Sunday, September 20, 2009

Kousokuya ( 光束夜 ) - Ray Night 1991-1992 Live (1995)

| Psychedelic Rock | Stoner Rock | Noise Rock |

This is the second album by the legendary Kousokuya (other albums). A live record, as the name suggests. It shows the enhancement the group has got since their 1st album, with songs strong as an earthquake. Kaneko's guitar sounds more terrifying, with lots of sparse and atmospheric solos and heavy distorted riffs. Despite being a little less experimental than the debut, it's pretty more consistent, and still holds their characteristic sound-deformation and afterworld soundscapes.

"Ray" is my favorite here, a very slow and progressive song, with a heavy bass riff, screaming guitars everywhere (sometimes sounding like Kaneko is actually occupying the whole stage), a consistent cymbal rush on the drums and Maki's tortured vocals escaping all around. "The Omen" is another amazing one, with a explosive and wicked bass and lots of reverb-attack and harsh guitar passages, and a very 'stoner rock' drums. And of course, Maki's awesome vocals.

Catalog: FE-034 (Forced Exposure)

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