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White Gimp Mask/Caustic Barricade - Split [Breaching Static - 2011]

This two way CDR split brings together two moorish & intense tracks of lengthy wall-making from these two great US based HNW projects.

First up have a track Houston Texas based White Gimp Mask- aka Robert Newsome who’s also in two Richard Ramirez  linked projects Black Leather Jesus & The Girl In The Wooden Horse Torture, as well as a few other projects. The track on offer here is entitled “Just The Tip” and it comes in at just under the twenty five minute mark. The ‘walls’ based a taut and crunching bass judder that’s locked into a slightly higher pitched jittering wall of uniformed static. These two element are rolled out together in a very appealing and entrancing manner for most of the tracks length, it’s only the beginning and end of the track where you find any slight deviation from the wall’s textures. All in all it’s a great piece of 'wall-making' that at times creates almost a sludgy yet taunt  kind of nasty groove.

Secondly we have a track from Californian based Caustic Barricade- which is one of the projects linked to the mysterious Absence Tapes label/collective. Thier track is entitled “Endless Void”, and comes it in at just over the forty minute mark.  This ‘wall’ has a more muffled and lo-fi feeling to it compared with the first track, it’s also got an almost a ramshackle chopping industrial edge to it too. The ‘wall’ seems to be made up of a loop or stuck judder & chopping noise texture that’s joined by this slightly swirling noise roar- at times it almost feels like a stuck record or series of looped tape textures. There does seem to be very subtle shifts in the noise patterns here and there, but mostly it’s very limited in it’s structural movement.  The tracks mainly very monotonous and repetitive in it’s feel, yet it’s also extremly entrancing and hypnotic too bringing to mind a more noisy and less decaying version of William Basinki loop based compositions.


All told this a  very rewarding and re-playable split from these two US based HNW acts. With both tracks been nicely brutally yet very moorish and entrancing.

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Roger Batty
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