Monday, October 19, 2009

High Rise - Durophet (1999)

| Psychedelic Rock | Noise Rock | Garage Rock |

Durophet is a Live from 1998, Paris. One of High Rise's most explosive performances, they're as noisy and fast here as seen on the Live (1994), or maybe even more. Feedback, loud guitars, strong basses and ballistic drums, the group fronted by Asahito Nanjo blows everything through the air, and that includes your mind.

The openers Ikon and Right On are perhaps the best in this one, and they sound even better than one would expect. It seems that High Rise gained lots of experience through all these years, and they've finally achieved their best, being simply perfect at every point. The whole album stands consistent and pretty much mind-blowing, but Turn You Cry, the most fast and stirring song on the whole album, and Pop Sicle, very well known for its explosive guita solo, are other Highlights. There's a cool version of Psychedelic Speed Freaks, one of their earlier songs, closing this amazing record just after the just-cited.

Durophet stands as one of High Rise's best works, essential for every fan of psychedelic rock, noise rock, or even hardcore and punk rock. And that's one of the most beautiful covers I've ever seen in my life (such a shame I couldn't find it in a better resolution...). Wondrous!

Catalog: Fractal005 (Fractal Records)

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