Category: noise rock

Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska

“This is long form psychedelic rock which has many extraordinary acid-kraut-rock moments which are futuristic and retro. Not for the faint of heart as the music goes there and back again leaving a trail of cosmic debris which sparkles like diamonds in the sky…”

Mountain Rituals / Ancient Alien Tempel Rituals (2019)

The Ascended Master Teachings (2019)

Bandcamp

Skullflower

“Led by guitarist Matthew Bower, the highly prolific Skullflower boasted the largest cult following of the bunch, with a sound based on sludgy, Black Sabbath-style riffs overlaid with feedback, fuzzed-out guitar noise, and throttling rhythms, all played at an ungodly volume. Always an improvisational outfit, their textured noise freak-outs grew increasingly free-form over the course of their career, moving farther and farther away from even loose definitions of “rock.” Skullflower claimed a broad range of influences in addition to the aforementioned Sabbath: heavy psychedelia (Blue Cheer, et al.), Krautrock, classical avant-gardists (John Cage, Steve Reich, Terry Riley), early industrial music (Throbbing Gristle, Einstürzende Neubauten, Whitehouse), and noise rockers from the American indie world (Sonic Youth, Big Black, the Butthole Surfers)…”

Ruins (1990)

Xaman (1990)

IIIrd Gatekeeper (1992)

Last Shot at Heaven (1993)

Over-Gain Optimal Death – Over-Gain Optimal Death (2008)

Over-Gain Optimal Death (2008)

“Over-Gain Optimal Death, or OGOD, are a heavy psych power trio from Pasadena, California. Playing blown-out overgaining speed-freak-outs, their sound is enveloped in a total nihilist fuzz atmosphere, mating intoxicating pulsing repetition with hyperactive improvisations and out of body guitar solos. Resurrecting US 60s punk and acid-riffage from the likes of Blue Cheer, the Stooges, MC5 and live Hendrix Experience, OGOD also draws greatly on the in-the-red sound aesthetic and high energy of the Japanese Speed Freak trios of the 80s/90s: High Rise, Mainliner, Musica Transonic. OGOD are quickly rising as one of the heaviest psych bands of the U.S.”

High Rise

“Psychedelic acid rock-band from Japan. High Rise is an explosive power trio comprised of bassist/vocalist asahito nanjo (南条麻人), guitarist Munehiro Narita, and a succession of drummers that has included Yuro Ujiie and Pill in the past and free-improv veteran Shoji Hano at present. High Rise mixes the jazz-influenced improvising of Cream with the brutal amphetamine-inspired rock of Blue Cheer. Narita is one of rock’s unsung guitar players, and his dexterous fingering incites eruptions of pure electric joy in his listeners. The other players are equally stunning in their total commitment to this high energy music that features the freedom of jazz and the power of rock…”

High Rise II (1986)

Dispersion (1992)

Live (1994)

Disallow (1996)

Desperado (1998)

Durophet (1999)

Psychobomb (2000)

Mainliner

“Psychedelic acid noise-band from Tokyo. Trio composed of Asahito Nanjo, Kawabata Makoto and Koji Shimura. Terminally fuzzed-out and distorted, earth moving riffage and shrieking, eviscerating extended solos with sheer brute force.”

Mellow Out (1996)

Mainliner Sonic (1997)

Psychedelic Polyhedron (1997)

Solid Stick Attack (1999)

Imaginative Plain (2001)

Gravitar

“Michigan free-rock band, founded in 1992 and active until 1999, with a brief reunion in 2002 to promote a special 10-year commemorative box set edition of their CD on Enterruption, “Freedom’s just another word for never getting paid.” Messy, abrasive, loose and at their best transcendent, Gravitar forged an improv-driven path between heavy rock touchstones like the Melvins, Sabbath and Unsane with out-jazz, space rock and psychedelic noise.”

Now the Road of Knives (1997)

You Must First Learn to Draw the Real (1999)

Edifier (2001)

Freedom’s Just Another Word for Never Getting Paid (2001)

Trial by Fire (2007)

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