The Merzbow Archive Series by Slowdown Records, which has released 10 series so far, has entered its 11th edition.
In this series, the sound sources from 2006 to 2007 will be released.
Works of this period include “Minazo” (Important Records, 2006), “FID (Fur Is Dead)” (Fourth Dimension Records, 2006), “Bloody Sea” (Vivo, 2007), and “Merzbear” (Important Records, 2007), “Peace For Animals” (Quasi Pop Records, 2007), etc. As you can see from the message of protesting the Yasukuni Shrine’s release ceremony, Mr. Akita’s eyes on animal rights since becoming a vegan in 2003 are on the work as a statement against more specific problems.
In addition, during this period, there was a big change in terms of music, in which the live performances using only laptop computers, which had been tried since 1999, were stopped and analog equipment was used again. At first, it consisted of a laptop with a self-made instrument and some effectors, but as time went on, the presence of analog sounds gradually increased. In addition, by this time, the use of on-stage guitar amps and his bass amps, which had been stopped for live laptops only, has resumed.
The first to third songs of the work “Coma Test” were described as test sound sources of “Coma Berenices” (Vivo, 2007) on the master label, but in reality, these sound sources are in “Coma Berenices”. Not used, another mix is used in “Eucalypse” (Soleilmoon Recordings, 2008) and “Zophorus” (Blossoming Noise, 2007). These works are a post-black metal development of Drone Metal’s attempt by Meltsbau in “24 Hours – A Days of Seals” (Dirter Promotions, 2002), and are included in the recording sound source of this work. This approach is also used. The 4th to 5th songs are sound sources produced in 2006 using the rhythm of “Warhorse” recorded in “Time Hunter” (Ant-Zen, 2003).
– Shuta Hiraki
01. Am Samadhi
02. Eucalypse Part 5(Another Mix)
03. Zophorus Part 2(Another Mix)
04. Warhorse 2006 Mix 1
05. Warhorse 2006 Mix 2