Gnawed/Swollen Organs C26

10 May 2015 offering No Comment


Gnawed/Swollen Organs C26

Danvers State Recordings

This review is total filler. I mean come on, do you really need to read commentary about Power Electronics/Death Industrial done by two artists who are pretty awesome at what they do? Am I going to reveal some brilliant insight to you? Not really, this isn’t the type of shit that should exactly surprise anyone. This is more like a tip of the hat to a pair up that deserves being mentioned.

First the bad news – Danvers State is all out of these, so head to Malignant and see if they have any copies left. Also, the presentation is a little rough (as it is with some of Danvers State releases)…one-sided j-card and uninspired tape labels that are not affixed correctly, and the recording quality has a little left to be desired, but whatever, man, none of this really matters…just put the goddamn cassette in your deck and start the games.

Gnawed’s side is a dose of the expected PE you were probably looking for. 2 tracks fly by very quickly. Much like 2011’s Purge, vocals are full steam ahead but a little lower in the mix. I am not a huge fan of Gnawed’s heavy-handed lyrics, but they do the job here, serving as bait for unsuspecting art school tourists, only to cut them up and spit them out on a bed of trash scraping filth and mangled tones.

Swollen Organs does a little dirtier couple of numbers featuring a woman’s agony and other assorted samples plus lacerating death industrial rhythms and pestilent synthesizer fumes you might get contact high to. Throw some blasting screams in and some nasty clipping, and it’s all over in less than 10 minutes. Nothing new here, though, but it is done sufficiently. His two tracks will have you feeling uncomfortably gross in no time.

So yeah, there you have it…two artists who really don’t require much to be written of them. While definitely not anything out of the ordinary and not really crucial in my opinion, a good pair up here means another win for power electronics to anyone taking score. I’ll add that if you are unfamiliar with both artists, this could serve as a good introduction.

Composition: ★★★☆☆
Sounds: ★★★☆☆
Production Quality: ★★½☆☆
Concept: ★★½☆☆
Packaging: ★★½☆☆
Overall Rating: ★★½☆☆

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