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Centuries Behind A Gate - The Flesh Room [Breaching Static - 2011]

“The Flesh Room” is the 3rd release from Iowa based Alex Nowacki (of Boar, Phantom Rib & I watched You Die) mysterious, quite primal sounding & story based HNW project Centuries Behind A Gate.

On offer here is a single cdr in oversized A5 envelope that’s been spray painted red- the envelope features a stuck on photo copies front cover that features a grey peeling & possible flesh looking pattern or wall. And inside the envelope, along with CDR, we get the next part of the projects story which finds the story main character inside the flesh room…which is seemingly a blood soaked & dripping room that hung with many bodies that are suspended from the ceiling in some sort of macabre web like structure.

The CDR features a single track of dense , pummelling & overwhelming  walled noise that rolls in at just under the thirty three minute mark.  The ‘wall’ is built around a deeply thick & smothering mixture of churning ‘n’ juddering mid-paced noise textures- these textures seem to be continual descending into onto themselves to create this great suffocating & overwhelming mass.  Knitted between the large more pressing noise tones are shorter jittering & more rapid noise pitches which nicely complement the other tones, and help deepen the descend bleakness of this weighty & smothering ‘wall’. The ‘wall’ remains fairly fixed until around the 16th minute when  Nowacki adds on another layer of slightly more lose, swaying & battering noise matter- this helps intensify the track even more, & makes it feel like it’s close in & piling down on top of you. Moving towards the twenty minute mark the new tone seems to become more ripping, shredding & nasty in it’s  feel, and of course this intensifies the tracks  head pressing tension & weight-ness even more.

So “The Flesh Room” offers up the listener with an extremely dense, weighty & intensifying slice of pressing & airless walled noise.

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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