6/15/10

非常階段 - VIVA ANGEL




Hijokaidan could possibly be credited as being the founders of the noise genre as we know it today (though Whitehouse did it first, as well as NON, they didn't do it as loud as Hijokaidan did it). the band began playing music at "the Drugstore" (a live venue) in 1979. the band was influenced by psychedelic bands as opposed to industrial bands. this difference is very distinct, although the latter made noise the harshest genre around.

Viva Angel was one of Hijokaidan's earliest albums. while the album is still very loud and very spastic, it has a much more accessible sound than, say, Zouroku No Kibyou (which is undeniably their best album). all the same, it is a very loud experience that will still damage your ears.
possibly the best part about this album is Junko's loud, squealing voice. the woman honestly is the most powerful noise vocalist around (putting Yamazaki Maso to shame).

ENJOY

3 comments:

  1. Actually, Junko isn't on this album. It's only Jojo, Mikawa, and Naoto Hayashi. So I think those high pitched screams are from Mikawa? Haha.

    -Garrett

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  2. i'm not sure about that. according to The Hijokaidan Story, Junko /was/ on this album:

    "at that time the only permanent members were Mikawa and myself. Recording took place at the home-studio belonging Kaneko, the ex-guitarist from The Stalin. The group for the recording was a quartet of me, Mikawa, Junko (vocals) and Hayashi (bass). We recorded some very musical semi-improvised songs using multi-track recording and drum machines. In the end these takes were issued on the A-side, while the B-side was a completely improvised old-school-style noise piece. The LP jacket was designed as a parody of Mikawa’s and my favourite German rock band Faust’s 'So Far'. The title, 'Viva Angel' was a combination reference to 'Viva' by La Dusseldorf and the Neu track 'Lila Angel'."

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