SHA MO 3000
CD: Essence Music ESS003 
Ltd x 900
Sha mo 3000
Ghost hide your eyes
culture has always fascinated me. From their delicious food…(when
its not moving) to their penchant for releasing OTT gore films and fantastical
Manga & Anime comics & cartoons, through to the way their women
are all so subservient. Not forgetting of course their technical expertise
in the gaming and electronic fields and the fact that they actually seem
to enjoy Extreme Music. The Grand daddy of all Japanese Extreme musicians
is the one and only Masami Akita (Merzbow) whose current catalogue is
so prolific that even he probably doesn’t know how many releases
he’s put out so far. If I had been asked to review a Merzbow release
10 years ago I would have politely declined the offer. His non stop barrage
on the senses never changed in style. Only the intensity and high frequencies
employed differing from recording to recording. He was very much an acquired
Time changes a person eventually and as he’s grown older he has
learned to modify and explore newer sounds and avenues. The latest releases
from the great man have differed in style and substance but have still
managed to retain the elements that constitute the Merzbow blueprint.
One only need to hear the split release "Partikel" on Cold Spring
with Nordvargr [read
here] to gauge how this progression has taken effect. "Sha Mo
3000" is / isn’t a typical Merzbow recording. Taking his love
of obscure Psychedelic music as a theme he has carefully crafted 5 pieces
of mind bending / blowing music There’s a marked incursion into
the experimental field, where sound sources are dismantled then rebuilt,
creating a disorientating pattern of seemingly random but actually perfectly
placed pieces of noise. Everything gels with the care and attention to
detail usually associated with him. What at first may appear as random
pulses or blasts of icy static actually meld cohesively into the music
as more varied and complex sounds are thrown continually into the mix.
This heady brew surges and reverberates into a concoction that is complimented
by the pieces of sheer aural pandemonium that only he can create so well.
Rhythmic distortion has never sounded so good.
To uninitiated ears the sonic perfection of "Sha Mo 3000" will
mean absolutely nothing as they will fail to grasp the hidden delights
just laying beneath the surface. Purists who know where to dig will find
a hidden treasure trove of sounds just waiting to be released and unleashed.
Startling and inventive "Sha Mo 3000", although never an easy
listening experience, is a truly mighty release. The old boy has come
good with this one.
Vs Nordvargr [Partikel]
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