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Gnaw Their Tongues - I Speak The Truth, Yet With Every Word Uttered, Thousands Die review




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Band: Gnaw Their Tongues
Album: I Speak The Truth, Yet With Every Word Uttered, Thousands Die
Release date: April 2020


01. I Speak The Truth, Yet With Every Word Uttered, Thousands Die
02. Purity Coffins
03. White Void Black Wounds
04. To Rival Death In Beauty
05. Here Is No Corruption
06. Abortion Hymn
07. A Sombre Gesture In The Faint Light Of Dusk
08. Shall Be No More


"The world is not doing well at the moment […]" So the explanatory blurb greets me when I look over the promotional materials heralding the latest abomination from Gnaw Their Tongues. This innocent truism comes to us by way of justification for the album's rather dire tone, as if the world smelling of roses would put an end to this nightmare factory.

For now you'll have to leave aside all considerations of whether or not the world has ever truly done well, because from the moment of its entrance this album berates the ears with the incessant buzzing of some swarming insectoid mass, an ugly flurry of straining strings and increasingly desperate synths that covers over the metal-laden skeletons. The opener, which shares that liability of a name with the album, rushes into a mass of screaming tones that resemble the irritating whir of mosquitoes out for blood; "Here Is No Corruption" drops the pitch for a menacing apian buzz that slowly descends into power electronics. "A Sombre Gesture In The Faint Light Of Dusk," aside from a collection of more sickeningly human screams, brings back the culicid mockery of the beginning, but in a much more sinister register.

"To Rival Death In Beauty" lurches in agonizing stupor, a frightful tension maintained by the dual backbone of high-pitched metal grinding and burping low tones. When it reaches such depths, the album rumbles like the contractions of a giant worm vomiting forth bile. I don't know whether worms have bile, or whether they can vomit, or how big the worm is, but we're onto the next song anyway; "Abortion Hymn" is more of a standard noise piece, a four-minute chorus of clanging metal and distorted screams that absorbs the primitive ferocity of the surrounding tracks, though it is one of the less adventurous compositions on the album.

While the cauldron of harsh effects takes center stage in each song, there is, as always, a significant vocal presence under the hood - usually in the form of Mories's raspy shrieks pushed to the edge of the mix, less frequently spoken selections that echo in the background. The album's jerky percussion and grating layers of antimelody do a lot to create a heavy mood, but adding a dash of the human element goes a long way in selling the disgust and anger that an album with this title should really embody.

Perhaps I'm projecting my own impressions onto the album as a result of the times we're living in, but I Speak The Truth, Yet With Every Word Uttered, Thousands Die feels like a mix of sounds both insectoid and medical; the atmosphere is one of pestilence, infection, and filthy, filthy corporeality. The songs are not melodic, but virulent; they don't end, they scream themselves out. I guess listening to celebrities sing "Imagine" is good enough for the rest of the world, but this isn't a time that screams "happy music!" to me. This is the time that Gnaw Their Tongues was created for.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 7





Written on 19.04.2020 by I'm the reviewer, and that means my opinion is correct.


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19.04.2020 - 19:21
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
I must admit, I don't see any bile:
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Do you think if the heart keeps on shrinking
One day there will be no heart at all?
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19.04.2020 - 20:40
DeliciousDishes
always right
I think I arrived at the point now, where all GTT releases kind of blend together into this undefined mass. Granted I didn't give this album more than one listen so far, and that one was enjoyable for the most part, but either the project needs some rest or I do haha
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You are the hammer, I am the nail
building a house in the fire on the hill
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19.04.2020 - 20:43
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by DeliciousDishes on 19.04.2020 at 20:40

I think I arrived at the point now, where all GTT releases kind of blend together into this undefined mass. Granted I didn't give this album more than one listen so far, and that one was enjoyable for the most part, but either the project needs some rest or I do haha

You're definitely not the only one
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Do you think if the heart keeps on shrinking
One day there will be no heart at all?
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19.04.2020 - 21:59
Rating: 7
ScreamingSteelUS
Editor-in-Chief
Written by DeliciousDishes on 19.04.2020 at 20:40

I think I arrived at the point now, where all GTT releases kind of blend together into this undefined mass. Granted I didn't give this album more than one listen so far, and that one was enjoyable for the most part, but either the project needs some rest or I do haha

I have the advantage of having heard only a handful of GTT releases, so this is still a fresh idea to me. If you asked me to quantify this album without resorting to descriptions of insects, though, I'd definitely have trouble distinguishing this one for you.
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"Earth is small and I hate it" - Lum Invader

I'm the Agent of Steel.
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20.04.2020 - 04:00
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
You're the last person I would've expected a GTT review from, but I suppose there's a first time for everything

I've found GTT to be the least interesting of the various Mories projects for a while now. Post Eschatological Beast it seems to have had a lot less bite to it and become rather cliched and boring in the songwriting. I haven't jammed this in full just yet and probably will eventually but I'm not exactly holding my breath for anything spectacular.

That said, there's some pretty great stuff in the back catalogue, I'd recommend giving it a whirl if you haven't yet. Per Flagellum, All The Dread Magnificence, and the one with the French title are particularly nice.
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20.04.2020 - 04:17
The Witchfinder
Account deleted
Never heard of Eschatological Beast but I agree that everything after Eschatological Scatology hasn't been good. Some of the EPs still stand tall though; Sulfur is probably my favorite GTT release.
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22.04.2020 - 03:48
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Guest on 20.04.2020 at 04:17

Never heard of Eschatological Beast but I agree that everything after Eschatological Scatology hasn't been good.

Lol I fucked up the album title, it is indeed Eschatological Scatology. I was listening to a 777Babalon album a few days ago (good power electronics) called Eschatological Beast Of The Revelation so I guess that was on my mind
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23.04.2020 - 02:18
mz

Oh man we need that band here. Amazing stuff that album.
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Giving my ears a rest from music.
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