On the third release from this Tokyo avant-garde supergroup, the self-defined "Japanese blues" singer Kan Mikami eschews his electric guitar in favor of focusing on his dynamic gravelly voice. His partner, Keiji Haino, certainly fills up the gaps with his inspired and singular wall-of-noise guitar. The pair are backed by drummer Toshi Ishitsuka, who fills out the trio, making Vajra a force matched only by Haino's Fushitsusha trio. The third album sees them expanding on the frightfully cerebral peaks of their previous two albums, not to mention their respective solo careers. Not an easy listen by any stretch, but Vajra certainly creates one of the most spellbinding exorcisms in avant-garde and noise rock of the late-'90s Japanese scene.
AllMusic Review by Dean McFarlane