Richard Ramirez & Julien Skrobek – Doriana Bridge (C30, Hallucination Tapes)

Here’s an interesting collaboration between two harsh noise wall masters. Julien Skrobek, owner of Hallucination Tapes, teams up with Richard Ramirez (now Richard Ramirez-Matzus, congratulations) for a 22-minute wall that, on this tape, is split into two parts but otherwise seems to exist as a whole track on the Bandcamp page. For this review I’ll…

Sumbru – Sublunary Visions (CD-R, Hallucination Tapes)

Sumbru is a new project from Julien Skrobek, who also runs Hallucination Tapes and has been a prolific artist in the harsh noise wall genre under various monikers. Sumbru adds a new release to his belt with Sublunary Visions, a two-track forty minute excursion into wall noise based on lunar imagery and astrology. Both tracks clock…

Big Hole – Gertie (3″ CD-R, Not On Label)

Big Hole has released some excellent harsh noise walls over the years, and Gertie, a 21-minute slab of crunch and static, is no exception. The project doesn’t interpret walls as stoic, unchanging monoliths that force the listener to sit through forty minutes of the same texture looping over and over; while there are projects that do…

Big Hole – Overwhelming & Collective Murder (3″ CD-R, Not on Label)

Big Hole’s Overwhelming & Collective Murder is a 20-minute disc featuring one wall, and it starts out with a sound bite from Burden of Dreams, a documentary on the making of Werner Herzog’s film Fitzcarraldo. I’ll confess to knowing very little about either of those two things, but one thing I do know is that this sound clip is perfectly…

Naughty/Sloth – Split (C20, Sloth of Northeast Ohio)

Naughty and Sloth get together for a strange mix of harsh noise walls on this split C20, a quick one-and-done for each artist. Naughty is the harsh noise wall project of Charlotte Duchene, a project devoted eroticism and beauty; Sloth is a bit more of a mystery, with the project’s Bandcamp page featuring a slew…

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…

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…

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…

Big Hole – I Can’t Breathe (3″ CD-R, Not On Label)

I Can’t Breathe is Big Hole’s reaction to the death of Eric Garner back in December 2014. By now, that video of Garner struggling for breath in the wake of a brutal police attack has circulated the Internet and media more than ever, but when I Can’t Breathe was released at the end of December, it was a…

La Goccia D’Acqua – Tradere (3″ CD-R, Ink Runs Recordings)

Yet another project in Julien Skrobek’s expanding ouvre, La Goccia D’Acqua is translated to The Drop of Water from Italian. On this release for his own Ink Runs Recordings, he’s influenced by Black Sabbath, the 1963 horror film starring Boris Karloff. On offer is a wall of nearly twenty minutes long that skirts the line between…