Total time 57:52
Cassette released on OBUH Records, Poland, 1994
‘The Cruelty of Black Humour’ is a joint release between Noise-Maker’s Fifes‘ own NMT label and polish label Obuh records. The band is reduced to the core duo of Geert Feytons and Timo Van Luyk for two slabs of rather intense, claustrophobic soundscapes. The music would adequately fit in Wagner’s forge scenes from Siegfried where the blacksmith Mime is forging a new blade for Siegfried amid thunderous orchestral blasts a go-go. But these recordings where actually intended as incidental music to a film inspired by Lautréamont’s Chants De Maldoror, hence the monstrous sounds and grating, industrial interjections. As usual with these individuals, not a single synthesizer is used, but rather a mix of scraped or bowed metal objects resonating to build up thick layers of noise thanks to generous use of effect pedals. There is nonetheless a surreal, hypnotic quality in these tracks, what with its obsessive loop effects and undefinable sound sources.