Live CBGB's NYC 1998

Live CBGB's NYC 1998 is a live album by the German digital hardcore pioneer Alec Empire and the Japanese noise artist Merzbow. It was recorded on November 4, 1998, at the Digital Hardcore Festival at CBGB's in New York City and was released by Digital Hardcore Recordings in 2003.

Live CBGB's NYC 1998
Live album by
Released2003 (2003)
RecordedNovember 4, 1998
VenueCBGB, Manhattan, New York City
GenreDigital hardcore, Noise
LabelDigital Hardcore
ProducerMasami Akita, Alec Empire
Alec Empire chronology
Death Favours the Enemy
Live CBGB's NYC 1998
The CD2 Sessions
Merzbow chronology
Ikebana: Merzbow's Amlux Rebuilt, Reused and Recycled
Live CBGB's NYC 1998
Live Magnetism

Another recording from the Digital Hardcore Festival in a CDr released by DHR in 2004 named Live at CBGB's New York City 4-11-98. The disc contains a DJ set by Empire, with live vocals by Hanin Elias with MC Beans and Priest from Antipop Consortium. At the conclusion of the set, Elias can be heard announcing the imminent appearance of Merzbow.

Empire and Merzbow went on to collaborate on other projects. Merzbow played drums in Empire's live band set at the 2001 Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. Empire was one of the many remix artists involved in Merzbow's Ikebana: Merzbow's Amlux Rebuilt, Reused and Recycled.

Track listing

All music is composed by Masami Akita and Alec Empire.

1."The Alliance"3:17
2."The Destroyer and Merzbow"2:24
3."A Fire Will Burn"0:48
4."Nightmare Vision"2:08
5."The Full Destroyer / Merzbow Meltdown"4:26
6."The White Man Destroys His Own Race"2:28
7."Curse of the Golden Angel"3:26
8."The Predator"1:49
9."Brooklyn Connection"2:10
11."The Slayer Calls at Night"5:08
12."Blow this Thing"2:13
13."606: The Number of the Beast"1:00
14."202 Lightyears from Home"1:18
15."Shock Treatment for Corporate Control"1:18
16."Enter the Forbidden Space"2:18
17."A Degenerated Nation Reacting to Fear"5:31
18."A Degenerated Nation Reacting to Fear Pt. II"8:25
19."Some Might Even Die..."4:08


Alec Empire vs Merzbow
  • Steve Rooke – mastering at Abbey Road Studios
  • Miron Zownir – front photo
  • Nic Endo – screenshots
  • Philipp Virus – original video
  • 8.77 – artwork, graphic design
  • Matt Sweeney – liner notes
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