SOLMANIA

DLO

(Alchemy) Used CD $18.00

“[M]utant guitar noise [boiled] down into shorter, shockingly well considered chunks,” says Mars Hottentot. DLO smashes together everything Solmania does “in a half-sentient Large Hadron Collider. The results are fantastic. The loops … are a dominant force here…: clicks, pops, scrapes and pulses are cycled against each other but never allowed to become boring…. As a free guitarist, Ohno proves his virtuosity beyond doubt here…. “Ovals” maintains its twelve-minute run time examining high tension scraping on multiple tracks…. Unlike his raw, ripped mid-period…, DLO returns to the effect boxes with a vengeance, “Bug Flutter In Toxic” and the robotic “There and Back” are so effected into synthetic oblivion, they barely resemble guitars at all. The album’s other long distance thrasher, “Push Comes To Shove” is … a non-stop torrent of screeching guitar sludge, sputtering Ginn hiccups, and breaking strings.” With obi

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Evil Bed

(Alchemy) Used CD $18.00

“Possibly Ohno’s most stylistically consistent effort yet,” according to Nightwrath. “It is a bit harsher than usual…. [G]uitar scraping goodness…, traditional harsh noise immurement…, trebly sheets of distortion.” From 1996. In card jacket with obi

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Live - Big Rig

(Kubitsuri) Used CD $15.00

Live recordings from the late 1990s presented, according to Mars Hottentot, “as hard sci-fi — the sounds of desperate conflict on alien planets by people and machines with access to weapons far beyond our own. ‘U.F.O.’ is sixteen minutes of harsh psychedelia, Masahiko Ohno’s guitar hovering above the burning canopy, spraying defoliant on Sugahara’s mole guitar writhing in the jungles below. ‘Gather, Grandell’ is science-versus-theology at the end of a pulse cannon. ‘Divine Invasion’ is a black room where arch-priests ply their tools upon non-believers. ‘Bug Flutter and Cloudy Sonic Blue’ opens with the sound of choppers in the distance, sirens on the ground awake the troops who come out, plasma rifles blazing, jabbering their little android heads off. ‘Psyclenation’ [revisits the] motorcycle fetish … [and] invokes the vehicle before it blasts through the barriers of reality and plows down … highways of unknown dimensions…. ‘Angst Bop’ is you, caught in the flaming, gelatinous mess of Solmania’s shock troop napalm hoses. Don’t bother dropping and rolling, that won’t put it out — you’re gonna burn until there’s no more you left to burn.” Sealed

SOLMANIA

Metamorphor Chorus

(Alchemy) Used CD $20.00

“Unlike later works,” notes Mars Hottentot, this 1991 disc “jumps all over the place: phased-out drubbing…, hyper brief, speed scrap metal…, harsh noise / old school industrial factory fire…, doomed Pink Floyd slowed to a crawl, reversed and scrapped…, and vicious jet engine blast….” With obi

SOLMANIA

Psycledelic

(Alchemy) Used CD $14.00

“Solmania stripped to the bone,” marvels Mars Hottentot. “The production is clear and spartan.” Given “that Solmania’s heavily modified guitars allow anywhere from three to five amplifiers to be engaged on a single instrument, producing numerous different sounds simultaneously, there may not even be any overdubs [on] this … extremely feedback laden album…, the kind that pierces eardrums at school assemblies when the microphone is placed too close to the monitor, the kind most sane people turn off immediately. Masahiko Ohno, revels in it. He plays with it, [jerking] the cone-shredding tones … spasmodically across the audio spectrum…, [along with] recognizable guitar blurts, rumbles and scrapes….” From 1993

SOLMANIA

Trembling Tongues

(Alchemy) Used CD $18.00

“Forty some odd minutes … of highly abrasive sludge, fuzz, feedback and buried screaming (through the on-board guitar microphones, of course),” says Mars Hottentot. “Trembling Tongues continues down the same uncompromising path as Psycledelic, but … seems to have more going on; the action between the ear-splitting feedback is bit more frenzied…. As far as noise guitar records are concerned…, Solmania is … brutal. There’s nothing here for the casual listener to hang on to — no psychedelic, trippy effects or wild production flourishes — just harsh, scraping, guitar torture. The effect is that of a giant, slow, grinding woodchipper being fed a steady diet of death metal guitars and full-blast amplifiers.... The standout … ‘Sunshine Overdoze’ … is about as close to psychedelia as this record gets; pulsing waves of feedback get chopped into something almost approximating melody and rhythm.” From 1995. With printed clear plastic insert and diecut traycard