Fossils/Cathal Rodgers – Demons in the Architecture (C60, Sonic Drift)

Fossils pairs with Cathal Rodgers for another one of Sonic Drift’s Demons in the Architecture cassette releases, and this one offers up an hour of weirdness from both artists. Fossils is in an improv noise unit that has amassed a huge number of releases for over ten years, while Cathal Rodgers varies his style and sound depending…

新宿二丁目 – Feedbacks & Hurlements (CD-R, Ikebukuro Dada)

新宿二丁目 is the joint project between Rotkappchen and Chibre, both of whom have their own solo projects. This release, Feedbacks & Hurlements, finds the two coming together for a noisy display of electric guitar, electric bass, percussion, and electronic noise. Two of the tracks are performed by both members, and the middle offering is from Chibre…

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…

Oscuro – I (3″ CD-R, Textural Nightmares)

Oscuro is an interesting wall noise project from Julien Skrobek, right now comprised of just two releases simply titled I and II. Both were released on the Textural Nightmares label, which, after four releases, now appears to be defunct. On I, Oscuro offers one stoic untitled track that clocks in just under twenty minutes. “Untitled” is what many would…

Facialmess – You Trip Me Up (C20, No Rent Records)

Facialmess is the harsh noise project of Kenny Sanderson, who uses a lot of cut-up sounds and techniques in his works to create an intricate, detailed document of noise which is often incredibly harsh in its output. On his most recent release for No Rent Records, You Trip Me Up, Facialmess changes his output a little…

Stroker – The Bitch (C26, No Rent Records)

Stroker is Rachel Slurr’s harsh noise project, and The Bitch is a cassette release with a limited number of 100 that has already sold out. Some may know Slurr from Heaven’s Gate, but I must confess all of these projects are new to me. However, The Bitch is an intriguing title for this tape; the J-card comes with an…

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…