Sunday, June 15, 2014

REVIEW-LA GOCCIA D'ACQUA-DEATH IN SEANCE-PRO CDR

LA GOCCIA D'ACQUA-DEATH IN SEANCE-PRO CDR
ALTAR OF WASTE-AOW176
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.
LA GOCCIA D'ACQUA IS:
JULIEN SKROBEK



I.) DUTY NURSE:
LA GOCCIA D'ACQUA is an HNW project inspired by films
(and their soundtracks of course.) This is apparent from the
first few moments of Death In Seance as well as from the images
chosen for album art. (Which fit the contents of the album brilliantly
by the way!) We begin with a sample from an old movie.It is a quiet
night.The winds moan softly and bells chime.A cat meows nervously
and a frantic foot falls race towards their destnation.A woman speaks
in what sounds like Spanish or Italian to me...I have no idea what she 
says but I doubt it is anything good.Then the wall starts.This is unlike 
any other HNW track I have ever heard.I know many of you will argue 
that every wall is different and unique as a fucking finger print or snow 
flake...And I agree...However that does not make them good or interesting
in the least...LA GOCCIA D'ACQUA on the other hand just presents a different 
quality here that no one else has seemed to discovered.This sounds like it is loud 
and heavy and calm and quiet at the same time.It is really hard to explain in
words honestly.It sounds like a gentle fire burning throughout the night.
The cracking of twigs and the burning of leaves.The chilly late night wind
caressing the flames in a passionate kiss.Like sitting around a campfire while
living a ghost story rather than telling stories of one.As time moves on this
starts to fuck with your head.At times it sounds like there are voices hidden
within the crunching static that simply are not there.Whispers are formed
from your imagination and the track begins to speak to you.Not only are the
walls unique here but also the effect on the listener.It is almost ritualistic.
Sending the listener into a trance-like state of deep thought and ecstasy.
Like the slow drip of a powerful drug filling your veins.This is sort of ritualistic
in other ways as well.Like a field recording of burning sage as spirits are cleansed
and driven out from a place they they don't belong.However you choose to describe
what LA GOCCIA D'ACQUA (A.K.A. Julien Skrobek) is doing...He is doing it right and
adding something very special to a genre that more often than not sounds like an
endless supply clones, immitators and VOMIR cover bands.As far as HNW goes the
label that released this (Altar Of Waste) has consistantly supplied the underground
with quality HNW releases that are both original and beautifully packaged.

II.) MILLY'S FRIGHT:
The title "Death In Seance" is very fitting for this release as the entire thing
does in fact have a very occult and paranormal feeling to it.Not sure how
to explain how a Noise Wall album pulls this off but that is exactly what
LA GOCCIA D'ACQUA has done.Track two starts off like Duty Nurse with
an eerie sample from an obscure old movie.This time complete with creepy
old 1960's/70's style theme music.Again we hear a frightened cat meowing
and a panicked and rushed conversation in a foreign tongue...And once again
this is followed by a unique and original take on HNW...With "Milly's Fright"
we have a much more distorted and much denser experience.This one sounds
a lot more threatening but somehow manages to keep the same calming effect
present as track one.It is like a fly slowly being injected with a spider's venom.
It knows it is going to die and be eaten alive but at the same time the effects
of the poison rushing through it's body sends it into a catatonic state of numbed
bliss.The panic and struggle that took place a few moments ago now a distant
memory as it sinks into a state of deep euphoria.I am a firm believer that music
can have a drug-like effect on the listener and this is proof of just that.I have stated
before that HNW is not y favorite style of Noise and has never been my first choice.
Though this is true...I find myself spinning this disc quite regularly...And really any
time I get the urge to crank an HNW release they are always from Altar Of Waste
or Enemata Productions.These guys just have an ear for this stuff and so does LA
GOCCIA D'ACQUA...Though this is much quieter than many other HNW artists
(like SWALLOWING BILE or WILLOWBROOK for example.) This is still some
very punishing (and yes very harsh) stuff...Milly's Fright rumbles the floor beneath
your feet and causes your windows to shake and vibrate.Deep and dense distortion
pours out of your speakers for nearly half an hour.Just the perfect time frame to use
this as music for the ritual chamber if you practice or dabble in the occult arts.I am
not sure what sort of spirits Julien Skrobek is trying to communicate with in this
seance of death but whatever they are their presence is immense and weighs heavy
in the air.This sounds like a rift is being torn between this dimension in the next in
ultra slow motion.By far our favorite HNW album here at Traumatic Static.It is a shame
that this is limited to a mere fifteen copies.I may just have to start a petition to get this
re-printed in mass quantities.Be sure to sign in blood.

TWO TRACKS AND ALMOST AN HOUR OF PURE OCCULT AUDIO BLISS.
BEST HNW ALBUM WE HAVE HEARD SO FAR.LIMITED TO FIFTEEN COPIES
SO ACT FAST OR LIVE IN REGRET AND SELF HATRED:

10/10
-ABATTOIR-

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