Ballgag – Ballgag

No one who has heard this EP could possibly dislike it.  It’s almost perfect at what it does.  Ballgag plays messy, rock and roll-infused death/grind, with a lot of influences from Lividity, early Impetigo, and Napalm Death present, all wrapped up in a neat package of scat fetishism and other unsavory sexual penchants.  It’s a little over five minutes long, and its six tracks manage to cram about a million grooves into their respectively short running times.  It’s death/grind written like rock songs, and it works in every way.  Each track is almost painfully catchy and filled with hilariously spastic vocals and grinding pit riffs that put Dying Fetus to shame (good Dying Fetus, not new Dying Fetus, let me be clear).

Opener ‘Twenty Inch Rim Jobs’ (fucking awesome title) sets the tone pretty well: rock ‘n’ roll drumming, chunky death metal riffs, and vocals that alternate between low gurgles and demented screeches.  The songs are short and to the point, but they use all their musical space perfectly, with well-timed transfers between blast and groove and a definite sense of each song being very ‘whole’.  It doesn’t feel handicapped by how brief everything is.  Hell, look at ‘Messy Faggot’: four lines of lyrics, one riff, done in under a minute, AND IT’S AWESOME!  As far as purely having fun while listening to a metal release, this is eclipsed by essentially nothing.

It’s not too surprising that this is the side project of a couple Intestinal Disgorge members; it seems right up their alley.  If you dig really stupid, rocking death/grind, you’ll want to get this if at all possible; it’s just too good to pass up.  You can listen to this a dozen times and not get bored once.  BUY IT!

SHIT!
ON MY BALLS!
ON MY COCK!
ON THE WALLS!

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~ by noktorn on April 17, 2008.

One Response to “Ballgag – Ballgag”

  1. shoot me an email and ill send you a copy of our split with epicrse.
    vernon.friday@gmail.com

    thanks for the review
    vern/ballgag

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