Xinlisupreme Murder Licence Review

BBC Review

Full on deconstructions from Japanese noisecore merchants Xinlisupreme. Turn it up at...

Olli Siebelt 2002

Like many other notable Japanese bands (Merzbow, Ruins, etc..), Xinlisupreme arent afraid to inject a little dissonance into their music. A three piece group from Japan, they've been making quite, er...a noise for themselves over the past two years and seem to get better and better with every release.

It is somewhat difficult to explain what Xinlisupreme actually is, or sounds like. What we can say is that instead of letting the concept of noise, feedback, etc needlessly carry them away (like so many others; you know who you are), the band take matters into their own hands and boldly shape and craft theirs into a melting pot of dissonance based ideas.

From the industrial tribal beats of the opener "Murder License" to "Sakae" which runs from full on Neubaten-esque sheet metal mayhem to raucous feedback, the seven tracks here embrace the listener into a tightly scripted and perfectly choreographed exercise in intense music making that never fails to impress.

This is about unleashed power, about unbridled energy, the sucker punch that hits you out of nowhere. It's Lee Ranaldo in Sonic Youth on overdrive, it's My Bloody Valentine on a bad day, it's Merzbow on a good day, yet it's none of these things. It is simply Xinlisupreme.

Even on the album's quieter moments. like the pristine ambient and glacial beauty of "I.T.D.O.O.M" and the exquisite piano minimalism of "Nameless Song", the band never once explode into an ambient noise improv free-for-all. There is a method to their madness, as is shown by their cover of an American flag surrounded by smeared blood. We get the message but to truly understand the idea, we need to dig a little deeper.

When it comes to music like this, there are many out there (especially in the bands hometown of Japan) who do it rather well. Yet, what puts Xinlisupreme almost in a class of their own, is their incredible ability to bring their secret and complex world out one listen at a time, rather than simply throw it all out there at once.

Who knew dissonance could be so complex and so much fun?

For those about to grind, we salute you.

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