Friday, March 16, 2007

Bi Kyo Ran-Parallax

1983 Japanese Progresive Rock

Second album bu Japanese Prog Rock band Bi Kyo Ran
Highly recommended for people who like King Crimson
personally i only heard KC's first album,but i have more albums of Bi Kyo Ran
so give a shout if you'll want more!
this album contains some excellent guitar work

BI KYO RAN is one of the most important Japanese Progressive Rock bands. Forming in the '70s, the legendary BI KYO RAN played with the bristling energy, intensity and aggression of KING CRIMSON mainly on the "Red" era, then alternately delicate and pastoral, with ample use of mellotron. The guitar sounds like a Fripp clone, although sometimes it gains a bit in originality. Despite the obvious cloning, the music is very well executed, and to complete the picture, a violinist is also featured. They are still active and most recently released "Anthology Vol. 1", a re-recording and updating of their earliest and best tunes. It features guitarist and leader Kunio Suma and drummer Masaharu Sato. Dynamic and impressive. review:
mostly instrumental work combining a strong allusion to the work of KING CRIMSON with an edge of "Head Music". Bi Kyo Ran are a 3 member ensemble with a love for deeply involved Progressive Rock. Of immediate note is the succulent guitar playing of Kunio Suma who could easily belong to Robert Fripp's "League Of Crafty Guitarists". "Parallax" is essentially comprised of 3 tracks, one of which clocks in at around 21 minutes and is the centre piece of the album "Suite Ran". One of the great aspects to this album for me is their genius use of varied instrumentation. At select moments one recognizes deep cello, warm violins, punchy trumpet and even some lovely mellotron. This is highly detailed and expressive music which caters to those who love highly involved and deeply inventive music.

go get it!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great stuff mate. Cheers for the share.

12:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the music. Never heard of this band before, but I'm enjoying them a lot. Do you have any of their live albums? I hear those are supposed to be good.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Dirk said...

yeah i have their second live album
somewhere from the year 1988

11:25 AM  
Blogger A.O.O.F.C said...

Great albums Dirk - right up my street! Keep well,man and I'd be honoured if you placed a link for my blog on your great site.I would be glad to return the compliment.



11:41 PM  
Blogger jAy @ jApAn said...

this is my new blog:

rock, metal, lo-fi japanese pop, obscure recordings, and comedy/novelty records all here with much more to come.

I've just begun this blog and sharing some interesting bits of my collection, so i hope you can swing by and check it out. also, i would like to add a link to your blog on my front page, if possible; and i hope you can do the same for me.

i love your postings and look forward to hearing from you.
jay in japan

12:52 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I LOVE ALL THE JAPANESE MUSIC YOU HAVE BEEN POSTING!!! Please keep it coming. The music from taht country is unbelievable.
thanks! Theo.

8:09 PM  
Blogger Cellar said...

By the way, do you like the Tokyo Kid Brothers? You should get hold of 'Throw away the books lets go into the streets', you would love it if you like japanese progressive/psychadelic.
Its on the Mutant sounds blog, i seriously recommend if you havent heard!

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


als je je postadres mailt naar stuur ik je een dvd vol met KC albums.



6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahhhh I heard something about this band in Viagra Online to this site in many part of the world is considered as a great band, well is time to discover if this is true.

6:47 PM  

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