IreviewMerzbow
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IreviewMerzbow -
80
It's pretty hard to believe that this was released as early as 1981 and as close to his other work that year as it was. The very obvious difference is that the aimless "toddler slaps stuff and plays my instruments and I record it on my Blackberry" sound is completely gone, and so is the compositional meandering, replaced with a massive and captivating sound when put to comparison. It's far different sonically, though utilizing the same primitive, dated instrumentation. It feels like ... read more

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IreviewMerzbow -
45
A bit of a mystery to me as to how this release got as "popular" as it is, as it mostly just seems like more of the same factory-like junk noise, as percussion-heavy as ever. I guess this one has a bit more atmospheric cohesion than some of the other releases in the style, but at what cost? I love how most of this release sounds and feels but 66+ minutes of subdued drum-improv and loop manipulation with the occasional bit of noise brushing by doesn't exactly make for an entertaining ... read more
IreviewMerzbow -
80
Another one of those archival releases, but this is unquestionably my favorite of the bunch thus far. Essentially, here we see the soundtrack to one of Ishiro Honda's earlier films, εœ°ηƒι˜²θ‘›θ» [The Mysterians], getting the Batztoutai sound collage treatment. Being deconstructed, mangled, distorted— slaughtered, basically. The name is accurate and the cover is telling, these industrial-ish sound collage soundscapes are erratic, violent, and abrasive in execution, much like how ... read more
IreviewMerzbow -
95
Is it just me or is this actually mind-blowing? Every bit of Merzbow's strongest material thus far thrown onto one single sprawling, consistently entrancing release without a single dull or unsatisfying moment. This is as amazing as early noise can get.

So, what do we know about this release? It takes the same inspiration from Masami's native culture as ζŠœεˆ€ιšŠ With Memorial Gadgets and was released on a picture disc with either side named after one of the two main shrines of the Ise Grand ... read more
IreviewMerzbow -
90
It's slightly important to note that the version I listened to (Batztoutai With Material Gadgets reissue) and the version that was originally released have some decent-sized differences due to the fact that Merzbow took it upon himself to remix the album a bit before it was re-released. Most of the differences include a few replaced sections and some trimming of the initial ones, as well as some change to the track distribution, but generally speaking, the release is still the same and the ... read more
IreviewMerzbow -
60
An archival release comprised entirely of outtakes, alternate versions and demos from Antimonument. Much like that release, it's subdued but hellish industrial-tinged noise (with the occasional tribal drum beat thrown in), but unlike that release it's, of course, directionless and doesn't flow whatsoever. As most of these 80s archival releases are, it's not for anyone that isn't a diehard Merzbow fan. I enjoy most of the material on here, and it's absolutely worth a listen if you enjoy ... read more
Oct 14, 2020
i think we're good. device is still broken but i found an alternative
Oct 4, 2020
my device broke so im going to have to stop doing this until it un-breaks. looking forward to continuing
Sep 23, 2020
hahahaha bitch that's called freedom
Sep 22, 2020
IDK I was kinda going through a funk and was finding a lot of solace in noise. So i just ecided to do it.
Sep 21, 2020
can u review an upcoming artist kanye west please i hreard he has good albums u should review him
Sep 19, 2020
I actually listened to his whole discog a few months ago. Don't remember a lot of it.
Sep 15, 2020
Yeah, it really isn’t worth it to do a full discography dive, but a good chunk of his work is definitely worth it. Everything he released from ‘68 to ‘79 are must hears imo, and ‘89 through ‘95 is good too. Everything else is pretty underwhelming, aside from archival releases that are really good, plus a few outliers.
Aug 27, 2020
total xanarchy is a great album, like actually.
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Cross-posting from RYM for the people on here, Here's the original list in better formatting, if you're curious at seeing it all lined up in a more cohesive fashion:
https://rateyourmusic.com/list/_AvaIon_/oh-no-its-merzbow-discography-binge/

I do NOT review Kanye West 😭

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