Exposé Online banner

Kinzokuebisu — Hako-Otoko (Box-Man)
(Vital Records VR-005, 2003, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2004-04-01

Hako-Otoko (Box-Man) Cover artBack in the late 80s bands like Kinzokueisu were everywhere in Japan, playing a heavy symphonic prog with stylistic nods to a few great british bands of the 70s, accented by 80s stadium rock stylings. Over the course of the 90s most of these bands disappeared, but it seems that of late there's some kind of undercurrent in progress, with younger bands attempting to follow in the style of Novela, Outer Limits, and others. This band is a four-piece of g/k/b/d, heavy on the Mellotron and bass pedals, with guitarist and bandleader Daichi Tagaki and keyboardist Makiko Kusonoki doing double duty as vocalists (lyrics in Japanese). My first reaction to Hako-otoko is "I've heard this all before"; the Genesis almost-rips, the Crimsoid touches, the Asia bits, and so forth. In fact the band does what they do well, the musicianship is top notch and they are faithful to their influences. On a few tracks (most notably "Kyouli-eno-bolero," "Yami-ni-ugomeku," and "Jujitsu-suru-koushin") the band does manage to come up with some seriously original sounding pieces, so in time, with more material under their collective belt, they might well have a bright future ahead of them.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 29, 2003 releases

Related artist(s): Kinzokuebisu

Latest news

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more

2019-01-02
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more

2018-12-23
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Martin Archer - In Stereo Gravity – This sprawling two-disc set of experimental musical vignettes is as interesting as it is difficult to describe, but as always, this writer will do his best to communicate its essence in words. The...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues