Leng Tch'e (album)

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Leng Tch'e
EP by Naked City
Released November 1, 1992
Recorded January 11, 1992
Genre Avant-garde
Sludge metal
Length 31:38
Label Toys Factory
Producer John Zorn
Naked City chronology
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Leng Tch'e
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Leng Tch'e

Leng Tch'e is the fourth release from John Zorn's band Naked City. It consists of a single track, running at just over half an hour. It was first released on the Japanese Toys Factory label in 1992. Unlike Naked City's previously material, which was known for its fast tempo and rapid transitions between a variety of heterogeneous styles, Leng Tch'e is a more avant-garde take on sludge metal. It was issued along with Torture Garden, a collection of grindcore pieces, in the double-disc collection Black Box. The single song was written in five bars; and then stretched out and played as a 32 minute dirge.

The cover photograph features a "death by a thousand cuts" (i.e. leng tch'e) victim, and this is also the theme of the piece.

Bataille quote[edit]

From the liner notes:

The liner notes present an abridgment of Bataille's remarks on p. 206-207 of Tears of Eros.[1]

Bataille also wrote about the photograph in Inner Experience:[2] "In particular, I would gaze at the photographic image -- or sometimes the memory which I have of it -- of a Chinese man who must have been tortured in my lifetime. Of this torture, I had had in the past a series of successive representations. In the end, the patient writhed, his chest flayed, arms and legs cut off at the elbows and at the knees. His hair standing on end, hideous, hagard, striped with blood, beautiful as a wasp."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Leng Tch'e" – 31:37
Composition by John Zorn
  • Recorded on January 11, 1992


Liner notes[edit]


  1. ^ Translated by Peter Connor, San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1989.
  2. ^ Translated by Leslie Ann Boldt, State University of New York Press, 1988