Vomir / Crucifix Eye ‎– Vomir / Crucifix Eye

Forever Escaping Boredom ‎– FEB-024
Cassette, C40



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October 17, 2013
via http://harshnoise.org/

Reviewing Harsh Noise Wall albums is utterly difficult. If we assume that judging harsh noise depends on subjective perception of the genre, then what can be said about Harsh Noise Wall? It seems to me that there are very little objective cues which indicate that a given album can be perceived as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ by the majority of listeners. It can be said, however, that during the past four or five years this particular style of noise became quite popular. This has lead to a considerable drop in overall quality of the albums and the progressing decline of artistic merit, especially in comparison to the fathers of the genre such as Dead Body Love, Richard Ramirez or The Rita. Additionally, it seems that some artists treat the apparent formal simplicity of HNW as an excuse for their lack of motivation and/or skills to produce a meaningful album. Because of that, I ceased to follow the HNW branch of the noise scene a couple of years ago.

Luckily enough, one of the acts presented on this split cassette released by the Forever Escaping Boredom label (based in North America) is none else than Vomir – a French artist who – since 2006 – has managed to achieve a cult following. The other side of the tape belongs to Crucifix Eye – a new act which debuted in 2012 (according to Discogs).

The Vomir side of the C-40 tape contains an untitled track. I can’t really describe the exact sound of the unfolding massive texture of crackling noise which made the air in my bedroom go stale. The wall produced by Vomir is satisfying, deep and heavy. At a proper volume, the low rumble hidden underneath the crackle comes out at full force, making me feel a little bit nauseous. This is a very depressive, heavy track and I can’t really complain about any aspect of it.

When the tape stops, I can finally breathe and flip it over to the Crucifix Eye side. “Worship” is an example of a different approach to HNW. This one sounds like a tv or radio static driven through an equalizer and/or a distortion pedal. It lacks punch and complexity, the texture is, well, kind of boring.

All in all, like I said at the beginning – rating this material is a very difficult task. On one hand – the Vomir track is good and enjoyable. On the other – this is nothing I haven’t heard before and the Crucifix Eye track is mediocre at best.