Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Yoga - Megafauna

This album captures a weirdness that can hardly be categorized. Yoga is a lo-fi experimental black metal band heavily focused on themes of Cryptozoology and the unknown. Megafauna whirls through several surreal soundscapes, this is not a black metal record. Eerie droning and other worldly ambience cover most of the ground work layed down by this album, accented by strange and distant psychedelic black metal tracks that leave you just as disoriented without missing a single beat. This is by far a stand out record, a true listening experience.

“Understand this: Yoga dispenses a sinister frailty of howling swells in hissing static that combusts into crawling shock heaps, to the effect of Mayhem performing Twin Peaks incidentals in a prairie recorded by The KLF. A brief description casts them as black metal’s answer to Throbbing Gristle. The texture-based rendering of their compositions sails them on a strange sea between song and sound effect as it bobs along the waves like a dead man’s bottled message. Aspects of Goblin rehearsals in dead hills is interrupted as Monster Zero carves mountain sides with lightning breath. Oscillating leads pummel into churning riffs as if Caledonia was performed in an echo chamber near Lodi, New Jersey. The extrinsic properties of this work may result in disambiguation.”


For a slight change of pace, here is Confuse. Formed in 1983, this trio helped define Japan's distinct and noise ridden style of hardcore punk. This is their complete discography, full of anti-political/anti-war punk propaganda..as expected.