Merzbow

Rectal Anarchy

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Since 1979, Japanese artist Masami Akita has been releasing extreme experimental sonics under the moniker Merzbow. Inspired by the automatist writing and collage sensibilities of the Dadaist and Surrealist movements, Akita's own work reflects an ongoing concern with mixing elements of high and low culture, abrasive electronics, and pornographic imagery. Regarded as one of the progenitors of noise music, Merzbow honed the act of wiring homemade electronics and bashing scrap metal to a specialized form of artistic expression. A frequent collaborator with likeminded artists, Akita, here, has gathered Japanese grindcore wags Gore Beyond Necropsy for the pruriently titled RECTAL ANARCHY.

Lavished with blistering squalls of feedback electronics, the band (featuring folks named Dr. Industrial Puke Grinder) contributes a continuous wall of low, rumbling distortion with most instrumentation all but indiscernible amongst the chaotic din (instrumentation credits listing such tools as Stinky Vomit Breath and Sado Enema Grind don't offer many clues either). Occasional blasts of distorted grindcore growl indicate that there is a human presence somewhere in the mix, but on most of the album's 31 tracks, it's clear that Akita is at the helm, commandeering his motley crew toward a dense, cacophonous event horizon.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 23:51
2 0:43
3 0:59
4 0:24
5 0:32
6 0:45
7 0:26
8 0:16
9 0:33
10 2:11
11 0:36
12 1:20
13 0:55
14 0:36
15 1:16
16 0:05
17 0:05
18 0:05
19 0:43
20 0:52
21 0:28
22 1:49
23 1:45
24 0:07
25 0:46
26 0:36
27 1:36
28 0:09
29 0:54
30 1:24
31 1:51
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