Gnaw Their Tongues - An Epiphanic Vomiting of Blood

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Gnaw Their Tongues is almost completely indescribable, it is a project that simply needs to be heard to be believe. Forget understanding it as the primitive emotional outbursts that pepper the sounds on their records as these compositions seem to aim at leaving listeners aghast at the emanations of sound. An Epiphanic Vomiting of Blood is the latest recording from the shadowy Gnaw Their Tongues, and at seven tracks, it is more than an hours worth of haunting sounds that might just challenge the daring with their menace. I must admit that reading the press on this record truly intrigues my sense of sonic adventure; hopefully, the actual record pays off in at least some of the ways in which it boasts.

Seriously, from the outset, An Epiphanic Vomiting of Blood is more a lo-fi horror soundtrack than conscious musical arrangement; although deep beneath the competing sounds (drums buried deep in the mix along with bass guitars and keyboards while screeching black metal style vocals and operatic vocals vie for attention amid a great deal of white noise) there lies some method to the madness. At times, Gnaw Their Tongues utilize some rather passive moments to set moods, like the rather calm section in "The Urge To Participate In Butchery" but for a majority of the album, this is a sonic bludgeoning of unique aural soundscapes that are part symphonic, see "Sawn Assunder and Left for the Beasts" and the title track for examples, and at points the material uses electronics (like "Teeth That Leer Like Open Graves" the opener) to create the eerie atmospheres that are evident in every piece here. The use of samples also dots the trajectory of An Epiphanic Vomiting of Blood, but the real gem is pretty late in the album. "And There Will Be More of Your Dead Children Tomorrow" uses intoning bells, which add a massive quality about the almost symphonic arrangement while its slow crawling nature really lends to a creepy sounding piece; the sample where the man starts yelling about killing babies and the crippled and such really just pushes this out there as Gnaw Their Tongues includes a bit of what sounds like a vocal choir to the mix.


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