Sunday, April 4, 2010

Zeni Geva - Desire For Agony (1993)

"Zeni" is an old Japanese term for money, and "Geva" comes from the German "Gewalt", meaning "violence".

Following several years in the Japanese noise rock scene that included collaborations with Merzbow and Hanatarashi, experimental noise rock guitarist and electronic programmer
KK. Null formed Zeni Geva in 1987. Former members include Ikuo Taketani of Boredoms and Hanatarashi and Tatsuya Yoshida of Ruins.

Their music combines elements ranging from death metal and hardcore punk to math rock, psychedelic, and noise rock. Their unorthodox mixture of styles has even earned progressive rock comparisons: critic Patrick Kennedy describes their 1993 album "Desire for Agony" as resembling "Motörhead meets King Crimson." - add Swans and Godflesh and you might get close...

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