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Vomir - Honour To Bleak Existence [Order Of The HNW - 2010]

Vomir has fast become one of the most recognized, respected & know names with-in the rapidly growing Harsh Noise wall scene. And the reason for this is his pure  unblinking & nasty focus on making unforgiving, unmoving & unchanging walls of punishing noise. ‘Honour  To Bleak Existence’ is the longest, most unrelenting & completely hopeless creation thus far by Vomir with the single track on offer here coming in just under the eighty minute mark.

This is the second release on new Irish label Order Of The HNW which is run by Andrew McQuaid of Irish HNW act A View From Nihil. The first release was the excellent & present M[M] album of the Month 'Triumph Of The Broken Will' by A View From Nihil & this new release users the same stark, simply yet highly effective black & white cover artwork of three overlaid black blocks. It also features, like Triumph Of The Broken Will, a piece of writing by Romain 'Roro' Perrot aka Vomir in the form of set of bleak prose in French & English that heighten the sonics ultra hopeless & totally nihilistic tone.

Sonically the seventy seven minute ‘wall’ of sound that’s enclosed on the disc is akin to been in a deep & dark hole with tons of  liquid concrete being endlessly pouring down on to you. As you keep trying to fight your way to the surface of the rapidly thickening & weight increasing concrete mass. The track completely & utterly locks away the world around you with it's fairly rapid, crusty but flowing wall of sound which remains unstoppable  & unvaried though it’s full running time; though saying that I did detect a some slight movement in some of the tone grains here & there along the length of the track. But this could I course be my mind playing tricks on me as it tries to contend with the constant bleak, nasty & thick pounding sonic state. The ‘wall’ it’s self is built around a very loud & pummeling mixture of hacking & rapidly descending liquid plus stone tone that’s under drilled by this constant crusty bass roar- and that is pretty much what it does for it's whole running time.


So ‘Honour  to Bleak Existence’  finds the HNW form at it’s most pummelling, nasty, nihilistic & unforgiving form. With Vomir neither lessening or changing his intent to make the most extreme form of noise ever heard. On a personal level I have to admit that I’m not a great fan of Vomir’s (or any other HNW acts)takes on longer hour plus 'wall's'. I think the optimum HNW track length should be between twenty & forty minutes; that said I do find this more rewarding & nihilistic hypotonic than Vomir's last take on longer wall making  that came in the form of the ‘Proanomie’ album.

Certainly not a album for those new to the HNW scene by any means, but for those who have become addicted & sucked into the genres brutal charms &  enjoy longer unmoving & ultra bleak ‘walls’ of noise this is a must have item- as really no one else does it quite like Vomir.

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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