Melt-Banana
Cell-Scape


4.0
excellent

Review

by ThyCrossAwaits USER (46 Reviews)
April 8th, 2010 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Everything you should expect from a Japanese noise-grind band called "Melt-Banana".

Melt-Banana are a Japanese electronica-noise-grind band and in truth they are everything grind should be: loud, fast, and ***ing crazy. Simultaneously they are everything grind is not. Frontwoman Yasuko Onuki doesn't adopt the typical scream scream screamscreamscream BARK groooowl... vocal style, but instead uses an almost indescribable squeaky yell that sounds literally like a female Pikachu. It should also be noted that the band's "grind"-ness isn't drawn so much from thick downtuned guitars as much as it does from pure speed and volume. But what it lacks in crunch, It makes up for with an LSD-laced electronic whir and a sound smack between Merzbow and Genghis Tron.

Cell-Scape is a 10-song wacky neo-disco with significant J-pop elements blendered in. The result is ridiculously catchy considering the strobelight pace the album takes almost immediately. "Chain-Shot To Have Some Fun" and "A Dreamer Who Is Too Weak To Look Up To" are the best examples of how Melt-Banana's oddball formula works wonders for them. The zappy electronic parts are just as important as the guitar, and at several points even take the forefront of the song. Not to say there isn't a fair share of rocket riffs as well....because there is. Melt-Banana are a strange beast, but so are Sunn O))), and MB are significantly easier to tackle.

And that's where the true merit of Melt-Banana lies: between the weird noise of Merzbow, the electro-grind of Genghis Tron, and a healthy (note: HEALTHY) dose of "WTF?", Cell-Scape manages heavy, catchy, and original in a mashed-up box. It's short, it's sweet, and it's to the point...even if no one know what the point is.



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vanderb0b
April 8th 2010


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like odd music, so this looks rather interesting. I'll check it out. Have you heard Thought Industry's Mods carve the Pig?

ThyCrossAwaits
April 8th 2010


3058 Comments


haha not until just now. It sounds like Between the Buried and Me met Psychostick and this band.

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WeepingBanana
April 8th 2010


10206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is nuts...

key is a fact that a cat brings is just so intense

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
April 8th 2010


3777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this album when I'm in the mood for it.

Ghostechoes
April 8th 2010


1353 Comments


This band is crazy.

Yazz_Flute
April 8th 2010


18852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

MELT-FUCKING-BANANA

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PirateSquid
April 9th 2010


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The vocals are very Mike Patton. I love this album and Charlie.

It's like Genghis Tron and Naked City had a fuckfest

any14doomsday
April 9th 2010


679 Comments


This might be my favorite melt banana album. Its like the perfect culmination of their sound. Ridiculously fast and hard, but still insanely catchy and fun.

Mags172
April 9th 2010


127 Comments


I just started listening to this and it's so weird but I love it. Probably going to order the album sometime.

XulOnerom
April 9th 2010


1818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is just perfect, kudos for reviewing this

ThyCrossAwaits
April 9th 2010


3058 Comments


hm. I wouldn't really consider this 5-worthy.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2010


15069 Comments


lost parts are stinging me is awesome

Whatsgood
July 24th 2011


177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What.

I wasn't expecting... that or that or that or tha...

...

Hm.

ThyCrossAwaits
July 25th 2011


3058 Comments


wut.

Funeralopolis
August 27th 2012


11768 Comments


wtf is this shit

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YankeeDudel
August 27th 2012


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

its good shit

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camaraderie
November 8th 2012


988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah

YankeeDudel
December 11th 2012


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is so silly and awesome and stuff

WeepingBanana
December 11th 2012


10206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah shit's spazzy

YankeeDudel
December 11th 2012


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea not sure what tastes better a melting banana or a weeping banana



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