Boomkat Product Review:
Second release on Tzadik for the Japanese noise monger Masami Akita, a significant figure on the scene since 1978.
Renowned for his ear-splitting hardcore audio, 'Sphere' sees Merzbow pushing this aural assault even further and achieving an absolutely cochlea rupturing effect. Opening with what sounds like a horde of Taiko wielding warriors, 'Sphere Part 1' is a punishing ten minutes that offers glimpses of hidden structures (spiralling rhythms, untethered vocals) within the electronic squall.
Continuing throughout the album, 'Sphere' at times resembles a circuit board being boiled alive but Akita's skill is in taking what at first seems random and overwhelming, then allowing it to gradually reveal it's internal payload.