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…

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…

Memory Smoker – Synth Eternal (C60, Not On Label)

Memory Smoker is a noise project from Alex, Ben, Jeremy, and Luke comprised of synth sounds and horror soundtrack stings. Besides Synth Eternal, they’ve got a couple of other releases under their belt, but this one is their newest release. Based on the track titles alone, it’s pretty apparent what this 60-minute cassette will offer –…

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…

Big Hole – You Will Always Be Shit (CD-R, Not On Label)

Big Hole is a harsh noise/wall project from Christopher Charles Robinson, which has amassed quite a few releases in the past year or so. Many of the project’s first albums were self-released in small editions, and You Will Always Be Shit has gotten a second edition of 20. Two tracks totaling about 55 minutes are on offer…

Static Park – Cruel Mutação (2xCD-R, Not On Label)

Static Park is Julien Skrobek’s other project – he’s got a ton of them, sometimes difficult to keep track of, but always very enjoyable to listen to. He’s released a few different variations on harsh noise wall with this moniker but Cruel Mutação is fairly rigid HNW/ambient noise wall making. The release itself is a two-disc set…

J. Peterson – Obsess (C40, Not On Label)

J. Peterson, sometimes under JCP, offers up two harsh tracks about foot fetishes on Obsess. It’s a release that’s been crafted by the man himself – there’s a homemade cassette case in blue and printed artwork taped to the front, along with a blue cassette hand-labeled. Pulling that DIY feeling into this tape emphasizes the obsession of…

Street Sects – The Morning After the Night We Raped Death (7″, Not On Label)

Street Sects is the duo Leo Ashline and Shaun Ringsmuth, performing loop-based noise/grindcore. It’s the sort of thing that works well when paired with the aggressive vocal delivery on this five minute 7″ record. The Morning After the Night We Raped Death is the first in a five-series set of LPs titled “Gentrification: A Serial Album,” and…

Griefhound – Griefhound (CD-R, Not On Label)

Griefhound is an interesting doom/noise project from Harvey and Novak, both members of various other projects including Snuff Film and Leach Mine. Their self-titled release finds the duo working through five tracks of heavy riffing laced with selective noise and drone works, switching back and forth between the two with relative ease. The first couple of tracks,…

Bitchneck – Step 4 (C30, Not On Label)

Bitchneck is a harsh noise/power electronics project from Boston, and on this C30, the tracks tend to highlight drug addiction and recovery. In the twelve-step program, step 4 is truth, and it certainly feels as though Bitchneck is emphasizing that the past be scorched away, the only thing remaining being the truth about the addiction….