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Chier/ Cannibal Ritual - Gruesome Perversion [Meat Hook Butchery - 2019]

Here we have the fifth in the series of Gruesome series of double-disc wall noise splits from German label Meat Hook Butchery. For this release, we get a disc from prolific & often creative French project Chier, and one disc from German-based crude extremist Cannibal Ritual. Once again this release finds the two white-labeled CDRs comeing in a double DVD case, with a one-side inlay sheet. For the artwork, we get a monochrome print of two Neanderthal fighting in a cave. The release once again comes in an edition of 50 copies, which means you should be able to score a copy of this still.
 
So on the first disc, we find two around half-an-hour walls  from Chier-and first of these is (Part 1)- in English Nazino island, which was a notorious cannibal island in Russia.  This track starts off with a very rapid and fairly roughshod blend of rolling n rumbling low end, jittering and skipping mids, and some darts of more hiss bound smarts. As youd expect for a track about a cannibal island its brutal, barbaric & nasty- with Chier really battering away at your head in a rewarding unforgiving manner. At around the midway point, the mids become a lot more skipping, darting & erratic in their feel, and this adds a nice feel of unpredictable, yet we still have the firm n roaring base in place. The track isn't focusing as on the creative & distinct sounding textures as some of this projects work, instead, its more about face dragging & ripping brutality which of course is primed perfectly for the theme of this release.
The other track here is (Part 2)- and this finds the project moving towards more complex & creative texturing- though its still damn crude & nasty. The walls made up of a churning & lumpy cement-like bass undercarriage, this is surrounded by a blend of constantly descending knocks, rattles, hacks. The whole thing feels akin to riding down a slope of thick & rock-bound mud, as above you a celling crumbling & dropping earth sits. By around the midway point, the pace of the whole thing has picked up somewhat- with hacks of more rapidly knocking static coming at you- yet it still retains both it's cluttering 'n' detailed pressure & crashing bass brutality.
 
 
Moving onto the second disc and this has a playtime of dead on an hour with Cannibal Ritual offering up a selection of shorter & slightly longer walls. We go from the rabid & rough low end meets jittering rush of the first track Purification Ritual which comes at the seven-minute mark. Onto the just shy of five minutes of Dedicated To Robert Kerman pt II with it's muffled, at times warping low end and thin n skittering top layer. Through to the longest track here the just under twelve & a half minutes of the charming title Cut Of Dick- where we find a very muddy low end, subtle feasting hiss haze, and a cluttering top carriage which goes in & out of focus. All told is a good & varied disc, which turns up the ragged & crude brutality up to the max- but still severs up a few more experimental touches.
 
So in finishing up Gruesome Perversion is another worthy chapter in this series- let's hope theres more lined up/ in the works, as this series has made for an appealing collection of fairly varied- but always brutal walled noise.

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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