Saturday, July 29, 2017

Merzbow - Animal Magnetism

Don't know if sharing the same album title with Scorpions is what made Merzbow create a somewhat less fierce record than say Venereology or Pulse Demon, but this is definitely one of the most easily listenable works of the man. By easily listenable of course I don't mean anything remotely similar to what Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and co. would make, but this is one of those albums in which Merzbow showcased his affection for psychedelic rock. Aside from the assaults of static, some headbangingly cool robot-gone-mad rhythmic loops can be found here, along with some moments of ebb, such as in the guitar-based final track "Pier 39". So, if some rock kido ever asks you to recommend a good Scorpions record, just give them this one to listen to. 2003 cd on Alien8 Recordings.


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