Merzbow's Merzbient reissued as 18 LP box set

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Merzbow's gargantuan box set Merzbient is being reissued as an expanded 18 LP box set. It was originally released two years ago as a 12 CD set in an edition of 555. In this vinyl edition 15 of the LPs feature the same tracks as the CD set, and three contain extra previously unreleased material.

Merzbient contains a collection of Masami Akita's atmospheric recordings from the 1980s and 90s, made using a variety of acoustic instruments, including a "big handmade junk instrument made from a metal box with piano wires" played with a violin bow.

The box set comes packaged in what's described as two "custom-made foil-blocked boxes". It is being released by Soleilmoon in an edition of 222, with 44 in dark red vinyl and the rest in black. There's also three test pressings of the box set for sale for die hards with deep pockets. It is released on 10 September. More details here.

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