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3.90 | 36 ratings | 5 reviews | 26% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Debon Part 1 (23:28)
2. Debon Part 2 (22:28)

Total time 45:56

Line-up / Musicians


- Konimara / vocals
- Masabuni / synthesizer
- Rey Ohara / percussion, hand drums

Releases information

LP Voice Records ‎- VO-1001 (1975, Japan)

CD Paradigm Discs ‎- PD 07 (1998, UK) Remastered by Clive Graham

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
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Review by DamoXt7942
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams
5 stars (From PA blog "Japanese Progressive Rock presented by DamoX")

Another Japanese ambiguous and mysterious project could leave a brilliant footprint on the psychedelic rock ground!

Let me say bravo for Paradigm discs, that re-issued two of Japanese gems - Alomoni 1985 (KARUNA KHYAL) and this fantastic art Debon (BRAST BURN). As totally I say, BRAST BURN had simpler instrumental formation than KARUNA KHYAL, and the songs in Debon are more melodious (but well-eccentric) than ones in Alomoni 1985. I think it's a miracle in mid-1970s Japanese psychedelic rock scene could have such fragrant sunflowers!

Part 1

From the beginning another world has come to us! Electronic growling about a minute gradually walks toward us - with an eccentric noise like flying soul fireballs and a ringing percussion like a wind chime. We can get chilled and amazed with these sounds and psychedelia itself! And dry and soulless electronic guitar quakes and meaningless shouts follow...a broken spacey scenario gets started now! 'Shoot a mind, shoot a mind, shoot a mind, shoot...' This chorus sounds like this but I cannot hear well sorry. Well, whatever, with some Oriental instruments like a sitar, small bells and percussive stuffs there are lots of solemn chorus and lazy shouts hahhaha. Incidentally all sounds as above are swept away by the blowing wind. What happened? You can be surprised, I agree well. ;-) In the middle part, melanchoric piano and brass sounds are trampled on with the blowing wind and irregular and irritative percussive noises. On the background is there some waterfalls? Remarkably unstable but expectable development I'm sure. The last part is as an elf's dancing to the small bells I my inner mind with mythical psychedelia. ogether let's dance and spell a magic. Flexible and sharp-edged recorder sounds make us so anxious. Our foreboding comes true - loud noise like an explosion of an atomic bomb attacks us... and goes away. There is nothing left except our minds burned away.

Part 2

Why is here safe and sound with a bird singing and a baby chattering? No, don't be deceived. This comfort for us is a herald of another world coming again. Sure, with some percussive palpitations earthquake comes here! Various animals cry with anxiety and our trip for outside - on the back of a camel - goes on with some exotic instrumental shots. The chorus, the percussion and the electronic brass say we should get relaxed and freaky out completely. Indeed this stream is not in Alomoni 1985 and I guess Michiro and Yoshihiro should not the same person. There are lots of lyrical tunes and scenes here - although always here are some eccentric and irritative noises. Yes we can say this style is really psychedelic rather than spacey like KARUNA KHYAL. The rumble of the ground knocks us deeply into the earth and lets us watch a druggie and sarcastic dream. The last two minutes of this album is very dreamy and comfortable with relaxed voices and acoustic guitar sounds...BUT! Maybe we will be seized with fearful sounds...well now I don't say in great detail about it. Ouch...remarkable earache will come to us hahhaha!

Caution! This album is a real poison, not a nauseous work...but highly recommended as a poison. :-)

P.S. I'm so proud that BRAST BURN could be approved by the PA Krautrock team. Thanks philippe and the Krautrock team!

Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This fine hardcore psychedelic album contains two long tracks, which provide an interesting forty-seven minutes long surreal experience for willing listeners. The presence of the music is revealed cautiously, bringing front a shimmering wall of crystalline echoing voices. This avant-garde vision leads to a narcotic and hypnotic groovy and bluesy tribal section. The rhythmic acoustic guitar later starts to play a pretty and calm folky tune, joined by windy rollings and melancholic lone synthesizer melodies. Later the song morphs as ethnic tribal chant for voices, primitive flute and drumming. The second song starts quite Dadaistically, resembling Syd Barrett's mad visions and simple joyful folk rock madness. Distant sounds of rolling winds and another scene of primitive, hypnotic acoustic guitar playing with percussion slides in, later followed by oppressing lullaby theme and in the end concluding the intensive trip to a dramatic closing number for screaming acid guitar, lunatic sounding singing and reprisal of presented musical elements. The layers of the music blend slowly and sometimes run together for longer, creating interesting and pleasant collages of sounds. If you like tribal trance elements, madness of the surrealism, and hardcore psychedelic rock music, this record is warmly recommended (ps. vinyl reissues are on the move).
Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars BRAST BURN were an obscure Japanese band who play in the Krautrock style. This came out in 1975 just as the Krautrock scene was ending. The fact they are included in the famous "Nurse With Wound" list created enough demand that it was re-issued on cd with 1,000 numbered copies being produced. Mine is #713. This album sounds more like Japanese Folk music to me. Mostly acoustic instruments are used as it meanders along. Vocals are pretty much spoken most of the time. Actually I imagine myself sitting around a camp fire out in the country in Japan listening to these guys do their thing. I'm far from home and uncomfortable. I feel a connection with Krautrock like it's part of me, but for some reason I don't with this, it's strange but not in a good way. It's divided into two long suites each well over 20 minutes in length.

Sounds slowly rise to the surface on "Debon Part 1". Spoken words 2 1/2 minutes in as vocals melodies come in. He's kind of groaning as he continues to speak after 7 minutes. Everything stops before 10 minutes as the wind starts to blow. Tambourine-like sounds come in replacing the wind. Other sounds come and go then the wind comes back. Water sounds too. A change after 16 1/2 minutes the church bell-like sounds come in. Sliegh bell-like sounds too with percussion. Flute follows then more wind. Tambourine is back.

"Debon Part 2" opens with the birds chirping as bells and other sounds come in. It's fuller 3 minutes in with wind. It changes 9 minutes in as barely sung vocals come in with percussion. Accordion-like sounds come in too. It changes again around 15 minutes. Electric guitar for the first time for about a minute. Much better ! Drugged out vocals come in then it turns chaotic very briefly to end it.

Maybe i've just heard too much Krautrock over the years but this does little for me at all. I feel no connection. If the Krautrock spirit is here I missed it completely. 3 stars out of respect for "The list".

Review by Dobermensch
4 stars One of my favourite discoveries from the 'Nurse With Wound' list. Heavily psychedelic, half speed Beefheart with a dash of 'Throbbing Gristle' thrown in. A real hodge-podge of trance-like sounds which will leave you thoroughly disorientated.

'Debon' is very difficult to describe. In a way it's almost like a Spaghetti Western soundtrack with Krautrock overtones. There's some acid drenched guitar and some particularly drug addled vocals by the lead singer - whoever he is. That's the thing - no one seems to know anything about this mob at all. They're completely anonymous. At least I don't have to type in another unpronouncable and unspellable Japanese name!

If you're a fan of sleigh bells, of which there are plenty on this record - this may well be your cup of tea! It's all oddly hypnotic if taken in one sitting. Unless I'm much mistaken 'Brast Burn' are entirely the same outfit as the incredibly similar 'Kyuna Khyal' who released an even better album in 1976. The longer 'Debon' runs the better it gets. Recommended for fans of the stranger side of 'Faust'

Review by siLLy puPPy
4 stars One of the truest obscure classics of the Japanese psychedelic rock scene, BRAST BURN emerged from nowhere back in 1975 to unleash one single psychotropic sounding album before disappearing into the ethers from which they sprung forth. While many a kaleidoscopic seeking band were dressing up their sonic excursions in to the lands of tripping honey, BRAST BURN remained stalwarts of the absolute most unrelentingly faithful to what Pink Floyd released with their landmark track 'Saucerful Of Secrets' which takes the listener on the sonic equivalent of being abducted by alien forces and whizzed from dimension to dimension to outer and inner space and back again. To add to the mystery, the band is anonymous and the sonic journey is as nebulous and disorienting as the album cover suggests. And what in the world does BRAST BURN or the album title DEBON even mean? There is simply nothing to grasp onto with this one other than a few musical motifs that recur and patterns that are formed by vocal nonsensical utterings, sliding guitars, a hyperactive bass and plenty of sleigh bells!

The album consists of only two long tracks. 'Debon Part 1' starts off as though the listener had been picked up by extraterrestrial entities and the sounds of UFO sounds sputtering forth into another space or dimension start things off. As the music progresses it becomes rhythmically stable with a recurring melody, an unstable slide guitar that feels a bit caffeinated and a schizophrenic Captain Beefheart impersonation accompanied by the Christmasy sounding slew of sleigh bells only with no carol singers to be found. The two tracks are actually divided up into suites of sort and after one idea is exhausted they sort of fizzle out and begin something new. In this case phase one cedes into an electronic tripped out frenzy and then starts phase two with percussion that sounds sort of church bell like accompanied by an acoustic guitar chord loop with electronic elements. Those rascally sleigh bells make a cameo now and again but the electronica simulates the wind and we feel like we're riding high in the clouds with all kinds of colors whizzing about like rainbows on acid riding unicorns. Second phase totally fades out before the third emerges as the tintinnabulation of church bells jingling on for a while but the sleigh bells begin a conversation with them and take over while gentle flutes and tribal drumming dance around sounding as if a cult ritual were being performed around a Pagan midnight fire dance as vocal chants ensue in uniform jocularity.

'Debon Part 2' begins with bird songs and a quirky guitar lick with, of course, more sleigh bells providing percussion! Also heard are dogs barking and various background noises. Eventually the folk guitar changes into a more psychedelic sound with a howling wind and a more conga type of percussion sound. Actually sounds like someone banging on a pot or something. This one changes things up by the layering effect. One stream of sound fades in while others fade out. This one focuses on folky guitar strumming with that same percussion and airy wind sounds. It strolls on aimlessly with the occasional animal sounds and recurring melodies on guitar that sort of just drift in and out haphazardly. This is quite the party as a laughing soundtrack comes and goes on as well. It drifts on into something that sounds sort of tango like rhythmically but completely weird and whacked out in la-la land. About 14 minutes in it fades out and another phase completely changes it up by fading in with an echoey guitar that ushers in bombastic drums and an acid drenched heavy psych guitar run that sounds like the real inspiration for pretty much everything Acid Mothers Temple built a career out of decades later. It continues into dreamscape like overlaps of ocean waves, ethereal guitar echoes and vocal chants.

More than worthy of being included on the Steve Stapleton's demented Nurse With Wound list, BRAST BURN is what psychedelia and lysergic laced dreams are made of. This mysterious band stayed true to the goal of total escapism with only enough melodic and rhythmic construction as not to become completely unhinged from reality and sputter into meaningless noise. All in all, it's actually quite folky underneath it all which makes it easier to release, detach and reattach to the ritualistic vibes being performed. While mysterious in nature BRAST BURN is thought to be the same band as Karuna Khyal which released an album the year later because of the similarities in its approach to psychedelic droning and experimental oriental takes on Krautrock. This is one for the true trippers out there who love to melt their minds with a sizzling soundtrack of sublimeness. BRAST BURN was the real deal blowing away anything that came before. While many psychedelic bands were more based in heavy psych, BRAST BURN has a gentle pastural take on lysergic escapism. It flows along as gentle as waves meandering across the sea's surface only punctuated by the irregularities that change it's overall trajectory. This is a way cool album!

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