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An Innocent Young Throat-Cutter - Gli Occhi Dentro [Nil By Mouth Recordings - 2009]

Gli occhi dentro(Eyes With Out A Face) is a sonic tribute by this USA/ Italian HNW duo to the 1994 film of the same name by Italian sleazy & exploitation director Bruno Mattei.

Mattei directed over 50 films in his life time from the early 1970’s to just before his death in 2007 covering lots of diffrent exploitation genres including: zombies movies, Nazi exploitation, nun exploitation, women in prison movies, cannibal films, and a few porn meets horror movies. Gli occhi dentro(Eyes With Out A Face) was his take on Giallo genre and the plot revolves around a killer  who murders baby sitters and pulls out their eyes. The killings resemble the fictional crimes from the latest issue of a successful comic book series called "Doctor Dark"  which is about a schizophrenic who is a renowned professor by day and a maniac killer at night.

Anyway enough about the influence & onto the tape it’s self & the sonics  inside. The Yellow C30 tape comes with fitting yellow cassette case, &  inlay(featuring gory stills from the film)are all sealed inside a small yellow plastic bag(because of course Giallo means yellow in English). Side one is taken up by ‘Eyes Without A Face’ which starts out with a thick metallic rolling on corrugated  steel type wall of looped sound. As the track goes on more looped static tones become noticeable at the edge of the looped wall textures & before long a film sample of bizarre warbling screams & dramatic sound tracking is drop under the wall for a moment, then  this disappears & with-in a few minutes wall has returned back in full force & more powerful then ever. The  rest of the 15 minute track finds the pair nicely shifting the wall of sound into  slightly different variations on the corrugated steel rolling tone & more static tumbling or slowly circling tones.

On to side two & we have ‘Eyes Without A Face part 2’ which starts out with a few seconds of films dialogue   before jumping into the next wall of noise. This ‘wall’ is built around what sounds like fairly rapid tumbling & falling of static rock like tones & a low down grey muffle static drone. As the track goes on it becomes more crunching static like in it’s feel & unfold. Then we stop around the halfway point for another brief & panicked female scream and dramatic music snippet before once more dropping back in another wall of sound which is built around short & tight static jitters which are underfeed by this thick drilling grey drone. The rest of the piece sees the duo nicely expand out the thick wall of static crunch & dead eye drone mater in a hypotonic manner.

So Gli occhi dentro is a nicely presented & distinctive looking release that offers up two rewarding sides of hammering, crunch & droning Giallo influenced HNW matter.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
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