Avmakt - Avmakt
Avmakt is the first Andreas Brandal release under this name (he is also responsible for Hour of the Wolf, Flesh Coffin and several other projects, oriented more or less towards drone and harsh noise wall). This debut tape and the following Avmakt releases are such weird musical constructions that it's almost impossible to describe them in limits of one musical style. What is this? Wall? Noise? Processed field recordings? Junk noise? Perhaps a subtle mix of everything that I've listed plus oppressive, gloomy atmosphere. I'd say very weird record and it's a pity that only 30 copies were released. On each side of the tape - approximately 15 minutes of sounds. While listening to Armod (poverty) I was rather surprised. The record suddenly interrupts, becomes silent, sound is worsened, passed through distortion several dozens of times or something like that and sound ranges goes to hardly audible crackles etc. etc. At first I was to blame my equipment, but listening more to this tape, it became clear that it's the main idea. Several rather heavily compressed layers of crunching filth... There are places where clanging metal sounds or varying noise layers are heard in the distance, but these are just minimal details that are soon sunk under the statics, but at the same time they are extremely important. All in all, the bigger part of side A is filled with flowing harsh noise wall that associates with the sounds of the sea. The track on side B is called Gru (horror). It starts from squeaking of the opening doors and, it seems, the equipment being connected. I liked Gru much more than the track on side A. Avmakt stays at unchanging sounds in such places that are most painful and unexpected. At the same time he changes the structure of the track under these static sounds and adds other sound layers. That is not that far from harsh noise wall either, but I couldn't call it just that. Dark and abysmal track. Movement of sound layers, if you get into them, puts you into rather uncomfortable mood. There are more variations on this side, more weird ambient and droney moments, undefined hums or whistles that pass through the walls of noise. And overall this side of tape is somewhat ghostly. Interesting release that goes far beyond harsh noise wall stylistics, diluting it with ambient and junk noise.