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Vargrwulf - Walls III: Rock and roll will never die [Violent Revolution International - 2010]

At full blast this vicious HNW attack came full force with a jagged blasting style wall. A lot of the intricacies are detectable throughout the progression of the wall and in some instances it will fade in/out and change momentum and in others subtleties bleed through the static interrupting the consistency of textures.

Up till the 20 minute mark of the first track the wall is fairly similar. There is a nice change of pace right after sputtering crackle that goes into a slight blast but back to an almost industrial style ambience. The texture becomes slightly cut up in nature or struggling to maintain balance, but eventually recovers again to form a static monolith. The first instance of source material seeping through can be heard right after the 20th minute as it struggles through a menacing growl of static that slowly evolves into more blasts. At this point it is easily comparable to industrial noise as the static masks very little of the sound source and develops into more deep bass industrial sounds. After a few more minutes we are just dealing with a mess of source material struggling to escape its static grave with industrial overtones until the track dies out in the thirty third minute.

"Death of Johnny Rock and Roll" begins with a soft white noise blast style wall that demonstrates some really airy textures and decays slowly into more AM radio style static. Much like its predecessor it is an evolving style wall always shifting in textures ranging from low ends with bass and sputtering crackles with source material gasping for air beneath a sea of static. Around six minutes in there is a shift that brings a heavy wall for a couple minutes, struggles against some blasting static and returns to its sputtering death. The shifting textures are very expressive and moody as you can tell there is a lack of concentration and the wall refuses to remain still, but certain textures pass the two minute mark. Closer to the 10 minute mark you will hear some of the source radio material seep through the wall and other interesting static textures appear as glitches in the tapestry of sounds. The tones become darker and slightly depressive as source material is heard more clearly for a little while until about 14 minutes in it returns to the industrial lows that rumbled throughout the first track. There are some excellent parts where the wall will decay and a hollow air sound trapped in heavy bass creates a gloom filled atmosphere, but at times it will just change pace too rapidly and made me left wanting to hear more of certain textures for an extended amount of time. Thankfully the last ten minutes or so there isn't much change in textures and the track ends with some of the sound source dominating the static.

"Tribute to Johnny Rock and Roll" The final track is the shortest and starts off in harsh noise fashion with certain dynamics to it such as somewhat melodic feedback over a static wall texture. At first it seems to underwhelm as it seems to give no direction as to where the track can go from here, but quickly wakes up in a static void. There are still some detectable instances of feedback, and the source material shines through but the wall hollows out and mostly stays monolithic and crunchy. You'll hear some instance where the source material comes through clearly and even instances of music appear from what seems to be a radio halfway through the track. Eventually it closes out and the melodic feedback heard at the beginning makes another appearance along with more instances of clear undistorted source material. The first two tracks did a good job of staying interesting, but this final track could not hold my interest.

After the first listen I gave it a few more since I really enjoyed the first two tracks, but as much as I could open my mind there was just no tolerance for that final track. I have a few other releases by Vargrwulf and can say that comparable to the others this is standard quality for the artist and is quite enjoyable. The album came in standard cd-r with Xeroxed cover art format so it has a DIY charm that goes well with the nasty raw content of the disc

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

S. Antonio
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