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3. Carnal Supremacy
4. Cum in to my wounds
5. Hate e Prevaricate
6. Total Submission 7. Helga
Cronaca Nera and ANTIchildLEAGUE
both released their first recordings back in 2001 despite each being active
prior to this. However, Cronaca recently returned in 2015 after a 13-year
absence. Donadio has been active since around 1997 first with solo work
appearing on the Elegy 2 and Notre Dame compilations prior to ACL. For Bruises and Bites, Cronaca created the
sounds on all the tracks and Donadio did the vocal work.
After the insane areas ACL’s 2016
album Holy Ghost reached with its’ vocal insanity, increasingly experimental
and dubbed out sound-scapes, this pushes a rabid return to the intense rage of
the earliest recording by ACL - Hell-worm. This was also evident on the
infected sonic-tantrum that was 2016’s Holy Spirit released on the Obsessive
Fundamental Realism label. Vocals form a mass of rage that surrounds the waves
of distortion that rain from Cronaca Nera’s violent pulsations and Death Synths.
This amasses to spread panicked sonic filth and perversion throughout the album.
The backing noise can be
particularly choppy and violent, cutting into the massive sounds of the synthesizers.
Gaya’s vocals screech, growl and order everyone and everything around. The cold
surrounding noise switches rapidly between clinical, splintered and explosive. The
explosiveness builds to controlled walls of distortion on Carnal Supremacy as
Donadio loses her shit big-time. Selective walls also pop up throughout whilst
Donadio rudely interrupts, disrupting the wall’s attempt to build and grow as a
wall, only allowing for a whirlwind of anarchic noise.
Donadio’s vocal becomes
angrier and increasingly inhuman as Bruises and Bites Progresses. The themes also
become more sexual with each track. At other times the vocal disintegrates into
violent, screaming, slathering noise. On the low level, minimal frequency abuse
that is Cum in to my Wounds the vocal is vile, sickly and frothing. The last
two tracks represent the death of the album.
As a joint recording this is
successful, both parties complement each other perfectly. Donadio presents
herself as the as the deliverer and recipient of torture in each song’s
scenario, yet the dominant persona is the most prevalent side to Donadio throughout
Bruises and Bites. Cronaca Nera provide intelligent varied noise that is
exceptionally cohesive with the vocals. They deliver rich contrasts in sound
that stop Bruises and Bites becoming disinteresting or too samey. This is a
strictly limited recording that needs more work together between the two
artists to see their combined, abusive sickness develop even further. But if
not, it is still an impressive addition to the discographies of both artists. Wanting
and waiting for more.