Album Review

Solar Anus – “Skull Alcoholic ” – [Tumult]

Thurston Hunger   10/26/2006   A Library, CD

Andee of Tumult has plucked gold from the Solar Anus annals, the
compleat evil trinity of releases from bandleader Tenkotu Kawaho’s
Gyokumon label with a bonus track serving as the title as well. The
first disc is a dirtbaggers’ delight! Heavy metal alchemy, crusty
chords, dual guitar lines over thick-ass riffs and vocals squeezed
out of the lower intestine (and panned at times!). Drums drive this
thing like a female Sumu heart attack, evidently Solar Anus pairs
Takahiro Seki on drums and Ten Watanabe on “Japanese drums” and
moments do feel like attack of the killer taiko. However even as
disc one progresses, and we come across Maki Takahasi’s “chorus”
it seems there is more here than Black Sabbath worship. Maki is
either being tortured, or more likely mocking the tortured ones,
with screams and yelps. This release moves from worship through
parody ultimately to its own maniacal genius. The second disc is
pyschedelic light years removed, a grave Neu world in its own galaxy
of synths and tape-tweakery and supernovas of cymbal-ism. Is that
a tuba oompa-loomping out of “Meat Pressure” into “Deamon?” Many
of the pieces track by the way… Mirth and mimicry make for a
stupendous celebration here, in a sonic coital crime. Nothing is
sacred, and nothing should be! It ends with a crazed confession,
reverse-looped in Japanese…get David Lynch to make a video,
“The doom you like, it’s coming back in style!”

-Thurston Hunger

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