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Richard Pinhas And MerzbowKeio Line

Label:Cuneiform Records – Rune 278/279
2 x CD, Album
Style:Abstract, Ambient, Industrial, Noise


1-1Tokyo Electric Guerrilla18:27
1-2Ikebukuro: Tout Le Monde Descend!17:34
1-3Shibuya AKS26:28
2-1Merzdon/Heldow Kills Animals Killers8:16
2-2Chaos Line21:45
2-3Fuck The Power (And Fuck Global Players)16:29

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Recorded October 25-26 2007 in Tokyo at the Peace Music Studios.
Mixed December 2007 in Paris at Ramses Studio.
Remixed at Ramses.

© 2008 Richard Pinhas and Merzbow.
℗ 2008 Cuneiform Records.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 45775 02782 1
  • Barcode (String): 045775 027821
  • Other (Cat# Disc 1): Rune 278
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): ['D' DCA Logo] ***1/2DCA24591* RUNE 278 KEIO LINE CD1 01
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI LL29
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI F701
  • Other (Cat# Disc 2): Rune 279
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): ['D' DCA Logo] ***2/2DCA24592* RUNE 279 KEIO LINE CD2 01
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI LL29
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI F701

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Keio Line (3×LP, Album, Limited Edition)Dirter PromotionsDPROMTLP67UK2008


MMC's avatar
Edited 10 years ago
This collaboration between Merzbow & Richard Pinhas is aboslutely amazing. This 2cd set is a swirling mass of treated guitar, fuzzed out drones, and pulsating analog rhythms. That being said, this release wanders far from the standard Merzbow release of sheer blasts of aggressive psychedelic noise. Instead, it maps out new terrain that I hope Merzbow continues to explore in the future as a solo artist or as a collaborator.
surgeofevan's avatar
Listening to Keio Line a few times more, I definitely change my mind on the harsh review I posted earlier. Merzbow's chilling ambience and synthi match Pinhas' guitar perfectly. A dark layered ambience, that just grows more and more intense, only to be broken by beautiful melodies on the guitar. Extremely soothing, while still retaining a certain dark mysterious edge. The atmosphere is so thick, comparable to even Darkspace. If you dug Merzbow vs. Nordvargr, you will totally dig this.
surgeofevan's avatar
Alright, another CD another review. Found this in the record store while I was perusing, someone bought Dolphin Sonar so I settled for this. Packaging is sweet, double disc Merzbow anything is a plus, but honestly, I could care less if this release came out. Merzbow follows in the vein of his Boris collaboration "Megatone" by adding random electronics over Pinhas' guitar. But not good tape loop noise like Megatone, the repetative synthi noise that Merzbeat and Merzbuta are characterized by. The cover says that the collaboration is beautiful with harsh electronics. I agree with the beautiful, Pinhas' guitar sounds like an angel's harp with Merzbow just laying some electronics on top. It would be nice if there were more on Merzbow's part. Song titles kill though, really.