The distinctive and rather stomach churning green dvd case packaging is worthy of a mention as it features a full colour, close-up and wrap around picture of a mass of hundreds of maggots; which of course is very fitting to the releases title, and the squirming mass of brutal static texturing inside. The maggot picture is nicely mirrored on the dvdr disc too- all which makes this a very class yet grim looking first releases from this new UK based HNW label.
So lets move on the truly massive, extremely vast and punishingly brutal walled of noise inside. The ‘wall’ starts off life as a rapid, dense and seared mixture of judder and slightly roar bound jittering that weaved into a firm and locked state for it’s first hour or so. As the hour marks tick by DBC alters and changes the wall’s texture and make-up just slightly- be it by adding a more ragged static judder to the mix, or a deeper drilling caustic drone texture as the central focuses, or adding in a slightly skipping textured tone to the ‘wall’. But for all the shifts and alterations along it’s huge and destructive path the ‘wall’ never lessens or thins out….so this is near on seven hours of pure and unadulterated extreme walled noise.
I’ll have to admit I’ve not played the whole thing in one single sitting- as firstly & practically one doesn’t have near on seven hours to play any bit of music or sound continuously. And secondly for reasons of sanity, as I'm not really sure what effect playing such extreme noise would do to you over prolonged period!. I have though played it in sections of up to two hours at a time, and have played the whole pieces several times though. And I must say it’s quite an experiencel with ones mood nicely moving from entranced to strangely enraged over the longer submersions in this ‘wall.
So in summing “Maggotkind” offers up one of the longest and most torturous runs of sound you’ll ever likely to come across- it's also both unforgiving ly brutal yet also oddly addictive. This release is very much for your seasoned and hardcore wall fan, due to it’s length and scope- but it’s certainly another great DBC release, and a great and classy looking first release from the Sweet Solitude label.
by Roger Batty