Thirteen Fingers – Pater Mortuus (C32, Phage Tapes)

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Thirteen Fingers is a harsh noise project for North Carolina. The alias has a few releases out so far, some digital albums and a couple of tape collections including one on Richard Ramirez’s Dead Audio Tapes with Four Flies. On Pater Mortuus, Thirteen Fingers gives us six tracks of relatively similar lengths that emphasizes loose rigidity of sound.

The first untitled cut opens up with a wavering shudder that continues throughout the track, although Thirteen Fingers allows textures to interplay throughout. There is a lot of crunch to the tracks on Pater Mortuus, and in a way they resemble walls in structure; but much of the time the project is quick to twist and re-layer noises together. There’s a pattern of taking crumbles of bass and then overlaying them with focal sounds, like the second untitled’s whirs and loops.

The second side in general steps back a bit from the harsher moments for longer, atmospheric cuts. “Untitled 4” adds a screaming siren layer to its bass, giving the listener a sharp contrast to the walled textures that come before it. “Untitled 5” is the longest on this cassette, a brooding drone that features staccato rumbles and a vibrato tone.

All told these are six great slices of harsh noise, with the first side hitting the heavy parts of the genre while the second manages to offer up dronier visions. Thirteen Fingers effectively manages both, and Pater Mortuus is strong because of it.

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