Balázs Pándi

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Balázs Pándi
Merzbow & Pándi Balázs performing together on April 13, 2011 at the OCCII in Amsterdam.
Merzbow & Pándi Balázs performing together on April 13, 2011 at the OCCII in Amsterdam.
Background information
Birth namePándi Balázs
Also known as666 Cent, Mustache
Born (1983-08-06) August 6, 1983 (age 40)
OriginBudapest, Hungary
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Instrument(s)Drums, accordion
  • Ad Noiseam
  • Ohm Resistance

Balázs Pándi (born 6 August 1983) is a Hungarian drummer and journalist. He has worked and toured with various acts from all around the world including Venetian Snares, Otto von Schirach, To Live and Shave in L.A., The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble and Zu. He also played drums for the Blood of Heroes project.

Since 2009 he has frequently played drums live with Merzbow,[1] and they have released three live records together. They headlined the experimental stage at the Scion Rock Fest in Tampa, Florida in 2012. More recently, he and Merzbow have performed as a trio with Mats Gustafsson. They released Cuts in 2013 on RareNoise. For the follow-up Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper (2015), they were joined by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.

Balázs started an electronica-metal-breakcore project with Bong-Ra called Wormskull in 2010 (their first album "Sound of Hell" was released in 2011). Most recently he joined the Italian experimental instrumental band Zu. His current projects include Italian doom band Obake, Metallic Taste of Blood (featuring Colin Edwin of Porcupine Tree, Eraldo Bernocchi of Obake and Jamie Saft), and Slobber Pup (Saft, Joe Morris and Trevor Dunn). From 2012 he started to play solo shows on selected festivals under his own name.

From 2013, he worked as a journalist at Hungarian news site Index.[2][3] After the resignation of the majority of the staff in July 2020, he moved to Telex.


With Marshall Allen, Danny Ray Thompson, Jamie Saft, Trevor Dunn and Roswell Rudd
  • 2019 – Ceremonial Healing (RareNoise)
With Marco Eneidi
  • 2012 – A Hint Traumatized (Karl Schmidt Verlag)
With KK Null
  • 2017 – Demon Core (Ohm Resistance)
  • 2019 – Demoncore 1 (Brain Ticket Death)
With Jason Köhnen
  • 2017 – Darkness Comes in Two's (Svart Lava)
With Merzbow
  • 2010 – Live at Fluc Wanne, Vienna, 2010/05/18 (Dry Lungs)
  • 2011 – Ducks: Live in NYC (Ohm Resistance)
  • 2012 – Katowice (Instant Classic)
  • 2016 – Live at FAC251 (Cold Spring)
With Merzbow and Keiji Haino
With Merzbow and Mats Gustafsson
  • 2013 – Cuts (RareNoise)
  • 2015 – Live in Tabačka 13/04/12 (Tabačka)
With Merzbow, Mats Gustafsson, and Thurston Moore
  • 2015 – Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper (RareNoise)
With Metallic Taste of Blood
  • 2012 – Metallic Taste of Blood (RareNoise)
With Obake
  • 2011 – Obake (RareNoise)
  • 2014 – Mutations (RareNoise)
With Ivo Perelman and Joe Morris
  • 2013 – One (RareNoise)
With Lee Ranaldo, Jim Jarmusch, Marc Urselli
  • 2019 – Lee Ranaldo / Jim Jarmusch / Marc Urselli / Balazs Pandi (Trost)
  • 2021 – Churning of the Ocean (Trost)
With Slobber Pup
  • 2013 – Black Aces (RareNoise)
  • 2015 – Pole Axe (RareNoise)
With Wadada Leo Smith, Jamie Saft, and Joe Morris
With Rope Cosmetology
  • 2009 – Diffusion de la rue de la Double Identité (Karl Schmidt Verlag)
  • 2009 – Spezial: Gedankengefüge (Compound Thought) (Karl Schmidt Verlag)
  • 2009 – Discoteca Festival (Karl Schmidt Verlag)
  • 2011 — The Honey Fox in Hare's Longing (Karl Schmidt Verlag)
  • 2012 — Disunion Strips (Karl Schmidt Verlag)
With Roswell Rudd, Jamie Saft, and Trevor Dunn
With Mikołaj Trzaska and Rafal Mazur
  • 2014 – Tar & Feathers (Gusstaff)
With Jon Wesseltoft
  • 2018 – Infinite Vice (The Tapeworm)
  • 2019 – Terreng (Moving Furniture)
With Wormskull
Other appearances
Year Artist Title Label
2007 Venetian Snares Pink + Green Planet Mu
2008 Last Step 1961 Planet Mu
2010 The Blood of Heroes The Blood of Heroes Ohm Resistance
2011 Submerged Before Fire I Was Against Other People Ohm Resistance
2011 Enduser Even Weight Ad Noiseam
2011 Imaginary Forces Uppstigande Ad Noiseam
2012 The Blood of Heroes The Waking Nightmare Ohm Resistance
2012 Loops Haunt Zenith Black Acre
2013 To Live and Shave in L.A. The Grief That Shrieked to Multiply Monotype
2013 Highness Hold Magic Bullet
2013 Les Rhinocéros Les Rhinocéros II Tzadik
2014 Loops Haunt Exits Black Acre


  1. ^ Ratliff, Ben (September 27, 2010). "A Fusillade of Sound Made for One Noisy Night in Greenwich Village". The New York Times. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  2. ^ Karpati, Laszlo. "Kreatív Online - Az Index bármit megírhat". Kreatív Online (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  3. ^ Captain, A38 (2013-10-10). "Pándi Balázs | Ha a megfelelő emberek egymásra találnak, a zene megírja magát". Az A38 Hajó blogja (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2021-07-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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