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By Doug Brunell | April 28, 2006

If you haven’t experienced Non before, this may be a good place to start. Non is Boyd Rice’s experiment in minimalist music to overthrow countries by. Shot in Osaka, Japan, Rice is surrounded by four drummers as he speaks about total war and might being right. The DVD also features commentary, some music videos and slideshows of photos taken while on various tours. To say that Social Darwinism plays a role in Rice’s life is an understatement, and the philosophy comes home in the music, which is far more intimidating than any black metal band or that Manson fellow (and I’m not referring to Charlie).

The music will either speak to you or totally turn you off. It is music of aggression, but it won’t appeal to Pantera or Slipknot fans (and that is probably all for the better). The picture quality is less than desirable, but that somehow only adds to the menace. Red lights, rhythmic drumming and Rice at a podium dressed in fascistic regalia makes for quite a spectacle.

Love him or hate him (and there are plenty of people in both camps), Rice is hard to ignore. Non is much the same way, and this DVD may serve to fuel the fires of contempt for the man (just watch the videos to understand), but it is well worth watching for anyone interested in this facet of culture or the the man who has been at its forefront for years.

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