Thanks Roger for another excellent review.
Carrion Black Pit – Anatomy Studies [Sweet Solitude – 2011]
Carrion Black Pit is the horror themed HNW & AHNW project of São Paulo, Brazil based Elias who is most known for the great Harsh Noise /Industrial/HNW/noised-up Sword-and-Sandal soundtrack project Sleep of Ages. “Anatomy Studies” is the projects 3rd release, and just like his work with SOA’s, CBP sound is very difficult to tie into any one genre as there’s elements of creepy manipulated field recordings, horror movie soundtracking, and horror fed noise touches here amongst the Hash Noise Wall & Ambient Harsh Noise Wall Structures.
The album comes in the form of cdr ltd to 25 copies. And it features four tracks in all, these last between the six to near on eighteen minute mark a piece. The creepy monochrome cdr sleeve is worth a mention as it give the whole release a nice pro & horror themed vibe- the front cover features an in shadows picture of a vine covered face which could either be a stone face, or a dead male human face that has become engulfed in vines in a similar manner to the victims in Scott Smith’s killer plant novel & later horror movie “The Ruins”. The back of the sleeve features a neat ‘n’ murky horror collage of Lovecraft like monsters, skulls, doomed words written on paper, all maner of creepy yet not clearly recognizable items.
The first track up is entitled “Let The Right One In”, and this just shy of thirteen minute track is built around a hypnotic, creepy & darkly singed mixture of: repetitive purring bound static, slow judderings, un-nerving noise texturing, and subterranean type eerier drone loops. These elements are bound together to create this great dread ‘n’ doom filled yet subtle battering track which I guess you’d call Horror bound AHNW.
Next up there’s the seven minutes thirty three of “Prayer, & this starts off been based around very quiet layers of whispered voices that seem to reading out some damned & unholy text over & over again. Around the layers of voices is this ribbed ‘n’ ripped tone, and pretty soon these two elements are joined by louder spoken work/chant textures, which once more seem to reciting some dark & creepy texts. As the track builds up it breeds & intensifying this great feeling of dread & ultimately panic. The tracks last few seconds of the track feature sampled demonic choir like sustain which nicely finishers the track off & leads into the next track.
Track number three is wonderfully entitled “Recording Found Stuffed Inside A Corpse Lying On A Crypt”, and this near on eighteen minute track is built around atmospheric layers of subtle noise texturing & horror movie storm like field recordings. The track mixes together battering & cascading rain storm field recordings, billow & subtle atmospheric shifting noise elements, and what sounds like muffled & at times panicked battering & hammerings that drift in & out of sonic view- these last elements sound like somethings trying very hard to get in or out of something.
Last up we have the dead on six minutes of “Sketches For A Wall”, & this track is built around a tight ’n’ stuck matt of juddering static dwell. As the track progresses it seems to slow but surely hypnotize & enclose you in it’s cold juddering vibe. The ‘wall’ seems to stay very much fixed & focused through-out, through there is some very subtle pitch shifting going on here & there. When the track suddenly ends it feels like it still drilling & juddering away at your head for a few minutes after the ‘walls stopped, & you have this great fogy creepy buzzing in your head.
All told this is a very nicely presented & sonically executed slice of often subtle noise fed horror soundtracking that I can see appealing to not just ‘wall’ heads, but those into any form of horror fed experimental music.
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