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

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Blackmore's Night - Shadow of the Moon – Well, if this album doesn't make you want to run barefoot through the heather I don't know what will. Former axeman for Rainbow and Deep Purple has joined with his Lady to create an utterly enchanting...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues