Carrion Black Pit - Architect Of Ruins(Infinity series part 11 [Sweet Soiltide - 2011]"Architect Of Ruins” was the 11th release in the Infinity series- an identical artwork based collection of releases put out by Uk based Sweet Solitude label. Each volume sees a different worldwide HNW act attempting ambient and experimental forms of walled noise. This release appeared back in late summer 2011.
The release comes from horror themed Brazilian based HNW/ANW project Carrion Black Pit- which is all the work of São Paulo, based Elias who is most known for the great Harsh Noise /Industrial/HNW/noised-up Sword-and-Sandal soundtrack project Sleep of Ages.
This CDR features four tracks which run between the shorter five mintue plus to slight longer twenty minute plus tracks. Opening up the release we have “Born To Burn, Slowly”, which comes in just over the five minute mark. The tracks based around a muffled accelerating tone that’s bayed by thin low-fi judders, and throbbing bass trails building underneath as the track progresses. I’m afraid to say I found this track rather lacking, as it felt rather un- dynamic & a little bland- it also didn’t really build much of an atmosphere which this projects work normally does.
Onto track two, and we have the eight minutes worth of “In Human Gore Imbued”. This track is built around a dense mesh of seemingly rapid slowing juddering rumbles, that seem to pile around you like mounds of grey ash. This track is much more effective in both atmosphere & sound construction then the first track.
Track three is entitled “One Becomes Accustomed With The Darkness Here”, and it's the longest track here at just shy of the twenty minute mark. This track starts with a dense line of thick ‘n’ sludge bound purring tonality, which feels like your ears are surrounded by a mass of sinister looking cats. Ever so often there's the odd glitch or flicker in the brooding drone map that adds to the atmosphere. As the track progresses the purring seems to get more stretched out & expanded like a brooding tone desert, which seemingly pulls you in deeper & deeper in. By around the mid-way point the ‘wall’ has subtle shifted to a slowly tumbling ‘n’ rumbling tone mesh, which I guess rather brings to mind a amped up recording of snow fall, it also brings to mind the second track too- once again the 'wall' seems to slow around you. This is a most effective slice of ANW.
Lastly we have the wonderfully entitled “Funeral At Zero Gravity”, which comes in just under the eighteen minute mark. And this track is built around a sustained yet distant high pitched tone which is surrounded by a muffled rumbling drum like textured judder. The ‘wall’ really does create a very tense yet eerier vibe, and it's a great end to the release.
To sum-up “Architect Of Ruins” offers up three effective & atmospheric slices of walled noise that mainly fit in the ANW bracket- it’s just a pity that the first track was included here as it begins the release in a rather lacklustre & really uninspired manner. Roger Batty