Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Video of the Day #95/2015: Michael Pisaro (4) / Koenji Hyakkei (1)

Michael Pisaro


Plus this weirdo stuff from Japan
Koenji Hyakkei




KOENJI HYAKKEI can not be categorized. Filing them under the genre tag ”other music” is just not ”other” enough. Led by Tatsuya Yoshida (of superhuman japanese drums & bass duo Ruins), Koenji Hyakkei take Magma's Zeuhl-music, neo-classical jazz rock, epic Hollywood metal, medieval choral chanting and hardcore punk and stuff everything in a cosmic meat grinder. What comes out is the highly explosive, uncategorizable ”otherness” of Koenji Hyakkei.

The music is insanely hyperactive, exploding with flashy keyboard lines, intricate guitar riffs, speedy, convoluted bass/drum patterns, weird time signatures, operatic female vocals that border on apocalyptic war cries and eerie chanting in a made-up language of their own. All this executed with superhuman prog rock precision AND crust punk energy.

For fans of Magma, Deep Turtle, Boredoms, and people looking for a new favorite ”other music” band.

Hundred Sights of Koenji was originally released on CD in 1994 by God Mountain Records.