Avmakt - Self Titled [Stasis - 2010]This self titled c30 was the first release from Andreas Brandal’s (Flesh coffin, Hour Of the Wolf, Drevne Bolesti, and Museums of Sleep) Avmakt project that brews up a dark and nasty mixture of HNW, junk metal elements and dark noise textures. This tape came out last year on Cole Peters(of Gomeisa & Museums of Sleep) Stasis label.
The cassette comes in a pro-printed black and white sleeve that features on the front a picture of women with her head in her hands, and clearly she’s deeply upset and in a very troubled state which fits perfectly the dark sonic turmoil of the two side long tracks that are on offer here.
Side ones track is entitled “Armod” and it finds Brandal summoning up a dark, battered and nasty track which mixers together bleak cluttering, juddering and battering noise tone together. The track moves from full and seared walls of dark tone, onto raging and layered HNW and junk textures, onto sputtering and stop/start structures which unveil troubled junk noise under-folds.
Side twos track is entitled “Gru” and it starts out with a twenty seconds or so of creepy door shuttings, eerier backward tape reeling’s and unsettling silence. Then the track explodes into a seared boil ‘n’ battering wall of thick noise that has slight eerier yet enraged junk metal elements sailing through it. As the track goes on the thick pitch black sonic mixture seesaws between: blown-out black rain hammering, roaring and roasting storm noise dwells, rusty tonal judderings and crusty/grainy textural jitters. For some reason it brings to my mind an unsettling, juddering, and dangerous ride on aged roller-coaster as a black storm rages and batters around you.
So this C30 offers up two side long tracks of dark, shifting and unsettling noise matter that dips down in HNW, junk metal and violent/ blackly curdled noise matter. It’s another rewarding release and project from Brandal, and I look forward to seeing what he does next with this project.Roger Batty