Sunday, October 11, 2009

Keiji Haino ( 灰野敬二 ) - A Challenge To Fate (1994)

| Avant-Garde | Noise Rock | Experimental Rock |
| Psychedelic Rock |

A Challenge to Fate is a kind of compilation of Haino's live performances all around europe and japan (other albums). It contains 11 tracks of variety—from cathartic, solo vocal exorcisms to delicate, pristine guitar and vocal hazes to more exploded electric “axe” annihilation—not to mention a track or two of subtle whispers and moans. Mind-mincing, for sure. Though this isn't as consistent as other albums, it really show the range of Keiji's work on the guitar, and is one of his bests albums.

The album starts with the first of the "Blackness" trilogy. Is a vocal-based song. I mean, if you can call that 'vocal'... Keiji bursts the mic with angered, fearsome, desperate, mad, murdering shouts that can make anyone shiver of fear. Followed by the great "What A Stalking Fate!" and the delicate "My Only Friend" (one of my favorites songs from Haino), the album keeps noisy and haunted until the near end: "Affection", a very desolate and fragile song with high-pitched guitar screams and a distant and dark feedback all around.

Catalog: CDSA 54029 (Les Disques Du Soleil Et De L'Acier)
Album overview on Arcane Candy

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