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HANADENSHA were formed in 1986 by a frontman Hira (bass, ex-BOREDOMS). By the first album "The Golden Age Of Heavy Blood" (1989) from Alchemy Records, a Japanese indie label, they launched massive attacks on Japanese rock scene. In their early days, they played psychedelically hard rock with loud guitars or heavily metallic rhythm section, and showed their attitude on sexual revolution or drug culture. After releasing two albums based on loud guitars explosion at Alchemy Records, they were traded to WEA Japan, a major label, and release Narcotic Guitar, that was their major debut (and the last) album. Just on this work their musical style and policy could be dramatically changed into the concept "trance and psychedelia". It was so impressive they played as a supporting act for ASH RA TEMPEL, AMON DUUL II, or GONG, and nearly outdid the headline entertainers. Sadly the leader Hira could not extend his psychedelic view with this outfit any longer, consequently HANADENSHA suspended activities.


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 Narcotic Guitar by HANADENSHA album cover Studio Album, 1996
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Narcotic Guitar
Hanadensha Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams

4 stars (From PA blog "Japanese Progressive Rock presented by DamoX")

Please satisfy yourself through such a dangerous smell of cannabis.

Narcotic Guitar, HANADENSHA's major debut album, has a subtitle Imaginary Movie Soundtrack, that does express this cannabis-smelled album well. From the first track Sanctuary, the freakish and freaky engine valve is open all the way! Very strange but interesting that each song title cannot be very fit to the atmosphere or stream of the song I feel. Indeed at the first track, I suppose Sodomy be more suitable for the title...sorry, just kidding. :-P At any rate, Hira and Aoyagi, the composers of this song, can use effectively some reverses of tapes, keen synth sounds with earache, and speedy percussion with loud chain saw noises. In the next track Sun/Sex very heavy and twisted bass and guitar sounds with erotic whispers can give you rumbling explosions. As I've mentioned above, there's no sunshine even in this song... :-) I think these heavy and metallic sounds should be led to their previous style heard in their early albums. Aoyagi's guitar synth can shout loudly all over the song - about 10 minutes you cannot stay safe and sound at all. The tide will turn rapidly - you can feel some unstable peace in Sugar. Exactly this song has some medicated and hypnotic repetition after a heavy explosion in the previous track. Soft and quiet fog should pack you in whole and take to the next Star. In spite of the title, I always should be under the illusion that I be riding a StarTrain with listening to the song. A speedy and floating rhythm section with laidback keyboards and guitars can make up this stage - absolutely spacey rock I can call! Stone is not heavy or hard, but a bit comfortable with warm xylophone sounds and loose percussive touches. Again they will shoot an absolute change - Space is illogical, illusory, and ill with waves by a bass and guitars. You should be confused - in the space you get spacesick with weightlessness and lots of glitters. In the colourful song Salamander you can find in the first third sticky drum sounds, and in the middle sultry synth ones, and in the last glimmering headache. Sweet/Sky is as the title shows a sweet and sci-hi(?) song with apparent keyboard shots, jazzily swinging percussion, and shouts from underground. The next two short tracks, Sanders and Spiral, are the most experimental in this album. The former has an electric shower with eccentric synth waves and persistent percussion, and the latter is characterized with unrefined guitar synth storm and metallic scrubbing. In Summer/Speed are much dangerous atmosphere and dark depression by a heavy bass and an avantgarde keyboard play. Suggest you should be absorbed into druggie world and absolutely freak out. This is an important lightning strike. Lazy, cloudy guitars and a flat backing keyboard can construct the song Spiritual. Only for 2 1/2 minutes you can put yourself on a calm stream of spirit. Just a while you can feel - by Sacrifice your sound mind should be broken in pieces. Unstably radio microwaves can burn you out - nauseous noises and shouts should arouse your displeasure with trance okay? Smoke on the sea - you cannot think any more in Sea/Smoke. On the inner sleeve is a picture of a smoker in another world - this smoker may be yourself...? The last Soul, one minute song, is as though you finished all your life just this moment, with plaintive harmonica melodies. The terminal station of your trance should be the word, a disabled man.

Warnin' you that I must not recommend illegal drugs. This album is indeed a legal drug and highly recommended.

Thanks to DamoXt7942 for the artist addition.

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