Sunday, May 28, 2006

Cosmos Factory-An Old Castle of Transylvania['73 Japan Prog-Rock/Psych-Rock]

The starting line-up of this unique Japanese progrock band is: Tsutomu Izumi (keyboards, Moog synthesizer, vocals), Hisashi Mizutani (guitar, vocals), Toshkazu Taki (bass, vocals), Kazuo Okamoto (drums & percussion) and Misao on violin. They made a serie of albums in the Seventies with every time another sound: the debut album "An Old Castle of Transylvania" (’73) sounds like early FLOYD/VANILLA FUDGE, the third album "Black Hole" (75) is more in the vein of complex KING CRIMSON (nerve-racking FRIPPERIAN play), the second LP "The journey.." sound rather weird and freaky and their fourth entitled "Metal Reflection" is, as the title suggests, pure hardrock/metal.

The long title track (around 20 minutes) is a mind blowing blend of psychedelia and progrock with great build ups and eruptions, very compelling with strong hints from early PINK FLOYD but the swirling movements also brings the long live tracks from URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE, IRON BUTTERFLY, VANILLA FUDGE and Krautrock like early JANE and ELOY on my mind. It contains sumptuous keyboard play including heavy floods of Hammond organ and Mellotron along biting guitar. The interplay between guitar and organ is like “Set the controls for the heart of the sun” from PINK FLOYD. The other songs are also loaded with Hammond and Mellotron, a real ‘keyboard nirvana’ for the fans of ‘vintage keyboards’.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, any of the group-FRAGILE--japanese fusion band???

9:13 PM  
Blogger Dirk said...

Dont think members of that group were in this band

9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tu como siempre aportas con grandes bandas, te agradezco el buen gusto

4:43 PM  
Blogger the6070Rock said...

Yeah bro, your japaneses posts are FANTASTIC !!!!

Have you more "MADE IN JAPAN" with
hard flavour ???


5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just want to pass on my appreciation of your posting the albums of this very interesting band.Nice guitar work and melodious keys - just what the doctor ordered! Great blog - keep it coming if poss.

5:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this one very much. I grabbed the other 2 also. Hope that they are as good as this one.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm impressed with your site, very nice graphics!

2:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alas. the link is deleted. Could be a great caritative heart reupload, i´m looking for this records for many years, it seems i became a li´l later.
thanks so much an d see you later

11:28 PM  
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First time that I heard them, very interesting I must say, thanks for the post.

8:11 PM  

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