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GORGASM
GORGASM
Destined To Violate
(New Standard Elite)
39:15min

Indiana’s GORGASM, led by Damian Leski who nowadays also gurgles hard for BROKEN HOPE - where he unfortunately did not add the variable and astonishingly comprehensible approach known from his 1994 formed main act - have a new album out, hell yeah! Easily one of the few remaining brutal Death acts I still care about these days, due to the fact that some either head for the progressive, overly complex realms whereas others (the majority) lose themselves in stupefying redundancy. No songs, no skills, thin drum sounds, pointless guttural ecstasy confirming all the clichés associated since day one with this genre (and for good reason, most of the time). GORGASM fortunately always focused on quality and only served one major stereotype - the usual, somewhat tiresome sex - well, it’s more rape to be precise, gore-soaked, torturing atrocities mainly women have to endure since the genre’s inception. 'Kuntkiller', 'Destined To Violate', 'Funeral Gangbang' speak for themselves though it seems Damian does not shy away from pleasing his sweet beloved even when she is, you know, getting the period, resulting in a breathtaking ballad closing up this album with a 'Mouthful Of Menstruation', lick it up, bro! ‘CORPSE were addicted to vaginal skin already more than two decades ago and still are headlong into carnage, so lyrically the fourth GORGASM assault does not achieve more than a dumb, somewhat guilty smile (at least if you like them ladies). Personally, I favor the more abstract, damn-I-have-to-get-a-dictionary sorta work of bands like SUFFOCATION or DECREPIT BIRTH, but that is truly an ignorable detail. On the musical front however, and that is the reason why I dig these lads immensely and continue to do so, you are presented with variable, technical superb and devastating highspeed Death Metal constructed around great riffs, blasts in spades, crushing breakdowns (or slams if you wear baggy pants), ultra-fast spewed out growls and snarls plus a very fine sense of guitar melodies and leads spicing up this slaughterfest and allowing you to gather your bowels while sonically being ripped apart. 'Corpsified' or the title-track - a re-recorded tune from the ’06 promo - with its amazing riff at the 0:35 mark are even damn close to being “hits”, and the almost melancholic break in 'Depraved Depredation' is just one example for tasteful musical details following GORGASM’s work ever since the debut album. Production-wise I consider “Masticate…” (2003) their best effort since it had a rawer edge to it, but “Destined To Violate” has the ideal balance between heaviness and transparency, too and comes across a tad more punishing than 2011’s “Orgy Of Murder”. While GORGASM have obviously found their comfort zone and nowadays have turned into a somewhat predictable bunch of killers, they still kill nonetheless yet might slowly start thinking about expanding or modifying their modus operandi to keep things interesting. Remember: one day all women have been raped and slain and what will you do then? Cover 'Y.M.C.A.'? You can hear the whole record here. Buy it: http://nserecords.bigcartel.com. More info at www.facebook.com/pages/gorgasmofficial/141398662565879

Stefan Franke

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