Bad Algorithm - Collapse [Self Releas - 2012]“Collapse” comes in the form of a 3inch CDR, and on offer here are two track of meaty, dark & brutal HNW. The Bad Algorithm Project is from Raleigh, NC USA, and the project started in early 2012- to begin with Bad Algorithm was a mixed HNW/ Harsh Noise project, but over there last couple of releases they’ve become mainly HNW.
The mini CDR comes in a small plastic slip sleeve that features a old school/grim black and white picture of a run down auto sales shop under a fly over, also included is sticker with the projects quite unreadable black metal/ grind gore like logo on.
The CDR features two tracks in all with a total running time of 24 minutes, which isn’t bad for a 3inch release. First up we have “Collapse” , and this is the longer of the two tracks at just shy of the 15 minute mark. The track is built around simple yet brutally effective meaty ‘n’ juddering bass bound noise texture, which is ribbed by nice ‘n’ nasty rumbling sub-tones. It literal feels like the track is slow but sure boring ‘n’ drilling deeper & deeper into your skull & brain the further it goes on. The ‘wall’ is fairly slowed to mid pace in it’s feel, and it has a great blacked & doomed atmosphere about it, as the main tone mixers with the subtones to create this huge sounding rumble ‘n’ bass raped monolith. All told a very pleasingly grim & bone rumbling slice of tar blacked wall noise.
The second & last track is entitled “Collapse II”, and this comes in at just over the 9 minute mark. This track is more rapid, raging & stark in it’s feel. The ‘walls’ built around a fairly active thick set of noise tones that shift from billowing, to rumbling, to a brutal juddering ‘walls’. It's ok in a speedy & monotone sort of raging way, but ultimately I felt it was a little underwhelming & a little predictable compared with the great first track.
So a rather mixed bag of a release- with the first track been a great slice of darkly set ‘n’ brutal HNW, and the second track been a fast yet underwhelming slice monotone wall raging. There’s certainly some really promise here, so lets hope the project can deepen & expand the bass bound & dark brutal wonder of the first track on future releases.Roger Batty