Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Zeni Geva 

10,000 Light Years (Neurot)

Coming out of the Japanese noise scene of the mid-'80s, Zeni Geva set itself apart from the pack with its dark, heavy riffs and off-kilter time signatures. As its status as an epic Japanese power trio grew, it gained the attention of Shellac's Steve Albini (Bush, Nirvana, Page & Plant), who would go on to produce several Geva albums. But considering that the group hasn't released anything new in six years, this album is a particular disappointment. Two of the songs on it have been recorded previously -- "Interzona 2" is an extended version of a track on Freedom Bondage, and "Auto Fuck" was originally released on a Skin Graft 7-inch in the mid-'90s -- and, on the whole, it comes off as a rush job.

The riffs are typically heavy and noise-laden, but they lack the cohesiveness of previous albums, which featured music of epic intensity while drawing upon both the Japanese and U.S. noise of the late '80s and early '90s. The songs here pay little attention to melodic development. Perhaps the root of the problem lies in the fact that the band, which includes singer-guitarist K.K. Null and guitarist Mitsuru Tabata, added new drummer Masataka Fujikake for this album. The band's original drummer, Eito, left the group in 1995, and the band toured shortly with ex-Dazzling Killmen drummer Blake Fleming before settling on Fujikake. While both Eito and Fleming handled Zeni Geva's off-time signatures as if they were the lovechildren of John Bonham and Art Blakey, Fujikake is more of a straight-ahead rock drummer. And as simple a variable as that might be, the difference is at least partly responsible for the sameness at the heart of 10,000 Light Years.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

More by Lawrence Daniel Caswell

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 5, 2022

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • Open Turntable Tuesday @ The Winchester

    • Tuesdays
  • Kiry Shabazz @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Thu., Jan. 27
  • Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood @ Packard Music Hall

    • Thu., Jan. 27

© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation