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Daikaiju - Phasing Spiders From The Pitdotdotdotdot
artworkWhen Daikaiju played in the Pit, it was quite a scene. Their intense and unique approach was enthralling. Original and powerful music played with superb musicianship.
Picks: Rising Up From The Depths Of Time, Daikaiju Die, Attack Of The Crab Women, Last Of The Shogun Warriors, Laser Runner, In Search Of Ogopogo, The Daikaiju Who Loved Me, The Phasing Spider Menace, Mr. Smooth Star, Zombie Harem, Farewell To Monster Island

Track by Track Review

Rising Up From The Depths Of Time dotdotdotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

From the opening howl's rise from the cold nether world comes a prog-like swell of intensely artful sounds. Sophisticated imagery and dramatic power run through "Rising Up From The Depths Of Time." A great track!

Daikaiju Die dotdotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

A big whammy extra chunky metronomic melody riff and beat drive this aggressive rocker home. It's a changing track with an odd second part that's way more melodic and inviting than the main body of the song. The third part is a grand double picked epic that could stand alone, as could the beautifully fluid fourth part. The end is the same arrangement as the beginning. Fine track.

Attack Of The Crab Women dotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

"Attack Of The Crab Women" is both aggressive and delicate, with a rolling beat and an angular melody. Effective and interesting.

Last Of The Shogun Warriors dotdotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

"Last Of The Shogun Warriors" is a new song with a delicate intro that reminds me of a European epic from the late seventies. It's a fluid and intense song with great drums and throbbing bass. Powerful and dramatic.

Laser Runner dotdotdotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

Right from the hammered bass line you know that "Laser Runner" is going to be special. Its vibrato guitar and military beat are relentless. This song creates an eerie and scary scene. drama, sophistication, and creativity abound!

In Search Of Ogopogo dotdotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

In search of Sara and forty horses... oh wait, that's Deke Leonard. In some ways, there's a parallel. Leonard's knack for piercing pop opera delivery makes for an eerie mirror in which to view this very sophisticated song. The other reference point here would be Monster Pete and the Chiefs. A fine track.

The Daikaiju Who Loved Me dotdotdotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

The almost poppy prance of "The Daikaiju Who Loved Me" is completely fun. Attractive speed and drive, and a playful guitar line. Great track.

The Phasing Spider Menace dotdotdotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

Manic pick action all over the guitar portrays a desperate attempt to escape The Phasing Spider Menace. Powerful and exotic in the rarefied sense. Scary sci-fi ethics and grumbly rumble. Very cool.

Mr. Smooth Star dotdotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

Power and angularity drive "Mr. Smooth Star" into anything but smooth space. Intense and dramatic!

Zombie Harem dotdotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

Middle Eastern themes lend themselves well to the intensity of Daikaiju's style. Thick and dangerous, driving, and beautifully harsh. A thoroughly original piece of music with a very enticing sound.

Farewell To Monster Island dotdotdotdotdot
Art Surf (Instrumental)

"Farewell To Monster Island" closes out their set. Soft and delicate guitar lines open, but yield to damped reverbed notes over a reggae beat that's entirely cool. This playful song is a mighty fine track indeed. Fluid and well thought out, with a blend of several disparate styles. Exceptional!