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Gnaw Their Tongues: An Epiphanic Vomiting Of Blood

I wonder if someone like Bernard Herrmann, the late master composer responsible for such classic orchestral film scores as Vertigo, Psycho and Taxi Driver could have in his wildest dreams or nightmares, envisioned such a dark and disturbing album as Gnaw Their Tongues (great name) have delivered here. While the latest offering An Epiphanic Vomiting Of Blood from this one man wrecking crew from The Netherlands isn't exactly classified as a film score, one listen to these harrowing compositions will surely have you thinking otherwise. The music is difficult to categorize or pigeonhole as it encompasses elements of black metal atmospherics, drone and experimental, coupled with an operatic, avant-garde approach with regards to the orchestrations. When you add in the sampled bits of dialogue, which includes what appears to be a murderer's chilling nonchalant confession of how he killed his victims, you have a winner in the making. From the moment the listener is immediately thrown into the spiraling vortex on the opening track "my body is not a vessel, nor a temple. It's a repulsive pile of sickness", it's one moment of burning, unrelenting, caustic sounding filth after another. I'm not saying this is a particularly easy listen by any stretch of the imagination but An Epiphanic Vomiting Of Blood does make for a very…interesting listening experience. I'm just not sure I would ever want to see the movie that would accompany this music.

Track Listing
1) my body is not a vessel, nor a temple. It's a repulsive pile of sickness
2) teeth that leer like open graves
3) sawn asunder and left for the beasts
4) an epiphanic vomiting of blood
5) the sewer rats of calcutta
6) and there will be more of your children dead tomorrow
7) the urge to participate in butchery

Added: July 24th 2008
Reviewer: Ryan Sparks
Related Link: Crucial Blast
Hits: 2269
Language: english

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