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“'Green' metal music, decanted collage of fuzzy scream vocal loops and mangled buried riffing, bursting w/ vivid colour power electronics and chilly black metal soundscaping. Studio prototyping of the hg signature sound, shorter pieces than the usual jams, even denser than the live version, with blatant referencing of the black metal/ tibetan devotional strands that run like veins of lightning through the dense mesh of noise.” Edition of 1000 copies with 8 page booklet. Duo of Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards) and Matthew Bower (Skullflower/Sunroof!). A modern classic, and possibly the best Hototogisu album to date. Includes Mick Flower of Vibracathedral Orchestra on a track. Highest recommendation.
”Bower & Bassett contribute so selflessly that it’s nearly impossible to determine individual offerings. If anything, Green sounds more like the duo discussing favourite musics: There’s the electronic work of Xenakis; Monks of Gyuto; Dead C. It’s not that these sounds are set forth—quoted or aped; they’re rather assimilated, as the early Scandinavians ate the hearts of wolves fresh from their chests to take on their attributes. These sounds are worn, donned as Leatherface masked himself in the skins of his victims. For all the wielding and carving, it’s frankly daft to think of this as “ambient.” If Hototogisu offers atmosphere, it’s a take on the butcher’s floor before cleanup, where feet mingle with gristle, bone and blood—all in voluminous amount. As Green is intense as early Burzum, and as dense as a battalion of Asian noise terrorists, the unspoken promise for the avant-garde to overtake Metal’s softening brand of confrontation is made good. Jourgensen meddled with Metal in 1992; Drumm dressed it in eternally combusting cacophony and likened it to vapors south of Heaven; Hototogisu take it one step farther. By clipping Metal of its now clichéd characteristics, its essence is readily available. And while the duck is quacking, its cry sounds more like “Long Live the New Flesh.” Whether anyone recognizes this to be the case honestly matters little. Highly recommended.” – Stewart Voegtlin, Stylus.
“Hototogisu have crafted a highly condensed maximalist sound, one that is all at once futuristic, primitive, disorienting and completely beautiful. This disc exhibits Hototogisu in full form, a noise/drone band truly mastering their craft.” – Nathan Young, Foxy Digitalis, rated 9/10.