Saturday, September 19, 2009

Gnaw Their Tongues - All the Dread Magnificence of Perversity


Gnaw Their Tongues
All the Dread Magnificence of Perversity
Crucial Blast

Gnaw Their Tongues is a one-man black metal nightmare along the lines of Xasthur or Deathspell Omega, if those guys followed through with their suicidal impulses and after their postmortem descent compiled a demonic orchestra in Hell. All the Dread Magnificence of Perversity is a vaguely organized mishmash of electronic orchestration, reverbed-into-incomprehensibility guitar washes, Godzilla-stomp rhythm throbs and various human and sampled screams. It probably goes without saying that every track sounds like every other track – after all, the point is to set a consistent mood, one that’s as disturbing and unpleasant as a serial killer’s idle daydreams. This is soundscraping aimed at a very narrow and specific audience; for the rest of us, the main source of entertainment is likely to be in the gloriously ridiculous song titles. Tell me you can read Gazing at Me Through Tears of Urine, The Gnostic Ritual Consumption of Semen as Embodiment of Wounds Teared [sic] in the Soul and The Stench of Dead Horses On My Breath and the Vile of Existence in My Hands and not (a) want to hear this at least once and (b) know that Mr. Gnaw has a sense of humor. As for me, here’s hoping that my favorite, My Orifices Await Ravaging, becomes a staple of small-town high school proms everywhere.

- Michael Toland

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