Sunday, November 9, 2008

Nihon No Ongaku: Corrupted son de Japón.


SO, on Friday I went to the Regent theater (aka the new safari sams) which is an old gutted out theater in the heart of downtown. It's an exciting new place to see shows. It feels as if you've left LA and landed in NYC or Chicago to see a show. The night was especially unique in that I went to see the the elusive doom/gloom/sludge/ambient metal band from Osaka, Japan called Corrupted. The crowd was unlike any crowd you see in LA, full oh crusty, bearded, beer drinking, tattooed, smart metal heads with good looking girlfriends. It felt like the pacific northwest. Now for the show, Corrupted is legendary in this genre and now I know why; they were absolutely mesmerizing. They played one song for about 50 minutes that included two massive builds, starting from minimal post-rock guitars to massive swells that hit you like ton of bricks. A massive wall of sound created by two guitars, bass, drums and the singer, Hevi, fucking screaming at a tone that you can't imagine. He sounds like another instrument with his powerful harsh guttural grunts and they are sung in Spanish! They were so precise, professional and slow. They have been described as "some of the heaviest, gloomiest doom/sludge around, distinctly cacophonous, layering feedback pulverizing progressions into a distinctly cacophonous rumble." Yeah, that sounds right. They made the hairs stand up on my neck. Now, at this point I would show you a video, but as I said they are elusive, not doing and videos, interviews, photo shoots or any self promotion. So I will leave it at that. Go see them if they come to your town, but it's not likely you will since this was the first time had been to the states in 11 years.