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soup_earings The combination of of Merzbow's bizzare and abstract noise with Boris' huge, distorted, and beautiful sound combine to make one of the strangest, most psychedelic albums I've heard yet. Favorite track: Boris - Rainbow (Disc 1).
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Alice M. This “play the two records at the same time” thing is very surprising. Even with a random shift of about a quarter of an hour, some parts sound beautiful and moving, as if intentionally composed this way. Also, I find it interesting that some rather gloomy sections become almost cheerful when combined. Truly a mind-boggling work.
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S810 This album is really fucking with my head! I thought the whole "play two different albums at the same time" thing was stupid when I first heard about it, but now I see that I was totally wrong. I'm pretty sure if you play this thing the right way, either your head explodes or it unlocks the secrets of the universe. Maybe both... Either way, I like it. Favorite track: Boris - Huge (Disc 1).
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Renowned Japanese innovators BORIS WITH MERZBOW have teamed up with Relapse for their new collaborative 2xCD/4xLP Gensho, one of the artists' most daring works to date. Named after the Japanese word for "phenomenon", Gensho is a unique release featuring over 150 minutes of new music spread across two CDs and four LPs, available as two separate double LP sets or a deluxe 4xLP edition. The BORIS songs are completely new, percussion-less reinventions of classic tracks from the band's storied catalog, while MERZBOW's songs are entirely new compositions. The two sets are intended to be played at the same time at varying volumes so that the listener can experience their own "gensho/phenomenon" every time. As with every BORIS WITH MERZBOW release, the only thing to expect is the unexpected, lending the album near-infinite potential for aural discovery and encouraging direct interactivity with the listener rarely found in such unconventional music. An untouchable paroxysm of noisy, droning experimentation!


released March 18, 2016

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Boris & Merzbow Japan

Both BORIS and MERZBOW are well known for numerous collaborative works with a plethora of artists, but have been working together since 1997. Musically, BORIS helps to shape MERZBOW’s wall of noise as a composed musical score with structure, and to make it easier to access the noise master’s music while MERZBOW adds an extreme high frequency to BORIS’ signature heavier sound. ... more

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