Scorch Trio's XXX brings us into the 21st century with four LPs cataloguing the output of the Norwegian noise-improv power trio (plus a previously unreleased 2000 Finnish radio session), assembled by guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim, bassist Ingebrigt H6ker Flaten and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love in the early noughties. Reviews at the time drew comparison with Sonny Sharrock, Jimi Hendrix, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Albert Ayler, but heard now, Scorch Trio's intense overdriven mix of electric guitar, bass, drums and electronics, which moves effortlessly from a spiky red-faced wildness to points of bristling melancholy, forms a bedrock of influences that feed into such contemporary Rune Grammofon acts as Hedvig Mollestad Trio, Bushman's Revenge, Elephant9 and Krokofant. 4/5.
Truly heavyweight anthology of output from the influential Norwegian free jazz improvisers. Three hours of mean jazz!