Saturday, 6 March 2010

GORE VS. WAR


Bands: BONEMACHINE and GUTS FOR DINNER
Title: Gore Vs. War
Format: CDr release through Smell The Stench (Australia), no catalogue reference. Released circa 2006 in a red paper sleeve.
Edition: Presumed unlimited

Track Listing:

Bonemachine
01. Süss Wie Stahl 15.04
Guts For Dinner
02. Butcher XTC 2.43
03. Let's Kill 2.26
04. Ballad Of A Gore Angel 2.05
05. Torture 1.38
06. Holyday in Frostland 2.25
07. Death Fuck Armageddon (bonus track 2002) 1.49

Yet another Bonemachine release that has slipped under the radar of Internet awareness, this time issued through the erstwhile Leigh Stench's Smell The Stench label from Australia and containing the long-lost demo material from Alex's short-lived grindcore band Guts For Dinner.

The history of G.F.D. was previously covered on the Blog back on 21 July 2009 when the project's first and only demo CDr was reviewed. Here we find the tracks resurrected for one last hurrah, augmented with a bonus song for added value! The original demo - limited to 13 copies - is impossible to find anywhere now Nazgul would wager, so to have the tracks available on this split release is rather handy from a posterity point of view. Quite what any unsuspecting Bonemachine fan would have made of them following the first track is anyone's guess, however!?

The back of the CDr does proclaim "Guts For Dinner (R.I.P)" so the inference is clear that the project is now defunct, but like all good horror films keep one eye open behind you for furtive movements in the shadows...

And so onto the Bonemachine track, 'Süss Wie Stahl' ('Sweet As Steel') which, at over 15 minutes duration, clocks up a longer presence by itself than the 6 G.F.D. tracks that follow it. It must be said too that this track fulfils Nazgul's First Law of Bonemachinology - namely, the less coverage that exists about the song online the better it probably is. This really is a brilliant track and whilst a little hard to put into words one that works aurally with little explanation needed.

The track is based around a core sample from a speech from Adolf Hitler (and Nazgul has to apologise here, as he knows not what the speech is saying or from whence it originates) with varying industrial and electronic samples and music going on around it, including some additional neo-folk samples of massed male choirs at the end of the piece.

It's one of those almost throw-away tracks that appears on this sort of underground and unheralded release and nowhere else, that you've either been lucky enough to get your hands on or will probably be forever lost to the wider audience. Nazgul would be hesitant about recommending the G.F.D. tracks to anyone but the most fervent Huginophile or crazed grindcore collector, but the Bonemachine track is a must-have for anyone even vaguely into that particular project.

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