Dosis Letalis/ Extreme Kindness - Split [Void Singularity Records - 2018]Here’s a Baltic two way split CDR split bringing together two half-an-hour slabs of walled noise- we have often creative & respected Serbian project Dosis Letalis, and Russian based Extreme Kindness. The release appeared on UK wall-noise label Void Singularity Records .
The release came in an edition of eleven copies- and as of writing the label still have copies available. The CDR comes in a jewel case featuring basic/ PC printed artwork, taking in a pus white & black textured front cover, and white text on black back cover/ spines. If you want to download instead this is also available in digital format on the labels band camp.
Up first we have Dosis Letalis track, and since 2015 this Serbian project has released a large & often creative body of work, which has seen it become one of the most respected & reliable projects in the worldwide noise wall/ static noise scene. The track here is Untitled- and it’s built around a detailed layered mesh of the following textures- a constantly rolling & rushing greyed back drone, a rapidly rushing web of cluttering snaps, smaller jittering static waves, and sudden small grain rushers. Together these elements create a wonderful busy & unbalancing ‘wall’ which really screws with your head, as you try to follow certainly textural paths. And while there is a lot of textured layers brought together here- they are perfectly balanced & mixed, so as you can make out every detail of each texture perfectly. I’m fairly sure that most of this ‘wall’ runtime is fairly set in its flow- though in the last quarter it most certainly sounds like there’s a lot more smaller snapping & popping static grains added to the mix. All in all another very masterful, clever & creative example of dense wall craft from Dosis Letalis.
Next, of course, we have the Extreme Kindness track- this projects from Tolyatti, Russia & has seemingly been active since 2011 or thereabouts- as far as I can gather it started off as harsh noise project, and over the years touched down in a few sub-genres of noise- taking harsh noise, wall noise, drone noise, and more seared mood making. I know the name, but I’m pretty sure this is the first release I’ve heard from the project. The track here is entitled “The Fascinating Place”, and after the dense-yet intricately layered sound profile of the first track, this wall feels a lot more lo-fi, less set & more crudely seared in its attack. The ‘wall’ see a bringing together of a damaged & worn rumble, loose choppy judder, and sourly serrated/ higher pitched jittering. Though, once it’s a captivating bit of wall-craft, but for very different reasons. The first track kept you held due to it’s densely-yet- highly balanced mesh of textures- this track keeps you held in because you keep thinking the whole thing will sudden either shift away in hazed & shape-less noise ambience, or strip back- but instead it just keeps its shape & flow through-out.
In conclusion- this is an enjoyable & satisfying split, offering up two very different yet equally rewarding takes on the wall-noise form. It’s always a pleasure to hear new work from Dosis Letalis as he's one of the more recent masters of the wall genre, and I’ll certainly be checking out some more of Extreme Kindness wall-work in the near future. Roger Batty