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.

Limited CD £14.49 RM4108

CD on Room40 in matte celo embossed jacket, insert card and 28-page, embossed saddle bound book, featuring an extensive in-depth interview with Masami Akita, exclusive photographs, collages etc.

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Noise Mass by Merzbow
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8/10 Ant 24 July 2019

Lawrence English’s Room40 imprint is on an almighty roll right now and here’s another stormer in what’s been a killer run of releases so far this year. It’s a magnificently presented, zillionth release from the hardest working man in noise business - force of nature Masami Akita aka Japanese noise lord Merzbow. ‘Noise Mass’ comes in a matte celo embossed jacket, with insert card and 28-page, embossed saddle bound book, featuring an extensive in-depth interview with Akita, plus exclusive photographs, collages etc. it is indeed a thing of beauty.

If you need any paint stripping in your home you could crank the volume dial on this right up to eleven and just watch the paint blister away. Right off the bat he lunges into a ferocious frequency assault that’s like hitting all the senses at once with a hefty dose of smelling salts as a torrent of brutal, harsh sound hits us from all angles and does not relent EVER. After a few blasts I think my initial highlight is the twenty-five minute beating that ‘Kraft-Ebings Dick’ has given me. A real atom smasher that’s so intense it feels as though the goddamn planet could just implode as I’m cranking it out. Like a plague of mutant insects rising up from the earth’s core and violently devouring every living thing on the surface.

You can always make a little more room on the shelf for another Merzbow disc of exquisite pleasure/pain, right?


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