If you thought sonic beauty had to come from warm melodies and passionate harmonies then check out Nightmares & Noizescapes Volume 02, the new release from UK noiseweaver Tapewyrm. The five track inferno of corrosive sounds and stark consuming passion will not be an obvious attraction for some, for many it will be a scathing violation too far, but immersed within its industrial corruption it is impossible not to be mesmerised by the senses sapping and synapse blistering experience.
The studio project of Michael Drayven, Tapewyrm emerged in 2010 and took the following year to refine and define the startling and compulsive sounds which first graced debut demo Nightmares & Noizescapes Volume 01 and this its successor. The EP is a release you breathe, feel, and emotionally succumb to, a challenge to be met and a lingering infestation to lose composure and mental strength within. The primarily instrumental pieces making up the release expose raw thoughts and feelings, providing a further caustic rub to the wound with the oppressive reality of life and society brought through its unavoidable sounds. As mentioned it is not the easiest engagement to let gestate in the psyche but is certainly openly rewarding.
The opening Save Yourself is the bench mark for the release in how it will lie on individual tastes, survive its malevolence and staggering explosive textures and the subsequent cluster bombs of noise and aural vehemence will be devoured like manna from heaven, a cold and destructive one admittedly. The track sears the edges of the senses with its sonic scorching and distorted atmospheres, the torrid attrition even in its brief form equally numbing and deeply thrilling.
The track leads into the following Debased, a possibly less intense assault but with an insidious presence which envelops and consumes with distinct ease and merciless effect. The rhythms are a perpetual probing, their insistent and persistent raps like a rabid hungry sand storm forcing its charred and twisted metallic salt strikes into the now gaping emotive wounds.
Figments and Insomnia find different routes to unleash their warped pleasures, the first with an almost seductive entrance. It opens with an almost shy shuffling introduction offering a relative peace before the outbreak of still restrained but erosive steam punk like sonic expulsions. There is a blanket of heavy ambience through which shards of sound spear and cascade into the ear from, the almost unnoticeable build only breaking fully free in the final climactic crescendo. The second of the pair offers a more dare one say melodic heart, though it is all beneath and swamped by the surface acid which leaves its burning rasping sonic tongue across ear and heart. Spoken words emerge from the nightmarish failure to find wanted peace to spark obvious thoughts related to the title but also of life in a world where ‘sleep’ is never a given. The great thing about the EP is whatever the intent of its author and sounds personal interpretation is incited track after track.
Carbon Copy ends the release as the first began, as an unrelenting and emotion deforming storm of devastation, the scarring repetition a delicious and dehabilitating intrusion. As the whole release itself, the song has a nasty and unforgiving beauty. It spills its majestic noise bile with a merciless passion but all the while leaves one basking in the assault and its incendiary presence.
If noise and industrial spoils with the intent to ravish and bleed the senses sparks any form of anticipation than Tapewyrm and Nightmares & Noizescapes Volume 02 is a must encounter.
Download Tapewyrm – Nightmares & Noizescapes Volume 02 and volume 01 for free from http://tapewyrm.bandcamp.com/releases
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