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MARBLE SHEEP were formed around Ken Matsutani (guitar, voices), who is the representative director of Captain Trip Records. On July 1, 1987 they made their debut on stage of 'Yaneura' in Tokyo, under the name of Marble Sheep & The Run-down Sun's Children. In early days, they made lots of gigs with enthusiasm in spite of their line-up instability. Many cassette albums with the gigs released one after another could make not only audience but reviewers and listeners get excited. Their musical style is heavy, psychedelic and spacey rock like Minimal Music, and much influenced by American Psych Rock like Grateful Dead and Krautrock. But by their line-up instability, repeated trial and error, they fell suspended in 1994.

After several years of hibernation they were born again as MARBLE SHEEP. They emphasized the colour of Space Punk Rock with twin drums and twin guitars, and extensively made gigs around the world. From 2001 they released five albums with stoner psychedelic punk style and have reached the peak of their popularity. Current members are Ken (guitar, voices), Zigen (guitar), Iwamotor (drums), and Baby (bass) with a support drummer Tarou. 'In contrast with the long history of the band, Marble Sheep are described as Merry Pranksters of the 21st Century' they express on the official website. That's it!

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2.50 | 2 ratings
Stone Marby
4.00 | 2 ratings
For Demolition Of A Spiritual Framework
3.50 | 2 ratings
The Gate Of A Heavenly Body
3.88 | 5 ratings
Message From Oarfish

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Raise The Dead

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 Message From Oarfish by MARBLE SHEEP album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.88 | 5 ratings

Message From Oarfish
Marble Sheep 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")

From beginning to finish, loud, fuzzy guitar"s" sounds and thick, heavy drum"s" kicks run around and over our brain!

The longest first track Tears has remarkably exploded power with a lump of heavy, stoner, psychedelic rock kaleidoscope. Their force with enthusiasm can let us go wilder and mad. Their voices are not refined but enjoyable to move us into the psychedelia. And Rie's bass - hidden by the brilliant loud instruments - can absolutely keep the whole outfit steady. I feel all players should be not well-polished but their muddy atmosphere can intensify the passion of sound to a high degree. The style reminds us the persistence of Shinki Chen's projects or stickily psychedelic loudness of Acid Mothers Temple. The members in this album are Ken, Zigen, Iwamotor, and Sawada (drums), Rie (bass), all of who are gone away to another world with their serious plays.

I consider this wonderful work should be one of the most important ones in not only Japanese but also worldwide psychedelic rock scene.

Thanks to DamoXt7942 for the artist addition.

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