Geisha- Die Verbrechen Der Liebe

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Friday, December 5, 2008

Crucial Blast Records has, in my opinion, been one of the most consistent underground and avant-garde/noise record labels out there throughout the last couple of years. In 2006 the label introduced listeners to United Kingdom based psychedelic noise band Geisha, and this year the group has returned with their sophomore album Die Verbrechen Der Liebe. Once again Geisha hits listeners with blackened psychedelic noise madness, but this time around they have a few tricks up their sleeves that will definitely make this album a must have for fans of the style.

Blackened psychedelic noise may be a strange way to describe a band’s sound, but that’s exactly how Geisha sounds for the majority of Die Verbrechen Der Liebe. At the base of their sound is the familiar psychedelic noise rock that is not that uncommon these days, but Geisha’s brand of the genre feels as though it has a thick, hazy smoke over top of these layers. This loud yet atmospheric style lasts up until the 30 minute epic “Theme From Diana”, where the instrumentalists really showcase intriguing, sprawling ideas. “Theme From Diana” is a reworking of a live performance the band did a little while back, and sets a drone like pace and atmosphere underneath of various voiceovers. The song eventually builds up to an epic climax of extreme noise and sound, and showcases that Geisha is more than just your average noise act.

While there are plenty of the aforementioned voiceovers on “Theme From Diana”, the rest of the album features harsh, distorted screaming that adds even more noise and roughness to this already dark and raw release. The vocals actually don’t play a huge role in the music, and oftentimes just seem to pop up during the extremely heavy portions of each song to add that extra icing on the cake. At times the screaming is a little reminiscent of Geisha’s label mates Black Elk, but the vocals have been placed in the background rather than the foreground. It works, and definitely gives Die Verbrechen Der Liebe that extra edge it needs.

Geisha isn’t as outright bizarre and outlandish with their ideas, but they make up for it with volume and raw, psychedelic noise. The lengthy “The From Diana” also proves that the group could be quite the competent drone band if they wanted to, and definitely adds an interesting and eerie atmosphere to the album. There have already been plenty of noteworthy albums released in the noise/noise rock genre this year, but Die Verbrechen Der Liebe deserves its time in the spotlight as well. Consider this another standout release for Crucial Blast.

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