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Masami Akita's second release for Soleilmoon (following on from 2007's Eucalypse), Ouroboros is another ecologically conscious project, this time setting out to highlight the plight of the snake. The disc's title comes from the name for the ancient symbol that depicts a serpent or dragon eating its own tail, and serves as a handy metaphor for the notion that under mankind's stewardship the world will devour itself, and thanks to rabid use of pesticides and the general disruption of habitats, snake species are facing a steady decline. Of course, Merzbow's only just finished his vast 13 Japanese Birds project, and so moving onto another wildlife crusade comes as little surprise, and as ever, Akita sets about his campaign with a fearsome onslaught of noise terrorism. Ouroboros is another fabulous composition from the great man, combining his trademark squalling noise signals with rumbling toms, analogue experiments, deep steely drones, digital processing and scrambled concrete sounds. The intensity of the piece fluctuates over the near-hour-long duration, giving plenty of moments of isolated reflection on specific elements of the soundscape, but of course when he's at full pelt, Merzbow remains utterly terrifying.