Churner - Sandstorming [Violent Noise Atrocities - 2009]'Sandstorming' is Churner’s take on HNW; and as with anything related to this excellent US noise project Eifling adds has own distinctive & original flavour to the whole art of ‘Wall’ making.
On offer here are two twenty minute tracks & the first track ‘Sandstorm One’ starts out a quite subtle & delayed wind or distant sandstorm tone, which Churner revolves around and around your head making you quite dizzy. By the three minute mark he’s added in another layer of sandstorm like whirl or buffet & the original tone has now become more chopping & pronounced in it’s feel. Next just when it feels like it’s all going to become very thick, denser & very nasty; Churner cuts-out a few layers of ‘walls’ with sudden breaks letting you hear just one wall on it’s own for a moment or two. Then he shifts gears up into more rumble, ripping & roaring wall making as he layers in different grains of ‘walls’ on top of each other. The rest of the track sees Churner nicely shifting, rubbing & interlock the walls together in quite an active & dramatic manner.
Onto track two and Churner drops straight in with a very harsh, fast wind ripping & tearing wall of sound built around several layers of noise ‘walls’. It sounds like being outside in a force ten gale & trying to keep on your feet on the ground as bits of trees, debris & people move past you, fast. As the track goes on it becomes more rumbling, deep & ripping in the mixing of noise layers. All told more violent & unforgiving then the first track, but it's avery well executed & put together slice of noise making.
On the whole ‘Sandstorming’ offers up two very shifting & active walls of noise making; but I have to say at times I wish he’d dwelled a bit longer in places as there are some great wall textures here that seem to speed by way too fast. But if you enjoy highly lively & shifting wall making or want to hear Churner's own one off take on the genre this is well worth your time. Roger Batty