Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Merzbow & Balazs Pandi – Ducks: Live in NYC review

From the opening salvo of hammering drums and searing white noise the listener can make up their own mind, do I stay for the duration or return to familiar ground and leave this sort of “music” to the elitists? The noise that is traditionally found being made by Masami Akita (Merzbow) can be challenging, there can be no argument regarding this. Hungary’s Balazs Pandi is currently highly in demand for a percussion style that encompasses European free jazz to grindcore. These two disparate figures have come together on this live recording, and produced, quite frankly, one of the most exhilarating and agreeable  recordings to come out of a area of music that is often ignored or openly vilified........

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