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Chier - Abraded [Void Singularity - 2018]

Abraded is a recent two track CDR from this highly prolific French walled noise project. The disc takes in two examples of relativity active noise craft that sits somewhere between pummelling HNW, and creatively textured static noise making.

The unlabeled CDR comes in a PC printed jewel case- this features a colour picture of either some sort of skin stripped human head- covered in a weave of veins & featuring one staring eye, or some kind of grotesque humanoid robot head.  The release appeared late Summer 2018, and at present the labels still has copies.

First up we have “Abraded Part 1”- this  comes in at just over the thirty-minute mark. The track starts out with a fairly manic mixture of choppy mid raged, shovel-like knocks & hacks, and crusty stabs. As the track progresses we get a nice & subtle shifts occurring within the mass of the ‘wall’- these go from chalky cascading, onto hacking meshes of crisp static sear, though to sudden twists of hazy smart, and crude tumble. As you can see it's fairly active wall- Yet though-out it still retains a feeling of battering consistency in it’s cluttering mesh-like structure.


“Abraded Part 2” comes in at just shy of the forty five minute mark, and once again it’s a very textural dense & constantly cascading affair, which rather brought to mind an unstoppable landslide. It opens with a tense & very tightly packed mixture of earthy like churn & rumble, thinner buffeting sway, & hissing jitter. Just like the first track, as it progression we get some nice subtle shift in the layers make-up- these take in sudden cascades of beaded knocks, chalky hacks, thinner jitters & clutters, and deeper churning earth-ness.  The track is clearly cut from a similar selection of textural patterns to the first ‘wall’- yet it still retains its own charm/ identity.

Over the last few years, Chier has released a very large amount of material. But through-out the project has always maintained both classy textural selection & generally great walls creative. Abraded once again sees the project offering up quality wall noise goods- so I’d advise acting sooner than later on this release, before it sells out

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

Roger Batty
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