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Big Hole - This Meagre Effort [[listen loudly] - 2015]

Here we have another release from this up & coming Denton Texas based walled noise project. The release comes in the form of a CDR, and takes in two thirty six minute slices of moodily simmering & searing walled noise, which is seemingly themed around the Heaven’s Gate cult who committed mass suicide in 1997.

The disc appears on  Big Holes own label [listen loudly], and comes in a plastic slip sleeve- this features a single folded black & white inlay. On the front we get a crime scene picture of one of the black sheet covered dead members of the cult, and  it’s back cover features black typewriter like text- taking in track titles, recording details, web links, and numbering( mines 6 of 20).

The first track comes in the shape of “Recycled/Refurbished”, and is the longest of the two tracks at 36.07 mark. The track opens with a sample of Heaven’s Gate leader Marshall Applewhite, talking about how earth is going to be recycled & refurbished- then with-in a few minutes the sample fades back, as the noise rises. The ‘wall’ here is built around a constant lo-fi rumble, and a matt of thinner jittering ‘n’ juddering static. The rumble is low-end, though quite washed-out & faded, while the matt of static seems to be slowly but surely growing in both volume & textural depth. The rumble is fairly set & firm through-out, and in contrast the matt of static has a bit more shifting & activity, though it never moves too far away from it’s original setting. As the track ends & fades back, we get the Applewhite sample coming back in & he’s repeating the words ‘last chance to  evacuate the earth before it is recycled’ . All in all it’s a suitable bleak yet moodily searing ‘wall’, that keeps you nicely locked in through-out it’s full runtime.

Next up we have the title track, and this comes in at 35.55 mark.  This track jumps straight into the ‘wall’ with no sample this time, and it’s a blend of rushing rumble & skittering ‘n’ churning mesh of thinner static. Once again the rumble is very much fixed in its feel, with quite a faded subterranean quality to it. While the mesh of static patter-nation is more pronounced, rapid & slightly shifting in it’s blend of spiralling rattling, tumbling jittering, and roastingly  showering.  I’d say that the secondary element here is a bit firmer in it’s feel, compared to the first track- though there is certainly some shift here.  As the track fades out we get a  brief snippet of Applewhite talking about the ‘next level’. Once again it’s another worthy ‘wall’, which keeps you fixed-in for its entire length.

I must say this is another very brutally satisfying release from Big Hole. I always enjoy when this project focuses in more on true crime/cult themes, and with This Meagre Effort he offers up another two theme perfect ‘walls’.

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
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