Thursday, August 29, 2013


Numbingly dense and churning new recording from HNW iconoclast Horrible Mess, a deeply mesmerizing suite of pieces that veers close to the "immobile stagnancy" aesthetics of ANW without sacrificing any of the expected severity and anguish.  Naturalistic and unfettered, completely unadorned with the standard theatricality and violent posturing of a lot of current HNW, "Concrete and Clay" stands as an incredibly focused and intellectual work from one of the genre's quiet masters.  The five pieces here show off an enormous range in shades of grey, brown, and black, a construct composed of layer after layer of pummeled sediment and compacted aggression.  For me the point here isn't so much abrasiveness and pointless electric intensity as it is a subdued invitation to recede and meld, to dissolve oneself into the physical being of the earth, to begin to realize the utter insignificance of your presence here when weighed against the infinity of nature.  Horrible Mess have achieved a remarkable meditative state throughout this record, one that will awaken you and pull you deeper into an oceanic lull, a gentle expanse that destroys by eclipse.
Altar Of Waste is pleased to present this catalogue of rust and nullification, a truly massive and suffocating work.  If drowning is indeed the most peaceful and dreamlike delivery unto death, then this record is a lake of inky black water, its waves growing ever more tidal, beckoning you out to where the shore meets the sky.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 20 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $22 rest of world.


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