Kikuri ‎– ぶっ壊れた紫色 = Pulverized Purple

Les Disques Victo ‎– VICTO cd 110
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Recorded on May 21, 2007 at the 24th "Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville".
Mixed and mastered at Peace Music Studio.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 777405011022
  • Barcode (text): 7 77405 01102 2
  • Matrix / Runout: MFG BY RSB OMP16<53110>VICTOCD110
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L485
  • Mould SID Code (Mirrored): IFPI C803



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August 5, 2008

Absolutely bizarre. Akita is known for his full-frontal noise assaults and if that's what you're looking for, you're not going to find it here. Those more familiar with Haino's work will feel slightly more at home here, as when it comes to Keiji, you never know what to expect.

One thing that is true is that they both produce a very intense form of experimental, Haino's work being more akin to a ritual exorcism than the digital nihilism of Merzbow. Here we find that very interesting blend-- the organic and the synthetic. Haino adds his voice and drums and strings to Merzbow's noise, which is a bit more subdued than in, say, Venereology. It's almost as if they're trying to give a semblance of structure to the chaos that Akita usually produces. Still, Haino's contributions are nowhere near linear.

However, I see Merzbow's work as a sort of ambient with a different sound palette and as such, I'm still a bit unsure of what I think of the drum structure that Haino provides in some sections, but I will say something with certainty: the title track itself is worth purchasing the entire album for. It goes from intense psychadelia to pseudo-doom metal to an all out barrage of noise. Never heard anything like it in any of the works of either of these artists or any of their peers.

I hope to see more from this collaboration in the future-- especially if it runs the lines of the last track.