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Skin Graft – “Ill Will” – [Ratskin Records]


2012 cassette from Cleveland harsh noise sadist Wyatt Howland containing two medium-sized helpings of (most likely electronic) ear molestation. Abacus didn’t like this when he previewed it because he thought it too homogeneous, but upon listening all the way through I found that it does morph over time (especially on the first piece), although it definitely sets out to be annoying. The A side is more dynamic: the grinding gears of a broken machine fighting off vomiting fax machines and a compressed inferno, shit-streaked with moments of dark ambient. It has a few patches of dead air, but they aren’t long enough to be a problem. Troublesome side B is static in more than one sense, a depleted environment of subtly modulated crackling wind. A deliberately aggravating release recommended for layerers and monomaniacs. I dare you.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on January 15, 2014 at 7:07 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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