Igneous Ejaculation and other hardcore miniatures

Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 3:07 PM


Some Naked City. This is John Zorn's infamous turn-on-a-dime band. Although they can play any style of music, the majority of their songs are noisy and complex. At any moment, a beautiful melody can degenerate into a hurricane of white noise — and then suddenly switch to something else. They've taken everything aggressive about jazz and heavy metal, blended it together, and tightened it. They are disciplined players, but the music is a lot of fun.

They look like a rock band: drums, electric guitar, bass, keyboards, and saxophone. On four of the albums, Yamatsuka Eye adds his unique vocals. He howls and snorts like a maniac instead of singing. It's very entertaining. (He is sometimes credited as "Yamataka Eye.")

The band formed in 1989, playing live before they recorded their first album. They recorded their final album in December of 1992.

The series includes an album of ambient music (Absinthe), the soundtrack for an SM film (Heretic), an album that consists of a single 30-minute track (Leng Tch'e), a live album (Knitting Factory 1989) and four albums of hardcore/jazz/rock fusion (Radio, Naked City, Torture Garden and Grand Guignol).

Every member of the band has released a number of solo albums and played on other Zorn projects.

Needless to say, this is one of my favorite bands to listen to. Enjoy.

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