Posts tagged HNW
Posts tagged HNW
The Rita - “Womankind 2: Cleopatra, Sacred Servents” (Survivalist Deathcamp 2012)
So I’m listening to this new Rita jam and one of my peeps walks in and is like “Yo, what’s this shit? Your stereo broken bro?”
And I’m all like “Nah dawg, it’s a new joint from The Rita!”
He’s like, “what the fuck IS it?”
“Harsh noise wall! Sam Mckinley takes a sound source and manipulates and distorts it to the point that it’s an unrecognizable wall of noise! It’s very meditative and deep! I love it!”
Then he shot me a look like I’M the crazy one. Whatever! One can only roll their eyes at such stupidity.
PS: this probably didn’t actually happen.
BT.HN. - “Vitiated” (Dogma Chase 2009)
For those of you who are thinking about putting out noise records (all .001% of you) I would take a page from Dogma Chase. The packaging for this fucking record is gorgeous. It’s also very simplistic; the front cover is a silk screened plaque attached to the middle and the inside has the insert pasted and has the hand numbering. Everything is attached to super heavy black board. That’s it. Beautiful.
As for the record itself, It is also beautiful. Not really. That was my attempt at pretentiously describing noise as beautiful, which I promptly abandoned as soon as I wrote the sentence. BT.HN. is a hip combo of two dudes, one of which is Sam McKinley, better known to noise heads as The Rita. This is my first BT.HN. record, and boy howdy, is it a doozy. You get two tracks on here, both of which I will describe to you now, as is the thing to do when you review things. The first side starts with a super overblown sample of some kind of French opera or something then degenerates into lots of heavily delayed feedback with a peppering of distortion blasts until the blasts become the entire track. Rewarding and satisfying. The second side is more of a straightforward noise track, almost a take on Sam’s work with The Rita, like a HNW with straight harsh noise over the wall. As if two noise records were played at the same time. That sounds stupid and is a dumb description, but to me thats what I hear and it sounds great.
The record is awesome and I will be tracking down more BT.HN. stuff in the future, as well as more Dogma Chase releases if they are all this high quality.
Black Leather Jesus - “Even Deeper” (Robert & Leopold 2012)
I bought this with a bunch of other Robert & Leopold tapes recently, and I must say, I’m new to the label, but they have delivered with each one I’ve heard so far. If you don’t know who Black Leather Jesus are, get with it dood. I thought you knew about noise, but obviously you are a trendy ass poser or something.
Just kidding, Black Leather Jesus is a long running harsh noise group with a revolving lineup of members, with Richard Ramirez as the only constant (I think). Their discography is massive and overwhelming, but honestly this tape that came out this year is a great place to start. You get two tracks of brutal noise on here, and they are great. The first track is a real toe-tapper entitled “I Like Him To Worry But Still Have To Do It” It features a repetitive loop while thick walls of distortion swirl and bounce around the loop. This is my favorite kind of noise, the kind that uses repetition, it really gives you something to grab onto. The second track, “Damaged By The Act” is less about repetition and more about knocking you unconscious with volume and distortion, not HNW but almost there.
Awesome tape. Buy now.
Ritual Stance - “Shielding Bosom With Dagger” (Void Seance 2012)
I was craving some noise this afternoon, and fuck, this CDr satisfied that craving, like when you really want a kind of food and you finally get some. Like how I’ve been craving Taco Bell for weeks and there are none anywhere around here, and I almost had some yesterday but that plan had to be cut short. Maybe I’ll get some tonight after I’m done with this review.
Anyway, I have a good portion of Ritual Stance’s recorded output (10 releases by my count) but this has to be my absolute favorite. Ritual Stance usually plays pure harsh noise wall, and for the most part that’s what this disc is; but the first track in particular has shades of non-wall shining through: waves of skree, and analog oscillation manipulation peppered over the dense thick pool of distortion. Then there is a short wall at just under 7 minutes (obviously the hit single off this release) and then 2 long low end heavy, almost droned out walls. Totally essential release from RS, too bad there is only 10 copies in the world. Maybe one day someone will rerelease it. If I was ever to try putting out records again (which I have been giving serious consideration to lately) I would press this on vinyl. It’s that good.
For now check out other OOP Ritual Stance here.
Just reorganizing my tapes. No big deal.
A View From Nihil - “Primordial Sea” (Void Seance 2011)
Man what a killer release. A View From Nihil is a HNW (harsh noise wall derrr) artist from Northern Ireland. I haven’t heard any of his other records but to me, on this track (oh yeah this is one track that clocks in at just under an hour), he’s more of a drone artist. Most HNW is unchanging and strictly noise, but on here AVFN incorporates what sounds like synth, and it also has quite a bit of changes going on. The track starts with some crackling and popping, and actually kind of sucks. Then rich low frequencies enter the soundscape and holy fuck it’s so good it hurts. One of the shortest hours in my life listening to this. Unfortunately there are only 30 copies of this floating around and they are long gone.
Gender Sabotage/Ritual Stance - split (Void Seance 2011)
Uh oh. Call the hipster police; I’m reviewing a CD!! Well it’s actually a CDr that is limited to 30 copies, so it’s more underground than most shit hipsters listen to anyway. But anyway.
Gender Sabotage is yet another name/side project of noiseman Richard Ramirez, a guy who’s in so many noise projects it kind of makes me sick. And by kind of it really makes me sick. And by really I mean it doesn’t at all. Gender Sabotage offers up one track entitled “Third Gender” that really brings the HNW. Low tones bubble up and pop into erratic static sounds for a good half an hour. It”s irritating at first but after that amount of time it sounds really nice. On the other hand it sounds like a a broken coffee machine percolating.
Ritual Stance’s track “Bare Upon the Altar” is a more bellowing dark track. Super low sounds waves are distorted and shift while a constant buzz covers the whole thing. Or to make it sound like a real life situation it sounds like a really heavy wind shooting up sand and making it hit a window. But in a good way.
Another solid release from Void Seance. Solid as a wall. A harsh. Noise. Wall. BA DOOM CHA!
The Rita - “Snorkel/Skate” (RRRecords 2009)
Nihilist Assault Group & Blue Sabbath Black Cheer - “Planned Obsolescence” (Gnarled Forest 2009)
A collaborative effort betwixt this two groups. I’ve never heard NAG before but as for BSBC this is a surprisingly harsh release for them (as opposed to dark and evil sounding). It verges on HNW at some points. Love this.
Vomir - “L’homme Sature” (At War With False Noise/Turgid Animal 2010)
Another brutal HNW release. Brutal is a relative term, because as puppy scaringly heavy this is, it could just as easily be used to fall asleep to because it sounds like those white noise generators people put in nurseries to keep babies calm.
Vomir offers two full sides on unvarying, white noise like, but more brutal HNW. If you look at the grooves of the record, they don’t change, it almost looks like a blank record. I could go on on describing how you can get lost in the blackness of the soul of Vomir listening to this, each passing second of the record encapsulates more darkness assuring your place in his harsh noise hell. I could do that but it would make me sound pretentious and lame. Let’s just say its stripped music down to satisfying void of any musicality or other things that posers enjoy. This is a record for loners and non posers 2 things i classify myself as most of the time.
I bought this along with a bunch of other stuff from Turgid Animal UK. Solid label, check them out.
Werewolf Jerusalem - “Someone Lurking In The Dark” (Void Seance 2011)
Considering I ordered $500+ worth of records this weekend (thanks tax return!) I should probably get to reviewing the huge pile I have sitting in my room unlistened to to make some room.
Werewolf Jerusalem is the solo HNW (harsh noise wall you dingus) project of Richard Ramirez, noise artist extrodinaire. This tape is a quicky, perfect if you ask me, two walls on two short sides. I love HNW, but I can only listen to it while I’m doing something because I have such a short attention span, or when they are short like this. This tape isn’t just a straight wall of static, there is a some variety to it. It starts with a low harsh rumble and then higher end sheets of static roll in and then double up upon themselves. Satisfying and heavy.
Big ups to Void Seance for putting this out, they’re doing a lot of good things in terms of HNW and other such noisy endeavors. Check out their site and buy some of their stuff while the gettings good!