Purple Trap

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This double CD of this Tokyo rock group led by the enigmatic Keiji Haino is issued on the British Blast First label, who was responsible for releasing some of the most vital post-punk groups of the late '80s and early '90s. Namely, Big Black, Band of Susans, and Sonic Youth unleashed their guitar noise on a wider audience through the doors of the label during the '80s. In the '90s, Purple Trap would be one of the first releases of Keiji Haino's noise rock trio, Fushitsusha, outside of Japan, where the cult figure had been producing astonishing recordings on the borderline between free improvisation, noise, and psychedelic rock since the 1970s. Purple Trap is a two-CD foray into feedback guitar and power-trio abstraction that is matched by few other recordings from the Tokyo underground, or elsewhere for that matter. Fans of the group will find this album to be considerably heavier than their previous recordings on PSF, and while their recordings are dominated by guitar noise, the twist of subtlety that made their self-titled debut and Pathetique so exciting is lacking on this live album.