Kuniaki Takenaga ‎– Phantasmagoria

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Manuke ‎– MK010
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Vinyl, 12"
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A1 Meltybladdia
A2 Marrinos
B1 Deepsea Of Blue
B2 Phantasmagoria Noel

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chischis

chischis

April 29, 2012

Once again, a Japanese artist takes a genre and runs with it in their own unique, unpredictable, and often exciting direction. Kuniaki Takenaga's first EP is one of his best, even after another 10+ fantastic releases.

Four relentless, sci-fi industrial battle techno pieces that certainly pay homage to the British Murder Boys (love that snare!) but move on their own trajectory. Steamroller kicks, clattering chattering hi-hats and snares, lots of mixing and delay tricks, and wonderfully dark background drones. Meltybladdia is significant just for its vocals (!) lending it a certain ritualistic air, though more appear in Phantasmagoria Noel, there coming across like cultish chants. The best of the lot is probably Deepsea Of Blue - though it's hard to choose - the relentless kicks, drone rushes, and alien sirens in the backdrop all impart a sense of a malignant, infested ocean of death and cthulhu horrors.

Most of Takenaga-san's material is worth hearing, but everyone new to his work would find a good place to start here. Excellent stuff.