Cannibal Ritual - Return Of The Shamatari [Meat Hook Butchery - 2013]After an absences of three or so years, “Return Of The Shamatari” sees the return of German HNW legend Cannibal Ritual. This release appeared back in late September 2013 in the form of a five track digital download album, and really it finds the project returning to the simplistic yet extreme brutal & lo-fi walled noise of it’s previous releases.
The five tracks on offer here last between seventeen & twenty four minute mark, and each is a brutal & no thrills example of walled noise. The release opens with the track “Prey”, which is built around a continuing flowing mass of mid paced/ low-end meaty juddering noise that is roughly covered with a layer of stark semi hissing & muffled static.
Track two comes in the form of “Hunting The Swamps”, and this ‘wall’ is built around a mix of fixed & rapidly deep grating noise- this is mixed with slightly jittering & weaving thinner static texturing.
“Bizarre Rituals” takes in track number three, and it’s built around a thick & crusty lines of slurred ‘n’ slowed juddering. And these are topped off with a slightly thinner jittering noise tones
Track number four come in the form of “Eocannibals”, and is built around a consistent & fixed mid-paced crisp & meaty juddering, which is ribbed by rapid cluttering ‘n’ jittering sub-tones. This track feels like it’s continually fall into it’s self again & again, and also at the same time slowing it self down too- I’d say this is my highlight out of the five tracks here.
Lastly we have “On A Brutal Rampage” which conists of deep churning & rumbling textured noise mass that is pock marked with smaller jittering static grain.Roger Batty
Cannibal Ritual take on HNW was always brutal, no-nonsense, and uncomplicated, and that’s exactly what you get here again, but with possibly an extra layer of lo-fi grimness about the tracks. So if you after walled noise, that is most definitely lo-fi, old school, and truly intense “Return Of The Shamatari” is well worth a look.