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D.S.W.A.C.V - Gaze Upon Suól [Tera-Antiqu - 2014]

Here’s a CDR release from late 2014 that finds this Newcastle Upon Tyne HNW project offering up a 69 minute slice of brutally dense yet slowly morphing & blacked walled noise storm, which sometimes has a brooding drone undercurrent to it.

The track opens with mixture  of  slurred ‘n’ deep earth moving like churn, slowed layers of  dense static crackle, and jittering muffled sub tones- these are spread into a thick & suffocating sonic soup. I guess you’d describe the ‘wall’ as sounding either like three or four cerement mixers set on low gear, or the sound from in side a barrel as some one takes a slowed yet battering descent in a mud & rock avalanche. 

By around the 9th minute mark you notice a slew of closely weaved battering wind like textures, and these seem to suggest that the whole thing will thin back, but just when feel this is going to happen another sway of dense & muffled churn ‘n’ slowed rumble set in.  Around the 13th minute mark you can just make-out a slight wavering semi harmonic drone in depths of the track- this has a rather nice sort of brooding vibe to it. This new element seems to fade back  then drift back into semi focus, as more whipping & battering weaves of tonal flotsam ‘n’ jetsam rise & haze. From here on the ‘wall’/ buried drone mix sort of slowly & densely merge & haze into each other, as subtle different tonal detail drift through.  It’s certainly a very thick & slowly shifting example of ‘wall-craft’- but I did find it some what mixed in it’s appeal, at times I really enjoyed the textural shifts, yet at others it felt a little dull & unappealing- and my mind sort of drift back & forth through these feelings through-out the rest of the tracks runtime. The only real big change happens around the 48th minute, when the ‘wall’ complete drops back & we get this sinister & spread out mix blacked chant/ ambient weave- this is ok & adds a more ritual air to the proceedings, but it just felt a little crude in the way it was brought into the track & it's construction.  By the 52nd minute this element has departed again, and we back to just ‘wall’ matter, and this felt similar to the start of the track-though maybe a bit more dense yet  rip & tear bound in it’s feel- through texturally it does feel a little more set & less shifting in it’s feel.

All told I felt this track was somewhat mixed in it’s appeal- at times I was engrossed & locked into the ‘wall’, yet at others I felt a little underwhelmed &  even bored. Clearly this project has the talent & ability to create rewarding & often moody HNW/ drone cross-breed, I just wish it had been a bit more consist through-out.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
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