Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Gnaw Their Tongues - "All The Dread Magnificence Of Perversity" CD

Now this is an imaginative and evocative mix of extreme sounds. Imagine, if you will, the typical monochromatic black metal sound, then mix in a swollen, gangrenous slab of proto-ambient classical-drone bombast, and what you get? Gnaw Their Tongues know, as they create precisely that. The opener, the provocatively-titled "My Orifices Await Ravaging", is a torturous and dramatic nightmare soundtrack that's infinitely more horrific than any scary-movie score I've heard in many a year. Indeed, GTT creates brutal symphonies of slow, doomy grind infused with industrial-noise, sadistic samples, symphonic elements, and layered drones. But where groups like Sunn O))) create epic, slow-burn doom/drone manifestos, Gnaw Their Tongues are more hyperactive and paranoid, whisking the listener away on a voyage into the minds of perverts, murderers, and the criminally insane. It's not a nice and comfy place, needless to say. "Verbrannt Und Verflucht" is a stunning assault of malevolence, joining a funereal dirge with an oppressively blackened sense of palpable tension. Other cuts, like "Broken Fingers Point Upwards In Vain" wash over the listener with a threatening sense of foreboding. Gnaw Their Tongue's richly cinematic tones are awash with dread and fear. Enter at your own risk. (Crucial Blast)



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