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Daughter of Darkness - Part I [Category III Recordings - 2012]

Daughter of Darkness is a rather mysterious HNW project that takes it’s name and theme from Category III movie (Asian Culture's equivalent to a NC-17 or extreme 18 rated movie) "Mie Men Can An Zhi  Nie Sha"( aka Daughter Of Darkness).

“Part 1” is made up of fifteen tracks that mix together  sound samples, music & oriental dialogue from the film with five to ten minute long walled noise batterings. Before moving onto talk about the ‘walls’ on offer here, lets touch on the film the project & this release is based around. “Mie Men Can An Zhi Nie Sha” was released in 1993, and the film tells the story of teenage girl who is abused by her family, and raped by her father. After the family is murdered the teenage daughter ,who was raped/ abused, is suspected of the crime by the sex mad inspector whose investigating the case. The movie is meant to be a mix of: off-kilter comedy, very violent  scenes (murder, incest & rape), and sex/ nudity.

The samples used through-out the album taking in lo-budget 80’s sounding synth ‘n’ bass lined soundtrack snippets, chattering & rapid oriental dialogue, and sound effects. All of these add quite an alien & surreal edge to the album, and make for interesting contrast to the often battering ‘n’ bleak walled noise dwells.

As already mentioned the HNW tracks here last between five to ten minutes a piece. And these mainly stick to battering, bass lined & brutal walled noise that is fairly unmoving, bleak, dark & brutal in it’s feel, which of course perfectly fits the films nasty/ sleazed air. From time to time a few of the latter tracks drift towards dark ‘n’ brutalized AWN territory- as the pace slows, and the noise tones seem to blur & melt grimly together.

I very much enjoyed HNW albums that ulizting film samples, dialogue & soundtrack elements as they work well with in the walled noise context, and “Part 1” is no exception. I look forward to seeing if “part 2” appears, and hearing more from this new French HNW/noise label that's going to theme all of it’s releases around horror or controversial movies

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Roger Batty
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