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Classic Album Review: The Mad Capsule Markets | OSC-DIS (Oscillator in Distortion)

The high-tech Japanese rap-metal outfit follow in no one's footsteps on this album.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Japanese bands generally aren’t as famous for creating pop culture as they are for re-creating it — either by mimicing American acts wholesale (think Shonen Knife) or by cutting and pasting the music into art projects (think Pizzicato Five).

At first blush, that seems to be what high-tech rap-metal outfit The Mad Capsule Markets are up to on their latest album OSC-DIS. By taking the abrasive, hard-slamming techno-noise of Atari Teenage Riot and jamming it up against the aggressive nu-metal of Tool and the rap-rock of Rage Against the Machine — with a dash of the The Ramones’ classic pop-punk tossed in for punk cred, and the noise-rock experimentalism of Japan’s own Boredoms added for home-town cred — the trio seem to be just another culture-vulture Japanese combo. Then you notice that OSC-DIS (which came out in Japan in 1999) is something like their ninth album over the last dozen years, which means they were around before most of the bands above. In other words, they were here first. Score one for the boys from the East.