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Niks & Uitgeschakeld - Split [Void Singularity Recordings - 2021]

Here we have a C60/ digital download walled-noise split, which brings together a selection of grinding 'n' baying HNW brutality. The split finds two fifteen-minute tracks from UK based Niks, and one thirty-minute head-grinder from Dutch project Uitgeschakeld.

This release appears on the UK walled noise label Void Singularity Recordings. The black shelled and labelled on both sides cassette comes presented in a murky & grim monochrome cover- this features on its front cover a drawing of rotting bodies hung up above over a barren landscape. With the inside taking in thin scrawled white texts against a jet black background.  This release has a physical release of twenty copies, and as this has just come out the label still has copies

First up we have the two fifteen-minute tracks from Niks, and it must be a good few months since of heard something from this project from the north of England. First up we have “Ontbinding” - here we find a wall built around a blunt ‘n’ slightly buffet bound low-end billow- this is edged with a loosely skittering and rattling static topping. These elements are fed together in a  very rapid manner, with the textures nicely blurring and baying against each other for great effect. Next, we have “Ondergang”- here we find a weathered and slightly awkwardly droning bass hack, topped with a more rapid and hiss tipped judder. The blend of these two textures make for an appealingly nasty, at points rapidly shunting wall- that really nicely grinds and rages into one's head.

Flipping over the tape and we just have a single track from half-an-hour track from Uitgeschakeld, which rather confusingly called “Niks”- not sure if it’s a tribute to the project, or maybe it’s using elements from the tracks of the first side?. Anyway, what we have here is a very dense & nasty example of the ‘walled-noise’ form- it’s built around a rapid racing and bothersome bass billow, which is surrounding by skittering and rattling sub-tones. The track feels like being in the middle of a building shaking and floor cracking earthquake- with the whole thing nicely battering and baying at you in an unstoppable and unforgiving manner.

This split offers up three no-nonsense and extremely nasty examples of ragging bass tipped wall battering. There’s nothing fancy, subtle, or nuanced here- this is just about skull-cracking ‘n’ bone-breaking HNW- and sometimes that’s all you want and need!. Head here to score a copy of the C30.

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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