Gluttoness – Smothering Hopes & Crushing Dreams (CD-R, Toxic Industries)

harsh noise, harsh noise wall, Noise, Review

Gluttoness is a harsh noise wall project centered around big women. A crushing wall deserves a crushing lady, both of which Gluttoness provides in full force on this seven-track CD-R. It’s “dedicated to all the beautiful girls,” with a bountiful woman doing some face-sitting on the cover in a green hue that is slightly erotic.

Gluttoness focuses less on long, stationary walls and more on shorter pieces that tend to combine together over the length of the disc. Smothering Hopes & Crushing Dreams clocks in around 40 minutes, and that means that Gluttoness allows about 8 minutes per track for a short build before varying it up with a new static wash.

The first track begins with a feedback zap, followed by a wall structured by heavy bass rumbles and a striated, sizzling static texture. The static is the standout here, as it not only feels separated but also soars in the background at times. It’s a short track, and what follows is a longer piece that continues the huge bass rumbles and captures a roaring static spray over top. The bass is the most prominent centerpiece here.

Track three returns to that piercing feedback shriek, only to generate a fuzzy static spread, more akin to the first track, along with a few harsh noise oscillations in the background, which explodes into track four’s louder, more abrasive texture. Track five comes in at only thirty seconds before heading on into a juddering wallop of bass, static, and a cluttered junk sound behind. Similar is the last track, which seems even louder and more momentous to close out the release.

There are a lot of good walls on this disc, and they’re all very intense and smothering as the title would indicate. But there’s a tendency for Gluttoness to retain the same structure for all of the tracks, a pairing of minutely varied static sprays with the same roiling bass line. While this does ensure that all of the tracks seem quite coordinated and interconnected, it also leaves the listener feeling a bit like they’ve been listening to the same track for the entire disc. It’s not a bad thing, but Gluttoness intentionally divides the tracks, which makes me think they’re separate for a reason. I don’t necessarily feel that when I’m listening.

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