- Archive Panic: Unless YOU yourself are Merzbow, do NOT attempt to collect every single release he has put out since 1979, as his catalog is rather...extensive. Probably not helped by the fact that he is known to work under multiple aliases.
- One release of his by itself has fifty discs.
- Awesome Music: Fans of extreme music genres, especially Level 11 Industrial, Grindcore, IDM, and power electronics may find his music interesting, though it is most definitely an acquired taste.
- Brown Note: With all that Sensory Abuse present in his music, what more can you ask for?
- Crazy Awesome: Back then in The '80s, no one really thought he would be hailed as a revolutionary composer, due to his apparent rejection of musical norms through his musical output, which is mostly very harsh Industrial music, dark ambient and noise rock. he even made his own record label because no record company would want to sell his music. By the turn of The '90s, however, he has made tours in the US, Korea and Europe, has collaborated with some well-known bands and musicians, including Sonic Youth, and has had his music respected and worshiped in many Electronic Music circles, despite the fact that his output can only be vaguely called "music"
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Name a Harsh Noise musician besides Merzbow. Also, you're not allowed to click on that link or google it.
- Epic Riff: The opening to "1930, Part 1", which somehow sounds similar to the pre-chorus buildup of "Regurgitate" by Noisia, only with more distortion.
- Nightmare Fuel: All his musical output. In fact, his music is considered the Death Metal to Electronic Music as a whole. One of his side projects actually claims to be this.
- Signature Song: "I Lead You Towards Glorious Times", the song frequently cited as the loudest and hardest musical piece of all time.
- True Art Is Incomprehensible: Again, Merzbow's musical style is definitely an acquired taste. It is, in fact, difficult to imagine a better musical example of this trope.
YMMV / Merzbow