Boomkat Product Review:
K2’s ‘The Rust’ is an utterly crushing masterpiece of metal junk cut-ups from the ‘90s Japanese underground. Torrid torrents of elemental sonics in perpetual flux. Nothing to hang on to, just pure tonal punishment and decimated rhythms, now thankfully restored and repackaged by Hospital Productions.
‘The Rust’ was originally released by Kinky Music Institute in 1995 and history has proven it to be a classic of its sub-genre of metal Junk Cut-ups, which is distinguished from the more psych-based obsession of ‘90s J-noise in respect of its hacking, non-linear arrangements and rejection of any convention beyond pure concrete cacophony. Or as Hospital Productions puts it: “Kinky bass synth fills the holes in the body with pathological precision. The glory and decay of effects is applied without disinfectant. High energy distorted junk fetish.”
It will probably be snatched up in a second by Jap-noise freaks, but for anyone intrigued by Kimihide Kusafuke’s approach and effect on ‘The Rust’, you may be as surprised as us to learn he was also a member of Techno Menses, who made some amazing new wave electro in the ‘80s that sounds like a night in 1960s Blackpool on a handful of uppers. Go figure.