Boomkat Product Review:
Boris and Merzbow have teamed up for their new collaborative double album Gensho, named after the Japanese word for "phenomenon" and running at over 150 minutes of new music spread across two CDs and four LPs, available as two separate double LP sets.
Japan’s noise/rock godzillas shell down a ferocious redefinition of collaborative conventions with one of their most daring, involving union/disjunctures to date: split over two parts and meant to be played individually or layered up to create new, unexpected gensho or phenomenon with each play.
Featuring a disc of beat-less re-recordings of classic Boris songs on one disc, plus four completely new, long-form Merzbow pieces on the other, the idea is to play both simultaneously and at differing volumes for potentially infinite variation of dynamic interplay and “total aural annihilation”.
Shorn of their percussive drive, Boris’ original songs reach for the stars, vaulting the likes of Farewell from their seminal Pink LP into abyssal cosmic headspace, or turning Huge from the classic Amplifier Worship into a plangent cosmic distress beacon, whilst Heavy Rain off the Noise (2014) album and the charred, subharmonic flux of Vomitself are left wide open and sore AF. On the other hand, Merzbow surely follows his own path across two unbridled long-form noise tracts, Planet of the Cows and Goloka Pt.1, plus the eviscerating psychedelics of Goloka Pt. 2 and Prelude to a Broken Arm on the other disc.
The rest is down to you.