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Studio album by Merzbow
Released October 2002 (2002-10)
Recorded 2001–2002
Studio Bedroom, Takinogawa
Length 60:43
Label Important
Producer Masami Akita
Merzbow chronology
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 a studio album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow. 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 1970s hard rock band Highway Robbery. This is 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.

To celebrate the release of two seal-themed albums, 24 Hours – A Day of Seals and Merzbeat, an exhibition called Seal Exhibit (海豹展?, Azarashi ten) was held October 10 – December 10, 2002 at Los Apson?, a record store in Tokyo. The exhibit featured eight seal-themed paintings.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Masami Akita.

No. Title Length
1. "Promotion Man" 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
6. "Merzbow's Amlux Remixed by Jack Dangers (2nd Version)" (hidden track) 8:17


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


  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. ^ "海豹展 October 10 - December 10, 2002". Merzbow - Official Site (in Japanese). Archived from the original on December 5, 2002. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 

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