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Death Frees Every Soul/Werewolf Jerusale - Split [Victimology Rec - 2012]

This split HNW CDR brings together one half an hour track from Scottish wall noise project Death Frees Every Soul. And two eleven to fifteen minute walls from Werewolf Jerusalem, which of course is one of the more known of the many projects of Texas based noise artists & HNW originator Richard Ramirez.

The CDR comes in a oversized zip lock bag that features a rather macabre murky red & grey double sided cover cards that take in over laid pictures of dead bodies, bones, earth ect.

Up first we have the Death Frees Every Soul track which is entitled “Entropic Cascade Failure”- this comes in at 32.34 minute. The track is built around a taut, intense & focused mix of buzzing, purring & juddering low-end, which has a few smaller jitter & juddering mid-ranged tones mixed in with it. I must say I was quite taken by the taut & intensely focused drilling feel of this ‘wall’, and it very much kept me attentive & entranced through out it’s run-time. The track also nicely leaves your head still buzzing when in finishers. This track is so much of an improvement on what I’ve heard this project in the past, & I’m egger to hear more of this projects  other work.

Next we have the first of the Werewolf Jerusalem tracks which is wonderfully entitled “The Sound Of Insects Surrounding The Corpse”. The tracks built around a slightly dragged-out & muffled low to mid ranged juddering tone, which is played over by a selection of tighter jittering textures. To start with the whole ‘wall’ has a very hazy muffled vibe to it, but around the three to four minute mark the tones become more focused ‘n’ crunchy in their feel. The whole thing has a nice oppressive, grimly feasting vibe to it, with  Ramirez nicely keeping the whole track taut, atmospheric & quite suffocating in it’s feel. As the track carries on the taut weave of textures seeming slow down, then speed-up, thin- back, then dense back-up, I’m not sure if this is really happening, or it’s down to an illusion of the ‘wall’ it’s self. By the 11th minute there is  a more crackly ‘n’ crunching vibe to the ‘wall’, as it seemingly wraps tighter & ticker around you. In it’s last few minutes the track returns to it’s more muffled & tautly musty origins . All told this is a great bit of ‘wall-making’.

Lastly we have the second, and slightly shorter Werewolf Jerusalem track “Removal, Piece By Piece”. This track offers up a more thick, dense & roaring mix of billowing low- end noise roll, which is encased by a more taut repetitive sand grain mass of static. This track seems less detailed & shifting than the first track, but it’s no less compelling or entrance in it’s attack.  And it’s a great end to this thoroughly rewarding split.

All told this split offers up three great slices of rewarding, brutal & often atmospheric walled noise.This release appeared in a edition of 30 copies back in late 2012, so if your lucky you may still be able to get your hands on one of theses.

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Roger Batty
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