The bare-looking, DIY-style black&white paper slip holds an unlabeled CD-R, which features two artists performing noisy music. M!, a name I that wasn't familiar with before this release, is an Italian solo-project that creates improvisational noise. On this split the improvisation is done by using a "chitarraxu", which (I suppose) is some kind of a guitar, a kalimba and some effect pedals. The prolific German solo-project TCM creates his mix of drone and noise with tape loops, effect pedals and a noise synthetizer.
M!'s side starts quite calmly with the eight-minute opener. The first four minutes of it are some slightly distorted loops placed on top of each other in a vain that makes the song build up slowly while still remaining interesting. The song slowly builds up in distortion and thickness, and at four minutes the song is almost buried under rather dull and thin guitar noise. The guitar noise lasts for a couple of minutes, after which there is only silence for a while, and the last minutes consist of rather slow and calm guitar distortion. The five minutes long second track is the calmest of the bunch. It mostly consists of white noise in the background, some slow&low chords on top of it, and some rather slow, high and distorted improvised guitar riffing on top of 'em both. It's a really enjoyable piece, with a slightly brooding atmosphere. The third track lasts for 14 minutes, and for some reason it has a significantly higher volume level than the two previous tracks. The first two and a half minutes of the track are rather promising, as the harsh and simple background loop and the bell-sound create a nice and interesting soundscape... but then the distorted guitar comes in, covering them almost completely, and quite soon the guitar is all that can be heard. It really can be noticed that the guitar is rather improvised, and even though it creates varying patterns of noise it still sounds rather dull for most of the time. This part of the track would've needed something more to fill the space with the guitar in order to be interesting. Sure, there is a little of distorted kalimba to be heard occasionally, but not nearly enough for the track's needs. Around ten minutes the guitar starts to produce monotonous and harsh mid-pitch drone and falls a bit back in the mix, giving room to the simple kalimba-pattern. This part of the track sounds rather nice, but still too empty. The last minute of the track is pure distorted harsh noise. It's nothing special, but sounds good nonetheless.
All of M!'s tracks end up in a cut-up vein, which is not a good thing and damages the record's flow. His side of the record relies way too much on the guitar, ending up sounding rather empty and idea-dry at times. There are good moments, but just not enough of them, and the mediocre guitar parts damage the good parts' value. It's evident that the artist has some good ideas, so I suspect that he'll make better stuff in the future. Grade: 6½ / 10
Tainted Corrosive Mist is presented here with a just one track, but it's because his tracks usually aren't that short - this one is almost 25 minutes long. The track begins with low and bassy drone accompanied by more harsh (flanged) humming. The wavy bass drone becomes more gritty and loud as the track progresses, and around six minutes a short, spacey loop appears in the background for a short time. From this point forward track evolves by slowly becoming more gritty, and as the track is mainly based on just two sounds (the humming and the bass) that progress in their own natural way, the hook of the song is the patterns that the two entangled sounds create, and the change of the soundscape from sounding clear to being really gritty and noisy, and in it's end the track is rather pure harsh noise. There's also an occasional smaller sound here and there to serve as a hook of sorts, for example there's some metallic screeching around 14 minutes. The track ends to a really sudden fade-out, which is quite an odd choice for such a noisy and overwhelming track. I had truly expected more from this artist.
Even though the changes within the track are rather minimal and it progresses slowly, it has a really natural flow. The soundscape is overall good and appealing, and the track remains enjoyable and interesting for it's whole lenght when it's listened through in one sitting. It's nothing groundbreaking, but due to it's flow and appeal it's worth an 8- / 10
Overall the release presents something new for fans of both noise and drone. M!'s side's third track should really have a lower volume level whereas TCM's track should have a higher one, and the release's visual side is non-existant. All the participants could've invested more effort on this release. Recommended for those who are searching for new names and experimentations within drone and noise.