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    Fushitsusha – Purple Trap: The Wound

    Fushitsusha - Purple Trap: The Wound

    This British import was supposedly pressed in an edition of only 500 copies, so don’t delay, order today! The set was recorded live in London in 1994 and proves once again that Fushitsusha is among the most engaging improvising musicians currently breathing. Disc one opens with sky-scraping arcs of rocking, psychedelic guitar mangle intertwining through simple, plodding bass and drums on “Allurement” then shifts gears into abstract, improvisational fatness plus occasional sections of raw screaming with spare bass ’n’ drum stabs. “The Nameless One,” “Purple Maze,” and “Here, There” are all short blasts of quirky, overload-speckled improv. Disc one is closed out by a long ’n’ lovely wash of ghostly night blare on “Great Dizziness.”

    “You Within Me” opens disc two with some steady rocking from the rhythm section as Keiji Haino splatters some deliriously scattered and beautiful electric guitar slabs and particles everywhere—way beyond belief. For fans of spontaneously-psyched free-rock, this is an absolute must-hear and is one of Fushitsusha’s best tracks ever. The proceedings slow up a bit on “Code” as the bass and drums barely move under a descending guitar line, eventually moving into more deep space exploration—only to end up rocking out hard at the end. “Overthrow” starts out with a few seconds of barre chord garage-rock then suddenly veers into another glacial bass and drum base on which Haino strews more of his noted gobs of feedback mic-tortured vocals. His guitar joins in after about eight minutes for some air-tangling displays of slop which segues back into the garage song, ending with another noise mangle.

    Little or no editing has been done to these tapes—smatterings of applause, audience chatter and “getting ready” instrument sounds are all very audible—giving this release an authentic live feel. It’s the sixth album in the ongoing Fushitsusha saga and is totally essential. Blank purple covers with a blurry centerspread shot of Haino on guitar inside wrap it all up. Too bad it comes housed in the much-hated shelf-hogging double jewel case, though.

    Label: Blast First Catalog Number: BFFP-124 Format: 2-CD Packaging: Double jewel case Tracks: Disc 1: 5, Disc 2: 3 Total Time: Disc 1: 55:02, Disc 2: 39:58 Country: England Released: 1996 Related Artists: Keiji Haino More: Forced Exposure, Official, Poison Pie, PSF, Wikipedia

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