Post Math Act Koenjihyakkei Re-Release Third Full Length [Japan]

As Bandcamp puts it “Arriving in the world of Koenjihyakkei 高円寺百景 unprepared is like leaping into a tornado that spins you dizzy and spits you into the midst of a meteor shower that deposits you underneath an avalanche. But the tornado is made of fire, the meteors have started a band, and the avalanche is bellowing at you in a made-up language”. -Bandcamp Daily: Album of the Day (Feb 17,2023)

Tatsuya Yoshida, of the legendaty math-rock duo Ruins founded Koenjihyakkei in Tokyo in the early 1990s and their longtime label, SKiN GRAFT Records is releasing their third album, “Nivryam” “revamped, revisited and on vinyl for the first time”. Years after its original 2001 release, band leader Tatsuya Yoshida and the current Koenjihyakkei line-up (as heard on their latest LP “Dhorimvishka”) returned to the ‘Nivraym’ master recordings and went to work – adding new flourishes, additional overdubs and re-recorded drum tracks.

“After years of working with Tatsuya’s (other band) Ruins, we released Koenjihyakkei’s fourth album “Angherr Shisspa” in 2005. Then we brought their first, second and third albums out internationally.” – comments Mark Fischer, the founder of SKiN GRAFT Records. “In 2018, Koenjhyakkei returned to great acclaim with album number five “Dhorimviskha”, which was followed up with a vinyl release of “Angherr Shisspa”. Now we’re bringing back the third album under the title “Nivraym (Revisited)”. It’s received an extensive overhaul since its original Japanese release. When the 2023 version is compared to the 2001 original, the difference is startling”.

For its first-ever vinyl release, the album has been remixed, remastered and re-sequenced for this revolutionary revisitation – the band’s purest, most uncompromising expression of Zeuhl music to date; blending progressive rock, symphonic rock, fusion and neoclassicism with the energy of hardcore punk, the volume of metal and the attitude of rock in opposition.

“Nivraym (Revisited)” is out February 17th, 2023 from SKiN GRAFT Records.

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