Geisha - _Die Verbrechen der Liebe_
(Crucial Blast, 2008)
by: Jeremy Ulrey (7 out of 10)
High strung and focusless, diverse yet often aimless, German group Geisha apply their Tourettes Rock imprint onto a hardy assemblage of hastily compiled, cacophonously rendered noise pieces. The first five tracks, comprising roughly half the album, are squarely in the "rock" genre, albeit in a conceptually fractured manner, seemingly out to synopsize an entire generation of heavy guitars in a ceaseless sequence of sheet metal distortion and menopausal feedback. There are conventional percussive rhythms fighting up through the squall, but conventionality ends there; vocals are indecipherable and the guitar and bass tandem interweave in a helical bludgeon of dual disposition. But then we come to the 30 minute "Theme from Diana", hyped to the gills in the press release but really little more than your standard issue sound collage, replete with pointless "found" voice overs, building to an apocalyptic climax which would have been far more effective if we hadn't already been anesthetized by the previous 25 minutes.


(article published 31/1/2009)

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