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D.S.W.A.C.V. - Sophia, Flora Series - Part II [Self release - 2015]

Iíve seen the moniker Distorted Souls Within A Corrupt Vision (D.S.W.A.C.V.) mentioned on the usual noise forums and internet channels, though I canít recall if Iíve given this U.K. wall artist the time of day or not. However, affiliations with solid physical and net labels such as: Altar of Waste, Maniacal Laugh, and Nahŗsh Atrym Productions, certainly had my interest piqued. Sophia, Flora Series ~ Part II is a self-released CD-R that Iím assuming is part of a series dedicated to plants from different geographies or something (the artistís website didnít offer much information).

Sophia is a single 70 minute track and itís massive right out the gates. Iíve read some describe D.S.W.A.C.V.ís style as being part of the Vomir school of HNW. Thatís quite the comparison, but one thatís absolutely fitting in this case. It unfolds with a mega-battering ram delivery. Burley, abrasive pummeling, moving along like a bulldozer annihilating everything in its path. Itís paired with a thick blanket of smokestack exhaust, adding some dense atmospherics to the wall. Crispy static artifacts trail off the constant barrage. Through its 70 minute course the piece barrels on without any major shifts or changes. At times the crispy static sounds like it becomes choppier, more broken, but itís really hard to tell. It could just be my mind playing tricks on me from maximum zoneage. At 70 minutes, it does carry on a bit long for meÖI tend to prefer walls that last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. But I acknowledge thatís just a personal preference not to detract from the merits of the track.

Itís kind of fun still discovering wall artists left and right. That itís still a vibrant and growing subsection of the noise experience. Thatís not to say that everything produced within the current HNW scene is spectacular, but D.S.W.A.C.V. is certainly worth giving your time and attention to. Especially if youíre into flora...I guess.

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

Hal Harmon
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