Boomkat Product Review:
If you were concerned that Merzbow ornithological noise cycle, 13 Japanese Birds, had skipped from volume eight straight through to volume twelve, fear not, this week's batch of Important releases fills in the blanks before the thirteenth and final instalment lands. The bulk of Hiyadori is taken up by a thirty-minute title track that finds Masami Akita in startlingly good form. Here the drumming that's been such a major signature of this series is almost unrecognisably mangled and devoured by the web of analogue noise signals. After some early spurts of percussion towards the start of the barrage the intensity seems to grow and grow, with the kit sounds being pitched-up into a cartoonish, grindcore stumble. There are a few stretches of quietness present here too, offering a much needed lull before a final five minutes propels the track towards a euphorically extreme conclusion. All this, and we're only one track in. What might be described as a 'bassline' features on the second piece, 'Across The Earth', with electronic drums hammering out a precariously funky rhythm before actual guitar shows up (albeit caked in squealing feedback and distortion) and makes the whole thing sound worryingly like that Death In Vegas track, 'Dirt', being dragged slowly into the maw of Hades. Getting back to more freeform sound matter, 'Purple Triangle' matches speed-metal drum soloing with more unruly electronics, and balance is restored. Ace.