Tranz is an interesting collaboration between Elliott Sharp and Merzbow where each takes raw materials provided by the other and fashions them into new compositions. Rather than meeting at some halfway point, the music is pretty firmly grounded in the Merzbow aesthetic, although you can hear evidence of Sharp's guitarisms in the two "Mares" tracks. Even the raw Merzbow material (the "Esrma" tracks) bears evidence of guitar (remember, Masami Akita began as a guitar player), or at least some kind of manipulated, vibrating string. Merzbow has been showing a "softer" side since the turn of the century (a highly relative term, obviously), and Tranz is no different in that it's squarely on the "very listenable" end of the noise spectrum. The sounds are intense but not overly harsh, and there's a strong, discernible structure to each piece. Sharp fans know to expect the unexpected from him, and Merzbow fans almost always know what they're in for. However, Tranz makes for a fairly "gentle" entry point into the world of noise for the uninitiated as well.
AllMusic Review by Sean Westergaard