"This vital piece of the Japanese psychedelic rock scene is finally seeing a reissue courtesy of Riot Season. Up to now the number of references to this album I've found in the description of other records vs the number of copies of this I've actually seen available for purchase have been enormously disproportionate.
Boasting the membership of Asahito Nanjo (of High Rise), Makoto Kawabata (of Acid Mothers Temple, and countless others), and Hajime Koizumi, it's no wonder this album is of great note. High Rise and Acid Mothers Temple (mostly just Electric Heavyland) give you a ballpark estimation of what Mainliner are about: heavy rock, psychedelic solos, and noise.
The 35-minute album is split into three tracks. The opener, "Cockamamie," stands out as it's under 2 minutes! The drums distort beyond recognition, the bass grooves on beneath the rhythmic chaos, and Kawabata's guitar stretches its legs for a quick minute and a half solo. Then the real workout begins. "Black Sky" clocks in at a brutal 15:17. Asahito's reverb soaked vocals pepper the first few minutes as the band holds the same riff. Shortly after he stops singing, the floor drops out, and Kawabata's guitar loses control. The drums and bass speed to a blur, matching Kawabata's noise, but the guitar gymnastics steal the show, giving more than enough fodder for calling Makoto a "guitar god," as many have done in the past. The more than eighteen minutes long "M" closes out the album very strongly. There's more of a "song" with parts that act as a verse, a (for lack of a better term) chorus, and, of course, a solo. After Kawabata spends 7 minutes abusing the listener with a mind splitting solo, Mainliner reign him in and bring the main riff back, and the vocals return. Makoto sharpens his teeth and after a short respite jumps back in, creating a wall of bedlam that seems to almost overtake the bass and drums which is replaced for a short coda of the main riff before devolving into complete chaos and ending in a heap of feedback and crashes."
(sean hammond, fake jazz)