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Bastard Noise and Merzbow have released a CRUSHING new collaboration on RELAPSE RECORDS. The release of RETRIBUTION BY ALL OTHER CREATURES on Relapse sees both Bastard Noise (Eric Wood) and Merzbow (Masami Akita) return to their former label.
Merzbow‘s lavishing of abrasive static first shot into the public consciousness in a big way the mid-90s with Venereology. The album, released on Relapse Records, was instrumental in his coming to fame.
With the help of major label backing, the classic 1994 album, Venereology, was key in bridging a generation of grindcore and death metal enthusiasts into the power and force that is Japanoise.
Two years later, Merzbow once again narrowed the gulf between extreme metal and extreme electronics with the timeless classic, Pulse Demon. Merzbow‘s multiple features on Relapse compilations in the 90s playing a hand in the success of Merzbow‘s magnum opus. The album was lauded by Pitchfork labelled as an “incomparable classic” and “one of the verifiable foundations of noise”
On RETRIBUTION BY ALL OTHER CREATURES, both Bastard Noise and Merzbow lean into their animal rights activism. Merzbow being an outspoken animal rights activist, and Bastard Noise following a similar ethos.
When quizzed on his passion for animal rights in a 2021 Bastard Noise interview with Discipline Mag, Eric Wood had the following to say:
“The reason for me personally is : one life to live. I would rather make a positive difference by speaking up for the voiceless than instead do nothing… We are guests of this world. We can be shaken off like ants. We should enhance the beauty not relinquish it to greed. Animals and nature are everything. Without them we are doomed.“
Listen to RETRIBUTION BY ALL OTHER CREATURES on Spotify below.
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