Burial Ground - Zombie [Altar Of Waste - 2012]“Zombie” offers up just over an hours worth of dense, brutal & disorientating Walled noise. This La Crosse, Wisconsin based HNW project themes all of its work around cult horror movies, and the theme for this release is the Italian splatter zombie classic Zombie Flesh Eater, which was of course directed by infamous Italian gore master Lucio Fulci.
As with every thing put out on the great Altar of Waste label the packaging here is worth a mention. The CDR has a pro-printed lable that takes in a comic representation of the classic zombie-attacking-a -shark scene from the moive. The CDR comes in a see through lime green DVD case, which features on its front cover central comic box illustration that takes in a few scenes from the movie. On the pack cover there's a still from the infamous wooden- splinter-in- the-eye scene, and on the reverse of the cover there’s a full sized still of group of zombies walking along.
The single self track on offer here comes in at the 76 mintue mark. It starts with a sample from the movie that takes in the moaning, creaking, then screaming sounds of the movies infamous zombie-forcing- a- wooden-splinter-in-a females-eye scene. The ‘wall’ comes in at around the two minute forty mark, and it’s a very dense & disorientating mixture of muffled pummelling & battering mid-ranged noise, thinner jittering ‘n’ rushing noise haze, and a distant rumbling low-end texture. The whole ‘wall’ remains very thick & brutal hazed through-out, with Burial Ground creating a most fitting battering voodoo meets & airless brutality vibe. From time to time the tones do seem to switch places with-in the ‘walls’ make-up, and at times it sounds like the pace might be slowing down….but I’m not sure if these are both tricks of the ‘wall’. Through I’m sure it does start to get more rapid towards the end of the ‘wall’ as more battering & crisp noise tones seem to surface with-in the ‘wall’. The track ends with a minute or two collage like mix of movie samples that take in pained gurgling sounds, gun shots, zombie moans & Fabio Frizzi's sinisterly wavering ‘n’ pounding synth sound track, and a few dialogue samples too.
All told this is a fitting & nicely put together walled noise tribute to Zombie Flesh Eaters, I particularly like the brutally hazed & disorientating feel that Burial Ground creates with-in the ‘wall’.Roger Batty