HOLIDAYS

DBH (Death’s Black Hand)/Ultra Bonbon – Split (Danver’s State Records, 2010)

Posted in Danver's State Recordings, DBH (Death's Black Hand), Ultra Bonbon by HOLIDAYS on May 3, 2010

My immediate impression of this HN split on DSR is the packaging, which is an “O” wrap around a standard Norelco case. This is the first time I’ve seen this- though I’m sure it’s not the first time-but it makes for an excellent, diverse touch. The artwork is rather putrid, displaying a profile view of a drawn character projecting vomit (as you can see), off to the side, allowing one to draw an immediate hint as to the content.

Death’s Black Hand delivers two tracks of harsh noise- “Pain within this Shell,” starts with layers spanning from a high registered synth line that sounds like something out of an old 70’s slasher, accompanied by some tidal waves of crushing low end and some pulsating oscillation, along with other sporadic sounds breaking through the mix as well. Their second track, “Left Here to Rot,” begins immediately without a moment to spare with a loud wall of low end and quieter layers reminiscent of operating machinery on top. As the track progresses, the top layers become rather rhythmic which carries on throughout the duration, ending with just two clear and decisive layers that abruptly come to a stop.

The Ultra Bonbon side starts with “Crystal Pantry,” beginning with a shoving low end, and oscillating chirps, echoing and dwindling above, all of which eventually fades out and into a kinder synth line that works almost as some breathing room before the next track. “Spreading Spores” is a heavy hitter- starting with the same chirps as the previous, but with some wobbling layers of sound and a very heavy, echoed pulsation, which eventually slows down and introduces what may be one of the best aspects of this entire release- angry and tortured vocals. This track ends just as its predecessor, with a easy breathing synth line. The final track from Ultra Bonbon, “Bludgeon Fire” gives a seemingly sporadic low end rhythm that stops and goes with a gracious amount of vocals cut up along with it. Some higher registered sounds break through as well, but the vocals remain triumphant, concluding with a very rhythmic array of sounds.

This tape showcases two great artists with slightly different styles that compliment each other well. Having been released just recently and limited to 40 copies, it’s definitely one to grab sooner than later. I would recommend it based upon the Ultra Bonbon side alone, but as I said before, both artist compliment each other well making this a solid release and well worth any HN fan’s time.

Artist Pages: http://myspace.com/dbhnoise, http://myspace.com/ultrabonbon

Label Page: http://danversstaterecordings.blogspot.com

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