High Rise

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This five song EP for High Rise has about 35 minutes of high energy thrash, and if anything the intensity of their psychedelic mania has risen further from their previous recordings. Electric guitarist Munehiro Narita and electric bass guitarist Asahito Nanjo are joined by a different drummer Pill to continue building on what their influences, primarily Blue Cheer and Silver Apples, created in the late '60s-early '70s. The title track is six munites of relentless, hard core slashing, nothing subtle, with muffled, indistinguishable vocals, prevalent throughout, and bashing, chaotic drumming from Pill. Narita is more funky and tuneful, Nanjo exploring a yelping vocal line on "Whirl," while an all out rock assault for "Sadame," gives fair warning to Ted Nugent to step aside. The wah-wah pedal is Narita's best friend on this, and the 4/4 hard beat thrash of "Ikon." The finale "Grab" is a feedback induced with march drums and hi-hat nine minute anthem, completely improvised. This Japanese power trio plays together like few other hard core or alternative bands. They are faithfully upholding the psychedelic freakazoid tradition of past acid rock groups in a way that, technologically, the founding fathers never had the opportunity or equipment to do.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 6:02
2 6:49
3 5:26
4 7:04
5 8:44
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