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Death Glaze - Madman In The Moonlight [Black Ring Rituals Records - 2020]

Appearing at the tail end of last year Madman In The Moonlight is a C120/ digital download, which severs up eight slices of choppy & nasty walled noise with a horror/ stalking psycho theme. The release appeared on North Dakota based Black Ring Rituals Records.

Death Glaze is a Canadian walled-noise project from Ontario. And as far as I can gather the project started up at some point last year- with this and another tape been their only release thus far.


The clear blue shelled cassette features black labels with red texts on. The whole thing is presented in a PC printed single-sided cover, which  features a picture of pair of bloodshot eyes & a women with blood dribbling from the side of her mouth. The tape came in an edition of twenty-five copies, but it’s now out-of-print with the label- so ones only option is a digital download.

The sound over the whole of Madman In The Moonlight is very nasty & seared wall noise, with at times quite a slurred/ hazed industrial feel to the textured used & how they are laid out. The eight tracks here run between the seven & twenty-minute mark, and for the most part, the walls are atmospherically ghoulish-yet searing in their attack.

First out of the gate is the title track- and this is the longest-running track at just over the twenty-minute mark. Here we find a blend of rapidly running low-end crunch ‘n’ buck, jittering ‘n’ knocking static clutter, and rolling rip bound judder- that are blunt/ muffled. Together these elements blend to creating a skittering 'n' crude beginning to the release.

By track three we’ve moved to the spot on fifteen minutes of “The Cold & Empty Countance of Your Killer”- here we find slugish choppiness, blended with skitter 'n' thinner knock & slice. The layers here come together to create a feeling of blunt & murky sonic macabre-ness, that is both numbing & nasty. The shortest track here is “A Place For Death Part 1”- here we find just over six & a half minutes of rapid hacking ‘n’ spluttering mids- it keeps feeling like it’s going to cluttering to a standstill, yet never does. The tape is finished off with the just shy of thirteen minutes of “With Dawn The Sun Brings Light Upon Your Lifeless For” which runs together rough & ready continual tumbling low-end, slight muffled jittering & knocking, that’s topped with smaller flitting & popping textures.

As walled noise debut release go Madman In The Moonlight isn’t bad- with enough subtle variation between the tracks. So I will certainly be keeping an eye for new work from the project, as I’m always a sucker for horror-themed walled noise. Head here to pick up a copy.

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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