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Somewhere between the metal aggression of Black Sabbath and the guitar grind of the Swans, Zeni Geva was the rock equivalent of opera, a full-throttle exploration of the emotional spectrum’s dark side. Long hair flying and vocals growling, guitarist and vocalist Kazuyuki Ishino, a k a K.K. Null, channeled the group’s heavy energy into performances that were dynamic and brutally physical. For many people, though they were also intimidating.

“It wasn’t my intention,” says Null of the performances. “I have to be intense and aggressive when I’m playing, but afterward, I’m smiling.”

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