Review: Last summer veteran Japanese noisenik Masami Akita travelled to Australia to perform a number of live sets at Room 40's Open Frame festival under his now familiar Merzbow alias. "Stereoakuma" offers up a recording of one of those sets, as well as the accompanying encore. Both recordings are as intense, dystopian, bleak and sonically distorted, as you'd expect them to be, with Akita showing little regard for mood or melody. Noise enthusiasts will love it though, as it captures Akita at his most forthright and focused. There's an added reason to buy a copy, too: both Akita and Room 40 will be donating all proceeds to organizations working to assist wildlife recovery in the wake of the recent Australian bush fires.