In most cases, I love when two "opposites" in music are juxtaposed like that, but that particular part just sounds goofy. Another thing that bothers me a little is sometimes the songs just change directions very randomly. There's no logical progression or crescendo leading up to a different idea; it's just kind of in your face all of a sudden.
There are exceptions, like in "Six strings to cover fear" when the lyrics "Is the carnival on tonight? But most of the time, I think the song structure could be a lot better. In "Awake," the calmer section in the middle is decent, but they just stretch it out so long without really going anywhere with it. And even after all that, it just basically stops and starts a completely different melody with heavy guitars and death growls. Sometimes as well, the guitar riffs are kind of bland it's like they're relying too much on the other instruments to spice it up.
Not to mention, you can barely even hear the guitars compared to everything else. I might as well say the parts that I really do enjoy though. I'd say my favorite song is probably "No place like Home" which throws the unexpected harmonica at you after 20 seconds or so, while you desperately try to figure out the extremely eccentric lyrics.
The middle of the song goes though all kinds of shifts until the last few minutes which are this really nice up-tempo middle eastern folk kinda thing with what seems like some parodic chanting in the background. The second half of "Rock and Roll Preacher" is really cool; there is actually some good progression building up and the clarinets and everything actually all come together really nicely in a full-band ensemble, but the first half of the song isn't anything spectacular.
The first half of "X" is nice and calm with acoustic strumming, laid-back Caribbean-style percussion and female vocals. Who knows, maybe this album will grow on me. And whoever's reading this, might like it more than me. But personally, I think this band has a lot of room to improve. However, this was still a worthwhile purchase.
I think I've been a little too lenient on giving 5 stars out lately. While some of them are well known in the underground metal scene, most of these artists don't get the recognition they deserve. The only reason why I did this was to show these great artists to a broader audience. Exodus [Live] 9.
Counterpoint [Live] Poet and Peasant [Live] Jackson [Live] Arabesque Tatsuya Yoshida. Betwixt Tatsuya Yoshida. Quicksilver Tatsuya Yoshida. Out of Head Tatsuya Yoshida. Doldrum Tatsuya Yoshida. Exodus Tatsuya Yoshida. Counterpoint Tatsuya Yoshida. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. Learn More - opens in a new window or tab Any international shipping is paid in part to Pitney Bowes Inc. Learn More - opens in a new window or tab.
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And, they enter the time of a little rest. However, they.. 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.
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. 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.
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 By the end of the same track, everything has descended into apocalyptic collapse.
The music is frenetic, but never chaotic. Every single, psychotic element is perfectly in its place. Tatsuya may not be wading too deeply into theory here, but he seems to be having a great time.
Musically, but also purely quantitatively, the Japanese set a pace that can hardly be followed. As a listener, you easily run the risk of staying behind and shouting: Stop, not so fast, you forgot to take me with you! Result: This CD has a few years under its belt before it is finally discussed here. The trio "Korekyojin" is based on a combination of the Ruins-typical two-man formation of drums and bass with a guitar, which is played here by Kido Natsuki Bondage Fruit.
As usual from Ruins , Korekyojin is also hectic and tricky. The guitar provides a welcome change, as well as one or the other part that ties in with more conventional rock riffs or even sounds almost funky for a few seconds. Regardless, Korekyojin like all Yoshida projects is only for the nervous, advanced listener. There are definitely no "beautiful" melodies, and even snapping away won't be much. The CD comprises a total of twelve tracks with a running time of around 45 minutes.
But there can be no question of songs because the music is simply not song-like at all. Rather, the performance is pronouncedly progressive, but without the sweeping forms that make up a "classic" prog album - long introductions, complex increases, highlights, slow decay. The core of this principle remains - the complex entanglement, as if Relayer consisted only of the most hectic moments of "Soundchaser".
This is where the strength and weakness of the CD and some other Yoshida releases lie at the same time: an abundance of ideas collapses on the listener, but this can also have an effect on him as if these were only the components from which the actual compositions were still obtained would have to be.
Or to put it in the metaphors of the computer age: circuit boards and processors are already there, but one could argue that one also needs a housing and interfaces through which the listener can contact the music. How you feel that is of course ultimately a matter of taste. Musically, the album is pretty impeccable, I like it too, but I wouldn't have minded if a few colorful panels and friendly flickering lights had been added to the whole thing By: Ralf J.
He is the founder of Ruins and Koenjihyakkei, a member of Zeni Geva and has been cited as "[the] indisputable master drummer of the Japanese underground" by John Zorn. In Korekyojinn alternately spelled Korekyojin , Yoshida joins Bondage Fruit's guitar wizard Kido Natsuki and Ground Zero's legendary bassist Nasuno Mitsuru to demonstrate the limitless potential of the "power trio". The band first formed in , and while the style is recognizable to fans of Yoshida's other acts, Korekyojinn has carved out a sound all its own.
The band dance on razors, are sharp as a tack - and their overwhelming ability, jettisons them into the outer limits - where progressive rock and contemporary jazz collide into a breathtaking, futuristic, hard rock funk 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 , one in June and one in October.View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the All Region DVD release of Swan Dive on Discogs.