[Album] Ningen-Isu (人間椅子) (JP) - 新青年 (June 5, 2019)
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So these old Japanese grandpas are still kicking and for their 30th year anniversary, they'll be releasing their 21st album on June 5th. They play a mix of like doom metal, heavy metal, thrash metal, progressive rock, and some folk elements (it varies).

Cover:
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Tracklist:
Quote:M1.新青年まえがき(作詞・作曲/和嶋慎治)
M2.鏡地獄(作詞・作曲/和嶋慎治)
M3.瀆神(作詞/和嶋慎治 作曲/鈴木研一)
M4.屋根裏の散歩者(作詞・作曲/和嶋慎治)
M5.巌窟王(作詞/和嶋慎治 作曲/鈴木研一)
M6.いろはにほへと(作詞・作曲/和嶋慎治)
M7.宇宙のディスクロージャー(作詞/和嶋慎治 作曲/鈴木研一)
M8.あなたの知らない世界(作詞・作曲/和嶋慎治)
M9.地獄小僧(作詞/和嶋慎治 作曲/ナカジマノブ)
M10.地獄の申し子(作詞・作曲/鈴木研一)
M11.月のアペニン山(作詞・作曲/和嶋慎治)
M12.暗夜行路(作詞/和嶋慎治 作曲/鈴木研一)
M13.無情のスキャット(作詞・作曲/和嶋慎治)

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Man it sounds like this could be one of their strongest albums to date. I can't wait.
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So I just listened to the album and...

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Holy fuck how is this so good? Crusty old guys aren't supposed to be able to rock this hard. I had astronomical expectations for this and it delivered. It's one of their most creative albums yet with a bunch of just fucking awesome songs. I'd say it's a tad proggier than usual for them and it's definitely quite a bit more complicated rhythmically. Wajima's guitar work is plain incredible. He uses a ton of different tones/sounds and his solos are insane. God damn it, this is definitely at least a top 10 Ningen-Isu album. Quite likely a top 5 when it's all said and done. The entire album stands out, but for now I'm going to point to "屋根裏の散歩者" as being really super fucking cool.
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Yeah, they still fucking deliver. I can't wait to properly investigate their entire discography (I plan on starting from the beginning). Every doom metal aficionado needs to get on these guys. Like...yesterday!

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For a band that been doing this for 30 years, it amazing how these late middle-aged men still have the energy to rock the hell out just like their prime days. Big Grin
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(06-06-2019, 08:53 PM)Painkiller Wrote: Yeah, they still fucking deliver. I can't wait to properly investigate their entire discography (I plan on starting from the beginning). Every doom metal aficionado needs to get on these guys. Like...yesterday!

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They're a bit different than the usual old school bands you listen to, but I'm sure you'd dig them too. Fortunately most of their discography is still in print (minus 2 albums), so the Japanese prices will empty your wallet but at least you don't have to hunt down (too many) rarities. And yeah, I bought their first album as a test and was absolutely blown away. I went and hunted down the rest of their albums after that and lo and behold, Ningen-Isu became one of my favorite bands.

This is really an incredible album though. Out of all 21 of their albums, I can confidently say that this is definitely one of their best. It actually might end up being their best. It's amazing how these guys release so many albums on such a regular schedule and there's no sign of degradation or lack of creativity at all. They're just as good now as they were back in the late 80s and early 90s.
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