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Artist: Nightmare Park (@)
Title: Box Of Teeth
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
Nightmare Park hail from Connecticut and describe themselves as “Blackened Harsh Static and Noise Walls, sounds sourced from Horror films that I like. . . . HELL IS REAL.” I suppose that this gives us some sense of what we are in for, especially when we take a gander at the disc titles. This set consists of three 3" discs neatly packaged in a small box. We begin with the first disc, which consists of one 20 minute track entitled, “I Am the Devil.” This is a crackling, rumbling wall of noise that consists of a nice blend of low-end rumble and choppy white noise static. It shifts slowly over time, but remains the same idea throughout. It’s honestly kind of soothing. Disc two is one 18 minute track, titled, “And I'm Here To Do The Devil's Work.” This opens with heavy low end bass and some quiet crackling static, making you think that this will be similar in approach to the first disc. However, at about two minutes in, the static suddenly becomes much louder, kicking in with more force. This is a much more involved piece than “I Am the Devil,” and the evolution of the track is more interesting. Grinding and scraping noise mixed with distorted low end bass. Disc 3 brings the noise with one 18 minute track titled “An Interview With Evil.” This is a more complex track than the other two, and much noisier, as if the first two were simply a warm up for the finale. This is like standing next to a blast furnace in a sheet metal factory. Overall, the tracks keep a similar feel throughout and hang together well as a whole. At times I wish that it would have had some more variety, but the overall effect is oddly soothing and hypnotic. One may expect the standard horror movie samples and over the top “check out how evil I am” from the titles, but thankfully Nightmare Park resists this impulse. Instead, we have solid discs of straight wall of noise. If you like your noise with a lot of low end, this is worth checking out. This set weighs in at just under an hour and is limited to 42 copies.
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Artist: Mariela Rossi
Title: RF-545L
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
I had not heard of Mariela Rossi, and other than finding out that they are based in Essen, Germany, I could not find much on this project. Looks like the music will have to speak for itself. This disc opens with “Manual Tuning,” which is a heavy slab of low-end rumbling staticy goodness. It moves along until it completely disintegrates into a wall of static and feedback at the end. “The Quiet Space” begins as a much more subdued composition, but about 3 minutes in begins to unload with high pitched screeches of noise. The piece crescendos and decrescendos throughout, making good use of dynamics to keep it interesting. At times there are heavily distorted voices that emerge in the maelstrom, but you can’t make out what they are saying. The entire piece is held together by a bed of crackling noise. This one also ends in sustained high pitched squeal – definitely an experience in headphones. Overall, this is well done noise and worth checking out. This album weighs in at around 18 minutes and is limited to 42 copies.
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Artist: Marc Benner (@)
Title: At Times I Struggle to Be Pleasant
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
I have known Marc Benner for many years, so I was happy to see this disc in the stack that I would review. I am more familiar with his work as the project Dead Shall Not Have Died In Vain, since he has been on a few of the Zaftig Research holiday compilations, so this is my introduction to his work under this moniker. This disc consists of one track titled “At Times I Struggle to Be Pleasant,” which the notes explain come from two field recording sessions. There is a rawness in the composition that I really enjoy. The music sounds distant, like you are listening to someone perform a simple song on a bass (and what sounds like an accordion) in a deserted train station, as people nearby talk about their plans for the evening long after the last train has left the station. As the musicians’ song reverberates through the station, you hear people coming in and out, the sound of metal grinding on the rusty gate, and you realize that you somehow missed your train. The voice of the attendant on the PA system gives you no comfort. You hear a harmonica player join the others as you suddenly realize that you are lost and don’t know how to get home. If you enjoy field recordings, this is one to check out. This album weighs in at around 18 minutes and is limited to 42 copies.
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Artist: This Is What I Hear When You Talk
Title: Untitled
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
This Is What I Hear When You Talk is the work of Dan Fox, also known as Loss, Fail, and the man behind Inner Demons Records. This is his harsh noise wall project, so let’s see what the wall looks (and sounds) like this time. This disc consists of one track, entitled “HADRON_COLLIDER->FX70->PS-5->FX69B->MIMIQ->π²->OPERATION_OVERLORD->EM600_≈21” (how’s that for a radio-friendly title?). This is a rumbling wall of noise that at first glance seems to stay the same throughout. Perhaps it is like the Kanizsa triangle illusion, in which your brain begins to fill in the implied missing elements, but it sounded like other elements were beginning to come into the composition as it moved along. The result is a rather hypnotic piece that lulls you into it. I could definitely see this working as part of a live sound installation as well. As I noted in my review of the last disc by This Is What I Hear When You Talk, I tend to lean more toward noise with more variety, but I found this to be pleasant listening and if you prefer more static walls of noise this is one to check out. This album weighs in at 21 minutes and is limited to 42 copies.
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Artist: Bardoseneticcube (@)
Title: DroBussy
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
I am quite familiar with Bardoseneticcube’s work, and one thing that I have found is that they like to change things up on every album. I suppose this makes sense when they explain that “The most precise definition of their music is surrealism: ‘pure psychic automatism willing to express the real functioning of the reflection either orally or written, or in any other form. Dictation of mind without any control from the intellect, outside of any aesthetic of moral considerations.’” With that in mind, I was interested to see what this one would be like. The liner notes state that this disc contains “Surrealistick interpretations of the music of Claude Debussy,” so let’s see how that plays out. The disc consists of three tracks, titled “A,” “B,” and “C.” “A” kicks it off with sweeping waves of hiss and the tones of an unearthly choir as a staccato melody plays over it all. The mixture of slow-moving bass drone and frantic melody keeps it interesting. Well done. “B” takes a more symphonic approach, with synthesized versions of the classical piece with bits of analogue bleeps coming through. But it is lightly processed, just enough to give it an uneasy, sinister feel. It reminds me a bit of Coil’s more orchestral works. “C” takes us back into the ethereal realm, with everything blended together into a dreamlike wash of sound. Some percussion gives the illusion of a beat, and at times piercing tones are all that are left. It starts and stops, lurching along, until it all dissolves into nothingness. Overall, this is a solid addition to Bardoseneticcube’s already impressive body of work. Well worth picking up. This album weighs in at around 20 minutes and is limited to 42 copies.
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