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E.G.KAIDAN : ESPLENDOR GEOM…TRICO + HIJOKAIDAN  E.G.Kaidan (Live In Tokyo 24 November 2013)  LP   (Geometrik)   24.99
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†††† Your pulse could potentially re-arrange itself upon exposure to this collaboration between Japanese noise titans Hijokaidan and Spanish industrial outfit Esplendor Geomťtrico, taken from a performance in Tokyo from November 2013. Pretty powerful stuff here, forged around the group's use of heavy, repetitious rhythms, but still as harsh and chaotic as you'd expect coming from Hijokaidan.

†††† The performance is divided into eight parts, starting off with a rolling, energetic breakbeat that emerges amid the terrifying garbled shrieks of Hijokaidan vocalist Junko. Blasts of corrosive electronics and feedback, and eerie droning string-like sounds materialize alongside that frayed groove, and it gets off to an intense start, an almost Boredoms-esque blast of percussive tribal trance and squealing, ear-damaging noise, both abrasive and surprisingly musical. As the group continues through the set, the music dies off or dissolves into more subdued interludes where it's just Junko yapping her head off maniacally, or a squall of what sounds like a horribly tortured electric guitar spewing its amplified guts out across the floor. Eventually that pounding, aggressive rhythm will rear its head again, shifting form into a brutal technoid thud or a blown-out breakbeat, or a heavily distorted industrial loop; it can actually get somewhat danceable, though probably only to terminally irradiated mutants.

†††† They wind all sorts of frenzied noise around these pummeling, thunderous rhythms, continuing to mangle electric guitars into clots of gruesome skronk as Jojo Hiroshige makes his guitar sound like oil tankers being rent apart, or horrifying air raid sirens, or steel girders groaning beneath the weight of collapsing buildings, alongside synaptic-shock eruptions of piecing electronics. And man, Junko really goes for it, delivering an almost non-stop barrage of high-pitched screams and weird gibberish over the performance that ascends to terrifying heights of vocal madness. The intensity cranks up the further in it gets, turning pretty ferocious in the second half of the performance, evolving into a cacophony of bellowing demonic vocals, vicious freeform guitar skree and heavy tribal rhythms that are seared by controlled bursts of electronic noise. In all, though, this is a heavy, exuberantly brutal performance that highlights the strengths of both groups. Definitely recommended if you're a big Hijokaidan fan, but those into Cut Hands and Boredoms would probably dig this as well.

†††† Released in a limited, numbered edition of five hundred copies.