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Last Rape - Nightmare Rendezvous [Bored Bear Records - 2011]

“Nightmare Rendezvous” is the 11th in the series of twelve monthly 3 inch CDR releases that are been put out through-out 2011 by Ireland's Bored Bear Recordings. Each release in the series celebrates, pays tribute and chronicles one of the many projects of highly influential & respected Texas noise artist Richard Ramirez.

Last Rape is one of Ramirez's longest running projects, through there have been gaps of some ten or so years in the projects life. The project put out it’s first release in 1995 with the line-up of Richard Ramirez, Mary AD( ex Black Leather Jesus)and Perry Cliven(Massacre In Dinosaur Valley,Snuff prom, ect)- this line up lasted a few years. Then the project became inactive only to be restarted in the mid 2000’s by Richard Ramirez and Naoki Chisato- this line up didn’t last long and in the last few years the project has shifted to Richard Ramirez & Sean E. Matzus(Black Leather Jesus, The Secret Geography, A Week Of Kindness etc). Last Rapes sound is best described as often atmospheric fed walled noise that is themed around giallo & horror films.

On offer here is a single just over 21 minute track that finds the pair building a ‘wall’ from layers of raw billowing, ripping roasting and roaring air like churns. The noise layers often shift & ebb at a different rate meaning you get this muilti layered storm type feel to the track. The tracks executed  in a suitable overwhelming & intense manner, but sadly I found the whole track a little bit underwhelming and not as atmospherically seared as Last Rapes stuff usually is. I think the main reason I didn’t get on with the track is the swilling manner that the noise layers where put together- it just all felt too loose & not powerful enough. Though you do have to give it to the pair for quite original lo-if & brutal ebb/ battering feel, and I do like tha gabbling screaming/voice elements that appear at the tail end of the track mixed into the sonic masltrorm

Sadly this is not one of my favourite tracks from  Last Rape or of this series in genreal, but one does have to admire the searing muilt-layered attack of it all…I just miss some form of defined structure & atmosphere here.

Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5

Roger Batty
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