Tales of the Bloody Bloody Killer – The Six Six Sixers (CD-R, Petite Soles)

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Tales of the Bloody Bloody Killer is a project from Scott Kindberg, also the man behind the Petite Soles label, She Walks Crooked, and half of Ginger Cortes. The Six Six Sixers sound is primarily harsh noise wall, but its two tracks consist of so many shifts and transitions that the wall tendencies ebb and flow as the soundscape develops.

The first track is called “Fleischer Knife Co.”, and it’s the longer of the two tracks at around 18 minutes. TotBBK begins with a wall, blown-out and heavy with a lot of static crackle at the forefront with the hum of electronics in the background, and that continues well over five minutes before fading out to transition into the sound of sharpening knives. Truly, this is a disturbing interlude that is often difficult to listen to depending on how grating the sound of metal sliding across metal is to the individual listener; eventually, the knife-sharpening gains demented and warbly carnival music, with slide whistles and the whole nine yards. A wall begins yet again to end the track, this time extremely harsh with searing static blistering the listener.

“Fleischer Knife Co.” is an entertaining track, but structurally I find the use of the knife-sharpening in the middle of the wall somewhat thematically confusing. I’m not exactly sure why it was bookended by walls, and so I’m left wondering the significance of this choice.

The previous static leads directly into “Blackfire” with no warning, a fantastic transition that gets me every time I hear it – there’s nothing to indicate that this is a new track until the listener realizes that the harshness of “Fleischer Knife Co.”‘s ending has been replaced with a pleasant static crackle and subtle bass textures. This one’s more traditionally HNW (and, really, ANW), and it continues for about 7 minutes.

This is a short but expressive release from Tales from the Bloody Bloody Killer, and the two tracks offered here are quite enjoyable despite my own inability to decipher the context of the first cut.