Boomkat Product Review:
Otomo Yoshihide is something of a legend in the Japanese music scene – he has managed to rack up countless appearances and collaborations in his long career, and is very well known for his unpredictable output; drones, free jazz and turntable abuse.
‘Episome’ takes Yoshihide back to what he does best, here paired with Ruins drummer Yoshida Tatsuya (who featured on the incredible ‘New Rap’ cd with Keiji Haino a few weeks back) and God of innovation Bill Laswell the results are quite explosive.
Comparable to the aforementioned ‘New Rap’ album, this could be catagorised as metal or heavy rock at least, but the veins of ‘Episome’ pulse with far thicker liquid than that – playing to the strengths of each of the band’s members rather than experimenting with form too much. Anyone who has been lapping up the recent bubblings of avant-metal – MoHa!, Noxagt, Ultralyd, Lightning Bolt, Sunn o))), Earth etc will no doubt find more than a handful of primordial sludge and frenetic beatplay here to be getting on with. Hard as nails...