Round House - Jin.Zo-Ni.N.Gen (Digipack)









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Original release 1978
Re-issue 2008 Lion Records
Digipak !!!

One of Japan's oldest progressive acts, ROUND HOUSE was formed in 1976. They had time to release two albums, Jin-Zo-Ni-N-Gen and Wings to Rest, before they disbanded in 1979.


1. Jin-Zo-Ni-N-Gen 3:49
2. Tour of the Deep Ocean 15:38
3. The Last Judgement 3:41
4. Out of Three-Dimension 7:11
5. Suisha Goya No Asa 15:13

All tracks: by Round House.


Masayuki Kato - guitar
Yosiaki Uemura - bass
Hiroshi Natori - drums
Kyoharu Someta - keyboards
Yoshinobu Fujii - guitar

The beginning of Jin-Zo-Ni-N-Gen is very unexpected, and the album's title track (1) represents nothing else but a highly unique and intricate Prog-Metal with elements of Symphonic Art-Rock. After listening to it I've thought: Yet, another band that, like Black Sabbath and Rush, played at that time music, which is both very heavy and complicated. However, it turned out that the quantity of heavy elements in the music lessens with each of the following tracks down to their complete disappearance somewhere in the middle of the album. The first 15-minute epic: Tour of the Deep Ocean (2) consist of the mixed structures typical for both of Classic Symphonic Art-Rock and Prog-Metal genres, The Last Judgement (3) is about Symphonic Progressive with elements of Prog-Metal, while the style of Out of Three-Dimension Space and another 15-minute composition Suisha Goya No Asa (4 & 5) is Classic Symphonic Art-Rock with some touches of Jazz-Fusion. The first three tracks on the album just shine with high originality and innovation, while the others, being also incomparable with anything, have nevertheless a bit more 'common' sound, which, in the broad sense, is rather typical for Classic Symphonic Progressive of the seventies. What's central however is that the fluent, yet, steady change of the album's stylistics has by no means affected the quality of music, and all of the compositions on Round House's debut, without exception, are masterpieces filled with intensive and very intriguing music, which, by the way, is distinctly dramatic in character. Masayuki Kato is a fantastic guitar player, though the mastery of all the band members is just top-notch, and Round House is both compositionally and technically on par with any of the well-known progressive bands shined in the second half of the seventies. Honest!