Merbox Sampler

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Review Text Those too poor or too sane to consider purchasing the legendary 50-disc Merzbox might consider this ten-track tasting plate instead. One of the few compilations Merzbow has released (relative to his prodigious album, anyway), this neat sampler serves as a fine exhibit in opposition to the argument that all of Masami Akita's music sounds the same. There is little common ground between the somber, gothic sound collage of "Tape Dada" and the relentless, beat-driven assault of "Helga's Death Disco." It all makes for uneasy listening, to be sure, but Merzbox Sampler demonstrates that Merzbow has a wide number of tools at his disposal. "4.37" is a piece of musique concrète dense with static-laden radio transmissions, deep bass drones, and ghostly voices, while "Swamp Metal" is a symphony of atonal guitar feedback and imploding music structures that is almost absurdly powerful. A few tracks seem like walk-throughs; "Electric Peekaboo," for example, is the prototypical Merzbow track, consisting of the kind of overdriven power electronic wail he's done a million times already. But the familiarity of this piece is the exception, and the limited-edition Merzbox Sampler is a solid introduction to the weird world of Merzbow. ~ Mark Richardson

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Tape Dada (Rembrandt Assemblage) - 6:53
  2. 2. Untitled (Collection Era Vol. 3) - 6:36
  3. 3. 4.37 (Yantra Material Action) - 5:39
  4. 4. Swamp Metal (Agnihotra) - 7:30
  5. 5. Helga's Death Disco (Pornoise Extra) - 6:34
  6. 6. Extract 4 (S.C.U.M. Vol. 1) - 6:48
  7. 7. Autopussy Go No Go (Cloud Cock 00 Grand) - 8:38
  8. 8. Electric Peekaboo (Brain Ticket Death) - 4:47
  9. 9. Minus Zero (Red Magnesia Pink) - 6:56
  10. 10. Silver Scintillator (Rhinogradentia) - 7:15

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