Merzbow – Life Performance (CD Album – Cold Spring)
Background/Info: Masami Akita is the one and only ‘King’ of Japanese noise. He’s one of those visionary, but also extreme artists who give a new orientation to industrial music by the creation of noises. It’s a kind of anti-music creation or at least an antidote to what we commonly call ‘music’. This album is not a live album as it was recorded in Merzbow’s own studio. It’s a reissue of an extremely rare tape that was released in 1985! The cassette was originally released on ZSF Produkt (label of Merzbow) and in France on Le Syndicat.
Content: The work features 5 tracks, which move in between typical Merzbow-noise and softer compositions with an industrial aspect on touch. You get a mix between heavy noise loops and industrial sequences. It all sounds like an extreme sonic collage with some extra spoken samplings on top.
There’s a familiar kind of noise anarchy and it often sounds like a big improvisation, but Akita always has this feeling to accomplish his work by tormenting sound treatments and dark atmospheres.
+ + + : You really have to be a noise addict to enjoy this kind of work, but one thing is for sure, Merzbow is a real genius in his work. I like the diversity of this album, which more than 30 years after its original composition still sounds like it was composed today.
– – – : Like with most of the releases in the genre I sometimes miss some coherence and structure, but that’s also the essence of noise!
Conclusion: If industrial music can be sometimes extreme, ‘noise’ definitely reveals the perverted side of music where the composer became a kind of sonic porn actor! “Life Performance” is a great re-release, which will appeal for all freaks in the genre.
Best songs: “Nil Vagina Mail Action Pt. 2”.
Band: http://merzbow.net / www.facebook.com/OfficialMerzbow
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