2nd installment in the excellent New Music From Japan series spearheaded by Mason Jones at Charnel, which brought together a diverse range of sounds from the fertile Japanese noise/psych/heavy underground of the 1990's. All sorts of mutant Japanese sounds are collected here:
dense psychedelic space rock from Kadura (whose Charnel full length is reviewed elsewhere in this list, a dreamy journey into heavy tribal psych/noise), a heavy metallic industrial march from Der Eisenrost (featuring Chu Ishikawa of Tetsuo: The Iron Man soundtrack fame!), gorgeous medieval, Ren Faire music from Kuroyuri Shimai, a ripping blast of noisy ultrafast no wave thrash from Melt-Banana, forbidding atmospheric drones from Onnakodomo, demented puzzle-punk from Wnico, Shizuka's incandescent psychedelia, a terrific collage of ringing cathedral bells and urban sounds layered with alien electronics from Contagious Orgasm, psychedelic J-pop from Volkha Dots, weird noise-punk from Gaji, and ominous rhythm & noise soundscapes from Amgsphont. An excellent mixtape transmission from the deep Japanese undergorund circa 1996! As with the other installments in this must-have series, Charnel has illustrated the packaging with very creepy doll sculpture photography from Shizuka. Recommended.