Savage and ridiculously addictive, Big Trouble In Little Vagina the new EP from UK death metallers Foetal Juice is instant evidence of a brewing vibrant storm within British extreme metal, making the suggestion that it is coming up to a glorious period. The five track release is a full on predator, a fury of insidiously contagious mayhem with an old school heart and breath driven by a modern technical and ravenous craft which rivals and pales releases trying to sculpt wholly new ventures for the genre.
Formed in 2005, the Manchester quartet has already earned and built a strong stature through their previous releases and live performances which has found the band sharing stages with the likes of Kastrated, Ghoul, Cannabis Corpse, Neuroma, Wormrot, Exhumed, Severe Torture, Anaal Nathrakh, Desecration, Prostitute Disfigurement, The Rotted, Slit, Life Denied, Cerebal Bore and many more. Their self-titled EP of 2010 brought firmer attention upon the band but it was the split release A split worse than death via Grindscene Records which really awoke major recognition for the band and their contribution to the release alongside the bands Nailed, Basement Torture Killings, Zombified, and Decimation. Its success and their striking efforts led to the label immediately signing the band up for the creation and release of Big Trouble in Little Vagina, a wise move you realise as its impressive powerful presence consumes the body.
The title track smears the senses in sonic vehemence to start things off, it’s opening breath of barbarous rhythms from drummer Rob Harris and the air scorching riffing and sculpting from guitarist Ryan an instant fuse to total attention and the stalking stride and heart of the song. Vocalist Sam Read growls and squalls with guttural irreverence, ensuring lyrical narratives are unavoidable if often unintelligible. It works perfectly and makes a bestial provocateur to the groove licking fire of the sound. With a danger of whiplash to its recipients, though its generally even predatory pace ensures recklessness is absent for the main, and torrential venom to its corrosive invention, the track is a tremendously addictive start to the EP, one soon backed up by its successor.
Brewkakke, a re-recording of their 2012 single, also takes no time to contemplate its actions, riffs striking with ravenous intent from the off and the rhythms whipping splinters of cartilage from the ear with their muscular animosity. Even more primal than its predecessor the track leaves full appreciation the only option before its truculent jaws, the bass of Ben Read even with its less expected reserved sound and savagery a stirring instigator whilst the guitars again make a compelling toxicity which seeps through every pore of senses and imagination to seal the deal. The track is not quite as breath-taking as the first but with greater intensity and cruel dark hearted persuasion it is its equal.
Semen Evil Smear No Evil is also a re-recorded track, this time taken from their debut EP. Accomplished and ruthlessly efficient in securing the already greedy appetite, the track is a blaze of vitriolic vocals and a mutually venomous guitar ravishing of the senses. There is something missing to place it at the levels of the previous tracks and those to follow, but the song is nevertheless a rampant creative violator which gives satisfaction another healthy dose of pleasure.
The final two tracks Serpents Of The Northern Lights and Service Station Masturbation, do take a grip of greater plateaus, the first through its sheer quarrelsome presence and corrosively absorbing destructive carnality. For most of its annihilatory flight the track storms with plenty to keep expectations employed though it is brought with a craft and violent flair which makes them escape banality. It is the constant twists and flares of adventure which can often slip by such their lack of intrusive intent that bring the assault to greater life and intrigue though for a thrilling result. The closing track takes the top honours on the release, its magnetising grooves and again the excellent mixed vocal scowls a template for lustful thoughts whilst the crippling bombard of outstanding rhythms and the exhaustive invention within the ingenuity of the guitar molestation is a seduction with the guile and rabidity of a pack of wolves.
Foetal Juice on the evidence of the excellent Big Trouble In Little Vagina has all the skills and invention to help take UK extreme metal to the world. It maybe looks away from originality with a sound which reminds of bands such as Gorerotted, Cerebral Bore, and Deicide, but for technical craft and passionate energy not forgetting explosive enterprise, the EP is a majorly promising and thrilling proposition.
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