One of my favorite current black noise artists, Demonologists has consistently produced high-quality and supremely vicious assaults of demonic electronic noise over the past few years, with their full-length disc / art zine set Miscarriage Of The Soul being one of my personal highlights of the Crucial Blaze series. With this split cassette, Demonologists return to C-Blast with more of their hellish noise, and are accompanied by their comrades in sonic extremism, HHL.
Demonologists provide us with four tracks of their extreme blackened savagery on the a-side. Their signature harsh noise assault continues relentlessly across the side, beginning with the violent wall of distortion and layered feedback of "Consumed By Grief And Despair" and continuing through the Merzbowian roar of "Blood Noir" and "Bloodsucker Malpractice" to the brief closing chaos of "Child Sized Coffins". But like with most of this group's material, these brutal sex/death hallucinations are infested with additional sounds and layers of atmospheric drone that elevate this above a simple brute-force noise attack. In among the churning maelstroms of mid-range static roar and amplifier overload, Demonologists penetrate the ocean of noise with swaths of haunting celestial ambiance, monstrous screams, brief glimpses of corrupted church choirs, waves of majestic kosmische power come crashing down around spires of smoldering black electronics, and what sound like insanely deformed black metal guitar riffs seething and swarming within the frenzy of distortion.
The flipside of this tape features two long tracks from HHL, a noise artist from Portland, Oregon that has only appeared on the HN scene fairly recently, but whose recordings thus far have delivered a solid harsh noise aesthetic that on this tape falls in somewhere between the hypnotic, suffocating black walls of The Rita and the heaviest junk-noise avalanches of K2. Titled "Shame Gauge" and "Reflecting Disgust", these two ten minute pieces bombard the listener with a constant storm of low-end static, howling speaker abuse, and collapsing walls of metallic noise surging upwards in a powerblast of electronic destruction.
This is the harshest entry into the Infernal Machines series, without question. Issued in a full color sleeve in a limited edition of one hundred copies.