Sunday, September 13, 2009

Mainliner - Mellow Out (1996)

| Psychedelic Rock | Noise Rock |

Mainliner is a psychedelic-noise rock power-trio from Tokyo. The band started as a side project by Asahito Nanjo (High Rise frontman), and consists of Nanjo, the guitar-god Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple leader) and the drummer Koji Shimura. They sound is a leap foward High Rise's, with Kawabata's heavy loud riffage and powerful overdrive, shrieking huge mind-blowing improvisation, Nanjo's earth strong and lightning fast bass and distorted vocals and Koji simply destroying the drumkit. They Self-described as "psychedelic solid free attack group", and that is a good description.

"Mellow Out" consists of three volcanic tracks, being the first "Cockamamie" more a kind of introduction (and a wildfire kind of introduction). The album's best piece is the gigantic "Black Sky", and for sure Mainliner's ultimate song. Nanjo sound like a furious monster on the bass, and Kawabata delivers one of the most eviscerating and brute solos I've ever heard. It's hard to believe sometimes that there are only three people on this band, for they sound like a million earthquakes altogether. "M" starts with a awesome drum solo, and is a song as strong and mind-blowing as "Black Sky". Sounds pretty much like a thousand supernovas exploding on the back of your head. An album with ten times more Overdrive than humanly bearable, "Mellow Out" will make your brain melt through your ears.

Catalog: CHCD-19 (Charnel Music)

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