On this Tape Drift split Hunting Rituals and Rambutan (noise from Northern latitudes, Ontario and Albany, respectively) make a perfect match. Hunting Rituals gets a long single track while Rambutan offers three shorter pieces. Here’s a survey of the damages:
Hunting Rituals- “Spirit Wok”
The sole Hunting Rituals track begins with horn-like feedback, or feeding back horns, or maybe both, all entwined and circling the blasted surface of an inhospitable landscape. It’s a harrowing, unrelenting listen that piles on lashing of radioactive tone for over fifteen minutes. Then begins a more droning and monolithic section; a divine wind from 1,000 propeller blades that takes the track past the 26 minute mark. It kills, then desecrates.
Rambutan- “Broken eye”
A two minute shard of feedback. A palate/mind cleanser.
Rambutan- “Tree vision”
“Tree vision” has a vast, force-of-nature feel. Oceanic power in total darkness. “Tree vision” seems a weird title, because of the deep-water sounds. Currents, though, can apply to abyss or air. Maybe the vision of the tree is a nonverbal vegetative awareness that registers sensations of airflow across its twisted branches.
Rambutan- “Crushed zebra moon”
The split’s most processed track. There’s humming, tension, and percussive splotches. The whole piece gradually begins to boil and steam. I hear a bell tolling. Flanged-out comets arc across the firmament. Fade to white.
This is definitely a worthwhile split to check out. Both artists have a similar approach to noise: organic with a hint of the industrial, a focus on natural or elemental energies, and the aim of dissolving you into their sound. Placing both musicians on a single release proves to be a revealing, if not always easy listen. 7/10 -- Mike Pursley (24 June, 2010)