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Kibako cover.jpg
Studio album by Merzbow
Released December 10, 2012 (2012-12-10)
Recorded January–August 2012
Studio Munemihouse, Tokyo
Genre Noise
Length 121:07 (limited)
134:39 (deluxe)
Label Rustblade
Producer Masami Akita
Merzbow chronology
Lowest Music & Arts 1980–1983
(2012)Lowest Music & Arts 1980–19832012
Ko To No O To
(2012)Ko To No O To2012
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1] favorable[2]

Kibako is a studio album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow. It was released on December 12, 2012 by the Italian label Rustblade, and is his second release on the label. Rustblade describes the album as consisting of "tribal wooden instruments, violent analogue synths and ambient soundscapes".[3]

A short trailer was posted to YouTube[4] The track "Operation Musashi" was previously released on the compilation album No Red Seas and an excerpt posted on Merzbow's SoundCloud page.[5]


The standard edition includes 2 CDs, a postcard, a sticker, a yellow bag, a wooden amulet, and comes in a card stock box.[3] The deluxe edition includes all of that plus a bonus CD, a handmade origami hummingbird, a wooden multi-tool knife, a certificate of authenticity, and comes in a wooden box.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Masami Akita.

CD 1
No. Title Length
1. "Nigatsu Nijuugonichi" 10:11
2. "Operation Musashi" 8:43
3. "Askayama Shita Moeru" 20:38
4. "Kikoezu Mori (0303)" 15:56
Total length: 55:28
CD 2
No. Title Length
1. "Lokijikan" 17:31
2. "fff" 15:21
3. "bbb" 13:28
4. "ststst" 19:19
Total length: 65:39
Bonus CD
No. Title Length
1. "0707b" 13:32


  • Masami Akita – performer
  • Alessia Catanuto – artwork

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Quantity Catalog
Italy December 10, 2012 Rustblade CD 299 RBL036BOX
3×CD 199 RBL036BOX2


  1. ^ Kibako at AllMusic
  2. ^ Rodham-Heaps, Michael. "Merzbow – Kibako". Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Kibako Limited Box". Rustblade. Retrieved September 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ "MERZBOW - KIBAKO Teaser (Rustblade)". YouTube. Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Operation Musashi(excerpt) by merzbow". SoundCloud. Archived from the original on January 11, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Kibako Deluxe Limited Wooden Box". Rustblade. Retrieved September 5, 2016. 

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