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Karkastix - Kisssers And Hugs [Toxic Industries/Irritant Series - 2010]

"Kissers And Hugs” is the first full length release from this relatively new Italian HNW project. The CDR offers up a single just under forty one minute track of brutal and seared walled noise.

I was looking forward to hearing this release, as I was very much taken by the projects first release- a 3inch mini cdr entitled “Sacro Perditio”  which appeared on anarchofreaksproduction in late 2010/ early 2011.  “Sacro Perditio”  offered up three tracks & mixed together sustained noise pitch investigations and electro fired Harsh walled noise, where as “Kissers And Hugs” mixers together extremely brutal and  battering walled noise with siren waves and piercing pitch sustains.

The tracks ‘wall’ starts off as a very brutal, fairly rapidly and brutishly bass lined mixture of violent juddering and jittering noise elements that are locked together to create an truly unstoppable wall of sound. It’s a great and moorisly extreme wall, but there’s a clever and quite original twist to this ‘wall’;- at just around the five & a half minute mark a  collection of wavering high pitched noise tones or slicing siren waves are added into the mix- these ebb and flow over the track brutal rush in a most rewarding manner. These new elements are mixed in such a way that you just get sudden sharpe  hints of tone piercing and drilling out of the rushing wall of noise, and this creates quite an interesting contrast between the juddering and jitter bass thick-ness and the Sharpe and sustained her pitched elements. The remainder of the track sees Karkastix locked juddering/ jittering ‘wall’  mixed with the sudden riseing/ falling finer and piercing siren tones to great and highly effective results.

It’s always great when a new project follows up their promising debut release with a great second release, and that’s exactly what “Kissers and Hugs” is. So if your after locked juddering 'n' jittering bound 'walls' which have interesting and shifting high pitched noise element on top look no further than here. Oh & don’t be fooled by the title, there nothing loving or warm about this release!

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Roger Batty
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