|#||Release title||Total tracks||Type of release is||Imprint date||Label|
|1||Torture Garden||42||Audio||1990||Shimmy Disc|
|4||Heretic: Jeux Des Dames Cruelles||24||Audio||1992-08-00|
|6||Leng Tch'e||3||Audio||1992-11-01||Toy's Factory|
|8||Live Volume 1: Knitting Factory 1989||20||Audio||2002||Tzadik|
|10||Torture Garden||42||Audio||1990||Shimmy Disc|
|11||The John Zorn Radio Hour||6||Audio||1990||Nonesuch|
|12||Heretic Jeux Des Dames Cruelles||24||Audio||2000||ArsNova|
|16||Torture Garden||42||Audio||1991||Toy's Factory|
|18||Black Box-20th Anniversary Edition: Torture Garden/Leng Tch'e||45||Audio||2010-10-00||Tzadik|
This is John Zorn's infamous turn-on-a-dime band. Although they can play any style of music, the majority of their songs are noisy and complex. At any moment, a beautiful melody can degenerate into a hurricane of white noise — and then suddenly switch to something else. They've taken everything aggressive about jazz and heavy metal, blended it together, and tightened it. They are disciplined players, but the music is a lot of fun. They look like a rock band: drums, electric guitar, bass, keyboards, and saxophone. On four of the albums, Yamatsuka Eye adds his unique vocals. He howls and snorts like a maniac instead of singing. (He is sometimes credited as "Yamataka Eye.").
The band formed in 1989, playing live before they recorded their first album. They recorded their final album in December of 1992.
line-up: Wayne Horvitz, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Joey Baron, John Zorn, Yamatsuka Eye