Venereology (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1994 (1994-09)
RecordedJanuary–February 1994
VenueYaneura II, Tokyo
StudioZSF Produkt Studio, Tokyo
LabelRelease Entertainment
ProducerMasami Akita
Merzbow chronology

Venereology is an album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow. It was inspired by death metal and grindcore.[1]

It was the first of five Merzbow albums released by the American heavy metal label Relapse Records, under their Release Entertainment imprint, and as such was responsible for bringing Merzbow's work to a much wider audience in the United States. The liner notes includes an extensive thank you list in the style of many metal releases.

Venereology was reissued on vinyl with a revised track list and bonus tracks by Relapse in March 2019.[2][3]


Venereology was my first release on a death metal label. So, my target was "death metal" itself. I used more serious dead visuals than on the usual death metal albums. For me, it's like J. P. Witkin or J. G. Ballard. The rhythm in Venereology was a little slower than in my past releases, but more heavy. Also, the tone of Venereology was lots of overlevels and dirty sound. It's important to know that I made Venereology while drinking lots of beer. These essences are all influenced by death metal. But not musically. I liked something more extreme than the death metal rules.

— Masami Akita[1]

Akita then explained that his next album for Relapse, Pulse Demon, was back to his normal sound and was recorded sober.

Track listing[edit]


All music composed by Masami Akita.

2."Klo Ken Phantasie"9:22
3."I Lead You Towards Glorious Times" (excerpt from live at Yaneura II, 5 February 1994)5:29
4."Slave New Desart"6:22

All music composed by Masami Akita.

Side one
1."Ananga-Ranga Part 1"20:22
Side two
1."Ananga-Ranga Part 2"8:39
2."Klo Ken Phantasie"9:20
Side three
1."Last Splash"5:24
2."Slave New Desart"6:19
3."TD 3"7:32
Side four
1."Outtrack 1"14:58
2."Outtrack 2"5:26


Credits adapted from the album notes.[4]

  • Masami Akita – performer, "decomposition," mixing
  • Kazuyoshi Kimoto – bass guitar on end part of "Klo Ken Phantasie" and on "Outtrack 2"
  • Reiko Azuma – noise on "I Lead You Towards Glorious Times"
  • Bara – vocals on "I Lead You Towards Glorious Times"
Technical and visual personnel
  • Mackerel Can Molding Company – live recording on "I Lead You Towards Glorious Times"
  • Antoine Bernhart – atrocity photos research
  • Naomi Hosokawa – photos transformation assistance
  • Abtechtonics – art direction, color
  • David Shirk – mastering [CD]
  • James Plotkin – mastering [LP reissue]
  • Jonathan Canady – additional design [LP reissue]
  • Jacob Speis – layout [LP reissue]
  • Matt Jacobson – executive producer, visual & logo interpretation for production
  • Bill Yurkiewicz – executive producer
  • Masami Akita – remixing and rearrangement from original DAT tapes at Munemihouse, Tokyo on October 2018 [LP reissue]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Quantity Catalog Notes
United States 1994 Release CD n/a RR6910-2
Russia 2006 Irond n/a IROND CD 06-1120
United States 2019 Relapse LP 650 RR6669 black vinyl[5]
250 neon violet vinyl[5]
100 purple/white with red splatter vinyl[5]
100 clear vinyl[5]


  1. ^ a b "Corridor Of Cells - Interview - Merzbow". Corridor of Cells. 1997. Archived from the original on November 30, 1999. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  2. ^ "MERZBOW "Venereology"". Relapse Records. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  3. ^ "MERZBOW - 25th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Of Venereology (Remastered) Coming In March; "Slave New Desart" Track Streaming". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  4. ^ Venereology (booklet). Merzbow. Upper Darby, Pennsylvania: Release Entertainment. 1994. RR 6910-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ a b c d "Merzbow "Venereology Reissue" 2x12"". Relapse Records. Retrieved 16 January 2019.

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