Merzbow ‎– Merzbient

Soleilmoon Recordings ‎– SOL 171
15 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
3 × Vinyl, LP, Album
2 × Box Set, Limited Edition, Numbered


A RBA 1A (1989) Part 1
B RBA 1A (1989) Part 2
C RBA 1B (1989) Part 1
D RBA 1B (1989) Part 2
E RBA 2B (1989) Part 1
F RBA 2B (1989) Part 2
G RBA/Capsule Cologne Maxell (1990) Part 1
H RBA/Capsule Cologne Maxell (1990) Part 2
I RBA 8B (1990) Part 1
J RBA 8B (1990) Part 2
K RBA 8A (1990) Part 1
L RBA 8A (1990) Part 2
M Metal4ch (1987) Part 1
N Metal4ch (1987) Part 2
P 92288 (1988) Part 1
Q 92288 (1988) Part 2
R Gasstove4-90 (1990)
S Violinsolo89 (1989)
T 1988DECsolo (1988)
U RBA 7+1 (1990)
V MatHNAS (1987) Part 1
W1 MatHNAS (1987) Part 2
W2 RBA Max2 (1990)
Z RBA 7+2 (1990) Part 1
AA RBA 7+2 (1990) Part 2
AB RBA/Maxell US II-S 90 (1990) Part 1
AC RBA/Maxell US II-S 90 (1990) Part 2
AD 9011 (1990) Part 1
AE 9011 (1990) Part 2
AF Mixer/Scratch AXIA For CD (1990) Part 1
AG Mixer/Scratch AXIA For CD (1990) Part 2
AH Nov 89 (1989) Part 1
AI Nov 89 (1989) Part 2
AJ Variation For Electric Fan Part 1 (1988)
AK Variation For Electric Fan Part 2 (1988)
AL Rubber Strings (1990) Part 1
AM1 Rubber Strings (1990) Part 2
AM2 Denon HD 54 B (1990)

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Recorded at ZSF Produkt Studio from 1987 to 1990.
Albums 1 to 15 were digitally remastered from original cassette tapes and first released on compact disc in 2010. They were re-edited for release on LP in 2011. Albums 16 to 18 were digitally remastered from original cassette tapes in 2012 and are exclusive to this edition.

Edition of 178 signed and numbered copies.

Packaged in a pair of hardcover boxes, each holding nine LPs. Each disc comes in a full-color sleeve and has full-color center labels. Also included are three inserts printed on textured paper.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SOL 171 CD Merzbow Merzbient(12xCD, Album + Box, Ltd, Num) Soleilmoon Recordings SOL 171 CD US 2010 Sell This Version
SOL 171 Merzbow Merzbient(15xLP, Album, RE + 3xLP, Album + 2xBox, Ltd, TP, N) Soleilmoon Recordings SOL 171 US 2012 Sell This Version
SOL 171 Merzbow Merzbient(15xLP, Album, RE + 3xLP, Album + 2xBox, Ltd, Num, ) Soleilmoon Recordings SOL 171 US 2012 Sell This Version


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June 21, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
Very trippy music with beautiful photographs. They go together in a strange way.


October 28, 2012
as reviewed by miguelcervantes Oct 28, 2012
This extraordinary release is the most important Merzbow issue since the Merzbox and should be in the collection of every Merzfan. The quality of design and materials puts this edition of Merzbient in a league of it's own. The two boxes, each housing nine vinyl albums, are solid, heavy constructions, perfectly cut and with foil blocking that combine to make something that feels imposing and permanent. Both the boxes and the album sleeves feature photography by Soleilmoon owner Charles Powne taken at Cederberg and showing astonishing, strange landscapes and plant life in amazing detail. The vinyl itself is of high quality and looks especially gorgeous in the translucent dark red version I have.

These recordings are from the period 1987-1990 when Masami Akita was carving out his name in the noise scene and establishing his reputation for visceral, uncompromising sonic brutality. However, alongside this he was recording quieter, more spacious and open music, not originally intended for release but now re-mastered and made public, firstly in the 12 CD issue of 2010 and now in this expanded vinyl edition. The sounds on Merzbient are for the most part immersive and have a hypnotic intensity and sublety that reward close listening. If your image of Masami Akita is of Venereolgy, Pulse Demon and the like you may well be suprised by what's on offer here. Pleasantly so, of course, as you follow Masami Akita on his Merzbient journey. One created using electronics, various acoustic and junk instruments and taking us into a world of drones, metallic percussive sounds, delivering up a nuanced, detailed and subtle sound world that compels attention.

This exemplary vinyl issue deserves all praise and shows great commitment by the Soleilmoon label to Masami Akita. Alongside the recent Lowest Music & Arts 1980-1983 box set - also reviewed by the present writer - we now have two splendid vinyl issues of Merzbow historic recordings issued in the second half of 2012. Nothing could excite Merzbow fan's more. Let's hope it's merely the beginning of a trend!