GRY SMR-RENDITION-PRO CDR
ALTAR OF WASTE-AOW156
HARSH NOISE WALL/EXPERIMENTAL NOISE/HARSH AMBIENT
COMES IN A TRANSPARENT DVD STYLE CASE WITH INSERT.
ARTWORK ON THE FRONT, BACK AND INSIDE.
LIMITED TO 15 HAND NUMBERED COPIES.
This record is an interesting one.There is just something about it
that sets it apart from many others doing similar things.Something
about the textures and atmospheres used here that makes "Rendition"
stand out.The album has one track that lasts almost 45 minutes.We
begin with smooth drones and sharp cutting electronics that slice
through the air as they grow in volume.Grinding distortion forms
a hazy cloud over a field of thick dark minimal ambient.It almost
sounds like someone has made an HNW rendition of an IRM song.
Manipulated sounds dance like moths around a crackling fire as
the natural hum of the night joins a chorus of nocturnal insects.
There is a haunting quality present here.This transports you to
run-down and dilapidated places like those depicted on the album
cover.Peeling paint and the smell of rotting wood.Momentum builds
as the track progresses...It's never a "fast" track but the intensity of the
piece shifts and changes to varying degrees.There is not much out there
that I can compare this too.There is a very HNW type of quality here but
GRY SMR doesn't stop with that.Additional layers of gloomy ambience go
a long way here to create an atmosphere that I have never before heard in
an HNW track.It is no surprise that Altar Of Waste released this as unique
Harsh Noise seems to be there specialty.Just what this is a rendition of...If
anything, is never specified...But vague and obscure albums and concepts
tend to be a constant with Harsh Noise Wall releases.The synths used here
sound thick and swallow the listener whole as teeth of static begin to chew
you up and digest you slowly...But not before sending you into a drooling
state of numb and mindless bliss.Like knowing the danger is present but
being too high to react or care.Around halfway in I started to catch myself
drifting deep in thought.Total daydream noise with the ability to pull you
out of your waking life and place you into the furthest reaches of your own
mind.The human mind can be a terrifying place...Especially when guided
there by music that sounds like this.Towards the end things seem to slowly
quiet down to a crawl...Like time is slowing down little by little until you
reach the last few moments of chilling ambience and are left inbetween
reality and disturbing thought.
HNW THAT BEHAVES MORE LIKE HARSH AMBIENT.
LIKE A LONG WALK THROUGH THE DECAYED HALLS
OF AN ABANDONED ASYLUM.PURE HAUNTING RESONANCE: