Chier/Kindstid - Chier x Kindstod [Void Singularity Recordings - 2018]Chier x Kindstod is a thirty-minute walled-noise collaboration- it sees these French & German projects working together to create a subtle shifting & morphing example of moody, yet seared wall matter. The release appears in the form of a CDR on UK Void Singularity Recordings- it came in an edition of twenty copies, but as of this review the label is down to just six copies.
The two projects taking part here are France based Chier- who has been active since 2015, releasing a truly huge body of work, and is one of the more known projects in the wall-noise underground. And German-based Kindstod, who has been active since 2014- seemingly dabbling in a fair few of noise sub-genres, like death industrial, black noise, PE, and death ambience…as well of course walled noise.
The single track offered up here comes in a few seconds over the thirty-minute mark, and is a fairly eventful example of wall-matter. To begin with, we get a blend of rolling & slightly churning industrial focused drone texturing, which is topped with this mesh of tight & rather a crisp jittering. By around the three & a half minute the drone has shifted way back & switched to a more sustained billow- on top of this we get a bank of more lashing cold rain like static feast- this creates an appealing monochrome yet nasty vibe.By around the five & a half minute mark the textures have switched places, and the billowing is more forward in the mix with the now hacking static taking on a slightly more uneven & sporadic feel. By nearing the eighty minute we’ve returned to a bothersome but bleak blend of rumbling & tunneling drone, that topped by pained cold-yet odd erratic static pelting. I won't go into detail the remained of the track here- as it would rather take away from the unfolding of the track, and to be honest minute-by-minute breakdowns can get trying.
As active & shifting wall-craft goes this collab utilizers some rewarding shifts & blends of texture- clearly showing the pair both know how to create & expertly morph wall-matter. I’m sadly not the biggest fan of more active wall-matter, enjoying more set & pummelling HNW, or more layer detailed-though still fairly fixed static texturing. So, as a result, I can’t say I was really blown away by this release…but if you enjoy more eventful wall-matter, that’s skillfully put together I think you’ll dig Chier x Kindstod, but for me, it’s just too active in its structure- not staying long enough in one place for my tastes.Roger Batty