Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo

Acid Mothers Temple - Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo

2007 | Ace Fu Records 

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All Music Guide Review

First the title: Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo is the central chant of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism, a distinctly Japanese form of the religion that is 750 years old; it is practiced in a most orthodox manner at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan, and is named after its founder, Nichiren Daishonin. What this has to do with the music is, in a sense, key -- though the Acid Mothers have used Buddhist symbols in the past. This entire album is a single track, a little over an hour long, and begins with meditative placement of a pair of gongs. The guitars by Kawabata Makoto and droning bass of Tsuyama Atsushi enter just under the two-minute mark, as do the high-pitched synth sounds of Higashi Hiroshi and drummer Shimura Koji playing a trancelike beat. The band begins its chanting -- with new female vocalist Kitagawa Hao joining the fray. The tune, as with other Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. releases following a similar aesthetic, unfolds gradually -- very gradually -- but gains in intensity as it does. In fact, this is one of the few Acid Mothers albums that goes through all their different phases in a single cut, from slow, smoldering spaced-out psychedelia to hallucinatory freakout to textured ambience to free jazz to acid rock burner before winding back down into silence. Despite the staggering size of the band's catalog, and its many excellent releases, this one is up there with the best of them. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi

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Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Notes

“…unlike the shoegazers with which their music has so much in common, Makoto Kawabata sincerely believes he’s communicating with the cosmos. A strange guy to be sure, but most great musicians are given to some eccentricities.” You know Acid Mothers Temples & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. as the dynastic rulers of Japanoise. They freak out improvisationally, entwining psychedelia with prog, hard rock, krautrock, avant-rock, in the spirit of diverse greats as KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN, PIERRE SHAEFFER, AMON DUUL, DEEP PURPLE or GENESIS. Acid Mothers Temple swirls in elements of extraordinary origin and quality, like the drones found in Indian clssical music and the traditional throat singing of the Occitan region of France. Acid Mothers Temple makes their music epic, frenzied, expertly lunatic, meticulously composed, and astonishingly affecting in its sprawling, vigorous, unrelenting splendor. This album is a 65 minute free-form exploration of the Buddhist chant Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo.

Credits of Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo

  • Atsushi Tsuyama
  • Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Vocals, Arranger, ?, Alto Recorder
  • Makoto Kawabata
  • Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals, Sound Technician, Sarangui, Hurdygurdy, Engineer, Producer, Tamboura, Guitar (Electric), Arranger, Glockenspiel

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