Boomkat Product Review:
Three of the world's foremost extreme sound artists/producers collide 'In The Studio' on a highly limited and opulent spot-gloss gatefold album.
Recorded days after the live performance captured on 'Shall I Download A Black Hole and Offer It To You', this is Keiji Haino and Pan Sonic witnessed in the controlled environs of a Berlin studio, serving eleven utterly compelling examples of freeform noise, vocal gymnastics and power electronics. The track titles, from the hand of Haino, indicate the abstract esoteric nature of the recordings, with 'If I could incarnate this feeling would you consider it a creation' attached to 1 minute of Keiji's blood curdling vocal catharsis, and the jawdropping 'In the hollow created between the eyebrows, what offering would be most appropriate' signifying seven minutes of lucid operatic falsetto descending into diabolical undertones of strafing drones and oncoming clouds of caustic noise.
The dilated scope of the session is perhaps best heard on 'Imperious doppelganger of tears, playing catch with objectivity that evades ultimate responsibility', where spasmodic jazz/metal drums pound clustered chunks of percussive flesh over walloping synthetic bass hits and shadowy, dynamic alien shapes invade the space at will. On '"Without Doubt", an attestation written from that time, will no longer have effect, because the wound has widened so much' Haino riffs away on guitar over Mika & Ilpo's reinforced machine beaten industrial squalls, and appears again in a more sombre form, articulating acutely melancholy axe signatures to bleak, blank bass drones in 'Perhaps there is no need to return', a sublime meeting of mystical and uncompromising minds from opposite ends of the world.
The heavyweight nature of the music is beautifully represented in Stephen O'Malley's stunning sleeve, firmly enhancing the irresistible allure of this album. Very highly recommended.