Chefkirk - Giant Squid
Release: Giant Squid
Format: 5" CDr
When I got this disc I thought; "Cool, I've heard a lot about this guy and have never heard his material yet." So I put it in the stereo, set at my normal volume for noise, pressed play and nearly jumped out of my skin! It's 6 weeks into 2007 and I think I got my topper of the year so far. The volume on this disc was recorded very loud and I love getting surprises like this.
Chefkrik provides six tracks of harsh ass noise that has some well done production in it. Even though the tracks are untitled thier order is perfect. Track One starts us off with some great blasts of harsh walls mixed a couple higher notes here and there. But the movement is well done. A great short opener to whats coming. Track Two begins slowly with some hisses that play for a minute of less and then the track begins to build and build into a monster hiss and then slowly gives off again with a odd sounding loop that sounds like the end of a vinyl records skipping. In behind it we have some high tonal noise to give your ears some balance. Track Three starts with a slow fade in of a looped wall that builds and builds up speed and interlayered noise begins to come in. Glitchy scrapes and hisses swirl about your room and then the track gets into some awesome delay pedal work and is harsh as hell. Probably my favorite track on this disc. Track Four starts with some more delay works and loops of noise mixed with hisses of harsh blasts. I'm going hate to say this but this release remindes me a lot of Merzbow's early 90's material and that's saying a fucking lot because MA was in his prime then. At 9 minutes long, like the last track, you never feel like you sat through 9 minute because so much is going on and grabbing your attention. And that's what this release did for me right away, grabbed my attention. The ending of the track features some drum loop as well, which surprised me because it's the first time hearing any drum in this release at all. Track Five, is something to give your ears a rest. At 13 minutes long it take a while to develope into something loud. Pretty much takes about 7 minutes before it starts to pick up nicely. Begins with a soft static loop that slowly builds up level by level until the track ends. Lots of hisses. Track Six is a crashing, bashing, drum craze. Sounds like Mr. Smith went drum machine happy and delay crazy. I love it. The disc ends in some great loop paterns and harsh delay play and it's a great way to end this awesome disc.
The artwork in something that surprised me. A simple red and blue cardboard paper sheet with an insert telling me to be Vegan. After looking at the Caustic Castle package I wondered for a second if this came from the same label. I don't hate it but I also think it suits the material on the disc so it's not all that bad. A good buy $5 ppd US!