Merzbow

Merzbow “Pulse Demon” (Relapse)

2019-12-13T05:59:16+00:00December 13th, 2019|

Relapse with a remastered reissue from the undisputed king of Japanese noise. “Pulse Demon” is one of the most celebrated releases of Masami Akita’s storied 4 decade long career. Composed entirely by live noise concrete and the use of a fuzz box, “Pulse Demon” eschews all overdubs and studio trickery, laying Merzbow bare. What follows in these recordings is the pure essence of unfettered noise. The rawness in “Pulse Demon” is palpable; praised as “genuinely extreme, downright torturous sounds that are strangely compelling in their shredding intensity.” (A.V. Club) upon its original release in 1996.

Remastered by James Plotkin (ISIS, Electric Wizard, and more,) the “Pulse Demon” reissues features “Extract 1”, a never-before released track that was recorded as part of the original “Pulse Demon” sessions.

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Merzbow & Vanity Productions “Coastal Erosion” (Ideal)

2019-09-06T04:24:23+00:00September 6th, 2019|

On their riveting debut collaboration, Merzbow (Masami Akita) and Posh Isolation’s Vanity Productions (Christian Stadsgaard) transmute worries about ecological disaster into a torrent of spirit-gnawing, experimental noise that surpasses the sum of its parts. Both hailing from places with a lot of coastline vulnerable to sea level rises, Masami Akita from Japan, and Stadsgaard in Denmark, Coastal Erosion sees them grasp the nettle of impending doom with typically gauntleted grip and an unswerving intensity that speaks to clear and present concerns. While perhaps not the most obvious bedfellows for collaboration, the artists patently share an emphatic empathy for the situation that resonates through their music, where human forces of emotion intersect elemental chaos in a pair of poetically tempestuous, even harrowing works. Merzbow’s visceral, primal roar sustains a perpetual force of attrition that constantly threatens to overwhelm VP’s widescreen, panoramic pads on both of the LP’s monolithic tracts. But it’s due to their democracy of vision that they speak as one, rather than over each other. In the A side’s 18 minutes of “Erosion Japan”, they connote the frothing might of the Pacific tide encroaching and destroying towering walls of steel and glass with an arrestingly Ballardian quality to their instrumental description of violence and anguish. The B side’s 17 minute “Erosion Denmark” follows with a more pensive arrangement of low-lying, unyielding drone frequencies smeared to stereo extremes and overlapped with spirit-penetrating shards of distortion, limning the prospective submergence of the Danish peninsula and its archipelagoes with a Thunbergian seriousness and intractable logic. Taken as a profound warning or as an elegy for Anthropocene extinction, Coastal Erosion is a frighteningly powerful statement that leaves its message like the murky stain of flood waters inside the mind. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering. Edition of 300.

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Merzbow “Venereology” (Relapse)

2019-03-15T03:58:36+00:00March 15th, 2019|

The undisputed king of Japanese noise MERZBOW returns, as the landmark album Venereology celebrates 25 tinnitus-inducing years with its inaugural vinyl pressing! Remastered by James Plotkin (ISIS, ELECTRIC WIZARD, FULL OF HELL, and more) and featuring reworked art, this is the most extreme recording of harsh electronic sickness you will ever own! Venereology features a second LP with more than 20 minutes of unreleased bonus material.

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Merzbow & Genesis P Orridge “A Perfect Pain” (Cold Spring)

2018-11-09T15:48:38+00:00November 9th, 2018|

180 gram vinyl; Includes printed inner sleeve with lyrics; Includes download code. Repressed; 1999 release. A Perfect Pain is a manifestation of the incredible power created by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Psychic TV/Throbbing Gristle) — the founding father of the industrial world, and Merzbow — the undisputed king of Japanese noise. Recorded exclusively for Cold Spring, A Perfect Pain has been hailed as an important album and an extremely successful collaboration.

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Merzbow “Noisembryo” (Hospital Productions)

2018-03-29T20:35:29+00:00March 29th, 2018|

Hospital Productions present a vinyl reissue of Merzbow’s Noisembryo, originally released on CD by The Releasing Eskimo in 1994. Noisembryo is a holy grail, not only of Merzbow’s obsessive discography, but of the entire ’90s noise movement. You’ve heard the stories surrounding the infamy of this release, but beyond that stands the depth and wild energy that Noisembryo encapsulates over two decades later. High-speed loops, roving automotive bass, and cacophonic drum machines gel together with the surprising inclusion of a sound rarely heard within Merzbow’s many years… Masami Akita’s own voice. Akita’s surrealism of the past stands prominently relevant to this day. Includes the bonus track “Travelling” from the equally as infamous Noise Forest compilation (1992), appearing here for the first time on vinyl. Edited and remastered for vinyl by Masami Akita. Includes insert featuring unseen classic paintings and collages of Masami from the original Noisembryo sessions. Deluxe foil-stamp gatefold sleeve.

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