Genkaku 幻覚 – Limited Vinyl // CD // DD
Magnetic Eye Records – releases August 25, 2017
Reviewed by Terry “The Ancient One” Cuyler
Dale Crover – Drums
Trevor Dunn – Bass
Buzz Osborne – Vocals and Lyrics on Tracks 1 and 4
Toshi Kasai – Vocals, Fx and Guitar on Track 4
AAL – Guitars, Vocals
EHA – Guitars, Lead Vocals
Artwork and Design by laolab
Photos by Mata
All tracks Low Flying Hawks
Doom fans this is Terry “the Ancient One” and I want tell you about an upcoming release from Magnetic Eye Records called Genkaku (Japanese for “hallucination”) by a band called LowFlyingHawks. A follow up to their acclaimed 2016 album Kōfuku the band latest album “Genkaku” will once again feature Melvins drummer Dale Crover and bassist Trevor Dunn (Mr Bungle) alongside the dynamic instrumental duo of doom AAL and EHA. Genkaku also features Melvins frontman King Buzzo who lends his vocals on two of the albums tracks.
After listening to LowFlyingHawks first album “Kōfuku” and then the early release of their album “Genkaku” I feel I can say they lived up to their boasts that Genkaku would be a doomier // riffier album full of tectonic guitar dirges and simmering intensity. While listening to their latest album I could feel the darkness. The feeling it gave me was rather like the chills I got watching the Japanese supernatural horror movie The Ringu (The original version of the the Ring). This is one of those doom albums you sit in a dark room and listen in it’s entirety to get its full effect. All the tracks on this album are out of this world my favorites are ‘Virgin Witch,’ ‘Space Wizard’ and ‘Sinister Waves.’
Genkaku is available for Pre-Order, the Digital Album will be released on August 25th, 2017 and is also available in Vinyl and CD Digi-pack. Genkaku was produced, recorded, and mixed by Toshi Kasai (The Melvins, Big Business), and mastered by James Plotkin (Electric Wizard, Moon Duo). If you like post-metal doom, shoegaze and Agalloch this will fit into your collection quite nicely.
“Genkaku” is sure to be a best-of-2017 contender. Pre-order Genkaku below and get ready to be fucking floored.