Gnaw Their Tongues - An Epiphanic Vomiting of Blood CD Review ~ BrooklynRocks: NYC Music Blog

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Gnaw Their Tongues - An Epiphanic Vomiting of Blood CD Review

Gnaw Their Tongues - An Epiphanic Vomiting of Blood CD ReviewI have heard a lot of the bands that are labeled as 'extreme doom' but Gnaw Their Tongues is the first that really creeped me out. I have chilled out to bands like Sunn, Khanate and Xasthur late at night -- Gnaw Their Tongues will have you turning on all the lights and making sure the doors are locked.

Gnaw Their Tongues is a one-man project by the artist known as Mories. Given the extreme heaviness of this album, I would have expected Mories to look like a member of Gwar or Lordi but, based on his photo, he looks like the type of person that you wouldn't give a second glance to on the street. Mories gave a fairly in-depth interview to Lords of Metal and here is what he had to say about the new CD:

Lords of Metal: I was mortified by the darkness of the album. To classify Gnaw Their Tongues was and is very difficult. How would you call it and why? I mean, it's not metal but very extreme and your songs are far from a pleasant listen. What are the influences of your extreme dark songs? Are they from books films or maybe the desolate plains of Friesland?

Mories: Well I don't know how to call Gnaw Their Tongues. I don't really care either. Like it or not, that's all that matters. Influences? I don't know, I get inspired by all kind of things, but not influenced. Gnaw Their Tongues is about channelling my world view. It's about letting my subconscious roam freely. About letting inner darkness 'shine' bright and furiously! There are plenty of books and films I like, but Gnaw Their Tongues is about real things in this world. No fiction, just true horror.

Getting back on track, this CD is a re-release of the limited edition vinyl release that was released on Burning World earlier this year. This disc has new artwork from the vinyl release and it also contains an extra track - "The Urge to Participate in Butchery". Anyone not familiar with the black metal genre might dismiss this as noise, but that is not at all the case. The songs are structured and purposeful and there is enough substance to draw you into the music. The 'problem' is that once you are drawn in, you start to notice the murmuring voices beneath the strings and, after listening to a bit more of this horror/snuff movie soundtrack, you start to feel the fingers on the back of your neck.

Like most of the extreme doom artist, Mories has released numerous limited edition releases and a number of them are available as free downloads on Gnaw Their Tongues' MySpace page. One of the more interesting downloads is the Bubonic Burial Rights EP.

Gnaw Their Tongues isn't for everyone (it probably isn't for most people) some of the tracks from the band's MySpace page and see if An Epiphanic Vomiting of Blood is for you.

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