Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Keiji Haino ( 灰野敬二 ) - Black Blues (Violent Version) [2004]

| Avant-Garde | Experimental Blues | Noise Rock |

I guess it was destined to happen. After unleashing a mountain of material over the course of three decades, it was only a matter of time before Keiji Haino would release two different versions of the same album simultaneously. Titled Black Blues and unveiled by French label Les Disques du Soleil et de l’Acier in March 2004, the only thing that sets the twin albums apart visually are the cover photos, which are mirrors of each other, and the catalog numbers. But, that’s where the similarities end.

The second version, DSA 54088, also known as the violent version, is pretty much the opposite. With its gobs of angular, dissonant, fuzz guitar spitting out all kinds of squiggly slides; quick, fractured riffs and mellow strums that arc into the sky-highest fuzz destruction–all seamlessly blended with scads of intense, screaming, gargled vocals–this album is practically an unrecognizable version of its predecessor. Yet both somehow come highly recommended for devout fans of Haino’s many moods.

Catalog: DSA 54088 (Les Disques du Soleil et de l’Acier)
Album overview on Arcane Candy
On Last.fm

1 comment:

  1. This is the best fucking thing i have heard in a long time. Music is only redefined once in a lifetime. Keiji redefined mine.