KOENJI HYAKKEI can not be categorized. Filing them under the genre tag ”other music” is just not ”other” enough. Led by Tatsuya Yoshida (of superhuman japanese drums & bass duo Ruins), Koenji Hyakkei take Magma’s Zeuhl-music, neo-classical jazz rock, epic Hollywood metal, medieval choral chanting and hardcore punk and stuff everything in a cosmic meat grinder. What comes out is the highly explosive, uncategorizable ”otherness” of Koenji Hyakkei.
The music is insanely hyperactive, exploding with flashy keyboard lines, intricate guitar riffs, speedy, convoluted bass/drum patterns, weird time signatures, operatic female vocals that border on apocalyptic war cries and eerie chanting in a made-up language of their own. All this executed with superhuman prog rock precision AND crust punk energy.
For fans of Magma, Deep Turtle, Boredoms, and people looking for a new favorite ”other music” band.
Hundred Sights of Koenji was originally released on CD in 1994 by God Mountain Records.
Drums re-recorded and re-mixed in 2007 by Yoshida Tatsuya.
Newly re-mixed for reissue LP in August 2014 by Yoshida Tatsuya.
Ektro Records 2014