Boomkat Product Review:
Living, livid legends Masami 'Merzbow' Akita and Lasse Marhaug have been trading blows since the mid-90s: significant releases have included the split single 'First Rock' in 2001, and a number of live collaborations, usually featuring other artists - such as Jim O'Rourke and Hair Stylistics. Mer Mar is their first recording together as a duo, made at GOK Sound Studios in Tokyo in 2010. An action painting of pedal-manipulated scrap metal screeching and analogue synthesis, referencing classic 80s Merzbow works like Material Action, Mer Mar is no easy listen but then, who wants that when you could be having your brain crushed in a vice and all the air sucked out of your lungs? An essential purchase for all serious noise masochists.