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Keiji Haino, Merzbow, Balazs Pandi
Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer

Japanese noise-music icon Merzbow reunites with his countryman Keiji Haino and Hungarian composer Balazs Pandi for their second three-way collaboration, Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer. Consisting of four side-long compositions spread over two transparent orange vinyls, any fan of post-rock will immediately find something to connect with here! 
  • Vinyl Double LP (RNR111LP)
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  • Coloured vinyl

Merzbow & Vanity Productions
Coastal Erosion

As implied by its title, Coastal Erosion is anxiously pre-occupied with climate change and rising sea levels. With a distinctly apocalyptic tone, the two monolithic side-long collaborations see unlikely musical allies Merzbow (Masami Akita) and Vanity Productions (Christian Stadsgaard) find something important in each other. 

Merzbow
Metalvelodrome

Noise music pioneer Merzbow - a.k.a. Japanese musician Masami Akita - has released an astonishingly large amount of material in his 40-year career. 1993’s powerful yet pretty 'Metalvelodrome' is one of the most impenetrable and intriguing. With a run time of over four hours, 'Metalvelodrome' is a true test of your Merbow fandom. 

Merzbow
Noise Mass

Merzbow's previously unavailable 'Noise Mass' from Room40 will keep the boys at Immerzbox and Merzcast busy. It was recorded during one of the most fruitful periods of Masami Akita's storied career, which produced the classic Venereology. Here Akita worked using a mixture of random objects and self-made instruments.
  • CD (RM4108)
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  • Limited edition

Merzbow + HEXA
Achromatic

It’s ya boy Masami baby! Here he is working with HEXA, who are an interesting pairing in themselves: Xiu Xiu man Jamie Stewart and Room40 boss Lawrence English. The structure is one side of Merzbow produced and mixed by HEXA, and one side of HEXA produced and mixed by Merzbow. Of course, it's an intense noise ride throughout. Vinyl release on Dais.
  • Vinyl LP (DAIS118LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Merzbow
Venereology

Look, if you're not on board with Merzbow by now, there's little I can say about the quarter-century celebrating Venereology that will change that. If you like your music noisy and your noise harsh then legendary Japanese artist Masami Akita's visceral walls of sonic scree will be right up your street. But you probably already knew that. Venereology was his "death metal" album and has been accused of bringing him wider repute. 

3 Rensa
Redrum

3 Rensa is a remarkable thing: an improvised collaborative group that features Merzbow without being a pure Merznoise outpouring. Nyantora and Duenn complete the trio, jamming lots of spacey electronics as well as guitar and drums (that’s Masami on the kit too). Redrum is a pretty psychedelic listen, featuring a distillation of a big wild jam. On Entr’acte.

Merzbow
MONOAkuma

For forty years now Merzbow has been consistently reinventing, questioning and innovating the genre of noise music. To celebrate the one born Masami Akita entering his fifth decade as a recording artist, Room40 (Brandon LaBelle, Luc Ferrari) are releasing MONOAkuma, a recording of a concert Merzbow gave in Brisbane back in 2012. Lawrence English was there and described the performance as one of ‘utter euphoria’ - not words one often associates with Merzbow’s output.

Merzbow / Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
A Perfect Pain

Here’s a twentieth anniversary reissue of this collaboration between two heavyweights of subversive and challenging music, Gristle Throbber Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Japanese curator of cacophony Merzbow. Genesis lend obscure and absorbing spoken-word, around which Merz builds engrossing and intense textures.

Merzbow / Richard Pinhas
Keio Line


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Merzbow
Kakapo


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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Merzbow, Mats Gustafsson, Thurston Moore, Balazs Pandi
Cuts Up, Cuts Out

In 2016, the established powerhouse noise duo of Merzbow and Balasz Pandi teamed up not only with saxophone destructor Mats Gustafsson but also guitar-noise shredder Thurston Moore for an unholy improvised quartet show live in a church in Hackney. Cuts Up, Cuts Out offers up a pair of chunky extracts, and what fun they are. Vinyl release on RareNoise Records.
  • Artist(s):
  • Merzbow

Merzbow
Tomarigi

What can be said about Merzbow that hasn't been said already? Well, many things, but it wouldn't make them true. What is true however is that the master of freaked out, fuzzed-out, bleached-out noise is back with a new EP of sonic acrobatics, continuing his celebrated adventures with processed out-sound.

Alessandro Cortini & Masami Akita
Untitled

Masami Akita (King Merzbow himself) and Alessandro Cortini (of Nine Inch Nails) both own an EMS Synthi, and this Untitled release finds them each using the EMS exclusively to produce four sides of seething noisy electronics. The vintage analogue equipment is totally exploited, with vivid results that will interest synth fans and noise fans in equal measure. Double LP on Important Records, presented in a metallic shimmer-print sleeve.

Merzbow
Hyakki Echo

Whilst pushing the 300 album mark, Japanese extreme noise pusher Merzbow is never short of a new idea. Dialing back the noise somewhat, Hyakki Echo is less of a brutal assault of the senses but a freeform experimental affair. Plus, this badboy comes on a CD which is also a vinyl… so… be careful with that. “Compact Vinyl” on Dirter.

Gareth Davis & Merzbow
Atsusaku


Merzbow
Wildwood II

Merzbow follows up last year’s Wildwood CD with an LP of new and complementary material. Again, the proceeds go to the Wildwood trust in Kent, meaning that the king of Japanese harsh noise is directly involved in goings on in the heart of English conservatism. Nice. Fierce textures as ever from Mr. Masami, released by Dirter.

Merzbow
Escape Mask

A somewhat different side to notorious noise-lord Merzbow on this here reissued release. Escape Mask, originally circulated as a cassette in 1983, still isn’t Top 40 material, but samples, drum patterns and vocals all add up to something approaching songs! Escape Mask is Merzbow in industrial mode. Remastered and reissued on CD via Other Voices Records.

Merzbow & Balázs Pándi
Live At FAC251

Live At FAC251 is just what it claims to be: a document of the recent live performance there by mighty Merzbow himself, playing with regular recent partner in crime Balászs Pándi, whose fierce blast-beats give the massive noise-sheets a real sense of drive. Edition of 500 CDs in a straightforward sleeve (here’s what the venue looked like!), on Cold Spring.

Merzbow
Remblandt Assemblage

Remblandt Assemblage, the ridiculously rare 1981 cassette from undisputed icon of harsh noise Merzbow, arrives on 140 gram black double vinyl for the first time ever. This incredible early recording combines found sounds, tape manipulation, bleak drones and, of course, dense pulsing waves of noise. It’s also beautifully packaged by Urashima.

Sun Ra | Merzbow
Strange City

Avant-garde music lovers from all over the spectrum will raise their eyebrows at this record: Merzbow and Sun Ra are two of the most prolific sound-weirdos out there, but this is the first time their paths have crossed. Of course, Sun Ra returned to Saturn decades ago, but Masami Akita got his hands on some unheard Ra recordings and fed them through his Merz-blender. The results make for a Strange City indeed.

Merzbow, Keiji Haino, Balazs Pandi
An Untroublesome Defencelessness

In the mood to be totally sonically annihilated? Well then boy, do we have the thing for you! Noise pope Merzbow has been working with powerhouse drummer Balazs Pandi for a few years ago, whipping up propulsive noise storms, and the addition of goddamn Keiji Haino really tips things over the edge. Haino’s inhuman wails and gnarly guitar fits right into the mass of raw power that is An Untroublesome Defencelessness.

Merzbow
Lowest Music.2

Listen back to the earliest outings of the Japanese noise king Merzbow with this reissue of Lowest Music.2, which dates back to 1982! Masami seems to be mostly working with tape loops here, and he hasn’t quite moved into full-bore ultra-harsh territory yet: so strange to hear a Merzbow album with so little distortion! First time vinyl release for this rare old tape, out on Urashima.

Merzbow
Konchuuki

New records from King Masami, aka Merzbow are not exactly rare, but they are nevertheless highly exciting. Konchuuki (or, in English, ‘Insect Machine’) arrives with some particularly rhythmic elements seemingly originating from an analogue synth (?), as well as stacks of just-goddamn-Noise! 400 copies of goodness on Essence Music.

Akira Sakata & Jim O'Rourke With Chikamorachi & Merzbow
Flying Basket

Saxophonist Akira Sakata presents a furious five-way assault jam in conjunction with guitarist Jim O'Rourke and Chikamorachi (aka drummer Chris Corsano and double bassist/percussionist Darin Gray) with the added bonus of analogue electronics courtesy of Japanese overlord Masami Akita aka Merzbow.

Merzbow
Wildwood

Brand new Merzbow all up in your life, with the kind of ferocity only the Japanese master and a select few other high-functioning noisers can bring. Wildwood is, in accordance with Masami’s hardcore animal welfare principles, a benefit release for a bear rescue charity in Kent: look, there’s one on the cover! I wonder what the bear lovers of Kent will make of this?

Merzbow
13 Japanese Birds Volume 4

Number Four in an epic series of Merzbow releases, 13 Japanese Birds, each entry of which was recorded and released on a monthly basis. Merzbow’s Masami Akita is an animal rights activist, so no doubt the titling of these releases is far from random: the man knows his birds. Volume Four: Karasu is noisy as hell, as damn well it should be.

Merzbow
13 Japanese Birds Volume 11: Shirasagi

Number Eleven in an epic series of Merzbow releases, 13 Japanese Birds, each entry of which was recorded and released on a monthly basis. Merzbow’s Masami Akita is an animal rights activist, so no doubt the titling of these releases is far from random: the man knows his birds. Volume Eleven: Shirasagi contains four tracks of noise-power, featuring live drums from Akita himself.

Merzbow
13 Japanese Birds Volume 10 - Niwatori

Merzbow's 13 Japanese Birds is a 13 month series of releases inspired by Olivier Messaien's Catalogue D'Oiseaux. Beginning in January 2009 one volume of 13 Japanese Birds will be released each month. The 13th and final volume will be released January 2010. Each volume will be a one time pressing of 1000 copies. Available from Important Records in a deluxe, hand-made, numbered bamboo box to hold the 13 CD collection. Cover art by Jenny Akita. 

Merzbow
13 Japanese Birds Vol 9: Hiyodori

Number Nine in an epic series of Merzbow releases, 13 Japanese Birds, each entry of which was recorded and released on a monthly basis. Merzbow’s Masami Akita is an animal rights activist, so no doubt the titling of these releases is far from random: the man knows his birds. Volume Nine: Hiyodori kicks off with a massive 30-minute track to punish you for your wrongdoings.

Merzbow, Mats Gustafsson, Balazs Pandi, Thurston Moore
Cuts Of Guilt, Cuts Deeper

Roaming the plains of noise, Thurston Moore finally found some worthy companions in the likes of Merzbow, Mats Gustafsson and Balazs Pandi, who already released Cuts as a trio in 2013. By adding Moore’s guitar to the loudness, this group has truly become global. Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper promises to approach the painful at all times, with melodies buried beneath layers and layers of aural destruction.

Merzbow & Xiu Xiu
Merzxiu

Xiu Xiu, the art-rock project of Jamie Stuart, joins forces with… Merzbow! Yes, literal Merzbow! Unusual to see Masami Akita venturing outside of the noise world for a collaboration, but very welcome. Merzxiu is strictly limited: 200 copies in Europe, on splatter vinyl, courtesy of Bad Paintings.

Merzbow
Nezumimochi

Those nasty types over at Cold Spring Records have managed to turn out a full 200 releases over the years, and to celebrate, the King of Noise himself, Mr Merzbow, has provided them with the 90+ minutes of his patented brand. Pressed (with different tracklistings) to both LP and CD, Nezumimochi is guaranteed to satisfy.

Full Of Hell & Merzbow
Full Of Hell

This totally shouldn't make sense, but it absolutely does: American grind act Full of Hell may be the fastest act out there, in some moments, but their breakdowns are more akin to moments of pure white noise and power electronics than hardcore. Their slow and sometimes inaudible approach to performing grind is a perfect fit for prominent noise-maker Merzbow, who joins them for this collaborative record. Full of Hell are amazing, and Merzbow sure is loud -- so this should be something.
  • Artist(s):
  • Merzbow

Boris with Merzbow
Sun Baked Snow Cave

Here's what happened when unpredictable doom/pop trio Boris met tireless noise bastard Merzbow for the second time in 2005 (following 2002's 'Megatone' collab), finally on vinyl. It's a more understated piece than you might expect from such a noisy collective, starting gently before enveloping the listener in overwhelming waves of howling feedback and digital abuse. Only 1,200 pressed!
  • Artist(s):
  • Merzbow

Scott Miller / Lee Camfield / Merzbow
No Closure

King Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) hangs out with Sutekh Hexen dudes Scott Miller and Lee Camfield and this is the result. Miller and Camfield quite sensibly leave the bulk of the noise to the Merz-man, instead laying down rhythms and instrumentally bits. I thought the interplay really worked out here. Good record.

Merzbow & Oren Ambarchi
Cat's Squirrel


Merzbow/ Mats Gustafsson/ Balazs Pandi
Cuts

Japanese Noise Super-Maestro Merzbow has been playing out with Hungarian man-of-drums Balazs Pandi quite a lot recently, and on Cuts they are joined by, you guessed it, Mats Gustafsson, master of the super-noisy skronk sax. Sounds that will clean out your senses. Although that said, this feels more like three equal players in an improve context than a full Merzbow blow-out.

Merzbow / Marhaug
Mer Mer


  • Artist(s):
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  • Merzbow

Merzbow & Balázs Pándi
Ducks: Live in NYC


  • Artist(s):
  • Merzbow

The New Blockaders/ Merzbow/ aNoMali
Kali-Yuga Karma


The Delgados, Bis, The Golden Mile, Merzbow
Che Trading Limited Presents...


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  • Merzbow
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  • Che

Merzbow/ CRIS X
Greed


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  • Merzbow

Merzbow/ Richard Pinhas
Rhizome


  • Artist(s):
  • Merzbow

Merzbow & Balázs Pándi
Ducks:Live in NYC


Merzbow/ Band of Pain
Reptile/ Insect


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  • Merzbow
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Merzbow
13 Japanese Birds Vol 13: Chabo

This is the final CD in the 13 month, 13 CD series of Bird inspired CDs from Merzbow. Merzbow's 13 Japanese Birds is a 13 month series of releases inspired by Olivier Messaien's Catalogue D'Oiseaux. Beginning in January 2009 one volume of 13 Japanese Birds will be released each month. The 13th and final volume will be released January 2010. Each volume will be a one time pressing of 1000 copies. Available from Important Records in a deluxe hand made numbered bamboo box to hold the 13 CD collection. Cover art by Jenny Akita.
  • Artist(s):
  • Merzbow

Merzbow
13 Japanese Birds Vol 7: Kujakubato

Number Seven in an epic series of Merzbow releases, 13 Japanese Birds, each entry of which was recorded and released on a monthly basis. Merzbow’s Masami Akita is an animal rights activist, so no doubt the titling of these releases is far from random: the man knows his birds. Volume Seven: Kujakubato (the Fantail Pigeon, I am assured), has a low-tuned drum kit at the heart of its noise-torrent.

Merzbow
13 Japanese Birds Vol 6: Kamo

Number Six in an epic series of Merzbow releases, 13 Japanese Birds, each entry of which was recorded and released on a monthly basis. Merzbow’s Masami Akita is an animal rights activist, so no doubt the titling of these releases is far from random: the man knows his birds. Volume Six: Kamo (or, the duck) was released specifically in protest against a wild bird cull in Tokyo.

Merzbow
13 Japanese Birds Vol. 2: Fukurou

Number Two in an epic series of Merzbow releases, 13 Japanese Birds, each entry of which was recorded and released on a monthly basis. Merzbow’s Masami Akita is an animal rights activist, so no doubt the titling of these releases is far from random: the man knows his birds. Volume Two: Fukurou contains some particularly drum-centric noise.

Merzbow
13 Japanese Birds Vol. 1: Suzume

Number One in an epic series of Merzbow releases, 13 Japanese Birds, each entry of which was recorded and released on a monthly basis. Merzbow’s Masami Akita is an animal rights activist, so no doubt the titling of these releases is far from random: the man knows his birds. Part One: Suzume contains noise, obviously, with a fair bit of improvised drumming from Akita as well.

Merzbow/ Sutcliffe Jugend/ Satori
Split


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Merzbow & John Wiese
Multiplication


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Merzbow/ Carlos Giffoni/ Jim O' Rourke
Electric Dress


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