Grandoise Delusion
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Blam Honey

Review by Matt Anstis
6 May 08

1998.02.09
¥2,300 (tax in.)
01. ENLARGE DISORDER
02. HYPER AESTHESIA
03. GENEOUS FORTURE IN THE GARDEN (PART 1)
04. DEEP HOLE
05. RINK
06. TRANCEPERENT SKY
07. GENEOUS FORTURE IN THE GARDEN (PART 2)

BEAR WITH ME. THERE IS A REASON THIS REVIEW IS ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS (IT'S BECAUSE SEEMINGLY BLAM HONEY ALWAYS USED CAPITAL LETTERS, AND I LOVE THESE GUYS). SINCE PERHAPS 1995, BLAM HONEY HAVE BEEN SHAPING A SONIC SOUNDSCAPE WITH VICIOUS, YET BEAUTIFUL AND UNCOMPROMISING WAVES, DESTROYING ANY EARDRUMS IN THEIR WAKE. YET THIS DEBUT CD MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THEIR WORK ON THEIR INDIES LABEL: OVER 10 YEARS AGO, BLAM BECAME HUGE (IN MY OPINION). ENLARGE DISORDER IS A FITTING INTRO TO THE ALBUM, CHARGED WITH ENERGY AND BUILD UP, IT FEELS LIKE STATIC'S GOING TO RIP ALL YOUR HAIR OUT (IN A GOOD WAY). HYPER AESTHESIA WAS THE FIRST SONG I EVER HEARD BY BLAM AND REMAINS ONE OF MY FAVOURITES, THE ELECTRONIC ATMOSPHERE AND HISSING, CRACKLING GUITAR TATSUYA WIELDS, THREAD TOGETHER TO CREATE SOMETHING SPECIAL, SEDUCTIVELY AND ANGRILY TAUNTING THE LISTENER TO REACT. GENEOUS FORTURE…(PART 1) TAKES THINGS DOWN A NOTCH, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL AND MELODIOUS EXPLORATION INTO THE EMOTIONAL QUALITIES ELECTRONIC NOISE WORK IMMENSELY. DEEP HOLE RETURNS TO DANGEROUS FORM, THREATENINGLY EVOKING MALICE, AS TATSUYA WHISPERS OVER BEGRUDGING CHORDS, WAVEFORMS, BASS AND GUITAR. RINK UPS THE ANTE, A FASTER NUMBER, UTILISING THEIR TRADEMARK OPERATIC FED-THROUGH-MACHINES-WAILS AND OVERLY-DISTORED GUITARS, GIVING WAY TO TRANCEPERENT SKY, ANOTHER FORAY INTO A MORE UPBEAT AND POSITIVE WORLD OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC. GENEOUS…(PART 2) FINISHES THE ALBUM OFF NICELY, SLIGHTLY MORE FRENETICALLY THAN PART 1, BUT SIMILARLY MORE QUIET AND REFLECTIVE. AN IMMENSE MINDFOOK OF AN ALBUM, I LOVE IT, I RECCOMEND EVERYONE SHOULD OWN A COPY, EVEN THOUGH THAT'S TECHNICALLY IMPOSSIBLE, TRY!!!

5/5

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