Merzbow. But love him or hate him, it is hard to argue against the fact that Merzbow is one of the most important artists in the history of noise. His influence has transcended genres and has given shape to (taken shape from?) so many different forms of sound., as there are few with a sonic palate as broad and wide as his.
For these reasons and others, Hammer Smashed Sound is very proud to bring you a full album stream of the latest Merzbow album, Takahe Collage, out now on Handmade Birds. I know this one has Sir Loren pretty jazzed up, and if it excites him, chances are you should give a shit, as the man has pretty impeccable taste. I can't say that I've heard everything Masami Akita has put out (I doubt anyone outside of Masami himself could say they have) but this is truly the best Merzbow I've heard. It's great. But don't take my word for it; hear it for yourself.
Enjoy. And then order the CD, limited to 500 and packed in a nice DVDigipack.