Zebra Mu – Spear/Streak (CD-R, Quagga Curious Sounds)

Zebra Mu is a harsh noise project from Michael Ridge, owner of the Quagga Curious Sounds record label. Over the years he’s released more than 100 albums in one form or another, from splits to full-lengths, and I’ve known of the project for a long time without actually covering its releases on Memory Wave Transmission….

The HNW Quartet – The HNW Quartet (C40, Hallucination Tapes)

The HNW Quartet is an interesting experiment combining four acts to form a supergroup of harsh noise wall artists. Sumbru (Julien Skrobek), Kune de Lisch (AKA Chibre),PsôM, and Black Matter Phantasm (Joseph Szymkowiak) all join forces for a collaboration of sound across two side-long walls, with both stretching the 20 minute mark. For noise, this…

Trou – Sans/Ni (C20, Autistic Campaign)

Trou is a harsh noise project from Mieczko K., the same person who runs the label Ciel Bleu et Petits Oiseaux. On Sans/Ni, a short release for Memory Wave Trasnsmission veteran Autistic Campaign, he experiments with drone noise walls – a deviation on harsh noise walls that emphasizes the layered aspects of synth drones without the…

KP Transmission/ Омутъ Мора – Split (C60, Ciel Bleu et Petits Oiseaux Records)

Honestly, I don’t know much about KP Transmission or Омутъ Мора  besides what I can get from the Internet. KP Transmission is Karina Kazaryan from Moscow and Siberia, a dark ambient and self-described illbient artist; Омутъ Мора (AKA Omut Mora) is a Russian experimental/dark ambient/folk project as described by the artist’s VK profile. KP Transmission has had…

Sissy Spacek – Brath (CD, Oxen)

Sissy Spacek is pretty much legendary in the noise genre, but even if you haven’t heard the band specifically, its member John Wiese should definitely ring familiar. The band has gone through a series of members in its lengthy run, but Brath finds Wiese working with drummer Charlie Mumma alone to create noisegrind out of squalls of…

Thirteen Fingers – Ward Six (CD-R, Solitary Machine)

Thirteen Fingers is a harsh noise project with a number of releases under his belt, including the previously reviewed Pater Mortuus on Phage Tapes. That release found the project experimenting with harsh noise and drone, but Ward Six is a much more dynamic cut-up affair, with seven tracks ranging from 3-6 minutes spanning a gamut of sounds. Clocking in at…

Big Hole – The Pearl of My Renaissance (CD-R, Not on Label)

Big Hole has become another artist in the vast field of harsh noise wall known for his great works; The Pearl of My Renaissance, an album recorded back in February 2015, is a self-released CD-R consisting of one massive lengthy wall, clocking in at 72 minutes. The opening sound bite is clearly from Daniel von Bargen…

Tinnitustimulus – 3rd Degree/Rotator Cuff (C40, Deaf Culture Music)

Tinnitustimulus is a harsh noise project from Tom B., who also runs the label Deaf Culture Music. 3rd Degree/Rotator Cuff is a tape released in 2014, although it looks like there are still some copies available on Tinnitustimulus’ website; the cassette is a C40 featuring two side-long tracks, one of more rhythmic intent and one focusing on…

The Killer Came from the Bronx – Purgatoried Torso (CD-R, Ink Runs Recordings)

The Killer Came from the Bronx is another project from Julien Skrobek featuring harsh noise walls that seem inspired by slasher/serial killer tropes. The project has a few releases under its belt including the more recent Ripper 1976 on Needle and Knife; Purgatoried Torso was released in 2014 on Skrobek’s own label Ink Runs Recordings. This disc is similarly…

New release: Lurid Hallway – Door Three available

While Memory Wave Transmission has functioned (or malfunctioned) first and foremost as a review outlet, I do sometimes release some of my own work under its title. Therefore, I wanted to draw your attention to a new(ish) release that I’m selling now from my project Lurid Hallway. Lurid Hallway is a continuing series of harsh…