Mangled Whore Flesh – Sodomize Her Virgin Ass

The companion piece to ‘She Died Like The Whore She Was’, ‘Sodomize Her Virgin Ass’ is certainly a different beast from the former LP. While the former is a deranged blast of sub-art noise, this album reflects something more developed, complex, and perhaps even *gasp* musical! Yes, I was surprised myself after hearing ‘She Died Like The Whore She Was’, but this release proves that Jeremy Hambrick isn’t just some deranged ass-freak (which he most likely is) but is actually a capable songwriter as well.

Opening with three highly structured songs, each with memorable riffs, ‘Sodomize Her Virgin Ass’ quickly proves itself a very different contender than its sister LP. The extremes of tempos have been driven further, but the average has likely gone down a bit, giving the music a more cohesive and structured feel. This is to the credit of the music: it gives the riffs more time to develop within the songs and lets the structure and ominous feel of songs like ‘Gang Raping Nuns In Church’ ramp up correctly. Overall, this album just feels more ‘together’ than the other, and it more successfully drives the intentions of the band home.

One will notice that the instrumentation, too, has become tighter. The drum machine no longer feels as if it was operated manually, and feels more, well, machine-like and quantized. Not to say this album has an industrial feel; the organic integrity of ‘She Died Like The Whore She Was’ is preserved here, albeit in a less frenzied form. Also of note is a distinct omission of the high-pitched screams of the other album, which, while detracting from the frenzy of the music somewhat, most certainly allows one to focus on the instrumentation more significantly.

Perhaps one of the most effective tracks on this release is ‘Raping The Dead’. Blasting only lasts in two small portions, and it seems content to march at its zombie pace until that time. It seems to display a greater restraint, which some would deride as being disingenuous, but I see as being more thoughtful and focused overall. Also helpful is the much shorter running time of this release: a ten minute drop works wonders in this case and leaves such single-minded music more palatable by far.

All this talk about focus and direction isn’t to say that ‘Sodomize Her Virgin Ass’ isn’t still noisy as hell. To be sure, it’s going to turn off a significant number of people simply by how abrasive it is (the production is essentially the same as that on ‘She Died Like The Whore She Was’, as both albums were recorded during the same time period), but unlike the companion piece, ‘Sodomize Her Virgin Ass’ will only turn off, oh, 97% of listeners as opposed to 99%. As I’ve said, Mangled Whore Flesh releases are free, so there’s no real reason not to order them. Check it out: you’ll probably hate it, but you’ll be more of a man for listening.

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~ by noktorn on February 2, 2007.

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