Jurko Haltu - Schizophrenic Genius [Funeral Fog Recordings - 2014]Funeral Fog Recordings presents Schizophrenic Genius, a new cassette featuring 2 short slabs of HNW by Jurko Haltu. Jurko hails from MalmŲ, Sweden and is also the Funeral Fog label runner. Well aware of the Swedes being fine purveyors of black metal,Iím curious to see how their wall noise stacks up.
The layout right off the bat is pretty striking. The cover photo, glued to a cassette polycase, is an interesting piece of textured abstract art. Itís use of pink, red, and green colors, on top a rocklike surface, doesnít necessarily scream HNW, but thatís why I kind of like it. Another glued insert has all the pertinent info with a picture of Jurko brandishing a sword. I overall like the aesthetic, though the glue on photo paper might not have been the wisest choice. My cover art and insert keep falling off as the glue doesnít want to seem to adhere to the polycase. Drat!
Schizophrenic Genius is made up of two side long tracks running about 10 minutes piece. Side A starts up and Iím reminded of straight up television static. There is a faint, but present, tinny sound buried in the thick static. The liner note states that itís vital to listen to this recording at high volumes. I have to admit that even at peak volumes there is something underwhelming about the wall. It kind of sounds distant and lacking sufficient power. Half way through side A and there is a noticeable sudden change to the wall. It sounds like the wall got an immediate bass boost. This change certainly pumps up the power quotient, but the wall still lacks a real definable crackle or bass juddering, which is what II really want out of a great wall track.
Side B starts out quite similarly to the second half of track 1. The wall is a vigorous, caustic pummeling of crunchy static. Thereís a nice palpable crumble working itís way under a thick blanket of ramped up fuzz. This piece stays rather fixed throughout, unlike Side A, which gets a needed power up mid way through. Itís certainly the stronger of the two tracks, but Iím still not sure that Iím completely sold.
About the best thing going for this little wee beasty is itís short length. Running in at a slim 20 minutes (pretty quick for a wall noise release) Schizophrenic Genius at least managed to hold my attention throughout itís course. Any longer and I wouldíve tuned out long ago. Unfortunately, this release isnít nearly as menacing as the sword-wielding photo of Jurko found in the liner notes.