Hydrargirum​​|​​Arsenium

by HgM & L_Arsenne

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Soon available on k7 format !
DCR-006
Buy here: deathcarnivalrecords.bandcamp.com

HgM is a (H)organismo.(G)ravemente.(M)alato:
Field recording
Recorded in Ho.Gravi.Malattie Darkroom, Turin, Italy, July 2013-March 2014

L_Arsenne is A.Arthur:
Joystic Oscillator/Fuzz Microphone/
Jomox T Resonator/wheelbarrow/rake
Recorded in the White Room, Nice,
France, May-june 2014

Archive photography by Légale Pablo

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released August 5, 2014

HgM ouvre la transe sur des élans primitifs, “archaïques”, il y a comme une ambiance amazonienne qui s'instaure rapidement, en exemple cette deuxième piste, “Liquid Nitrogen”, où des sons malicieux de toute fréquence surgissent en une cacophonie tropicale. Le fond utilisé sur ces compositions ressemble d'avantage au souffle du vent, calme et limpide, ce qui fait de HgM un moment atmosphérique, voire apaisant. On peux y voir se dessiner des structures non-anarchiques et progressives, l'arrivée des samples n'est pas brutale et soudaine ce qui rend l'écoute cristalline. D'ailleurs le troisième titre, “Intergranular Corrosion”, c'est presque du “feng-shui” low-fi en plein enfer de Dante, avec des apparitions d'entre chocs de bois et d'écoulements de ruisseaux. Une écoute donc assez loin du Noise pour HgM, sauf pour l'enveloppe sonore, en ce qui concerne le contenu c'est de la complète lévitation et de l’éther.

L-Arsenne relance la vague avec une enveloppe plus abrasive que le précédent, incluant un drone continuel plus mis en avant. Les ondulations de larsens se transformant en ultra-sons, éléments majeurs des compositions, bâtissent une passerelle proche de la Japanoise de Merzbow, comme sur la piste de lancement “Messe”. Des entre-chocs métalliques en fond sonore viennent déposer de la rouille sur une ambiance déjà bien “steampunk”, sur de longs passages. Il y a quelque chose de monolithique dans ces compositions, avec des structures souvent travaillées dans le lointain de l'horizon, le vertige se fait souvent ressentir. Le final du deuxième titre, “Corridor”, et ses grondements abyssaux, chevauché par le titre “Arsenic Extraction’ aux sirènes graves proches des chants dysphoniques, nous ferons immédiatement penser aux échos d'une ère antédiluvienne. Un split cassette qui s'avère riche en ambiance qui s'écoule de façon naturelle, idéal pour s'immerger dans une ambiance de plénitude. L'objet étant bien soigné sur ces deux faces et il se laisse écouter tout seul, vivement conseillé !

- Carl Neomalthusian for Mithra! Zine -

mithratemplezine.tumblr.com/post/101070809801/chronique-hgm-l-arsenne-split-tape-2014

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Death Carnival Records are a Noise / Drone / Industrial / Ambient label from Nice, France, nowadays acting under the wings of Arsenic Solaris (cf. Arthur Arsenne and his multiple outfits). Most releases are done on tape-edition, and since I did receive a handful of them, you can expect quite some reviews on these creations as from now on. Stay alert!

One of the many split releases on this label (Death Carnival Records indeed comes with many split-recordings) is a collaboration in between the Italian outfit HgM and French act L_Arsenne. The Hydrargirum / Arsenium split-tape comes in an edition of 30 (thirty!) copies only, and I do not think there are many copies left… So hurry up, and I’ll explain you why…

Side A consists of three compositions by Italian project HgM aka (H)organismo.(G)ravemente.(M)alato, recorded in Turin, Italy, as from July 2013 till March 2014 at Ho.Gravi.Malattie Darkroom. The three tracks last in between five and seven minutes. HgM’s part of the split starts with Slag Inclusion, which opens with a noise à la ‘mechanical water’ – I do not know how else I can define this specific sound. Actually, this composition sort of waves on that very same basic soundscape, but it comes with an atmosphere so scarifying and ominous, building up into suffocating proportions. Liquid Nitrogen goes on in a comparable vein, being a noisy and trancelike field recording with a primal basement and with inclusion of that grim, breath-taking attitude. The third piece, Intergranular Corrosion, is less minimal yet much more cacophonic, but once again like a mixture of noiscapes, field recordings and Musique Concrète. It sounds like a collage of sounds, both industrial and natural (once again that water I spoke about when writing something on the first track, re-appears), compiled into a sonic lo-fi statue. HgM for sure are a heavily sick organism… 7,5/10

The three other pieces are created by L_Arsenne, one of the many outfits by Mr Arsenne, who owns this label, as well as being the person involved with e.g. the collaboration Arsenne + Cisak + Oleksinski (see the update on January 17th for the [magnificent] review on the Frozen Light’s split-collaboration), LOC / Lands Of Conifer or Mitantecuntri, amongst several others (and expect some more reviews soon on releases by both Lands Of Conifer and Mitantecuntri!). The first piece is called Messe and it sounds like a morbid ritual, including repetitive mechanical drones and mesmerizing Tibetan-alike shamanistic chants (the so-called rgyud-skad way of singing). The composition builds up to a climax that sort of leaves you confused. Corridor (which lasts for almost eleven minutes) combines elements from Harsh Noise with both oppressive and psychedelic sounds, with subtle hints of Noise Wall and weird samples. Here too a coal-black atmosphere creates mostly uncomfortable moments of unrest, yet in a masochistic manner it’s attractive at the same time; attractive becomes addictive. The short last track, Arsenic Extraction, might be the highlight, for having the harshness of Corridor mixed with the ritual raison d’être of Messe, resulting in a transcendental and, at the same time, down-earthed epic (yes, I use ‘epic’ despite the short length, 2:29). 8,5/10

It’s quite remarkable that Noise can turn out to be so obscure, abyssal, asphyxiating, but both projects on this split, though being quite distinctive from each other, easily succeed to create that bleak intensity.

- Ivan Tibos 8/10 -

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