|Studio album by Merzbow|
|Released||May 28, 1996|
|Recorded||October–November 1995 at ZSF Produkt Studio, Tokyo|
Pulse Demon is an album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow. Unlike Venereology, his previous album for Release, this album is not inspired by heavy metal. Outtakes from this album are included on Merzmorphosis.
The artwork is an homage to the 1970s Prospective 21e Siècle imprint of Philips Records, in particular the albums of Ivo Malec. However, the art is most similar to the work of Bridget Riley, "Fall" and "Current" in particular.
The title was inspired by the 1970s afro-rock band Demon Fuzz and Akita's use of a fuzz box as a pulse generator. Some song titles were inspired by Jon Appleton's Appleton Syntonic Menagerie LP.
Critical reaction to Pulse Demon was mixed. Pitchfork Media gave the album's 2003 re-release a glowing score of 8.7/10, their highest rating out of their sparse eight Merzbow album reviews. Calling it an "incomparable classic", the reviewer describes the album as "simply pure sound, viciously unadulterated static", going on to state that "music cannot get much more extreme than this. Maybe John Cage's 4'33", and that's so far to the limit, it's probably cheating. This is the edge of music, of sound in general." Also praised was the album's packaging, being called "more valuable than some people's lives." However, AllMusic's dismissive two-line review was "Merzbow's second American release offers more of the deafening white noise that is his trademark, mastered for maximum loudness. Not for the faint of heart, but ideally suited for the hard of hearing." Being only given 2.5/5 stars, Pulse Demon is one of the four lowest rated of AllMusic's 31 (solo) Merzbow reviews. The A.V. Club's ambivalent review summarized it as "genuinely extreme, downright torturous sounds that are strangely compelling in their shredding intensity."
All music composed by Masami Akita.
|1.||"Woodpecker No. 1"||6:42|
|2.||"Woodpecker No. 2"||3:37|
|4.||"My Station Rock"||4:54|
|5.||"Ultra Marine Blues"||11:29|
|6.||"Tokyo Times Ten"||11:09|
|7.||"Worms Plastic Earthbound"||24:53|
|8.||"Yellow Hyper Balls"||6:03|
- All composed by live noise concrete. No over dub.
- Mastered at SAE Mastering, Phoenix, AZ, January 1996.
- Masami Akita – metals, EMS, audio generator, shortwave, noise electronics, tape, voice
- Colour Climax – visual
- Bill Yurkiewicz & David Shirk – mastering
|United States||1996||Release||CD (holographic sleeve)||3,000||RR 6937-2||Yes|
|1998||CD (jewel case)||n/a||RR 6937-2||No|
- "Merzbow - Pulse Demon (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- "Corridor Of Cells - Interview - Merzbow". Corridor of Cells. 1997. Archived from the original on November 30, 1999. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- "MERZBOW - interview". Neural Therapy. Archived from the original on January 29, 1999. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- Pitchfork Media
- Pulse Demon at AllMusic
- The AV Club