Merzbow
Pulse Demon


4.5
superb

Review

by Supercoolguy64 USER (85 Reviews)
June 29th, 2015 | 63 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A filthy, loud, and incredibly entertaining noise record

Throughout his prolific career in slaying the eardrums of many, Masami Akita, better known by his stage name Merzbow, has been described by many as “the god of noise”. Whether or not he deserves that title is up for debate, however it is safe to say that he has some solid recordings throughout his overwhelmingly large discography. Pulse Demon in particular stands as one of his most cohesive works, delivering head churning, apocalyptic squeals at obnoxiously loud volumes.

Pulse Demon is perhaps his most violent recordings, even compared to some of his newer releases. To put it short, the music is much like the cover art; when you look at the simplistic cover, you can’t help but get a headache from the nauseating, seemingly pulsating curved black-and-white stripes. It’s loud, robust, unapologetic, and over all messy. The hissing layered with oddly mechanical percussion and scratchy electronic squealing in “Tokyo Times Ten” makes for a cluttered, yet oddly attractive introduction, which quickly leads into a large humming sound that is absolutely assaulted by a barrage of freaky, digitized explosions of noise.

The pacing of this record is very well thought out. The shorter tracks are placed at the very beginning, making it easier to truly get the overall gist of the disc without it feeling unnecessarily dragged out. By the time I reached the longer, 10+ minute tracks near the end of the album for the first time during my first listen, my interest in Akita’s noise improvisations have excelled to the point that I wanted to hear it go on for extended periods of time. The 25 minute “Worms Plastic Earthbound”, although, does loses it’s momentum through the halfway mark. It starts off fun and weird, with swirling screeches drowning within low-frequency growls, but after a while, it just becomes a little, well, boring.

Nonetheless, Pulse Demon is an over all solid and respectable release that exemplifies Merzbow’s skills at noise music. It’s incredibly entertaining and makes for a good listen for those who want something weird yet rewarding. Seriously, to sit through the entire thing, all in one go, makes you feel accomplished and satisfied. It may not be perfect, but it’s definitely up there within the Merzbow catalogue.



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Supercoolguy64
June 29th 2015


8837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pls dont hurt me throwaway

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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 29th 2015


14281 Comments


Good review posd

Cool to see more noise getting reviewed, even if i dont particularly care for it

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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2015


18632 Comments


merzbeat and hiranya are better

merzbow w/ drums > merzbow whipping metal sheets for 90 minutes

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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2015


18632 Comments


what a unique and well-thought out opinion :^)

Supercoolguy64
June 29th 2015


8837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thakns guise

also throwawy im checking that one incapacitents album you rec'd, its pretty sweet so far

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 29th 2015


14281 Comments


Throwaway as you like Noise music and all that and i thought merzbow was supposed to be like one of the biggest names in noise could you explain why you dont like him? Just interested

Supercoolguy64
June 29th 2015


8837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah, the fact that he supports PETA of all things is pretty lowbrow

like, i understand his views on animal rights and such, but PETA? come on dude

Supercoolguy64
June 29th 2015


8837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you gotta admit though, the cover art for Dolphin Sonar is so-bad-its-hilarious

Supercoolguy64
June 29th 2015


8837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

your lists are usually really good, so yea

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2015


18632 Comments


To be honest, his collaborations with others are better than his own solo works. (His stuff with Boris in particular)

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2015


18632 Comments


Yeah, the Xiu Xiu one was pretty much Merzbow with Jamie Stewart screaming in the background (though on a good stereo, you can hear much more than that). That one really isn't too good with headphones. The reason why his collab albums with Boris are so good is that it really is just Boris with Merzbow doing very minimal stuff - like on Klatter.

adr
June 29th 2015


12005 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is pretty bad yea it's basically the same static thing from start to finish.



LivingThrowaway have even bad taste in Noise tho lmao



Relinquished
June 29th 2015


39920 Comments


adr tries too hard most of the time

adr
June 29th 2015


12005 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the fact that you gave a 2.5 to Hole in the Heart is embarrassing

adr
June 29th 2015


12005 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"adr tries too hard most of the time"



no i don't i just brings some facts оccasionally

adr
June 29th 2015


12005 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the fact that you don't like anything by Merzbow, you think hole in heart is boring and Kevin Drumm and Prurient are average, is very questionable yea

Supercoolguy64
June 29th 2015


8837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

make sum noise wit tha dee-jayyyyyyyy

adr
June 29th 2015


12005 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I've heard like 7 noise album tho, but there are prob all better than your favs tbh

adr
June 29th 2015


12005 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well then hating on Merzbow don't make much sense since he make exactly this kind of wall of noise

Supercoolguy64
June 29th 2015


8837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thread is HEATED



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