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Centuries Behind A Gate - Searching For Paradise [Breaching Static - 2011]

“Searching For Paradise” is the second release from  Iowa based Alex Nowacki(of Boar, Phantom Rib & I watched You Die) new, mysterious quite  primal sounding & story based HNW project Centuries Behind A Gate.

On offer here is a two CDR set  & each disc  presents the listener with a  lengthy, dense, raging and strangely atmospheric slice of wall-making.  The two CDR’s come in a double sided white dvd case that features wrap around  photo copied artwork of the underground/soil cross section. Inside the case is a two page story written in diary form, this story covers the first CBAG Part One- "Nervousness" releases story, as well as the story line linked to these two long tracks.  The story is about a man who loses his wife due to some strange substance/ drug abuse. Since his wife death the man has been put on drugs by his doctor, that are similar to the ones that killed his wife. One day after a doctors appointment he meets a man who claims to know where to find a secret world that’s been awaiting us all for centuries behind a mysterious, dangerous & hidden gate.

Disc one is taken up by the seventy four minute of “Nothing Left”. This track finds Nowacki unfolding a brutal, active and flowing mixture reeling storm noise tone, slightly skipping yet fixed juddering, and cooking slow roast meets furnace like fixed billows. Nowacki forces these elements together into a elemental force which is both  encasing and involving, the ‘wall’ stays fixed through out  it's near on hour an twenty minute runtime.

Over onto disc two and we have “Wall Of Mud” which comes in at just over the seventy minute mark. This track is once again very speedy, thick and intense in it’s feel & execution.. This wall is made of buried bass bound judders, rushing 'n' burst river bank roar, and sometimes distant billowing. Like the first track this is unchanging for  most it’s life, yet it very engage & atmospherically battering.

So if you enjoy dense, primal, length and often morrish bound walled noise- this is certainly worth picking up. And the neat story adds another dimension to the release too….so roll on part three!

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

Roger Batty
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