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Piss Gag - Try [Bored Bear Recordings - 2012]

“Try” is the second in series of twelve monthly three inch CDR releases that are to be put out through-out 2012 by Ireland's Bored Bear Recordings. Each release in this new series offers up a debut release from one of twelve new projects that are been put together by highly influential & respected Texas noise artist Richard Ramirez.

The charmingly entitled Piss Gag brings  together Ramirez with two fellow Texas based noise & HNW  artists : Robert Newsome( of White Gimp Mask, Black Leather Jesus & The Girl In The Wooden Horse Torture) and Zach Guttowsky(of Folter & Glasgow Smile).  The project seems to be themed around gay S&M, and golden water sports(I’m sure you know what I mean!).  Sound wise I guess you’d call the project very grating & searing harsh noise with a few wallish like dwells.

The single track on offer here come in at the twenty minute &  fifty second mark. The track starts out as a extremely cruel & nasty mix of grating, searing & mid pitch swirling noise currents that are underfed by waves of chugging lower toned noise- all these elements are fed together to form this  caustic &  painful mass of sound. I guess you can say it’s a ‘wall’ of noise, but really there's too much activity & searing layer shift to call it all out HNW. As the track progress it remains very seared, nasty and thick(except for around the 15 minute mark when it stops for a moment)- yet from time to time the chugging meets sheering spacey bound pitches become a little more defined & pattern based, and at times there’s almost a cruel harmonic edge to the proceedings, but it also drops into near all out teeth grating searing noise white-outs too.  The most enjoyable moment for me are after it re-appears after it’s brief break around the 15 minute mark, & we drop into a fairly locked ‘wall’ of juddering ‘n’ roaring noise that has this constant watering harmonic ring tone repeatedly moving through it, through oddly it seems to be only coming through the left stereo channel & not the right. All told this is certainly a very nasty & extreme track, but from personally tastes  I find the overloaded searing & grating tones a bit too much  through-out most of the tracks runtime.

So if your enjoy Ramirez’s work when it’s at the more seared, grating & intense harsh noise focused you’ll certainly dig this, but if you after more fixed, dwelling & atmospheric walled noise best try elsewhere.

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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