Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Merzbow + Carlos Giffoni
Synth Destruction

Important Records


Outrageously heavy live collaboration between Masami Akita's Merzbow project and Carlos Giffoni of Monotract/No Fun et al. Recorded live during Giffoni's Synth Destruction tour of Japan in September 2006, the set is all-analog, with huge pile-ups of singing circuitry bleeding into expressways of non-stop gush.

Merzbow & John Wiese
Free Piano/Hypersomnia

Helicopter/Misanthropic Agenda H-37/MAR-011

7" Picture Disc

Limited hand-numbered picture disc single with two collaborative tracks from John Wiese and Masami Akita aka Merzbow. Edition of 500 copies.

Merzbow/Sutcliffe Jugend/Satori

Cold Spring Records CSR-102


New three-way split between a bunch of premier-league post-Industrial noise outfits, with a monolithic 14 minute track from Masami Akita’s Merzbow paired with “Pigmother” from Sutcliffe Jugend and “Paralysis (Hypnopompic Mix)” from Satori. Released on the occasion of the Merzbow, Sutcliffe Jügend and Satori gig at ULU, London, 19th April 2008. Edition of 1000 copies.

Merzbow Lowest Music & Arts

Urashima No Cat


Major limited edition white vinyl reissue (hand-numbered edition of only 199 copies) of what was originally an ultra-limited 1983 ADN cassette that came packaged in a bloodied hanky: anyone who came up on the later Merzbow sides may be a little surprised at the improvisatory electro-acoustic nature of some of the amazing early jams, mostly cut in the company of Kazuyuki K Null or Akita’s high school buddy Kiyoshi Mizutani. Kibbutz is one of the hands-down highlights of Merzbow’s early crude psychedelic Industrial style, with the duo of Akita and Mizutani playing guitar, drums, effects and keyboards. At points the levels of string violence exceed your fantasy of a free-metal Cale/Conrad/MacLise summit with cluster-fucked bulldozing keyboard work and constantly fluxing drone, at others it feels like an iron-clad Sun Ra Arkestra travelling the spaceways. The drums/guitar work is truly punk primitive, with the atom-smashing style of The Dead C, Harry Pussy or The Blue Humans complete with cro-magnon rhythms, sudden dive-bombings solos and a liberated post-free jazz mindset.  If you’ve never checked in on the early Merzbow acid/industrial rock sound then Kibbutz presents it at an absolute peak, still one of the wildest and most formally fucked rock/noise of any era. So great to see this massive set on vinyl, highly recommended! 

Collection 009

Urashima UMA-052


Fantastic archival trove from Masami Akita’s Merzbow, restoring heady/ritualistic electro-acoustic works from 1981 in an edition of only 199 copies: this sounds nothing like the walls of electronic noise that constitute ‘classic’ Merzbow sides like Noisembryo and is drawn from re-processed live sessions from Akita and early duo partner Kiyoshi Mizutani that were originally presented as part of the legendary 10 cassette set, Merzbow – Collection. The effect is much subtler and more hallucinogenic than later works, with sound sources drawn from recorded tapes, audio feedback, percussion, metal and other acoustic instruments. Indeed the first side has a haunted basil Kirchin/early Nurse With Wound feel with a distant, forlorn piano dosed with high feedback tones and skittering tape edits including eerie snatches of opera song before bleeding into what could almost be a recording of Ornette’s Town Hall gig as recorded through six feet of concrete. There’s a hazy appeal to the recording that somehow softens the electro/acoustic barbarity and at points the improvised sounds are closer to something like, say, a Japanese take on the Music Improvisation Company than Violent Onsen Geisha. I still maintain that the early Merzbow acoustic duo sides are some of the most exciting and inventive of Akita’s career and this is a massively persuasive side, a potent combination of noise, free improvisation, electro-acoustic composition and industrial surrealism that at the time had little parallel outside of possibly Nurse With Wound. The set comes pressed on 140g vinyl in a black silver silkscreen sleeve on luxury 160g paper. Highly recommended.

Sutcliffe Jugend
Pig Daddy

Cold Spring Records CSR-92


“The Sutcliffe Jugend filthy dirt-mess of an album that is Pigdaddy is now available on Cold Spring. Six stories of mind-fucking depravity. Pigdaddy contains some of the most fucked up, histrionic and downright bizarre vocals ever recorded. The music is created using the most basic sound sources. The overwhelming sense of moral decay makes this Sutcliffe Jugend’s most original album yet. Pigdaddy is Beyond Perverse. Sexual transgression never sounded so dirty. Hear Pigdaddy and you will never feel clean again. Cover painting by Kevin Tomkins.”