ZENI GEVA  10,000 Light Years  CD   (Neurot)   14.98

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10,000 Light Years on us, it had been six years since the band's last album (1995's Freedom Bondage), and saw the Zeni geva returning with a vengeance to wreak some of the heaviest, most jagged metallic noise/math rock on the planet. 10,000 Light Years was their first (and to date, only) album for the Neurot imprint, and it's as bonecrushing as anything they've ever bestowed on us. By this point, Zeni Geva's intimidating architect K.K. Null had been focusing heavily on his solo avant-guitar work and some other band projects he had kicking around, but he slipped back into Samurai warbeast mode efortlessly for this album, constructing eight jams of lumbering, crushing metallic math rock, heavily influenced by Swans but also having a bit of that Shellac/Dazzling Killmen sound. Once again, Zeni Geva went to Steve Albini to record their album as they had with their previous full lengther, and the album is actually one of their sparser efforts in their catalog. It's almost entirely instrumental, although we do get to hear Null deliver the few lyrics he does have in that awesomely over-the-top samurai growl, and the songs have lots of dynamic, quiet-to-loud shifts, the song structures themselves feel more contorted than on previous albums, and Null's guitar playing is pretty fractured, with lots of dissonant chords and skronky riffage as well as lots of his trademark bleeping, fractalized "Nullsonic" guitar noise. I can't help but hear that Chicago post-rock influence in there as well as some elements of traditional Japanese music that I don't remember hearing in older ZG releases, and combined with their already punishingly heavy metallic crunch, this all makes 10,000 Light Years probably the band's most progressive sounding album so far. It's been years since this came out, and I'm not sure if Zeni Geva will ever rise up again to pummel us with their brutal percussive avant metal, but at least we were able to get this killer album from them before they fell back into slumber. Comes in a nice full-color, 6-panel digipack with lots of K.K. Null's abstract computer artwork .