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Stand Master - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap [Void Singularity Recordings - 2019]

Stand Master is the new project from the mind behind Texas-based No123noise- this new venture severs up Manga themed walled-noise, And Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap is the first psychical release from the project. It appears on Uk HNW/ noise label Void Singularity Recordings- coming as either a CDR or digital release- the album takes in a single forty five minute of tense ‘n’ tight static bound wall-craft.

The colour labeled CDR comes in a jewel case, and this takes in color manga artwork- which also is featured on the disc it’s self. The theme of this project and this release is the Manga comic series Jojo's Bizarre Adventure- which follows the adventures of the Joestar clan, a family whose various members discover they are destined to take down supernatural foes using unique powers that they possess. The manga is split up into 8 unique parts, each following the story of one member of the Joestar family, who inevitably has a name that can be abbreviated to the titular "JoJo". The first six parts of the series take place within a single continuity, while parts seven and eight take place in an alternate continuity. As I know little or nothing about this series, or more recent Manga series myself I can’t say how/ where this release connects into the series- but the artwork features a colorful blend of robots & long blond-haired male heroes.
 
The single self-titled track feature here comes it at spot on the forty-five-minute mark- with the ‘wall’ been of the decidedly thick, tight & seemingly overlaid variety. It’s built around a selection of several chopping & feasting textures- we have a worming-yet juddering mid-range static tone, a thinner snaping & descending feast, and a selection gritty rattling descend snaps ‘n’ pops. Togeather these elements make a very satisfying & encasing 'wall'- that seems to constantly build, growing, and descending around oneself.  In my mind, the 'wall' brings to mind maps of pixilated  squares and shapes- that seeming span on way off beyond the horizon. There’s a feeling of both urgency & muddle uniformity about the whole thing, and must say it’s  entrance example of wall matter- which really grabs and sucks you in from it’s very beginning- and holds you there right until the end.
 
The No123noise project has been active since 2014, so it’s always nice to see relatively long term projects like this trying some different- and I must say I was rather taken by Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap- sure the theme meant little or nothing to me, but I did enjoy seeing an HNW with bright slightly less clichéd artwork/ theme, and the ‘wall’ its self is both engrossing & compelling in it’s constantly tense 'n' thick weave of tones.

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Roger Batty
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