Merzbeat

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Merzbeat
Studio album by Merzbow
Released 2002 (2002)
Recorded 2001–2002 at Bedroom, Takinogawa
Genre Noise
Length 60:43
Label Important
Producer Masami Akita
Merzbow chronology
Ikebukuro Dada
(2002)
Merzbeat
(2002)
A Taste Of...
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Dusted favorable[2]
Pitchfork 6.7/10[3]
Stylus B[4]

Merzbeat is an album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow.[5] It features beats sampled from rock, just like 1998's Aqua Necromancer. However, the beats are more prominent and the noise simpler than earlier albums. "Promotion Man" samples the song of the same name and "I'll Do It All Again" by the 70s hard rock band Highway Robbery. It is also the first album to feature Minazo on the cover.

The first pressing includes a bonus remix of Amlux by Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto hidden on track 66 after several tracks with four seconds of silence.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Masami Akita, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Promotion Man" (originally performed by Highway Robbery) 8:58
2. "Forgotten Land"   13:20
3. "Shadow Barbarian (Long mix)"   11:49
4. "Tadpole"   5:51
5. "Looping Jane (Beat mix)"   8:26
66. "Merzbow's Amlux Remixed by Jack Dangers (2nd Version)" (hidden track) 8:17

Personnel[edit]

  • Masami Akita – performer, artwork, photography
  • Jenny Akita – illustrations

References[edit]

  1. ^ Couture, François. Merzbeat at AllMusic. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  2. ^ Ben Tausig (October 20, 2002). "Dusted Reviews: Merzbow - Merzbeat". Dusted Magazine. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ Kim Shannon (February 20, 2003). "Merzbow: Merzbeat". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ Ed Howard (September 1, 2003). "Merzbow - Merzbeat - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Merzbow - Merzbeat (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved June 11, 2012.