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Kadaver - The Man Who Didn't Want To Feel [Marbre Negre - 2020]

The Man Who Didn't Want To Feel is a noise release that’s decidedly atmospheric, and at points downright creepy in its attack. The C20 moves between very dense noise-making, and more paired back fare- with Kadaver managing to skilful blend & blur several noise sub-genres in a most worthy & moody manner.

The release appeared in early September of this year on Spanish label Marbre Negre - with the C20 coming in a edition of twenty two copies, and as of my review, the label still has copies for sale. The plain black shelled cassette is presented in a double-sided colour inlay sleeve- on it’s outside we get a photo of a series of skeleton dressed figures with big skull heads on- one holds a flag, and another a scythe. The inside features a warmly coloured-yet macabre picture of flower head dressed skull lying on a pillow- not too sure what the meaning is of either artwork- but it works well with the sonics with-in.

Side A takes in three tracks in all, and these run between four & eight minutes. First up we have “I Feel Like Destroying You part 1”- here we get a sudden dense rush of battering & baying texturing, cluttering ‘n’ slicing junk metal sears, and a muffled & roughly shouted male vocals- underneath this we have this swirling & ebbing ambient element, that gives the whole a rather death tripping vibe. The vocals don’t stay around long at-tall, so the noise & ambience are allowed to mix in a most overloaded & macabrely disorientating way- pity this is the shortest track on this side, because I could have easily played this for another fifteen minutes. Next, we have “I Feel Like Destroying You part 2” here we get nearing ten minutes of thick & ear scorching noise craft that's once again decidedly atmospheric. On this track we find a blend low-to-mid end roughly buffeting tones, slowly swirling high-pitched sweeps & sways, with an undercurrent of rattling industrial churn, which is slightly tipped by moody unease. With as the track progresses these great sways of descending hover coming into play. Lastly on side A we have “I Feel Like Destroying You part 2”- here we have a slightly more open, though still thick blend of brooding buzz ‘n’ hover, cluttering amass sways of junk bay, and slides of mood high-pitched feedback.

Flipping over to side B, and we have just two tracks – first is “I Feel Like Destroying You part 3” this the longest of the five tracks on this tape coming in at the 10.16 mark- compared with the first side the elements here feel a little more defined in their focus- though it’s still a damn nasty & thick track. It’s built a fairly constant rumbling ‘n’ juddering low-end, skittering & forking feedback swirls, and more baying-semi harmonic sub-tone burns- with slight touches of stretched & bent vocal tones coming though- some of these are backwards, which work for great unsettling effect. The tape is topped off with the 8.11 of “Escape Into The Night”- and along with the first track on side A this stands as a highlight- we get a descending tense-yet-moody mixture of bothersome low-end buzzers & drones, these on & off snaps- which seem to melt ‘n’ bounce through the stereo fields, with the whole thing be underfed by this swirling & skittering mid-ranged ambient pitches. As we move on we get this great spinning & dragging texture sweeps added in, bringing a sort of alien unease to the proceedings.


The Man Who Didn't Want To Feel is a highly skilful noise release- that mangers to bring together decidedly unsettling mood with creative & controlled noise-making/texturing- it’s also most clever in the way several noise sub-genres are blended & mixed, meaning it’s a difficult release to put under one label. I’d say if you enjoy dense, detailed-yet atmospheric noise making you’ll be needing to check this one out.

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Roger Batty
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