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Hijokaidan – “Last Recording Album, the ” – [Alchemy Records]

Max Level   1/2/2006   A Library, CD

Don’t be fooled by the peaceful serenity of the cover photos, this CD brings us more of the extreme sonic assault this long-running Japanese noise outfit is known for. Main instigator Jojo Hiroshige (on guitar, sounding more like an assortment of amplified skilsaws, drills, and grinders; I think he also does some vocals) and Junko (shrieking vocals of insanity) are here as usual, joined by three cohorts bringing even more noise on drums and power electronics. A couple of tracks are around 4 minutes long, and one is 30(!) minutes. Regardless of length, all tracks are loud hellish masses of complete destruction.

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