Various HNW Artists - Staring At Wall- The HNW Annihilation [Toxic Industries/Cirk Explosive Series - 2010]This weekend saw the first ever European HNW fest 'Staring At wall' take place in Venice. This rather wonderful compilation celebrates this fact, and offers up a track a piece of exclusive and new material from all the eleven acts that took part in the festival- making this sort of like your own mini fest I guess.
Taking part in the festval was the following projects: Vomir, Smrznik, Dead Body Collection, Stop Asking Stupid Questions, Fuke, Indch Libertine, Å, Terminal Erection, Ecoute La Merde, Karkastix and Fragile. Each act here offers up a short but sharp six minute untitled track, and the quality is very high and rewarding through-out with each act putting their own distinctive twist of this most violent, yet often highly hypnotic sonic genre.
The disc starts off with a track from Vomir which finds the French man offering up this crude ‘wall’ of juddering static that’s underpinned by this distant & weird chiming almost church bell or vibe like repeated harmonic element- it's a great start to the comp. Directly after this we have Sarajevo based Smrznik offering up this great tense ‘n’ cold ‘wall’ that mixers together this huge tank track repetitive like drone, juddering static churn and great smaller/simple jittering metallic patterns that appear at a different pace to the rest of the tracks elements.
Later on Fukte offers up a very loud ‘wall’ of rolling ‘n’ roasting wall matter that’s skip and seared by quite active jumping static haze. And towards the end of the comp eastern France based Ecoute La Merde offering up a very crude, nasty & lo-fi wall that’s built around scrape metal like judders & churning aged engine like drones- hell you can almost smell burning oil and rubber on this track as judders and churns it’s way through the air and deep into your head.
So in summing-up this great and highly consistent compilation that offers up eleven short yet brutal slices of 'wall-making' from some of the most know & not so know names in European Harsh Noise wall scene. It’s a collection that’s suited to both your long term ‘wallhead’ and those who have yet to taste the wonders of a really good & brutal sonic 'wall'. Thankfull this is marginally less ltd than some HNW release with a edition of sixty copies- to find out more and pick up a copy yourself drop into Toxic Industries MySpace here.Roger Batty