album. It's technically precise, but has very little soul. The indescribable insanity that I've grown to love from Koenji is sadly absent here. Charming zaniness and compelling composition both seem to have been sacrificed in favor of instrumental precision.

"Swan Dive" opens the album with a heavy riff and intense drumming. The song moves in many equally energetic directions, with an excellent bass solo being the highlight. This is generally one of the best tracks on the album. The title track is quite heavy, with unorthodox riffing and intense percussive blasts. I don't particularly enjoy this song. "Upstream" is lighter in tone; the guitar work actually reminds me of The Fall of Troy (!). The bass playing is quite impressive here. Acoustic guitar opens up "Vanishing Point" in an uncharacteristic manner. Heavy Frippian guitar work dominates this track. This is another one of the stronger songs here. The latter portion of "Watershed" is quite excellent, but the rest of the track isn't particularly special. "Xenon" begins with a much slower tempo than the rest of the album. The main riff is excellent, and the ambient section near the end is a nice change of pace. "Yellow Jacket" juxtaposes dissonant guitar patterns with a funky bass line. "Zebra Crossing" is a fun and short surf-rock track. The closing track "Abandoned" closes with an excellent guitar solo that ends the album on a positive note.

I don't want to say anything too negative about Tundra. The musicianship really is phenomenal; every band member is given a chance to shine in true "power trio" format. However, I can't consider this album excellent. Too much of it is inorganic. There's also a lack of variety, with many songs failing to stand out in a concrete manner. Although it's obvious that Yoshi and company were having a lot of fun while recording this, the listener doesn't get to share in that fun like they can with a Koenjihyakkei record. Regardless, Tatsyua die-hards will still eat it up, as will anyone with a passion for flawless musicianship and instrumental ferocity.

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 Korekyojin by KOREKYOJIN album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.42 | 10 ratings

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Korekyojin
Korekyojin RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by SaltyJon
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4 stars Korekyojinn's albums have been pretty regular in my listening habits since I first heard the band last year. Something about this combination of musicians really hits me in all the right ways. I didn't get this album until I was already familiar with the group via the incredible albums Jackson and Swan Dive, and while it doesn't pack quite the same magnitude of punch as those two it's still pretty incredible stuff. Reading the other reviews here when I ordered it, I was a bit wary about what I was getting, even though three stars is still good, I wanted excellent. Thankfully I got what I'd consider in the very good/excellent range.

As others have said (and I've said in my reviews of other albums), the lineup of this group is Yoshida Tatsuya (needs no introduction if you're into the Japanese avant scene, drummer for Ruins/Koenjihyakkei/Acid Mothers Temple SWR, Daimonji, and about 10000 other bands), Kido Natsuki (guitarist from Bondage Fruit and Salle Gaveau), and Nasuno Mitsuru (bassist from Altered States/Ground Zero, etc). Together, they play some sort of bizarre funk/jazz/avant rock instrumental music. Along with the pre-composed pieces, there are three short improvs, which provide some contrast to the rest of the album. The composed pieces are electric, while these three tracks are mostly acoustic (the only exception seems to be Nasuno's electric bass, but it fits in well). Most of the music on display here is really exceptional though; a few of my favorites are the tracks "Four Holes in the Sky", "Out of Head" and "Poet and Peasant", all of which show up again on live albums in the future.

Future albums will take what's on display here and really refine it and concentrate it, but we can already see the incredible tightness of the music on display, and the seemingly psychic ability of all three to know what's going to happen with the music. There are tons of changes and shifts in the music, and they all flow along incredibly. This is a very solid debut, coming from three exceptionally solid musicians who seem to be enjoying themselves as well as playing the music, which is always a big plus for me. Four stars from me, easily earned.

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 Swan Dive by KOREKYOJIN album cover Live, 2009
4.51 | 3 ratings

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Swan Dive
Korekyojin RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by SaltyJon
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5 stars This album is a real treat. For the price of a single disc, we get a CD literally full of amazing improvised live material (tracks 1 and 2 recorded in February 2008, 3 and 4 in November 2008, and 5 and 6 in October 2006), the majority of which is recorded with one guest or another (guitarist Uchihashi Kazuhisa on 3 and 4 and keyboardist/vocalist Hoppy Kamiyama on 5 and 6). On top of that, we get a DVD of the group performing live (again, recorded during several sessions between 2004 and 2008) with only the core members of the group. Both discs are incredible material, and while the DVD is incredibly fun to watch as it lets me (sort of) experience the group live, I vastly prefer the CD.

The CD tracks, as I mentioned, are all improvisations. They're also the only tracks by the group (as far as I know) with vocals. Most of the time, the group holds together so well during the improvs that you'd insist they were composed pieces if you didn't know they were improvised. The additions of guests on most of the tracks doesn't detract from this in any way either. Hoppy Kamiyama's style of vocals and keyboard are pretty unique, and I've grown to really like what he does. Ever since I first listened to the CD, I've thought the track "Guru Zakun Kin Kan" is one of the best pieces of music of the last 50 years (at least!), and that's definitely helped out by his contributions. Really, it's a track which encompasses everything the group could do in just over 24 minutes. We've got everything from the most chaotic, cacophonous bits to moments of sublime beauty (especially past the 20 minute mark). They really can do it all, folks. This track really makes me wish Yoshida would start a group with that lineup. Of course, the tracks with Uchihashi are no less exciting, nor are the tracks with only the core trio. This one really just hit me most strongly.

The DVD is great as well; here we get to see the composed side of the band which is most commonly displayed. Sound and video quality are both fine by my standards, but I doubt most people would consider the video quality amazing. One thing I've noticed from watching this DVD and the other couple I have with Yoshida...for how insane his drumming is, he often looks completely calm, almost even bored behind the drums. I guess that may be why he plays regularly with more bands than I can count with two hands. They're all definitely enjoying the concert though, that much seems obvious to me. I love watching them play the material here. It definitely adds another dimension to listening to the live stuff, which is already fun enough. My only real complaint about the DVD material is the lack of any tracks with Hoppy K. or Uchihashi. I would have enjoyed watching that quite a lot, I'm sure. Still, I'm more than happy enough with what is presented.

This is a very worthwhile purchase, which I think is a great second purchase from the band (after Jackson). If you're a fan of Yoshida's music, you definitely need to check this one out. As I said in one of my other reviews of the band's albums, the group sounds like heavy prog gone crazy, haha. Swan Dive is one of my two favorite releases from the group so far, easily earning another five star rating. Hopefully the new one will be just as good.

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 Jackson by KOREKYOJIN album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.91 | 11 ratings

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Jackson
Korekyojin RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by SaltyJon
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5 stars Yet another great album from Yoshida and crew here. While the last album, Isotope, was a live recording, this one's back in the studio. They really rip it up no matter where they're playing though, live or studio. This is a sure sign of that. The album includes two tracks which were present on Isotope, but slightly more polished (which seems pretty tough to do as they already sounded great in 2004 when recorded for that album), along with a good amount of new material.

Just like on all of the group's other albums, they waste no time getting right into the crazy, fiery instrumental interplay I've come to associate with the group. Sometimes the sound is heavy and menacing, sometimes it's still heavy but playful. They really did a great job here of mixing the two together, and songs like the title track are a good example of how the group can sound cheery when they want. The song does turn a bit darker later on, which isn't a problem.

One of my favorite things about Korekyojinn is the equality of the musicians in the group - sure, Kido gets the majority of the solos, but as far as the compositions go, everyone's pretty much equal, and they can all show off their abilities without seeming over-indulgent. With three amazing musicians like those on board here, I couldn't hope for anything else. Kido Natsuki is very possibly my favorite guitarist, both for his work here and in Bondage Fruit. There's something about his style that not many have, in my opinion. Anyone who's talked to me on the forums probably knows I've got a mild obsession with anything which involves Yoshida and his drumming (first discovered through Koenjihyakkei), and ever since I discovered this group, Daimonji, and Altered States I've grown to really love the sound and style of Nasuno's bass playing. This is probably my favorite "super group", especially considering Hoppy Kamiyama provides keyboards and some vocals for the next album, Swan Dive.

If you are on the lookout for incredible instrumental rock, then you owe it to yourself to find albums by this group, because they really are some of the best of the best at what they do. Along with Swan Dive, this is one of my favorites from the group, and it easily earns masterpiece status from me. I'm eagerly awaiting the new album due out later this month.

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 Isotope by KOREKYOJIN album cover Live, 2005
4.04 | 4 ratings

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Isotope
Korekyojin RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by SaltyJon
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4 stars Isotope is the first (mostly) live album released by the group Korekyojin(n). I say mostly, because the first track on the album, Hash, is a studio track from the recording sessions for the album Arabesque. I don't know why it wasn't included on that album, possibly time constraints, but whatever the reason we have it here now. It's a very dense opener, that much is sure. The rest of the album is from two concerts in 2004, one in June and one in October.

Everyone in this group is a top notch musician, that much is sure. The rhythmic interplay especially is impressive - often, Nasuno and Kido will be playing conflicting rhythmic patterns, but over time they meld into one and basically blow your socks off. This band plays what sounds like heavy prog with a nice, healthy dose of the avant-garde for good measure. One thing's for sure, you will never mistake these guys for a "normal" heavy prog group like Rush (chosen as an example as both are awesome power trios with amazing instrumentalists) - I guess that's why they're in RIO/Avant instead. The group's music is, for the most part, entirely instrumental. If I recall correctly, this entire album is instrumental, in fact.

The interpretations of the tracks from the group's first two albums here are fairly faithful to the originals (at least those from the s/t debut, I haven't been able to find Arabesque yet). The main differences I've noticed are the effects/tones used by the guitar and bass. Sometimes they can be quite different than on the originals. The material on this album which is included on the next album, Jackson, is pretty great as well. I don't notice many major differences between the compositions here and those on the album proper, but some tracks do have some minor updates for that which make them just a bit better in my opinion.

Overall, this is a pretty great album from this incredible trio, and listening to it always makes me want to figure out a way to see them live - it's definitely an awesome experience, based on the material here and on their CD/DVD package Swan Dive. The group has released consistently good albums, and this one is no exception. Easily four stars from me, but a better starting point would be Jackson, in my opinion.

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 Jackson by KOREKYOJIN album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.91 | 11 ratings

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Jackson
Korekyojin RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Delrossy

5 stars I held off on writing a review for this album until fully understanding what I had immersed myself in, and fully appreciating the instrumentation being displayed.

Now that I have given this work of art a real chance, I can say without question that it is an absolute masterpiece. Tatsuya being the composer of the compositions it is quite clear that he is heavily influenced by yes (hence the absolutely astonishing yes medley), and also tatsuya has an amazing ear for timing, and for absolutely brutal rock. This can be heard in the syncopation and counterpoint technique that is constantly on display between mitsuru, and natsuki.

It takes a moment to hear the syncopation, but once your ear catches it, the music takes on a whole new meaning.

Let me be perfectly clear though, this music is top notch brutality, and will challenge even the most refined of ears. But it pays off in the end, and you will be amazed that music of this calibur even exists.

The chemistry between this power trio is undeniable, and the musicianship of each individual member is staggering. None of the instruments overpower the other, and what is created is serious magic. It's just icing on the cake that yes is one of my favorite bands, but even someone new to the progressive scene, as long as they are open to new experiences, can certainly appreciate this.

I usually listen to this album from start to finish, so I wont even begin to break down this review into single songs because I could easily rant for pages on end, I am THAT passionate about this piece of musical bliss. I have listened to their other work, but I do believe the jackson cd is the best example of what Korekyojin is about, and stands out to me as their magnum opus.

I almost never write reviews, but this album has compelled me to get off my lazy butt and throw my input into the hat. I can't even think of another album that contends with the quality that is littered throughout this album. Every single song is enjoyable, and its sad that this japanese power trio isn't as recognized in the states, because they most definitely deserve it.

5/5, and if I could give it 6, I would.

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 Swan Dive by KOREKYOJIN album cover Live, 2009
4.51 | 3 ratings

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Swan Dive
Korekyojin RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars KOREKYOJINN consists of Yoshida (RUINS, KOENJIHYAKKI) on drums, Kido (BONDAGE FRUIT) on guitar and NASUNO (ALTERED STATES, GROUND ZERO) on bass. Hoppy guests prominantly on the last two tracks with vocals and keyboards. Hoppy and Yoshida played with Elton Dean and Hugh Hopper on that SOFT MOUNTAIN release. And like that session, this one is also completely improvised.

"Magnetic Pole" is so impressive early with the bass, guitar and drums kicking ass before 1 1/2 minutes. It does settle some but it's far from being settles if you know what I mean. Some vocal expressions come in. It does calm down 5 minutes in then it starts to build with vocals. The guitar is great 10 minutes in as he solos until another calm arrives after 11 minutes. It builds again as this theme continues to be repeated. Check out the guitar just lighting it up 15 1/2 minutes in. Just an outstanding track. I like the calm sections and of course the all out assaults. "Nonobservance" sounds great early as each member impresses with their intricate yet powerful play. Some vocal expressions after 5 minutes. It's building after 5 1/2 minutes then check out the guitar 6 minutes in. The bass is growling deeply. It settles before 9 1/2 minutes then builds. Chaotic is the word as the guitar makes lots of noise and the vocals come in. "Vothqrassent" is a little chaotic to open and the guitar isn't pleasant by any means. That changes though. A calm 4 1/2 minutes. Love the drumming after 6 minutes and the guitar too.

"Palljimgrahana" opens with percussion and other almost distant sounds. It's building as the guitar and drums come to the fore. Great sound 2 1/2 minutes in. The guitar is making lots of noise 4 minutes in. So much going on though. It settles before 5 minutes but it's far from being calm. "Guru Zakun Kin Kan" is the longest track at over 24 minutes. Percussion and other sounds as the angular guitar melodies arrive. It's building. Synths follow with whistling and vocal expressions before 6 minutes. Nice bass after 7 minutes. A calm followed by synths which really add to the mood here. Vocals after 12 minutes in a powerful soundscape. A calm then it builds again. Check out the drumming,bass and keyboards after 15 minutes. Again the tempo and mood continue to shift. It's so moving 20 1/2 minutes in when the mellotron washes in. It's hard to express really. It's been so powerul and often difficult then out of nowhere beauty appears. Vocal melodies join the mellotron to great effect. Hoppy starts to sound like Christian Vander vocally.The guitar after 22 minutes sounds fantastic with the synths, bass, vocals and drums as the tempo picks up. I tell you this song and the 17 1/2 minute opener are brilliant. "Surabaya" is the 4 1/2 minute closer. Intricate but powerful sounds come and go. Some vocal expressions from Hoppy. They're kicking ass 2 1/2 minutes in. It settles a minute later.

This is not for the faint of heart. Adventerous, frantic, complex, powerful, dissonant and at times beautiful, but never boring.

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 Korekyojin by KOREKYOJIN album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.42 | 10 ratings

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Korekyojin RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Kazuhiro
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3 stars Prog Rock Scene of present Japan. Especially, the existence of Tathuya Yoshida always makes the listener change shape according to the necessity of the music and listen to the power and the performance for the field of Avant-Prog.

The name of Ruins and koenjihyakkei is known to the world now. After forming Ruins in 1985, the activity of his music produced music based on the meaning and the concept of something. After Ruins debuts with Boredoms in the United States in the 1990's, his activity becomes active and multiplies the spur by the music character further.

Another band that is called Koenjihyakkei exists in Tathuya Yoshida. These bands guess that it is known well and it succeeded in telling Avant-Prog of Japan and Zeuhl that the Japanese thinks about in the world to the world for him. Or, activity of him of the shift offers a lot of music exactly produced with the agility of the place in the 90's.

Power and agility that plays his drum by love of the Christian Vander because of characterization of it. Or, it performs by multiusing the Polyrhythm. And, it will have a perfect element of Ensemble.

Avant-Prog of Japan that he had pulled to the shift in the 90's exactly sent the world various bands , for example, Ruins and Koenjihyakkei. It might remarkably show the situation of Avant-Prog of Japan of the 90's.

This band is a band to which Tathuya Yoshida created one concept in the band of Avant- Prog of Japan with such a flow having it. It is not an exaggeration to say that it will be a flow that derives from Ruins and Koenjihyakkei. The band was formed in around 1995. Another musician was taking charge of the Bass player and the guitar player. And, they enter the time of a little rest. However, they ..".. accomplish the revival as ..continuation.." Korejyojin in 1998. It is guessed that it is a base that this produces this album.

Drum player of "Ruins". Guitar player of "Bondage Fruit". And, the Bass player of "Altered States". The nature of the performance is exactly derivative to these uniting from the line of Ruins-Koenjihyakkei by natural acts of musicians active with Scene of Avant-Prog of Japan, too.

There might be the explanation of the origin of the name of the band by the interpretation when the culture and the character of Japan are considered and be a difficult point, too. "This" of "This Heat" is translated into "Kore". And, "Giant" of "Gentle Giant" is translated into "kyojin". Therefore, it is said that they are challenging music that draws the flow of This Heat and Gentle Giant intentionally in this form of three people.

It is a flow of the avant-garde of Ruins overall. Or, Improvisation that requires the agility. And, Ensemble done by three people and high quality atmosphere. These elements are consistent through the album. Three performances that do might overflow in exactly a little experiment and tension.

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