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Yasutoshi Yoshida a.k.a Government Alpha is one of the hottest and harshest of the young Japanese artists looking to fill the shoes of the old-timers like Hijokaidan, Merzbow, Incapacitants, Masonna and so on. Government Alpha stands out above the heap of noise coming out of Japan. His label Xerxes has released countless cassettes and CD-rs from artists like Facialmess, Napalmed, Skin Crime, OVMN, Knurl, S.Isabella, Lasse Marhaug, T.A.D.M., Astro, Kapotte Muziek and many more.

“Apart from a few seconds of light relief at the beginning of Cryptic Cave, it’s a non-stop 57 minute barrage of EXTREMELY LOUD noise. Even at normal listening volume, Pale Eyed Lemming sounds like a jackhammer trying in vain to punch its way through a ten-foot thick iron plate, right there in your living room… I can think of no remotely socially acceptable situation where you’d actually want to play this to anyone else, and trying to listen to it on headphones at any reasonable volume level is frankly dangerous. Next to this, Throbbing Gristle is as easy as
Mozart” — Paris Transantlantic

“Extremely harsh noise that changes enormously from track to track, and also changes within each track, into several different experiences. Reminiscent of a combination of Merzbow, with his rumbling, crushing noises that cycle, and KK Nulls penchant for high pitched, piercing scree via guitar.


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