L'arrive De La Terne Mort Triomphante review by Gnaw Their Tongues

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  • Released: Oct 18, 2010
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.8 (6 votes)
Gnaw Their Tongues: L'arrive De La Terne Mort Triomphante
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Sound — 9
We spend a lot of time talking about emotion in music. It's the emotion, after all, that makes it so appealing, so addictive. But what is it, exactly? Joy? Sorrow? The solo from Comfortably Numb'? If you subscribe to the philosophy that it can be any thing to any man, then be warned this is the sort of sonic terrorism that might test your sincerity. This is horrific music, almost certainly for the faint-hearted as the stubborn and unwilling are less likely to open themselves to it. If you are new to Gnaw Their Tongues then you must remember to approach with no caution and no prejudices. In a remarkably accurate bit of hyperbole, new label Candlelight describes the project as being like the work of an imprisoned lunatic smearing his faeces all over the walls in a grotesque manifestation of filthy art. The more obvious styles to have been lowered into the putrid cauldron are noise, drone and black metal, but the crucial factor in the album's success is the presence. While tribal beats thunder in the distance and shrieks desperately, fruitlessly, strive to pierce the textural gauze, there is always something lingering. Generally, it will be a drone of strings or brass but sometimes it is harder to hear than it is to feel. Employing this sort of orchestral instrumentation gives the music a sense of grandeur, but that's pushed to the back of the mix like a distant memory. Mories, the man behind Gnaw Their Tongues, doesn't seem at ease with his prolific catharsis; the speed with which he records and releases material suggests that he can never expel the demons quickly enough. However, L'arrive...' is one of his more considered efforts, more a composition than an uncontrollable vomit of sound. The use of melody, harmony and concrete rhythm is often concealed behind layers of fuzz and grot, but when it is more blatant it serves to zoom out', to give the music a context within the wider music world and to highlight its misery. Guess what, though? Even Le Trne Blanc De La Mort', arguably the most tonal piece to start with, eventually gives in and returns to the shitstorm that's swirling round this psychopath's brain.

Lyrics — 8
To all that cannot understand it, the French language seems elegant, soothing. I suppose you could say that in this case it's...not. While lyrical content is at best indecipherable and at worst non-existent, the concept is a simple one: death. Incredibly clean-cut compared to past vulgarities, the song titles seem rather majestic. This album situates itself not in a padded cell or a filthy gutter, but at the ceremonial opening of the pearly black gates. Let's not forget, however, that it still sounds absolutely rancid.

Overall Impression — 9
We spend a lot of time talking about talent in music. There are various schools of thought that see instrumental prowess as essential, for its own sake and for crafting moods and feelings. But here, Gnaw Their Tongues wields absolute tyrannical power over your emotional state without any obvious technical ability that's where the talent lies. Take this to the high street and you'll be told it's not music, but if music is manipulating sound and pitch to create feeling then this is simply one end of a beautiful spectrum. Ten to fifteen listens in, way after the element of surprise has been removed, this record still shakes me up something awful. If you're willing, at least try and be ready for it.

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    EpiExplorer
    huevos wrote: EpiExplorer wrote: flame843 wrote: it's certainly music. abstract art is still art, abstract music is still music. True, which also includes bashing two pots together. No seriously, thats music. Honest. Really. Do I need to go there? No, but I will anyways. You see, the Elitist Conventional of Genre Classification (circa 1981) has deemed noise to be music. With this new boundary of delectable sounds came bands like Sonic Youth, Today is the Day, The Boredoms, Naked City, and many more. What you deem non-music, is in itself music. No, not really. Noise bands still follow some of the elements of tradition music (timbre, dynamics, rhythm, melody/harmony), but typically work in the bounds of dissonance and dischord. Also Epi, stfu. You are the equivalent of Microsoft Word's Clippy; annoying and useless. With that said, Gnaw Their Tongues are nothing special. A bit abstract, but nothing remotely avant-garde nor even what I would consider good. Decent at best.
    The egg is cracked.
    Hells.Mascot
    SOADbeast wrote: This will always be better than the crap Lil' Wayne makes
    stfu lil wayne is my favorite band
    huevos
    EpiExplorer wrote: flame843 wrote: it's certainly music. abstract art is still art, abstract music is still music. True, which also includes bashing two pots together. No seriously, thats music. Honest. Really.
    Do I need to go there? No, but I will anyways. You see, the Elitist Conventional of Genre Classification (circa 1981) has deemed noise to be music. With this new boundary of delectable sounds came bands like Sonic Youth, Today is the Day, The Boredoms, Naked City, and many more. What you deem non-music, is in itself music. No, not really. Noise bands still follow some of the elements of tradition music (timbre, dynamics, rhythm, melody/harmony), but typically work in the bounds of dissonance and dischord. Also Epi, stfu. You are the equivalent of Microsoft Word's Clippy; annoying and useless. With that said, Gnaw Their Tongues are nothing special. A bit abstract, but nothing remotely avant-garde nor even what I would consider good. Decent at best.
    EpiExplorer
    flame843 wrote: it's certainly music. abstract art is still art, abstract music is still music.
    True, which also includes bashing two pots together. No seriously, thats music. Honest. Really.
    flame843
    it's certainly music. abstract art is still art, abstract music is still music.
    EpiExplorer
    Looked this up nearly a month ago after reading Terrorizor. Failed to do anything for me. Just sounds like a fan recording a band from behind a thick brick wall then adding some synths and noises.
    Caboose911
    Hells.Mascot wrote: SOADbeast wrote: This will always be better than the crap Lil' Wayne makes stfu lil wayne is my favorite band
    band? its one guy who talks into a mic. don't defend the fags...