Merzbow ‎– Ikebukuro Dada

Circumvent Recordings ‎– Cir03
CD, Album


1 Big Foot (Mix 2) 11:21
2 Ikebukuro Dada Texture 22:56
3 MB162.2 9:21
4 Passage 22:56

Companies, etc.



Packaged in a gatefold card stock sleeve.

Fifteen percent of Circumvent's profits will be donated to Chimp Haven Inc.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: 01422AA9 panteon Alsdorf 02404 94060


Reviews Show All 2 Reviews

Add Review



March 26, 2016
One of the most interesting Merzbow recordings I've heard (with Door Open at 8am), Ikebukuro Dada is varied, composed, abrasive, chaotic, powerful but never too harsh or desorganised. Tracks evolve slowly, rythm is always present (like in most merzbow recordings). It sometimes gets almost melodic (for a harsh noise record at least).
The 22 minutes long Ikebukuro Dada Texture is probably the best track, using a wide variety of sounds and noises, from low almost unheard basses to harsh high pitched noises. The Burzum sample is incerdibely powerful. Contemporary classical music samples are also effectively put into the mix.


March 10, 2016
edited about 1 year ago

This is my personal pick for best Merzbow album to begin with. There's a lot of emphasis on texture and structure in this album. It doesn't feel overly chaotic. The intensity of the album is balanced out with a variety of well produced and in depth layers of sound. Ikebukuro Dada provides an attentive listener much to uncover as the album plays through. Of course there are some parts which are quite abrasive - though for newcomers - don't let people fool you into thinking this is nothing but sheer brutality. While Merzbow has some nasty sounds throughout his work he is much more easier to digest than ultra-extreme noise acts like Bizarre Uproar or Macronympha. The album is equally balanced out by rich vibrant palletes of multifaceted industrial noise and good quality headphones will reveal a world of electronic noise to examine and discover throughout the CDs duration.

The best track on this album is Ikebukuro Dada Texture, which happens to sample a guitar riff from Når Himmelen Klarner, by Burzum.

What many people find is an overwhelming discography for one artist - I have ventured through several of his works and will say that this release is one of his very best and should be considered a starting point - especially compared to overrated works of his such as Venereology or Pulse Demon.