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Sacred Climax - Sacred Climax [Geräuschmanufaktur - 2016]

This self titled double C30 release is the first offering from this new German HNW project. And what we have here is selection  brutal and crudely dense HNW edged with  pornographic samples, and topped with old porn mag collage artwork- so this will appeal to those who enjoy perverse & seared walled noise acts such as Rough Sex Quartet or Midnight Heat.

Behind the project is Osnabrück based Jan Wanke- this is his first full on wall noise project, though he has dabbled in the more ANW sound in the past. He has been active in the noise/ ambient scenes in general since 2012 with projects such as J.Adolphe (Synth, ambient, power electronics, noise) and De Chauliac (musique concrete, industrial, tape, Field recordings), as well as a few collaborative projects such as The Dead Mauriacs & Red Cliffs. He also runs respected German noise/experimental label Geräuschmanufaktur- who have released more than a few wall release.

Each of the four sides of tape features a single 15 minute wall, and first up on side A we have “Enjoy And Thank God For It”. The track opens with a rather odd sample of a man talking about how he first masturbating in a Sunday service, then with-in less tan a minute we’re into the ‘wall’.  The track brings together a muddy & loose low end rumble, with a selection of rattling, shaking, jittering  & crackling sub-tones. The whole thing is fairly rapid & deeply crude in its feel, and it does very much bring to mind images of a shadowy & hunched audience sat in a makeshift basement viewing room watching porn loops on an antiquated projector.  It’s certainly an effective, texturally moorish and perversely mood setting opener to the set.

Flipping over to side B, and we have "A Form Of Total Union If You Suck Him And You Swallow It". Once again we open with another sample, and this time it’s  a mix twinkling new age music, and a man talking about talking in tongues while giving tongues to two females. This track brings together a mix of the following main & consistent tonal patterns- a blunt grinding drone, a loose machine like jittering, and a murky gallop. These are edged with a selection of sub-tones, which take-in: rotating & slack judders, lulling snap & crackle, and wonky billowing. The whole  ‘wall’ nicely pins down on to with it’s sleazed & dense tonal weight.

Moving onto side C, and we have “God's Love Slave”. Once again we get another weird religious porn sample, and this time it’s from a woman talking about Cumming & saying  ‘father I love you ’. This ‘wall’ is a blend of spinning yet chalky static drone & baggy low-end juddering-these elements are weaved together to form a ‘wall’ that is both weighty & searing in its attack.  All giving the one feeling of been suffocating while roasted at the same time- this may not be a texturally detailed as the last track, but it’s damn effective in it’s pummelling & breath-less density.

Lastly on side D we have "Spiritual Sex, Intercourse with God Himself".  This track opens with a sample of an creepy old man talking about how ' god creating boys & girls who are able to have children from the age of 12 ', and snippet of twinkling new age Muzak.  Here with this ‘wall’ we have a blend of two or three similar toned lower-to-mid ranged tones, which are focused on simple juddering & rushing patterns. Of the four tracks here I’d say this is my least favourite, as the textures used here are a little uninspired & bland- sure it’s effective in it’s unrelenting-ness, but my mind starts to wonder with-in less than half of it’s runtime.

On the whole if you enjoy crude, pummelling & fairly tonal narrow walled noise with a kinky & perverse themes you’ll certainly  find Sacred Climax self titled debut to your satisfaction. The release comes in a edition of 40 copies-  with two different  versions( 20 of each): 2xc30 cassettes in Vinyl Box & a C60 version. Apparently there are a few copies left- to check out samples & pick-up head over to here

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Roger Batty
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