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Masami Akita’s dazzling 1996 classic ‘Pulse Demon’ rears its grimacing head on Relapse’s expanded 2019 reissue
Emerging from a pivotal period in Merzbow’s oeuvre, ‘Pulse Demon’ has remained one of the project’s most prized emissions ever since. More or less defining and destroying the square root of noise (blistering, howling chaos) and techno (loopy, hypnotic linearity), the album’s original eight tracks, plus the fiercely technoid bonus cut ‘Extract 1’ epitomise the notion of being so wrong that it’s dead right; doing everything that hoary old musical convention said you should’t, and letting it all hang out with thrilling, almost rubbernecking results that are almost too cataclysmic to witness, but one can’t help but ogle at.
Aye, it’s not for everyone, but if you’re not everyone, leave your keys in the pot and come party like its the end of the fucking world. Practically worth it for the mesmerising op-art jacket alone.