Psychedelic-noise by Masami Akita. 5 tracks. Recorded and mixed at Bedroom in Tokyo, January 2007.
Since I gave up collecting Merzbow (couldn't get a second mortgage on my house) I must say I enjoy it better than before. Perhaps just because the obsessive need of collecting, blurring my mind as to what is what and not finding it possible to hear much twice or three times, the occasional Merzbow just suits me better. Like ever, it's pretty hard to know what an album is about, if there are no references to saving animals that is. 'Coma Berenices' is such an album. Five pieces of improvised noise - that is what Merzbow does and he does best. It seems as if he picked up a guitar in 'Earth Worms', feeding it to the many colored boxes one can get from the same guy who sells guitars. It's not an over the top noise piece - perhaps that is a change? 'Dark Stars' is more like the old Merzbow, heavy deconstructed noise. 'Alishan' is what follows and here it's mostly EMS synthi-A stuff, but do we detect also a small melody in there? Hard to believe, but true. The final two pieces (all clocking in at over ten minutes) are again more a like 'Dark Stars', with a dominant EMS on 'Revenge On Humanity'. Quite a varied CD in terms of what Merzbow usually does. It suits him well however. (FdW) www.vitalweekly.net