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"Fourth 'real' album (after two on Charnel Music, and the anomalous
on Fractal, and discounting a ton of self-released cassettes and CD-Rs on the existentially dubious La Musica label) from Tokyo underground freaks Mainliner. The group's leader, legendary Tokyo speed freak Asahito Nanjo is best known as the bass-playing, shades-wearing polymath behind High Rise and Musica Transonic. Stylistically, this is just where you would want it to be -- exactly half-way between the acceleration-obsessed garage psych of High Rise, and the more spastic time shifts of Musica Transonic. There is a seriously sticky gloopiness to the Mainliner psych-as-group-mind universe, which even the hydrochloric guitar of Acid Mother Kawabata only momentarily manages to extricate itself from. The rest is cemented down by the straight pounding of new member Koji Shimura (ex-White Heaven) on drums, and Nanjo's usual sterling bass work. The five tracks of super-heavy, super-dense rock-psych improv are all liberally smothered in the trademark Nanjo pile-driving needles-in-the-red production aesthetic. In terms of rock, this is the most truly satisfying album that this group has made since
. Heavier than anything else you're likely to listen to this week." -- Alan Cummings
RIOT SEASON (UK)
is, perhaps, THE classic Japanese underground album. Since it was first released in 1996 on the now-defunct Charnel Music label, its legend has grown and grown, and is still talked about by lovers of all things loud, noisy, and Japanese as the definitive Japanese noise-rock statement. Upon release it was instantly dubbed "the pinnacle of achievement for guitar-driven, brain-crushing madness," and with good reason. Rarely has an album contained such fierce/brutal battering, and speaker-shredding, in-the-red levels.
were a Japanese trio consisting of
Acid Mothers Temple
. Originally released on CD back in '96 on Charnel, the pressing quickly disappeared and had been unavailable until Riot Season re-released it in 2003 in a limited CD and vinyl run, both of which sold out quickly. With the 2013 rebirth of Mainliner, now dubbed
Kawabata Makoto's Mainliner
, the time felt right for a re-release of the much sought-after vinyl. So here it is, on the back of excellent press on their
(REPOSE 036CD/LP) comeback album. This vinyl pressing is limited to 500 copies for the world and comes in two (250 of each) translucent colored vinyl editions. The music has been remastered and the sleeve artwork has been tweaked from the original vinyl pressing, too -- now with 350gsm card sleeve with metallic silver ink print.
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