Cannibal Ritual - Wild Holocaust [Meat Hook Butchery - 2019]From May last year, Wild Holocaust is a three-track CDR release from this German walled noise project. And it’s very much of a statement in battering monotone wall-craft, that’s very old school, unforgiving & brain rattling in its attack.
This release came in an edition of thirty copies, and as of this review, the label still has copies for sale. The CDR is presented in a colour PC printer cover- this features on it’s front what looks like film poster artwork of a mans arm been eaten, with background gut-munching, and on the back a still from 1980 film Cannibal Apocalypse(aka Cannibal Massacre, Invasion of the Fleshhunters, Savage Apocalypse)- so I’m guessing this film is one of the main influences on this release.
Each of the three tracks here runs between sixteen & nineteen minutes, with a total runtime of fifty-three minutes- and throughout it remains batteringly crude & unforgiving. Starting things off we have “Invasion Of The Fleasheaters”- and this drops straight into near-impenetrable walled noise- as we get a fixed blend of thicking roaring roll & slight thinner rattling texturing. The whole thing has an extremely blunt, crude & monotone feel- you can from time-to-time make at the few different layers detail, but mostly it’s a brutal noise white-out.
Track two is “Butchered In The Sewer”- and here we find a slight looser mixture of droning low end, and cluttering--to-hacking mids. The feel of this ‘wall’ is very slightly more defined- but once again the fairly simple textures are locked into a set & unforgiving sonic battering. Finishing off the release we have “Cannibal Virus Part II”- and here we have a buffeting & blunt low end, which is encased in a slightly skipping & cluttering judder- again very simple, fixed, and nasty wall matter.
In recent years Cannibal Ritual has tried experimenting & expand its wall sound- but Wild Holocaust has none of these traits. This release very much harks back to the crude & simplistic sonic batterings of the projects early work- so if that’s what your after, you’ll be happy with what we have here…through at times, the three walls do sound a little too similar for their own good. Drop in here to pick up a copy hereRoger Batty