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In which Merzbow and Prurient sing their favourite Italian arias, or maybe not; ’Black Crows Cyborg’ pits the noise titans at their quietest and most concentrated in contrasting sides of pure noise magick
With stellar reputations that precede them, introductions to Merzbow and Prurient are surely not needed. However, it’s remarkable that this is their first collaboration, proper, after previously appearing on the same release multiple times, and playing live on the same bills over the years.
Written in isolation from each other, but sharing a mode of intensity, the two tracks are both unexpected and typical, subsuming their egos into a bleak mass of wrenched metal junk sounds over a wide and distant organ motif in the aptly titled ‘Part I - City Barbarism Melancholy’, before getting their hackles up on ‘Part II - Cylinders Return’ with gnawing buzzsaw drones and a shattered patina of atonal attrition delivered with a Ballardian vividness in its brutal sensuality.