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Death.Sick.Cunt - Speed Bumps [Pig Records - 2011]

The charmingly named Death.Sick.Cunt is a one man Harsh noise/ HNW project from Irving Texas. “Speed Bumps” comes in the form of a c36 tape, and it offers up two side long ‘walls’ of searing & pained wall noise.

Up first on side one we have a track called “Slow Down”, and this rips straight in with a wall that’s a mixture of  billowing dense noise which is brutallly underfed by this grating ‘n’ scraping tone. The billow tone has this neat slightly rising & hovering feel to it, almost like it’s tied  to the ground & it keeps pulling at it’s ropes trying to push out of  your speakers & physically crush you against a wall.  The grating/ scraping tone falls somewhere between fan belt slipping repletion,  and a rapid insect like burrowing texturing. For most of the tracks runtime these two primal tones sear against each other in a fairly fixed manner, but   in the tracks last few minutes this great nasty spurting tonality is added in to ‘wall’, which makes for a nice intense & caustic end to the track.

Flipping over to side two, and we have a track called “Bored To Life”, and once again this track smashers straight in. This ‘wall’ seems a little more raging & rapid than the first side ‘wall, though it’s built around similar sonic building blocks- a billowing judder & a grating/ brutal sparking tone.  Where the first side ‘wall’ seem to be raise and pushing upwards this sides ‘wall’ is a about careering & tumbling brutally downwards- giving one the impression that  your rapidly tumbling down & down a rough yet repetitive slope. Though this sides track is damn brutal, I think I prefer the first sides track better as it seem to keep my attention longer, the tones used felt a little more original/ rewarding & I really dig the spurting tone that came in the end of the track.

So this c36 offers up  two sides of  punishing, deeply nasty & dense walled noise- both sides are effective enough slices of  damn brutal & head grating HNW, but for me the first sides track is the most rewarding & entrancing of the two ‘walls’ here. (picture used for the review was taken by Sean E. Matzus @ Eyes Behind The Wall 2 fest in 2011)

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Roger Batty
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