Pig Shrapnel – Boar’d to Death (CD-R, Busey Teeth CDr)

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boar'd to deathPig Shrapnel is the harsh noise wall project of Joe Stache(less), also the owner of Hair On My Food Tapes & Records and Busey Teeth CDr. He’s been making all kinds of noise for years under different names (Hoggle, Extreme Chafing), but on Boar’d to Death he returns to something of a strange obsession – pig stuff. Everything on this disc is a pig pun or reference except maybe the walls themselves, and it’s always interesting to see what new pig reference the project can come up with next.

This disc features three walls over about forty minutes, each track lasting around the same length of time plus or minus a couple minutes. First wall is titled “Boarn Angry,” which features a bombastic, fast-paced bass judder underneath a crackling mid-toned static churning. The track remains relatively the same throughout except for what seems like a minor change to the wall minutes in, and Pig Shrapnel keeps the listener locked in the groove with a nice crunchy static texture.

The dynamic remains fairly similar as the wall transitions into “I Am the Ultimate Omnivore,” which seems to keep the rigid bass shudder in the background for more nuanced static. There’s an exterior sheet of static that is unmoving, just a slight hissing that adds one extra texture. Also found in the mix is more of that oscillating crackling static, though it’s somewhat softer than the first track with more controlled movement.

Again, track three – “Severely Lacerated by Razor Sharp Tusks,” a title that explains much of the CD-R artwork – moves seamlessly into place from the second track, continuing that bass-driven backdrop while removing the less-voluminous static for sharp, crackling, staccato textures. It’s also a stoic track, only punctuated by the random alterations of the static and bass and relatively unchanged throughout besides a few tweaks to the front maelstrom of static to make it a bit thicker.

Interestingly, Boar’d to Death is so interconnected that it could be a 40-minute track in itself, with three areas of change. Pig Shrapnel keeps that bass locked in a groove to make the transitions, and it’s an element that I like about this release – there’s a clear definition why the three tracks are on this release rather than another, giving it a defining quality that listeners should appreciate. This is a solid CD-R offering from Pig Shrapnel, and harsh noise wall fans will enjoy the onslaught of pig-related sonic textures.

Vomir/Pig Shrapnel – Split (C62, Hair On My Food Tapes & Records)

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I think we all know who Vomir is; Pig Shrapnel is Joe Stache’s HNW project who also runs Hair On My Food and Serious Business. Both of them come together on this lengthy split to make a whole lot of racket with two side-long harsh noise walls. You were expecting anything different?

Vomir’s track is “Untitled” on the A-side, and he offers us a 30 minute slice of harsh noise wall heaven right up there with many of his other similar-sounding walls. This one’s fairly roiling with a heady bass roll in the background of the wall with some sticky, fuzzy static up front that is fairly fast-moving, leaving little space between. If you thought you were in for change, you’re mistaken; “Untitled” remains consistent throughout, a block of sound that seems like it’s moving thanks to the static pops but isn’t dynamic by any standard.

Pig Shrapnel’s side is much more bass-driven. “Behold the Pig” is dirty low-end sludge, where the bass rumbles tend to take on a life of their own, oscillating to different pitches (or not?) and seemingly wavering all over the place. There is just a hint of a static trickle spitting at the listener; it’s occasionally there, and when it is it adds only a flavoring of substance that surprisingly works very well. It’s an intriguing listen all around that stays locked and yet feels different throughout the whole track.

It would be well worth the money to check out this split for Pig Shrapnel’s track alone, and you already know what Vomir sounds like. But with both tracks, this is a must for harsh noise wall fans. Unfortunately, if you didn’t pick it up when it was released, you’re out of luck – it was in an edition of 17, and they’re sold out.

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Pig Shrapnel – Bacon Worship (3″ CD-R, Baby Smasher Records)

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Pig Shrapnel is a harsh noise/wall project dedicated to pigs – specifically, their deliciousness in all forms, including bacon and bacon by-products. Perhaps not a project for vegetarians, nor those who like turkey bacon as the artist specifically calls them out,┬áPig Shrapnel throws down some shuddering, sharp static tones for fans of harsh noise walls that shift rapidly throughout the track.

“Bacon Worship” clocks in at almost 20 minutes, and Pig Shrapnel keeps the focus of the track more or less locked despite the staccato movements of static. There’s a crunchy static layering in the forefront, along with some bass rumbles locked with another searing movement of static underneath. What drives much of the track is the sticky, pulsating warble of the front-end static, which, throughout the track, tends to change rhythmically. At times, Pig Shrapnel will drop some of the static for more bass, or will switch up the pattering of static for a new texturing. Otherwise, though, the pitch and sound remains the same, a wall locked in its own theme but constantly evolving.

The texturing is very nuanced, and Pig Shrapnel consistently delivers a solid wall of static that remains quite blotchy, with a nice amount of space or clicking within its sound. “Bacon Worship” occasionally locks into a specific sound for minutes, then moves from that groove to find another fine-tuned wall. For fans of slowly-moving walls, but Joe the Stache does come through for those who like their walls stationary.