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Various HNW Artists - Crimes Of Passion [Worthless Recordings - 2012]

“Crimes Of Passion” is a four way HNW compilation/split that is themed around various murder cases. The c90 tape brings together Brazilian based Carrion Black Pit, Minneapolis based Lethe, Texas based Folter, and Mayfield based Hearse Fetish. Each project offers up twenty to twenty one minute track.

The tape comes in a single sided pro printed black, white & red cover. Also included are five small  paper inserts that take in the tapes track listing, and a selection of newspaper cutting/ collages relating to the four murder cases covered on the tape. All told it’s a nicely put together bit of packaging, highlighting the more tabloid take on murder, with a pinch of collage sleaze.


First up on the tape we have the Carrion Black Pit track, and this is entitled “Of Body And Soul”. Carrion Black Pit is HNW & AHNW project of São Paulo, Brazil based Elias (Sleep of Ages & EXU)- the projects work is normally based around more fictional horror, so the track is a little bit of a departure.  The track on offer is based around the Daniela Perez Murder- Daniella Perez was a Brazilian actress. She was daughter of Glória Perez, one of the most important telenovela( Spanish soap operas) writers in Brazil. Daniella was killed in 1993 at the age of 22 by the actor Guilherme de Pádua,  who was her workmate in the popular telenovela "De Corpo e Alma”.  She was stabbed 18 times, and left in a vacant lot in the neighbourhood of Barra da Tijuca, in the west of Rio de Janeiro. It’s thought she was killed because de Pádua wife who was jealous of Perez acting along side her husband.
Moving onto the track it’s self, and it starts off with a wonky rendition of the one of the sub themes from the first Halloween movie, which is played out in plinky/plonky manner on the piano. Around the minute twenty mark this is blasted away a mass of searing noise which takes in churning ‘n’ billow low end & swirling/ jittering static scour  - the churning/ billowing has an almost throbbing groove to it, while the scouring element is nicely caustic & at times gets quite dense ‘n’ ripping. The two elements nice bay & rip against each other in quite a urgent manner, yet there is a little play between each tones patterns which keeps you nicely on the edge.   Around the 11 minute mark a more battering ‘n’ billowing tone throb replaces the low-end tone, and this nicely adds a more dramatic though still little wonky edge to the proceedings. At around the 16 minute mark the whole track seems to start to chug & melt down into searing yet brutal sludgy wall of sound. Before stopping briefly around the 18 minute mark for seesawing mix of smashing & textural grating industrial fed walled noise before once more the wonky Halloween piano element appears again before the track ends.


The other track on side one is Lethe’s “Consent To Death”.  Lethe is one of the projects of Minneapolis based Cory Strand(Dreamless, Lindskold, solo work, ect), and this prolific project’s sound has gone from hopeless drone, to HNW, to death ambience, to greyed sub-tone studies- the track on offer here is squarely in the HNW bracket.  The track here is themed around the Kallang Body Parts murder which is one of Singapore’s more prominent criminal cases. The crime took place in June 2005 and involved the murder of Liu Hong Mei, a Chinese national who had been working in Singapore. She was killed by her supervisor and lover, Leong Siew Chor, and subsequently chopped up into seven parts. Her body parts and belongings were then dumped at the Kallang River, Singapore River, rubbish bins along Ubi Road and outside Ang Mo Kio MRT Station. The crime came to light when parts of her body surfaced in the Kallang River, giving the crime its name.
The track on offer here is based around a taut & locked billowing/ juddering noise tone, & underneath this is a distant & slower mixture of rumbling/ battering/ pummelling tones which have an almost intense ambient feel to them.  The front billow gives the track a fine brutal yet moody feel & at times an almost weighty sludge feel to it, while the distant elements add a creepy/eerier edge to the ‘wall’.  The track remains fairly fixed through-out, yet there are some effective sub-tone shifts along the way, & at times you can almost make out a faint industrial type edge to the ‘wall’, though the way Strand has blurred & muffled the tones together the track has a  suitable hazy yet damn brutal feel.  I think this is one of my favourite tracks here as Strand creates a really moody yet brutal bit of walled noise that is both totally entrance &  encasing.


First up on side two we have the Folter track which is entitled “Fingerless. Toothless”.  Folter is the HNW project  Texas Houston  based Zach Guttowsky(of projects Glasgow Smile & Black Leather Jesus, and runner of the Burial Recordings label). This track is themed around the Iceman Killer, aka Richard Leonard  Kuklinski who was an American serial killer who joined the mafia as a contract killer for financial support. Kuklinski worked for Newark's DeCavalcante crime family and New York City's Five Families. He claims to have murdered over 100, or possibly 250 men (his recollections varied) between 1948 and 1986. Kuklinski claimed to have committed his first murder at the age of 13.
This track is made up of two of three layers of rushing, pummelling & sweeping noise tones that are built together to create this intense & un-escapable ‘wall’ of sound. The track feels very monochrome and chilling in it’s unrelenting attack- the ‘wall’ is fairly fixed in it’s unfold, though the more sweeping caustic grey tones do shift a little over the first half, and at times more pummelling deeper textures come into play too. On the whole it’s an effectively stark yet brutal bit of ‘wall-making’ which nicely fits the tracks theme.


And lastly on side two we have Hearse Fetish’s track which is entitled “Eyes Closed, Then Dismembered”. Hearse Fetish is the often industrial tinged HNW project of Mayfield, NY  based Ryne Barber( who also runs & writes for the great noise/ experimental blog Memory Wave Transmission).
This track takes it theme from the case of Fred & Rose West- a  British serial killer couple, who seduced and murdered their own children and unsuspecting victims in their Gloucester home. The pair killed 13 + young women between 1970’s & the late 1980’s.
This track is built around a mass of two or three locked chugging ,crusty & almost bouncing noise tones that are underpinned by this simple locked churning industrial like texture.  The track has a suibtle stale, airless & sleazy air to it, and your mind gets nicely locked into the churning
repetition of the tracks make-up.


All four tracks here are rewarding & effective in their own right, and together they make for a most enjoyable yet brutal murder themed HNW compilation. This release comes in edition of 50 copies, so hopefully you should still be able to get hold of a copies of this.

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
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