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Pig Shrapnel - Bacon Worship [ - 2011]

Pig Shrapnel is the HNW/Harsh noise project of Santa Fe  US based Joe The Stache who also runs  noise tape label Hair on My Food Tapes & Records.  "Bacon Worship" is the projects first release, and  it comes in the form of 3inc cdr.

The project uses only junk metal manipulation as sound source. And currently, thin gauge sheet metal is the main sound source  been utilized. This CDR offers up a single self titled nineteen minute track which seems to be themed around the cooking of bacon & breakfast time, which has to be one of the more bizarre themes I’ve come across for an HNW release.

Soundwise the track starts off in very head roasting form with a ‘wall’ of compressed & stuck thunder like static with a under carriage of juddering noise texturing. Sadly this initially ‘wall’ doesn’t stay in place very long, & with-in a few minutes  or so  the ‘walls’ layers start to shift to a mixture of stark noise drone & juddering noise crackle. The rest of the track sort of sears along with rather limp & uninspired mixture of billowing drone & juddering/crackle bound noise texturing with ever so often some slightly harsh noise textural detail or shift thrown in for good measure. The tracks ok & at times it builds up to some great roaring ‘n’ brutal highs, but my problem is a lot of the time it seems to be scooting along in low gear & when the really meaty/ intense moments do kick in they just don’t stay around long enough.

So to sum an interesting concept/ theme for the project, and to start with sonically this sounds great but sadly it just rather fizzles out into rather bland & unfocused HNW/HN mix. I’d certainly be interested to hear some more from this project if it stayed with more in the brutal & roasting highs of the start of the track

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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