Amygdala - Amygdala (Mega Blowout Sale)
Soleil Zeuhl 11 MBS
This release is by a Japanese duo that Alain of Soleil Zeuhl discovered. Yoshiyuki plays keyboards/synths/programming and Yoshihiro Yamaji plays guitar and bass. All of the drums are programmed, but they do a very good job of it, and this excellent debut does not suffer from 'canned band syndrome'.
"Amygdala is a Japanese band, heavily Zeuhl-influenced (much more on the UZ side than Magma, I'd say), with that RIO edge that seems to be the landmark of the greatest Japanese bands of these last few years. Almost all instrumental, the line-up features drums, bass, synths, piano, guitar & occasional other instruments. Dark, pulsating and complex, their music combines powerful rock energy & the insane rythmical patterns of Magma. Recommended to fans of dark sounds : Present, Univers Zero, Thollot, Ruins, Peter Frohmader etc..."