Various HNW Artists - Four Way untitled Split [New Forces - 2011]This four way HNW split boxset brings together a side/track a piece from the following wall noise artists: Death Laid An Egg, I Am A Slut, The Sun Turns Black and White Plague.
The two tapes(a c30 & a C40) that make up the set come in a long white box, which features some effective but simple black and white artwork of textural, slashed, scrawled pattern art- this of course nicely compliments the thick, bombarding and extreme walls of textured sound found with-in the box.
So onto the tapes themselves- first up we have the C30 tape and on the first side of this we have a side long track from Death Laid An Egg- which features Richard Ramirez(Werewolf Jerusalem, Black Leather Jesus, Vice Wears Black Hose and many other projects) & Trent Bingham( ex Forced Orgasm). The track on offer here is entitled “Jealous Love Triangle”, and it jumps straight in with a very loud and dense wall of battering and juddering textural noise bombardment. It’s really difficult to make out what’s going on here really as the pair are throwing so many layers of noise into the ‘wall’- but from what I can make out from there’s: rapid metallic battering, crusty juddering ‘n’ slicing, roaring ‘n’ rolling noise sears, and possible galloping and noise fired giallo like soundtrack textures. The track remains extremely dense, layered and overloaded through-out, but there seems some movement with in the textures but this could be a trick of the mind. So “Jealous Love Triangle” is a very thick, airless and in the red of slice wall-making, that you'll get total overwhelmed by
The Second side of tape one features a track from Polish based I Am A Slut, and the tracks entitled “White Beauty Unleashed”. This tracks ‘wall’ is based around a mixture of huge, slight caught and junk lined noise juddering, searing/roasting static grain, and latter on descending, hissing and falling noise textures. The track nicely roast, bends and collapses in on it’s self, the 'wall' remains extreme and deeply intense through-out. I guess if I could compare the track to anything it sounds what it might be like to try and walking through a burning building that’s collapsing, roasting, caving-in, and violent shifting around you. All told it's a great and violently moving textural wall of noise, and it shows this project on fine form again.
Onto the second C40 tape, and on side one we have a track from The Sun Turns Black- this Minneapolis based project features Stefan. S ; who runs the New Forces label and is the mind behind harsh noise project Breaking The Will. This projects track is entitled “Temple In The Trees”, and this ‘wall’ is like a huge dark mass of juddering, roaring and split noise. The track rather brings to mind what a very destructive earthquake would sound like if it was tearing and ripping through a vast forest of very large and tall trees- with the sound of ripping earth n’ roots, splitting and smashing wood, and roaring/crashing masers of trees, leafs and branches. At just after the six minute thirty mark there’s a small gap, and then we seemingly start another track(though there’s only ones listed!) this track is a mixture of more rapid and galloping textural tears, rumbling judders and sudden mass of branches like rips and rough pulls - I guess it sounds like some vast demon racing through a forest tearing trees up as he goes along. Both(?) tracks are very rewarding and apocalyptic slices of wall making, and I look forward to hearing what this project does next.
So on the last side of tape two, and we have Minneapolis based male and female project White Plague which features Sam Stoxen( of Baculum, …massacre, Grain Belt and runner of the exellent Phage Tapes) and his girlfriend Angie Ridgeway. Their track is entitled “Too Little Too Late”, and it finds the pair building a really low-down, deep and nasty ‘wall’ out of: rubbery and blow-out bass judders, helicopter like hover and descending texturing, and smaller jittering spoke like elements. It’s a great, inventive and tense slice of wall making, and I wish this pair would release more stuff together as everthing I’ve heard by them has been top notch and very well thought-out examples of HNW.
So all in all this is a great & highly consistent four way split that no self respected wall-fan can be with-out!, and thankfully there’s a few more copies of this than many HNW release with a pressing of 50 copies been done- so act quick and pick one of these up before there all gone.Roger Batty