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Death Frees Every Soul - The Plague Carrier [Victimology Rec - 2013]

“The Plague Carrier” is the new full length release from this Scottish based walled noise project. And it comes in the form of a CDR release that presents the listener with four lengthy slices of dense, detailed & creative sounding HNW.

The release comes in a zip lock plastic bag, and this takes in back & front colour covers- the front one features a fisted hand in front of a  group of blue hospital monitor like horizontal lines, and these sit on a  grey/dense lined back ground. And back cover takes in a open hand with a picture of a fly superimposed over it; behind the hand we have two spaced apart & thinner sets of horizontal hospital  monitor like red lines on a dense grey back ground. I must say the design is very eye catching  for this release, and brings to mind plague & contamination movies/ artwork from the late 70’s or early 80’s.

The four untitled tracks on offer here each come in at a few seconds over the ten minute mark, and each track is a most captervating slice of dense & fairly fixed wall noise making, which is weaved with clever, chilling & often intricate textural detail. And each track here perfectly captures the feeling of detailed viral growth, or microscopic disease spreading that fit’s perfectly with the releases concept.

So the first untitled track is built around the following elements: A rapidly jittering ‘n’ slightly billowing thick electro buzzing, A thinner insect like feasting ‘n’ jittering tone, and a looped & strange sort of baying/ rasping breath type tone. These elements are weaved together into this dense, detailed & highly compelling slice of wall-making, which for me is one of the highlights of this release.  The choice of textures here are simply perfect for the releases theme, as they bring to mind rapidly attacking virus's, over  crowded quarantine hospital wards, and finally flies flitting & feasting on a massed mounds of dead human flesh.

Track two’s ‘wall’  just brings together two main textures- A thick yet rapid boring ‘n’ deep buzzing bass noise tone, & a thinner & muffled mid-ranged  fixed juddering ‘n’ skipping tone. These elements are fed together to create a wonderful oppressive & sickness hazed vibe that just seems to press in, and engulf you more & more the further the track goes on.

Track three brings together: A fixed sludgy purring ‘n’ churning noise texture, A line of crackling ‘n’ jittering, and a selection of smaller locked down sputtering ‘n’ jittering  noise textures. This ‘wall’ very much brings to mind wards full of  rasping  ‘n’ shivering half dead patents, & erratic/ failing medical machinery they are attached to.

Lastly track four mixes together the following two elements- a fixed & stark rumbling noise tone,  and a thinner locked down cluttering & sputtering tone. I guess you could say this  track is moving towards ANW territory, though it has this glitch/ textural hiccup running through the whole ‘wall’ which stops it from becoming too ambient, and remaining edgy & unwell.


I’ll have to admit I was a little underwhelmed by this project early releases, but as it’s gone on it’s ability to create rewarding, well themed & executed walled noise has grown & grown. Simply put “The Plague Carrier” is a wonderful conceived & applied HNW release, and a must have item for those who enjoy well made & often uncomfortable wall-making to get lost in.

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

Roger Batty
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