Boomkat Product Review:
Dirter records presents one of the most essential Merzbow collections in years. The vast universe of sound created by the Japanese artist is an understandably forbidding and practically unmanagable space. Dirter records have gone to great lengths to help us comes to terms with it on some level by collecting 3CDs worth of material from a huge number of out-of-print, long unavailable and utterly obscure compilation releases which first appeared on labels like Blast First and Susan Lawly between 1991 and 2001. These tracks have been reeled in from the very limits of his ouevre, drawn like scattered iron filings to a bristling magnetic core of esoteric extremity. These nineteen tracks tell a story of unimaginable pain, painting vividly nightmarish soundscapes with a unique craft and deeply held conceit that beauty can be discovered within the chaotic and the unpredictable. We can't imagine this set converting a huge number of people, but for those who hold a fascination or intrigue for this sonic realm and either haven't had the balls to enter it or the time to collate a proper overview of this legendary artist, it's a crucial place to start. All copies are limited to 1000 for the world, and come housed in bronze printed slip case.