On September 20th, 2019 SKiN GRAFTT Records will re-release KOENJIHYAKKEI“s landmark fourth album “Angherr Shisspa” on vinyl, in a new compact disc edition with three bonus CD only tracks, and as a mailorder-only Ultimate Edition.
Some bands you just have to hear. Japan’s KOENJIHYAKKEI (aka Koenji Hyakkei) are just such a band. Tatsuya Yoshida’s (of the renowned bass and drum duo RUINS), progressive rock powerhouse is Area and ELP at their most excessive; Deus Ex Machina with tempo changes multiplied by 100; and Magma at their orff-ian choral, fusion jazz, overcharged gospel peak.
“Angherr Shisspa”, the band’s landmark fourth album explodes with glittery keyboard lines, speedy bass/drum workouts, emotive reed respites, and operatic female vocals that take the listener from sheer exuberance to absolute apocalypse… all performed with superhuman technique in confoundingly catchy, complex arrangements.
Koenjihyakkei “Dhorimviskha”: Best Albums of 2018 (#44) – BANDCAMP DAILY
“…towers over most modern progressive rock because of an attention to detail and an almost overwhelming force of conviction. No irony here: this rocks with the teeth and heart to cut through scenes and the “overground” like a knife.” – PITCHFORK
Headed by “vocalist / composer / drummer extraordinaire” Tatsuya Yoshida. this group is a boiling-hot, Stravinsky-meets-Sex Pistols stew of blaring woodwinds, power chord guitars, shimmering synths, and soaring, operatic vocals delivered by a front-woman ‘speaking in somersaulting tongues’.” – TINY MIX TAPES
“One of the most mind-blowing progressive bands ever.”
– MATHCORE INDEX
“Not only the most brilliant of all of contemporary Japanese bands, but perhaps the greatest group currently operating in the world.”
– ALTERNATIVE PRESS
“Holy shit, right?” – FECKING BAHAMAS