Gnawed/Velvet Curtain - Split CS (Maniacal Hatred)
Split cassette featuring 5 new tracks from Gnawed and 3 from Velvet Curtain. Naturally, Gnawed's material is killer - dark, atmospheric, and oppressive, yet with the requisite junk metal scrapings, clangor, and vocal presence you've come to expect. First time hearing Velvet Curtain, and truth be told, I don't know much about them, other then it's complimentary material to what Gnawed is doing; sounds of reverbed field recordings, musique concrete, tool box clutter, and metallic chain dragging. Third track ramps up the noise factor with distorted loops and ragged churn. Sounds Finnish or Swedish to me, but I don't think that's the case.