Boomkat Product Review:
Claiming that a Merzbow recording constitutes his most accessible release yet is very much a relative statement; a fact hammered home (quite literally) by the cochlea shredding static rhythm that opens 'Merzbuta'. Meaning pig in Japanese, the '-buta' suffix becomes more clear on the inside cover where Merzbow (aka Masami Akati) comes over all Noam Chomsky (a label mate no less) with his call for "Animal domination, kill people not piggies!". Backed up by a Chapman Brothers-esque illustration of said domination, it's clear that Merzbow hasn't mellowed penny one in the epic supremacy of his peers. Yet Merzbow's position is in no way indicative of despotism; he's just the best by a country mile at what he does. Continuing in a similar vein to the recent 'Merzbuddha' release, 'Merzbuta' is enthralled to the internal machinations of our digital realm, severing silicon and thrashing it into submission atop jackhammer beats and clinical disruptions. At times swinging pretty damn close to the more extreme end of glitch and even a bit of AFX ruffness, Merzbow proves again that the very best are able to continually evolve into stronger, fitter beasts. ‘Merzbuta' is Darwin in action.