Dead Body Collection – I Praise the Scars On Your Body (C30, Noir Sur Noir)

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i praise the scars on your body

By now, after a vast number of releases in the harsh noise wall genre, most people know whether they like Dead Body Collection’s version of mostly unchanging static. He’s been so prolific under this moniker that there are very few HNW labels that have not put out a DBC cassette. On I Praise the Scars On Your Body, the formula doesn’t change – just the sounds the go into the wall.

On the first side is “Your Pure Incorruptible Pain,” a searing track of fuzzy static that mixes with a bass rhythm deep in the mix. This isn’t a standard whitewash of sound, though; the static does have its own subtle nuance to it, and the bass in the back has a semblance of change throughout the nearly 15 minute running time. Dead Body Collection allows this track to feel stoic, although the close listener may be able to discern just the hint of alteration within the sound, almost like a song of its own attempting to escape a noise prison. Or that could be imagination.

“Kill Anything That Walks” is the second side, a surging track of up-front static and a roiling bass background. It’s difficult to tell what exactly is doing the shifting in this piece: it could be the static itself, but I almost believe that the bass has a wavering to it that causes a very interesting blur within the wall. I think this one is even better than “Your Pure Incorruptible Pain,” with the semblance of movement very apparent even when the wall itself doesn’t really shift at all. It does feel like the ending of this track cuts out some of the background texturing, but this could also be oversaturation to the sound.

Both tracks are really quite good on I Praise the Scars on Your Body, and if you’re looking for a quality Dead Body Collection tape and not sure where to begin in the vast collection, this is as good a place as any to begin listening. The textures are strong, and it also sticks sounds right in line with other releases.

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Dead Body Collection/Static Mantra – Har Megiddo (2xC40, Ikebukuro Dada)

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har megiddo

Dead Body Collection and Static Mantra are both stoic harsh noise wall artists, and on this two-cassette set they offer up one tape of solo walls and another tape where the two band together for two 20-minute HNW sessions. Har Megiddo translates to Armageddon, and if you’ve heard any of the prior output from these two artists, you know what to expect – thick walls of sound that definitely do signal some sort of apocalypse.

The first tape, subtitled “Judgment,” features a track from each artist. Dead Body Collection’s side, “Judgment of All Men,” is a fairly common wall from the project. A muddy bass tone in the background moves in a shuddering manner while the foreground’s static is crunchy, rolling, and somewhat scratchy. It’s an unchanging sound that lasts for 20 minutes, and it’s an example of general HNW – bass, static, and thickness packed into one, with a tendency to seem as though it has changed even if it hasn’t. Static Mantra’s “Insight Judgment” has a headier bass tone, with a shuddering, punctuated static that seems to surge and abate every few seconds. This is very nearly ambient noise wall territory, and with less bass to power the track, it might have been. But Static Mantra’s offering is quite hypnotic.

The second tape is titled “Revelation 16:16,” and it’s the collaboration tape. First up is “The Plain Next to the City,” a raging wall of heady bass crumbles and thick static that leaves little room to breathe. The static is tightly coiled, so the roiling nature of it carries throughout the track without much staccato. Yet there’s still a sense of movement within there, with the crackles shuddering every now and again. Last track “World to Come” has much the same bass tendencies as its predecessor, but this time the static crackles move along rapidly with the bass so that there’s a fixed, fast tempo. These both seem derived from the same session, and they mix well.

Overall Har Megiddo is a good collection of solid walls, although for those looking for something outside of the normal HNW sound, you won’t find it. These are all unchanging, unbroken pieces, and Dead Body Collection and Static Mantra pair perfectly together, so much so that I would like to see another split between them because the similarities are so high.

Dead Body Collection – I Slice Her Body, Over and Over (C70, Jersey Flesh)

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Dead Body Collection has really made a name for himself over the past year or so, with a ton of new releases coming out all over the place on dozens of reputable record labels. The project is also extreme in other areas, including the sheer length and unchanging dimensions on most of his harsh noise walls. The same is true of I Slice Her Body, Over and Over, which clocks in around 70 minutes with two side-long tracks at 35 minutes apiece. Both are relatively static displays of harsh noise walls, rarely shifting dynamics besides heavy bass-ridden churns of sound. The cover art is equally brutal, with a nude woman’s torso slashed deeply to the intestines, with the rest of her decapitated and limbless. The release comes in an oversized box with inserts; however, the tape is unlabeled, making it difficult to determine which is side A and side B.

What I’m deeming side A features a heavy, plodding bass layer along with a stuttering jitter of crunchy static that plays atop it. A very consistent piece, unchanging but with just enough roiling to keep the listeners attention through its lengthy runtime.

Side B consists of the same mid-paced bassy rumbles with very light static underneath and a slight oscillating pattern buried within. The static currents lick at the bass, but it’s the pummeling from the frolicking rumbles that dominate the sound. One can somewhat separate the textures into three sounds, and so it allows the listener to focus on each pattern easily to allow for sufficient mesmerization. The static tends to twist and shove through the barrier, pushing to the forefront and petering out again.

While both tracks are a bit similar, they both have their nuances to make them stand out as mammoth tracks. Part I is somewhat standard for a wall, but Part II kicks it up a notch with shifty static. The bass stands out on I Slice Her Body, Over and Over as a means to hide the static underneath layers; of course, Dead Body Collection ensures that it slices through at times, though.

Dead Body Collection – She Was a Whore Anyway Part II (MP3)

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Dr. Alex of Dead Body Collection offers up another five minute net-only release of unrelenting harsh noise wall. On She Was a Whore Anyway Part II, Dead Body Collection begins with a base tone of static buzz with another fluctuating, pulsing side of static underlaid. Ultimately, the track is another “pure” slab of wall noise, remaining unchanging throughout the entire runtime. It is another great track, and just like the first, offers up a bit of the idea of the artist’s take on HNW without requiring a lot of time and investment from the listener.

And generally, there’s not much more to say on that subject. If you dig harsh noise walls, especially those that lack a lot of dynamics or personality, this cold and characterless track will appeal to you, as the only changes to the sound are those fluctuations of static that appear to shift but in actuality remain fairly static.

Review: Dead Body Collection – She Was a Whore Anyway

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Dead Body Collection offers up a short five minute slab of harsh wall noise terror, providing a crunchy static drone that remains fairly constant throughout its run. If you dig wall noise, there’s a lot to love in this outing. A deep tone provides the base (or bass?) for the track while higher-pitched tendrils of static wisps come and go in the background. It’s easy to get lost in, and it ends just as it begins. I would comment and say that the short length of the track is both a high point and a hindrance. For sure, the wall never feels tedious because it’s over so fast, and it’s easy to jump into if you’ve only got a few minutes to spare. But the length also takes away from the mesmerizing power of the repetition, and there’s also not much time to subtly shift the wall into another element of fuzz, which I feel is an important aspect of wall noise. Yet She Was a Whore Anyway delivers a quick foray into Dead Body Collection’s brand of HNW, and this quick cut leaves me wanting more from the artist.

Find the track for free on Dead Body Collection’s website, as it’s a MP3-only release (though I’d love to have an album copy!).

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