VV.AA.: ?3 Way Frenzy? tape 2002 s/p

VV.AA.: ?3 Way Frenzy? tape 2002 s/p

3 way split from gore-obsessed Death grind bands from New York. All of them are either 1 or 2 piece bands with drum machine, so beware if you have prejudices on automated things. CRUSHING ORGAN is the one-man side project of BIOLICH? Tom Carey.
DEFLESHED BY FLIES (interesting name indeed: it?s the title of a song by LAST DAYS OF HUMANITY from their split with RAKITIS) is a two piece band, featuring Will of BIOLICH (again) and Adam Rotella, a name which doesn?t sound too alien to my ears. If my memory doesn?t betray me Adam is (or was, at least) the mind behind BLUDGEON and ANAL BIRTH, both ultimate splatter/goregrind abominations, so probably DEFLESHED BY FLIES won?t be about vampires and Vikings either.
About BIOLICH, you have plenty to read in this issue, including a long interview.

Vote: 7

GOREOPSY (Svk): ?Intentional Disfiguration? tape 1999 [demo]

GOREOPSY (Svk): ?Intentional Disfiguration? tape 1999 [demo]

It has to be said in advance that GOREOPSY heavily use drum machines. I don?t know if you lie this stuff but certainly the music sometimes gets so fast it would be surely interesting to see how a human drummer could handle it. The main of GOREOPSY songs however is composed of sludgy, relentless riffs which drag for minutes, with this kind of toad like bubbly grunts a la CUM/DEMILISH constantly spilling all over like a blood-soaked sheet. I don?t think they really need the faster, grind parts, as they really get the best from these slow, inexorably sluggish ones, but for sure they would gain much from a real drummer, far more than the more solid, aforementioned CUM (now VAMPIRIC MOTIVES). Fpr those who like deep vocals and spectral sludgecore.

Vote: 8.1

UNBURIED (USA/Va): ?Tortured Remains? tape 1998 [demo]

UNBURIED (USA/Va): ?Tortured Remains?  tape 1998 [demo]

This demo has probably the best splatter fucking cover I have seen so far, I loved it so much I used to hang a poster of this on my wall for quite some time. To those who might concern, UNBURIED is the band where the famous artist Mark Riddick plays bass, a brutish, chunky kind of Death Metal with lots of gore, grinding spasms and shrilling guitar convulsions. Starting with the famous Pinhead quote, the demo is fully packed with music until the very last second. It has to be noted also that the vocal duties have been taken over by a girl, Rebecca, which apart from cupping a bit the microphone to have somewhat deeper vocals, reminds me of Swedish CREMATORY in tonality, which is, you said it, rather impressive. The use of these vocals is interesting, constantly shifting, splitting, rejoining and moving, but the bass slapping tends to go a bit too much on his own universe at times. There is some mid tempo mosh in this Death Metal, lot of groovy mid tempo. Too much groovy mid tempo if you ask my opinion. The riffs, being not SKINLESS tend to grow a bit too danceable, even happy at times. To finish it, this band succeeds in getting something more than average for sure, but the superior quality of the package could be deceptive, while this band is good, it?s not something I would probably listen for a 60 minute full-length. The guitars are rather distorted but since the sound quality could be improved, they results too buzzing at times. Ravenous and competent, but needs some polishing (or filth, depends). INTEGRITY cover in the end. For trivia, there was another Doom/Death band called Unburied from Finland which released a very good demo titled ?Veil of Damnation?.

Vote: 7

NAPALMED (Cze): ?Misch Masch Miksasch? tape 2002 [demo]

NAPALMED (Cze): ?Misch Masch Miksasch? tape 2002 [demo]

I don?t know if I?m the best to describe such stuff as the one contain herein but I will try. Call me masochist but I tend to like this obsessive, noise only stuff. With a demo titled after SEX PISTOLS (or SORE THROAT?), NAPALMED?s music is the ultimate minimalist stuff, stripped of every resemblance to any kind of ?melodic? music you can desperately try to grab to feel safe. Combined in the right pattern, noise can give you emotions, steal your breath, raise your heartbeat just as any other ?traditional? band. Since from the first song this NAPALMED tape substantially brings you to the verge of suicide. It?s kind of distant, eerie, and melancholic, with a background fuss which reminds me of a thin rain falling on glistening concrete? metallic clacking and tedious tickling add the background for what is like a huge rasping breath which come and goes in waves. There are lots of ?instruments? used here, if you want to call them that way, which add variety to the music with a plethora of different sonorities. At times the sound grows to be a bit more like heavy boots pummelling the ground, at times it?s just like hearing your TV fizzling out of tuning. At time it?s just like a blank lp spinning erratically. The curious thing about this demo is that it DOESN?T sound electronic at all even if made mainly with keyboards and percussions, it just don?t involve techno beats or stuff you can picture when thinking of a noise band. It?s just NOISES, arranged to create a grim arabesque, like a sculpture made of pipes and black sewer stones, not dazzling circuitry if you know what I mean… Oh well, time for me to go to sleep. Trippy stuff.

Vote: 7

TORKE (Ita): ?Anti-Jubilaeum? tape 2001 [demo]

TORKE (Ita): ?Anti-Jubilaeum? tape 2001 [demo]

I should recognize that this band is rather abysmal and obsessive, which is something I basically like in the genre. No guitar masturbation, no pretty melodies at all, but despite the stern approach this Black Metal doesn?t really stir suicide impulses in me. It?s not like hearing DEMONCY or ABRUPTUM is you know hat I mean, it?s not THAT bleak? it?s just like hearing ugly Black Metal with lots of overlapping whispers. The vocals are so piercing your eardrums tend to microwave (I have had a few listen with earphones) anyway, which can appeal as well as not, but the guitars are the real weak spot in the whole project, they just don?t arrange the right mood, my opinion being even if you want it raw, you still need some good riff to play with and bring on for 20 straight minutes. But these riffs just too often wobble and totter too slowly, as if they had no real toehold. I would add to the bad points that I am not very much for the guitar sound they adopted, for the (sort of) solos, the neo-Swedish melodies in Chapter IV. The first track in side b has some interesting arrangements with whispering and evil rasping, and the grindlike larsens add some barbarity to the basic riffing, but I don?t think I?ll give it a few more listens in the future. Just need some more fine-tuning.

Vote: 5

DISGORGE (Mex): ?3 studio songs? tape 2001 Obliteration

DISGORGE (Mex): ?3 studio songs? tape 2001 Obliteration

The songs on this tape are nothing but tracks one and eight from ?Chronic Corpora Infest? and a track from ?Forensick? re-released as tapes by Naru of Obliteration/CSSO. The mixing is good even thought these tracks are presented here in self-financed, self-recorded versions. Of course you know DISGORGE so I won?t go too much in detail here, but if you don?t have a clue about the band, think of it as the ultimate aberration, DISGORGE is gorewise the most gruesome band I can come up with, I can?t really stuff them as grind nor as death metal, maybe something in between… Deathgrind? The guitar/drum combination is constantly changing, getting opposite, twisting like a live body subject to dissection. Some of the inescapable, gloomy, claustrophobic feel remind a bit of the CARCASS of the ?I Reek of Putrefaction? golden era, although even tighter if possible at all. The vocals are bubbling, phlegmy, confuse, it?s just a maelstrom of insane pathological splatter holocaust brought to the limits of listenablity . Add some samples to break the songs even (not cheap overused ones though, it?s just some stuff that add some decrepit, anxious feel) and you get a three songs sample of what DISGORGE could actually do in full-length. Should I add this is one of my favorite bands?

Vote: 9

SECLUDERE (USA/Mi): ?Isolation Metal? tape 2000 Reberabtive [promo]

SECLUDERE (USA/Mi): ?Isolation Metal? tape 2000 Reberabtive [promo]

The fact that this bands busted out of the corpse of a noise-experimental band like RAISED IN MEAT could just nothing but help. Especially when you consider this is a project all centred around vaguely ambient/psychedelic atmospheres and stripped of everything Black Metal. It?s a droning, mesmerizing, obsessive repetition of loose riffs over and over for minutes, it?s the kind of stuff that?s created to drive you nuts, filling your cervix with desolation and bareness, and drains you of your warmth second by second. There is a lot of clean guitar and crepitating Greek-black-metal-when-it-was-good abandoned feel. It?s not gothic stuff, it?s fucking grey and miserable and I was enjoying the fact that luckily for my nerves, it had no vocals on it. After a while when it really gets trippy, some of the dirtiest, most fundamental, barren Black Metal I have ever heard starts. There?s no beauty in this shit, just ugly bleak stuff which no man with good sense should hear. Spectral vocals submerged in an horrible mix, echoing beneath the same riff over and over, it?s like techno-trance meets industrial black metal. I don?t think you should but it. But being nuts myself. I liked it. Especially when high on heroine.
For your knowledge, SECLUDERE have now changed name to DEAD TO EARTH.

Vote: 7.4