Something gory this way comes and it is in the insatiable shape of Involuntary Organ Donor, the new EP from US gore thrash metallers Mangled. Offering three uncompromising slices of barbarous brutality spawned in a vat of caustic thrash and speed metal rabidity then further infused with death metal violence, the latest unleashing from the Atlanta bred assault is simply invigorating.
Formed in 2011, Mangled has preyed on ears and psyche with increasing relish ever since, as shown by 2012 demo Tales from Beneath the Street Vol.1 and the Sewer Metal EP that same year. 2013 saw Tales from Beneath the Street Vol II: Live Sewage uncaged, a live album followed by what seems like a hiatus of sorts in 2014. Whatever the reason for the world to mistakenly feel safe again, the band returned last year with even more carnage in mind as evidenced by the new Boris Records released Involuntary Organ Donor.
The release opens with They’re Not Gonna Stay Down There Anymore. Its earthy visceral intro provided by Mikael Simpson of retrowave/horror project Phantasma, is a sonic stalking of the imagination which festers menace and a climate of distrust evolving into a web of spicy grooves and predacious riffs and rhythms. The full emergence of the song is a prowling coaxing, the instrumental biding its time and even when it hits its thrash fuelled stride still has an intimidating restraint to it.
It is a potent lure which, as its finale gets fiercely busy, slips into the waiting hellacious jaws of the EP’s title track. Involuntary Organ Donor similarly has a stalking rabidity to its entrance but soon viciously goes for the jugular led by the scything swings of drummer Joe Sweat and the raw, confrontational riffery of Rafay Nabeel and John Manger. The raw throat scarring vocals of Ryan Ritchie inspire even greater animosity within the encounter, the backing tones of Matt Moyer as enjoyably intrusive as his fingers spill more spite courtesy of his bass strings into the animus at the heart of the tempest. With grooves a juicy blooding of the imagination and adventurous twists and turns with the ravishing a spark to an even greedier appetite, resistance to its butchery is willingly put aside.
Butchery Loves Company completes the sonic slaughter, its senses flaying swing alone igniting another exhausting time for the body whilst the melodically toxic imagination of the guitars take care of the imagination. As to the beating offered by the rhythms and the crippling nagging of riffs, that simply leaves a mark that lingers beyond mortal skin.
All three tracks thrill and punish simultaneously, with the last maybe stealing the show and the writhing carcass of your final days of feeling safe. For fans of thrash fired death/grind metal, Mangled and Involuntary Organ Donor is a serious consideration to be violated by.
The Involuntary Organ Donor EP is released via Boris Records on March 1st digitally and on Ltd Ed 7” vinyl (300) @ https://borisrecords.bandcamp.com/album/involuntary-organ-donor-7
Pete RingMaster 29/02/2016
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