Even more head-altering is Giffoni's arsenal of recordings, which fire discrete, even microscopic sounds into layers of compounded electronic crush, like bullets weaved into a quilt. He hit a peak last fall on Welcome Home, a nerve-combing mash of digital crunch, blurry waves, and chopping, squishing blasts. The album's unending attack induces a kind of aural coma, like being hypnotized through cranial acupuncture, making it my second-favorite noise record of 2005, just under Mouthus's Slow Globes.
Assassin's Faith, a new 3" CD-R on Chondritic Sound, is a kind of follow up, two 9-minute tracks of construction-site slobber that instantly drills holes in the skull. "Assassin's Faith 1" is more solid-core drone than anything on Welcome Home, as an initially quiet string of pointillist sounds become a haystack of crackling currents, even sounding Double Leopards-esque, but later collapsing into shards of debris. "Assasin's Faith 2" is even bloodier, an onrush of robotic noise-soldiers bathed in a echoing beat, then crumbling under Giffoni's relentless artillery of flesh-ripping sounds. The 141 copies of this 3" are supposedly already gone, but Carlos might have some at future shows, all the more reason to see you at the Hook in March...