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4 stars A Japanese rock bizarre JUNGLE were founded as an eclectic hardcore unit in mid 1990s by SHIN (bass, voices), TETSU (drums, voices), and KOHCHIMIN (guitar). Always veiled fanatic obscurity and innovative intention, they had gigged many times but sadly a bit tough for everyone to understand their eccentric soundscape called as "Nettai-urin Sound" by them. In 1998, via an Osakan independent label Peng Trade, JUNGLE released their one and only album "Nettai-urin", recorded improvisationally in a live space Miyamasou. They're active still now as a trio featuring bass, drums, and percussion (without guitar) and have played on stage mainly in Osaka (and SHIN is a barman of Malt Bar Bagus in Okayama, Japan btw).

They might make a cynical remark to the real world via this obscure album I guess, but actually this creation could have got to be another invention for Japanese avantgarde metal scene ... I cannot say anything large under my humble knowledge for progressive metal, though (sorry).

Their heavy bizarre trip gets started fully with making good use of sound effects, samplings, percussive kicks - the first track "1" will pick us up into a meditative world in the beginning, but don't be deceived. Our transcendental meditation can be broken into pieces easily by their deep, noisy guitar explosion regulated in a fuzzbox, aggressively erected runaway drumming, and loud voices / shouts along with Napalm-y or A.C.-y grindcore hints. Only through this mixed experiment we can realize what they should like to do upon this session (they say this was a live recording in a studio). What a hoot.

Basically, just as above, into this creation they might have squeezed various essence, phenomena ... including avantgarde, psychedelic, Kraut-ish experimental, grindcore-ish metal, post-punk, and percussive ethnic. Sometimes eccentric electric loudness and senseless violent words completely accelerate their madness deeply beneath altered states of mind ... the fourth one "4" can be called as advanced metal, and the following "5" or the most speedy metal "8" is obviously a psychedelic merry-go-round like Acid Mothers Temple or Speed Guru in Seikazoku, let me say.

On the other hand, cool, distorted experiments, with comfortable percussion based upon Orientalism and cheesy voices (lol), remind us something like Krautrock. Funky percussive jacuzzi "6" or the last percussion suite "9", the most challenging and the most innovative for me, notifies us they might have fallen into tribalism via the recording session. Not simply experimental progressive metal played but also they might make a profound Sprechchor with such a mixture of progressive music. However, even now, they don't call their creation "progressive" at all, but "Nettai-urin Sound" (that's it!). In my opinion, they must get proud of this splendid production. Bravo.

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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