Humectant Interruption - _Internal Feedback_
(Xerxes, 1999)
by: Gabriel Sanchez (7 out of 10)
Hey look, another release by Humectant Interruption (yah!). For those who don't know, HI is the brainchild of Spite Records' head honcho Joel St. Germain and they produce some fine harsh sounds that combine a dash of crunchy bassy nastiness with garnishes of feedback and moaning tonal effects. When it is all mixed together and properly heated for the right amount of time, what you have is a basic but effective composition that seems to entrance the listener more than punish him/her. This is not a criticism of Mr. St. Germain's work but instead a compliment, as unlike much of the over-produced power electronics trash that passes for noise these days, HI's compositions keep the listener attentive to the mixture, as opposed to letting the sounds fade away into the background and out of one's mind. As stated, there is nothing earth shattering or ground breaking about HI's sound, but there certainly isn't any room for major criticism of lethal attack. If more noise artists today aimed for this basic style and kept at it, I'm fully convinced the genre as a whole would be greatly improved. One can dream, can't they?

Contact: Xerxes, 203 Fujimori-kata, 1-4-5 Wakabayashi,

(article published 14/3/1999)


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