Perverse gore grind from Finland vs. Gore bastards from Brasil. All new songs!!
Split, Bizarre Leprous Production
1. Fistfucking Her Decomposed Cadaver 03:00
2. Vaginal Disembowelment 02:11
3. Craving For A Fresh Shit 03:49
4. Cannibal 02:04
5. Today I´m Dirty, But Tommorow I´ll Be Just Dirt 00:31
6. Chronic Tertiary Lymphedema (Lymphostatic Elephantiasis) 01:27
7. Visceral Ischemia After Thoraco – Abdominal Trauma 01:12
8. Resection Of Upper Gastrointestinal Malignancy 01:05
9. Diffuse Hypearesthesia In Dysesthetic Vulvodynia 01:51
10. Early Aortic Regurgitation On Acute Myocardial Infarction 01:21
11. Malignant Pancreatic Intraductal Papillary Tumour 00:33
12. Insalubrious Development Of Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia 02:45
13. Liver Transplantation For Hepatocellular Carcinoma 02:26
14. Ileal Pouch – Anal Anastomosis In Chronic Ulcerative Colitis 02:11
15. Altered Mucosal Immunity In Cholestatic Jaundice 01:47
Total playing time 28:13
The cover for Torsofucks side is just charming.
You know, I’ve never really understood why so many people (typically non-brutal death or goregrind listeners) consider Torsofuck one of the pinnacles of absurd brutality in brutal death or goregrind. I mean, have these guys ever listened to actual brutal death? From what I’m hearing, half the riffs on the Finnish bands side of the split could easily be found on ‘Eaten Back To Life’ or even Deicides self-titled. The amount of oldschool death and thrash metal is actually pretty staggering; subtract the blitzing drum machine and absurdly gore-drenched vocals and you essentially have a rather conventional death/thrash album, just downtuned to z-flat. Torsofuck, despite all the gore, is a band with its heart in the early ’90s if not ’80s. Theres not nearly the amount of low-fret scribbling that one typically associates with brutal death, and all the song structures are like the riffs: laid out in a clear, coherent fashion, with sections dovetailing logically, blasts trading places with grooves here and there all while being enveloped by the rather unprecedented gore-purr vocals of Mikko Friberg.
Torsofucks real claim to fame beyond their absurd lyrics and image has always been the utterly undeniable catchiness of their music. This never really approaches slam or deathcore but a lot of the principles are the same: songs are structured around groove clearly derived from early death metal and oldschool thrash breakdowns, with chugging open-E notes reconfiguring themselves over a snappy, popping drum machine before diving into fairly simple but effective tremolo numbers. The songs are compact and simple but with enough variation to keep them eminently listenable. If nothing else, Torsofuck makes FUN music, which seems to be what the majority of brutal death metal has forgotten to do (and not in the awesome Enmity way). Yeah, the production is clearly bedroom-level and the vocals are rather here and there in delivery and the synthetic guitar tone leaves something to be desired, but so what? They’re good songs and thats what really matters.
In reaction to Torsofucks rather oldschool style, I suppose Lymphatic Phlegm went oldschool as well, albeit in a different way. Of the Lymphatic Phlegm material I’ve heard, this is the most firmly trenched in the ’70s and ’80s melodic tropes that tend to distinguish this band from other Brazilian goregrinders. Its actually very striking; as soon as the brilliantly titled intro passes you’re assaulted with the bands traditional brand of distorted vocals and grinding drum machine, but the riffs are of an even more melodic and oldschool character than normal, with numerous bits and pieces coming right out of the Black Sabbath or Judas Priest mold alongside the more typical array of Carcass-emulating chunkery. The production is as claustrophobic and reverb-soaked as ever, and in general the production and playing style of this side of the split fits neatly into the back catalog of Lymphatic Phlegm. This riffing seems more experimental in style than usual and makes this perhaps a good entry for those looking to acquaint themselves with the more outwardly unusual aspects of the bands style.
This isn’t really my favorite work by the band but it is quite strong; the shortness of the bands side doesn’t give the somewhat one-dimensional melodic style on display a chance to wear on the listener, and while this material is solid and enjoyable, it comes off as a pleasing but unessential release from the Brazilian duo. Of course its recommended, as is all the bands work, but there are more crucial releases to obtain if you just want the bare essentials of the band.
The previous sentence can apply to this disc as a whole: while this is perhaps my favorite Torsofuck material, I acknowledge that the ‘Erotic Diarrhea Fantasy’ is a more essential release, and while Lymphatic Phlegms side gets a number of spins from me, I’d say that material like their split with Flesh Grinder or the first full-length is more important. If you enjoy the styles of the bands on display, certainly give this a try, but otherwise this is really just for fans of either of these bands. Of course if you’re cool you’re a fan of both, right?