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C. T. D . - Orthorhombic Crystalline Phase [Zvukovina - 2009]

‘Orthorhombic Crystalline Phase’ finds this two piece Serbian Harsh noise & HNW project offering one of the finest & most rewarding long form pieces of Harsh Noise wall matter I’ve come across.

The two piece project consists of Dr. Aleksandryuki Nenawasetsu(who also in the excellent & rather prolific of late Dead Body Collection)  & Dr. Mukawaraya Useitamuro. The pair have been working together since mid 2008 & since then they have amassed nearly forty releases. The track on offer here takes in just shy of the seventy minutes worth of thick, merciless & relentless ‘Wall’ making; and the thing that makes it so rewarding, brutally pleasing & re-playable is the way the pair replace one juddering, thick & enjoyable with one wall after another through-out the pieces length. They very nicely melt or morph from one ‘wall’ pattern  to the next with out any gaps or loss of sound submersion anywhere- keeping the sonics pressing, strong, thick & brutal through-out.

The pair leave between ten & twenty minutes between each slow shifting & meld into the next wall, which is plenty of time for you to take in & enjoy the wall but not enough time to loos your interest with as the pair slowly twists & turn into the next ‘walls’ pattern. Each twist or new wall is kept fairly simplistic yet very rewarding with the pair offering the listener: slow bass like noise drone jitters moving with smaller & crawling static tones, through to tighter loops of jitter oscillations that are sliced by static hacks, onto motor like purring noise grains that are skipped & bucked by smaller static webs of tone, through to slowly accelerating tension & tone progressions that are darted by more lively & smaller static jumps and darts.

The packaging is rather nice too with the CDR coming in a eight page colour booklet that has fittingly a few pages of digital but slightly out of focus pattern walls. And  in the centre page are a few pictures of the pair performing live with their lab coats on (remember they are doctors ;-)). All told an truly excellent long form & shifting wall of thick & enclosing 'wall' matter that I have played many times now & have still to get bored by this or lose the surprise when it cleverly morphs onto the next wall pattern.

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

Roger Batty
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