Friday, October 09, 2009

Gnaw Their Tongues "All The Dread Magnificence Of Perversity"

Gnaw Their Tongues- All The Dread Magnificence Of Perversity

(Crucial Blast)

“Oh, no, not again”, was my reaction to opening a package from Crucial Blast and finding inside the latest full-length from Gnaw Their Tongues in digipack form. For those not in the know, Gnaw Their Tongues is perhaps the most disgusting, disturbing, and just all out grossest exercise in deranged blackened noise that I’ve ever heard. A one man project, courtesy of Mories (also of the more traditional, if still disturbing, black metal project De Magia Veterum), from The Netherlands, “All The Dread Magnificence Of Perversity” continues GTT’s fascination with perverse bondage imagery overlaying a cacophony of horror-inducing noise.

As far as I can tell, not much has changed since “An Epiphanic Vomiting Of Blood”, GTT’s last full-length from 2007. The same kaleidoscopic maelstrom of screams, rasps, howls of torture, the odd cascade of bass (deeply heavy this time around), synthesizer, percussion with little to no discernible structure, and wall of deep, almost subliminal harmonic noise continues for an incredibly mind numbing length of just over an hour on this release (there are three additional “bonus tracks” for those of you insane enough to track down the vinyl release). Adding further to the unease and disgust is the truly disturbing, sadistic bondage imagery that will cause one to doubt the artist’s sense of moral compass.

The end result of all of this is surprisingly listenable (well, at least once), and is obviously a sort of “I dare you to listen to this, and appreciate it” sort of challenge. The daring is self-explanatory for those of you seeking a challenging listening experience, and the appreciation comes in the fact that a lot of thought and effort went into constructing “All The Dread Magnificence Of Perversity”. Something like this could easily be simply unlistenable and dismissed out of hand, yet, you find yourself compelled to listen. The album is probably the closest one could get to laying down an audio soundtrack to the most disturbing depths of the human soul.

I can’t say that I recommend “All The Dread Magnificence Of Perversity” by GTT, nor can I say that I’ll ever come back to the album. But, if you’re looking for the most abhorrent, yet still successful, album ever written, “All The Dread Magnificence Of Perversity” certainly is a candidate. Decide for yourself.


Gnaw Their Tongues Official MySpace

Crucial Blast

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