Discipline And Order - Untitled [Void Singularity Recordings - 2018]Untitled is a CDR reissue of an original digital only release from this Russian project, who blends together HNW with Hash noise shift. Discipline And Order put out their first release out in 2015, and have since released around thirty or so releases- the CDR to hand comes in an edition of ten copies, and as of writing the label still have copies available.
The crossroads between Hash noise wall & harsh noise can be a difficult balance to pull off. Either itís lacking enough wallish-ness, or the harsh noise elements are too subdued. And Iím happy to report Discipline And Order manage the blend well enough over the four tracks, and around thirty-minute playtime of this CDR.
The four tracks each run between two & nearing eleven minutes mark, and aside from a few rough edges/ sloppy cut-offs- this isnít a bad debut release. Following the releases (un) title- each of the tracks here are simply called Untitled- so for ease of review, I just list them in a number form. So opening up proceedings we have track One- after a few seconds of some rather point-less textural slicing, we move into the main body of the track. Here we find a tight choppy & churning low end, which is warped in a section of slower shifting static slices, cluttering hacks, and the occasion bothersome bass burnt sub-tone. It really is an amazingly thick, muddy, and muffled example of wall craft- and the shifting layer of lower-to-mid ranged harsh noise matter is really executed in a nice manner- as itís mix focus more of the grinding low-end, with the more shifting detail mixed in a nice murky fashion- which really pulled me in deeper to the whole thing.
Track two is all about mid-range electro like hacking bubbling tones, which are edged with more skittering & buffeting sub-tones. Once again thereís a nice blunt & hazed feel to the mix- which nicely get one's brain working to try & untie each textural path. Track three is the shortest of the four tracks here, and for me felt a bit too unfocused & messy for its own good- as we get a rather muddled blend of rumbling & ripping low-end, skittering & bay mids, and messy reverb-bound electro noise drones.
Finally track four sees a mixture of grinding & billow washed bass, banks of mix fading cluttering junk descent, buzzing cable drone, and shifts of thinner hacking rattle. I really like the way this track nicely shifts between paired back & taut, and bass heavily blunt crashing. Again the messy mixing is used to great effect on this track, and it adds a feeling of seared moody mystery to the proceedings.
So, in conclusion, this is a most worthy release from Discipline And Order- the blend of HNW & Harsh in done well, the use of messy mixing is most effective, and there are a fairly good selection of interesting textures present. Itís always great to see new projects put out a physical release instead of just another digital release- equally itís great to see another project from the fairly sparse Russain HNW scene.(NB- sorry to Russain readers for not using the cyrillic script wording of the projects name, M[m] aging system canít handle it! ) Roger Batty