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Can This Even Be Called Music?
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Can This Even Be Called Music? each of the musicians in that quintet is tremendously talented and at ease with its instrument, as well as with various musical genres and styles. Going from almost-classical music to black metal through punk and jazz, the band covers a lot of the musical spectrum in that 45 minute album Favorite track: Akai Kioku [The Crimson Memory].
Eric Lavey
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Eric Lavey It was hard to pick a favourite track, the whole album is a beautiful, mystical journey into the Japanese bizarre. Musicianship is flawless, covering so many aspects of music from metal, rock, classical to traditional. Vocals varying from growing death to clear, almost typical anime soundtrack style vocals.
I have been listening to Japanese metal for almost 20 years, I love this band, this album! I wish I could get a hold of their other releases and look forward to future releases!!! 日本一番!!! Favorite track: Akai Kioku [The Crimson Memory].
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    “Gonin-Ish” means “to unite songs by five members” in Japanese. The band’s entire output is self-sufficient - songwriting, lyrics, artwork, layout, recording, distribution, mastering are all handled within this quintet and remain pure to their homeland and vision. Vocalist Anoji chooses ancient words from Japanese classic literature that aren’t widely used in the modern world and are difficult to decipher, even for the Japanese public. The band pull from their country’s past and take this forgotten heritage to the future through their pure, progressive output. When the self-titled debut came out in 2000, people described GONIN ISH’s music as progressive rock, death metal, art rock, and fusion. Whatever the genre, the truth is the listen is both enjoyable and a lesson of inheritance and innovation. The band’s sophomore effort, 2005’s “Naishikyo-Sekai” (meaning “your inner world”), finally gets a Western release due to a buzz-worthy demand by fans and musicians alike. This original, irresistible album is not bound by any genre but to true art, creation and expression. Welcome to a new chapter in music, a new chapter in Japanese culture and a new contender in the world of progressive metal.

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released November 10, 2008

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