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Facialmess / Sleep Sessions - Excessive Force [Somnolent Shelter Records - 2012]

Facialmess is one of the (few) masters of extremely dynamic stop-and-go harsh noise and one of my favorite active noise acts, while Sleep Sessions is a harsh noise project from Poland that has come up with really good material during the last few years. I think the two projects involved are quite close to each other in spirit and delivery so I immediately imagined that this CDr would be a good match.

The first three tracks are courtesy of Kenny aka Facialmess and their length weirdly exceeds Sleep Session tracks by ten minutes or so. I can't complain about an over-abundance of Facialmess material, but this still struck me as an odd.

Kenny starts with a full blast of clear Japanese style harsh noise mixed with what seems like a rap or dub song that abruptly changes in a slow, dub-ish pounding bass line with mellow chatter/field recordings and a creaking junk metal sound. High pitch microphone feedback lurk beneath the gargling mass of low frequencies.  Bits of a mangled dub track emerge here and there just to be engulfed by lightning-fast bursts of massive harsh noise. The noise suddenly stops,   leaving behind a trace of heavy reverb, and it pops up again after a few seconds with junk metal loops, spurting and hissing synth lines, contact microphone bashing and an excellent and fast channel panning. It's classic, headbanging Facialmess with a great use of junk metal, the usual reverb abuse and the bizarre and unsettling addition of a distorted bass riff. Excellent! The other tracks are essentially a variation on the same theme (the "quiet" parts being maybe the only part that changes significantly) but they're just as effective and evocative. It's some of the best harsh noise you could ever ask for.


Sleep Sessions is probably a bit more focused on the thematics of this split (police brutality, State control, etc), since his first track "Full-Spectrum Dominance" features fitting spoken word samples. What we get is an extremely creepy power electronics-style synth punctuated by nasty short bursts of harsh noise, not dissimilar to what we heard in Facialmess' tracks. Very good.

Sleep Sessions' second track ("Raped By A Cop") is pure, super dynamic harsh noise with a focus on looping, silence and constant movement. It cuts very fast from microphone feedback and crackling white noise to redundant 90s-Merzbow-style loops and high frequency synthy swooshing- Fantastic!. The two following tracks are more of the same, excellent cut up harsh noise, with a few moments of absolute mastery, especially in the use of silence and for the excellent timing of loops. The ending of the final track is hilarious.

Unsurprisingly I enjoyed this split a lot. I appreciated Facialmess' new array of "quiet" sounds and the general polish (ha!) and attention to detail of both projects. You can really hear the massive quantity of effect pedals used to record this split and all the love these people have for harsh noise. Highly recommended to all noiseheads.

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Nicola Vinciguerra
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