Mangled – Involuntary Organ Donor

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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.

Mangled_IOD_cover_RingMasterReviewIt 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

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Pete RingMaster 29/02/2016

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Morbid Slaughter – Wicca

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On the evidence of their new 7” vinyl release, there is something definitely compelling about being examined by the exacting thrash fuelled black metal malevolence of Peruvian metallers Morbid Slaughter. They have a sound which is vociferously raw and rigorously invasive and taking the two tracks within new release Wicca as an introduction, magnetically riveting.

Formed in 2009, Morbid Slaughter explores themes of horror, witchcraft, and murder in their encounters, earning a potent reputation in South American metal and apparently in Atlanta. The Lima quartet of vocalist/guitarist AER, bassist TERRA, guitarist IGNIS, and drummer AQVA unleashed their first demo release, Ensayo in 2010 followed two years later by the Torment in the Crypt Demo and last year The Summoning of the Graveyard Ghouls Demo. 2014 has seen already the …Rancid Death Awaits 2014… album released, a compilation of the previous two EPs on Putrid Cult but it is the new Boris Records released Wicca which excites as the band has their first release to be offered to the world.

The title track starts things off and within a breath has ears up against an eager and vibrant scrub of riffs. Crisp punchy rhythms add to the MS_Wicca_7inch_cover_artbrawl which is already squaring up to the senses, their union with the bass a relentless rapacious antagonism. It is unfussy thrash metal roaring in the ears but one seeping blackened malevolence especially in atmosphere and through the serpentine vocal rasps. It is not a perfect proposition, the vocals of AER across both songs simultaneously agreeable yet a little off-putting but to all extent and purposes do convince after numerous forays into the pit of the release, though personal taste still has a little reservation. Also the production is not the best, suffocating the spark of the songs in many ways stopping them from flaring as you feel they should, but to be fair the first song is a festering storm of metal sculpted rock ‘n’ roll which recruits a hungry appetite for its highly satisfying incitement.

The insidious contagion and malicious intent of Wicca is followed by The Nightly Breath of God, another track which reaches from the dank blood sodden earth with a thrash spawned pestilential voice and heart. Riffs and grooves coax the passions with further impressive bait whilst rhythms splinter bone and air with swinging spite as the psyche grasping vocals crawl over thoughts and emotions with toxic syllables and raging rabidity. It is a great track which as its predecessor, survives the obstacle of the production to impress and inflame a real appetite for the band and its sound.

Morbid Slaughter is a thrilling and enthralling encounter, the perfect protagonists and soundtrack providers for a truly vicious adult version of Tales From the Crypt or Night of The living Dead in our view, and a sonic plague easy to recommend extreme metallers and fans of bands such as Sabbat, Carpathian Forest, and Sarcofago allowing to venomously finger their attention.

Wicca is available via Boris Records @ http://borisrecords.bandcamp.com/album/wicca-7

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8/10

RingMaster 31/05/2014

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Hellgoat – End of Man

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If Satan needs a doorway into the soul of the world, US black metallers Hellgoat might just be the perfect vehicle for his malevolence and their new 7” vinyl release End of Man, the pestilential voice to start things off. Consisting of two raw, merciless slices of destructive voracity, the release is the jaws of hell in sonic form.

Hailing from Atlanta, the 2004 formed Hellgoat has been feasting on ears and fears with their satanic brutality from first release, the self-titled demo of that first year. Their uncompromising sound and blasphemous toxicity made a more potent statement in attention with debut album Blasphemy From Serpent Tongues in 2005 and its Graveless Slumber Records released successor, Death Conquers All six years later. End of Man is the band’s seventh release following the Anointed in Blood and Ash EP of 2012, the first on Boris Records and comes ahead of a new album planned for later in the year.

First track Demonic Worship of the Horned Beast emerges from a low key sonic mist, a slow evocative breeze which takes its time to envelop the senses whilst being punctured by resonating rhythms. A chant of holy portentous communion breaks into the brewing design before hell unleashes its venom in an expulsion of annihilation, history erupting in torment as scenic ravaging from the crusades through to the streets of modern civilisation seemingly falling on ears. Riffs descend with heavily weighted design next as the track finally expands its presence, a funereal doom soaked voracity swamping ears and senses before the uncaging of hellish intensity and rapacious urgency, the release of a scourge in sound and intent. It is a demanding and intensely abrasing torrent of causticity, slight grooves as hostile and scarring as the spiteful blaze of sonic brutality and rhythmic bludgeoning. It is not an easy listen but a track with a drama and skilful temptation which is thoroughly compelling and providing more understanding and bait for the imagination to feast upon with each listen.

The release’s narrative is continued and concluded with its title track, a blistering savagery of sonic abuse which is primitively wild and masterfully malicious, and a far more crippling proposition than its predecessor. There is plenty going on within its belly and cavernous depths but beneath the tempestuous tsunami of sonic rabidity it is a hidden adventure which needs the fullness of time to reap its rewards. The track still captivates though, the rasping vocal blaze and scarring animosity a gripping vicious predation though it does not come near to matching the rigorous appeal of its predecessor.

Hellgoat is an incitement which is not for everyone, black metal from the richest infernal fire clad in its rawest barbarity with End of Man the death knell for us all before the anticipated decimating ferocity of the band’s next full-length demonian.

End of Man is available on Boris Records now @ http://borisrecords.bandcamp.com/album/end-of-man-7

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7.5/10

RingMaster 31/05/2014

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