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Aderlating – Hell Follows / Gnaw Their Tongues – Eschatological Scatology / Dragged Into Sunlight and Gnaw Their Tongues – N.V.

Black Plague

Aderlating - Hell FollowsOperating at the intersection between the dingiest of dark ambient, noise and post-industrial electronic gloom, Hell Follows turns out to be a more spacious affair than Aderlating‘s previous delves into the murk and mire. However, Maurice De Jong (Gnaw Their Tongues, Seirom, Cloak of Altering etc) and Eric Eijspaart leave no drone unturned nor mordant exposition too clearly laid out — while there is now a certain clarity to the nine tracks served up with an ominous sense of dread, it is all the better to hear their particular take on the sounds of one might encounter at the moment and aftermath of an unnervingly personal doom.

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Gnaw Their Tongues – Collected Atrocities 2005-2008

Crucial Blast

Gnaw Their Tongues - Collected Atrocities 2005-2008This is the record that you put on when you are lying entwined with your loved one, the both of you perhaps shimmering in a post-coital afterglow, the bedroom window open, a warm breeze blowing in the faint sounds of summer. Hang on. Actually, no. Sorry. That’s by The Isley Brothers.

Rather, this is the record that you put on when a small selection of your closest friends are gathered in your living room, the wine flowing, the conversation convivial and animated, as you open another bottle and stand in the doorway, filled with joie de vivre and deep sense of connection to your fellow man. Oh no, sorry, it’s not that one either. That one’s by Miles Davis.

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Gnaw Their Tongues & Alkerdeel – Dyodyo Asema

Consouling Sounds

Gnaw Their Tongues & Alkerdeel - Dyodyo AsemaJoining together for a 19-minute epic on a single side of vinyl (also available as an all-black CD), the skin-crawling, crepuscular misanthropy of Netherlander Mories de Jong meets grim Belgian band Alkerdeel‘s doomy experimental black metal in dark celebration of Counsouling Sounds‘ fifth birthday.

What a slathering, slavering beast it turns out to be, comprehensively bringing the low end shuddering up from the depths of the Low Countries, riding in on a mordant tide of bass groan and visceral, extirpated vocals which almost reek audibly of the foetid odour of the grave – synaesthesia being perhaps not such a welcome attribute when listening to music of this particularly macabre stripe. It almost goes without saying

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Gnaw Their Tongues – Per Flagellum Sanguemque, Tenebras Veneramus

Crucial Blast (CD)/Consouling (vinyl)

Gnaw Their Tongues - Per Flagellum Sanguemque, Tenebras VeneramusIn a media landscape where seemingly every mainstream early-evening crime drama routinely features grisly post-mortem footage of dissected cadavers and high-definition CGI renderings of the paths of wounds and injuries being inflicted as seen from inside the body, is it any wonder that artists such as Gnaw Their Tongues want to push the sonic envelope of morbidity? Just as slickly-sick splatterfests like the Saw and Hostel series give gorehounds and the censorious alike yet more fodder for their prurient schadenfreude/distaste (delete as applicable), so the extremes where orchestral music, metal, noise and soundscaping meet become progressively more and more immersively shocking.

With a title which refers to worshipping the dark with blood and the whip and a back catalogue dripping with disgust and delight in all things unwholesome and depraved,

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