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nazoranai (keiji haino / stephen o'malley / oren ambarchi) - Nazoranai
Advanced doom and psychedelic out-rock wiggery from three undisputed masters in their field: Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley and Oren Ambarchi. Recorded live at Gâité Lyrique, Paris 8th November 2011, it's essentially a heavily amplified power trio, with O'Malley on bass and Ambarchi on drums, following the lead - on guitar, vocals and synth - of Haino. The Japanese icon is in tremendous form, shredding like a maniac, capable of coaxing both plummy riffage and abstract sheets of sound out of his axe, often at the same time; his vocals, meanwhile, veer from pseudo-religious incantation to feral squawks and growls. Almost needless to say, O'Malley and Ambarchi are the perfect accomplices, and depending on what Haino requires they supply delicate ambience, apocalyptic battery or loose-limbed rock 'n roll swagger. For confirmed fans of any of the three principals this is obviously a buy-on-sight item, but we'd also recommend it to anyone looking to understand why Haino is so revered - the face-melting dervish of a show documented on this release will leave you in no doubt whatsoever.