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Junzo Suzuki & Snakes Don't Belong In Alaska - The Ascended Master Teachings Of Suzuki Junzo & Snakes Don't Belong In Alaska

by Sean Hewson Rating:10 Release Date:2019-09-06
Junzo Suzuki & Snakes Don't Belong In Alaska - The Ascended Master Teachings Of Suzuki Junzo & Snakes Don't Belong In Alaska
Junzo Suzuki & Snakes Don't Belong In Alaska - The Ascended Master Teachings Of Suzuki Junzo & Snakes Don't Belong In Alaska

Another day, another double album from Cardinal Fuzz. This time it’s the collaboration between Suzuki Junzo from Japan and Newcastle’s Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska. The Ascended Master Teachings Of Suzuki Junzo and Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska (I swear I don’t pick these just to get my word count up) was recorded in Gateshead whilst Junzo was touring Europe. 

Outer Heaven’s Gate Pt.1 – Higher Source starts out quietly – it’s 23 minutes long so it was always going to – with guitar sounds and cymbals. The noise increases until a huge fuzz bass riff starts up. Two notes, it’s all you need. The guitar playing becomes more focussed and a lurching Stoner rhythm is formed. Junzo starts to head off into space, relying on effects as much as notes – there’s a lot of delay and reverb. There’s also a wall of noise in the background (probably coming from Chris Watson on guitar) that Junzo cuts through with shards of guitar. Halfway in, the fuzz pedals go on and the pace picks up slightly. They are now making a terrific noise. Junzo cuts loose even more ferociously now and Watson’s wall of noise is now right up the front. They have a little breather close to the end but quickly pick it all up again, with a bit more wah-wah this time. By the end, it is pretty much total noise and shredding. Pt.2 – Away Team is only slightly shorter. There is a form from the beginning this time. Alex Johnston plays a skipping rhythm on the drums, whilst Watson and Aaron Bertram (bass) lay down a descending riff. Junzo keeps the wah-wah on and starts wailing away. The danceable rhythm and the use of actual chords make this an unlikely banger. Lurch around your room to this for a few minutes and you’ll see the future; if you do the full 18 minutes, the future will see you. As with Pt.1 they have a little breather halfway through to gather enough strength to make it to the end. As they build it back up they sound a bit like Ash Ra Tempel on the 7UP album, these guys bring a lot more noise though. So much noise in fact, that they have another little breakdown and build-up. They come back even funkier this time with Johnston in Jaki Liebezeit mode. The second record fades in on The Order Of The Ash Ra Solar Temple. As they’re already on the runway, it doesn’t take them long to get into the air. Both guitarists are on their wah-wah pedals – one seems to be mainly rhythm and one lead, they’re possibly swapping a bit too. Again, the rhythm and bass are pretty funky. But the guitar noise is intense – swirling and screaming. The customary spacey breakdown comes halfway through with the bass and drums still maintaining the groove, albeit a bit lighter. Upon returning, it’s howling freak-out until the end. SurRaelism also fades in and hits a Loop/Kosmische rhythm straight away. The pace is a bit quicker on this track and the playing seems even more savage. Rather than a breakdown, they slow down into a Stoner groove but with both guitars still wailing. Bertram then lays down another monster two-note bass riff and all hell breaks loose pretty much to the end (OK, there’s a slight breather).

Four sides of solid, instrumental freak-out. What’s not to like? Gaffer tape your headphones to your head and hang out the window by your loon pants. This record is flipping great.

 

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