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2 stars Relatively unknown Janapanese Prog-Fusion band.Infos are scarce around Mongol,the band was active still from the 80's and led by keyboardist Takeshi Yasumoto.In 1987 they released a very rare cassette on Road Records entitled ''Nemureru Michi''.All members are listed as Doppel-Ganger on the back cover,but the compositions are all credited to Takeshi Yasumoto,except the first and last track,which were covers of tracks from Emmanuel Booz's ''Dans quel état j'erre''.

Side A opens with ''Opening'',which is entirely built on synths/electronics and drum programming,very fram from Booz's original version,but ''Out Of Bounds'' shows a completely different style,again heavy electronics are mixed with fusion-esque guitars and electric piano with a light Canterbury edge,like a mix between UK and ALLAN HOLDSWORTH.''.Biomechanoid'' continues in a same path,unbearable drum machines surrounded by excellent guitar work and strong synth work.The short ''Cold Turkey'' is as close to UK as it gets,deep synths and endless guitar soloing with groovy drum programming.''Planet Kemool'' is trully dissonant,based on complex synths,freak-out drum machines with a couple of electric piano/guitar soloing moments thrown in.

Side B consists of three longer tracks and starts off with ''Damian'',the track is built around plastic synths and a constant rhythm and it cant be saved from mediocrity.The eponymous ''Nemureru Michi'' is again very dissonant with cheap but very complex synths and ultra-heavy bass lines and has almost a metallic edge,but tends to be very boring along the way.''Armoire et Persil'' is again an Emmanuel Booz's cover track and actually the original version contains heavy synth work as well.Mongol cover the track in an all instrumental version,which is actually quite interesting and unique with deep and decent synth work all the way.

This band had certainly talent,most of their ideas are actually great,but the horrible drum programming,the insufficient mix and some video-games sounding synths would spoil the good effort.Recommended for die-hard fans of UK,ALLAN HOLDSWORTH and Canterbury Fusion,who cant get enough of this taste and dont mind the aforementioned strong disadvantages...2.5 stars.

apps79 | 2/5 |


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