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Martyr Of Sores - Speaking In Tongues [Quagga Curious Sounds - 2014]

Speaking in Tongues is a C90 release from one of Richard Ramirezfs many walled noise projects. The tape offers up two side long tracks worth of rewarding & entrancing wall-craft from this Texas based master of the form.

The first sides track is entitled gWhat It Means To Speak In Tonguesh. This ewallf offers up a meeting  between rapidly billowing enf churning bass bound low-end noise texturing, which is weaved by thinner mid-ranged noise patterns that take in  jittering, juddering & skipping textures.  The formal tone structure of the ewallf remains fairly firm through-out the tracks length, but Ramirez coaxers out some subtle & rewarding shifts with-in the ewallsf layers. The track ends with a sample of a preacher talking about legion.

The second side is entitled gLegionh, and it starts with a sample of  preacher  discussing taking in tongues, more about legion, and lastly about demons. Pretty soon the ewallf comes in, and itfs quite a hazed, muffled yet suffocating affair- it brings together a stretched out sludgy bound judder, which is ebbed by this junk metal like jittering texture.  The stretched-out & muffled judder remains fairly firm &  fixed through-out( though it does get more blurred/ hazed from time to time), but the junk element sort of slides in & out of been muffled, more intense, or agitated.

Each tape comes wrapped in a doubled sided white paper sleeve, which features line drawings of medieval architecture. With the tape you also get bronze/gold inlay card that features old wood print like illustrations of various forms of witch trial like drowning- the whole thing comes 4x6 clear zip lock bag.

All in all this is a very worthy split with two lengthy & appealing walls on offer, added to that the packaging it's self is rather neat & effective working well with the concept of the project & this release. This came out in late August 2014 in a edition of 18 copies- so you might get lucky & still be able to snag yourself a copy.

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Roger Batty
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