Boomkat Product Review:
Merzbow at his most “accessible” on a reissue of his jagged, bolshy garage psych jams of 2002
Dusted down for a 20th anniversary edition, ‘Merzbeat’ depicts Masami Akita as we’ve rarely heard him, going slightly easier on the noise relish while hammering out bare-boned mutations of driving garage rock and spannered psych that sound like Eric Copeland wet dreams.
Where the Merzbow hardcore may hear this one as a lightweight in his cabinet of madness, it should snag you with its relative lack of slathering distortion. And the keyword there is “relative”, cos these still go harder than yer ma’s wooden spoon, baring dripping fangs on the overdriven swag of ‘Promotion Man’, and tumpin’ the shit out of his kit on ‘Forgotten Land’ against a backdrop of white hot noise, whereas ’Shadow Barbarian (long mix)’ squashes it to a tarry psych residue string out with goopy subs and resolving to whacked out chromatix, with ‘Tadpole’ spiralling an organ motif into psych ecstasy, and ‘Looping Jane (beat mix)’ trampling the psych-bluesy drums like a bezzerker Bonham with a sampler unit body mod.