Gnaw Their Tongues is the nightmarish brainchild of Dutch musician Maurice de Jong, who is known as much for his relentless output of releases per year as he is for his dark and challenging music. If you haven’t come across the project before, Gnaw Their Tongues pushes its listeners to the limits with noise and industrial influenced black metal, sometimes the former two styles fore-fronting depending on the release.
Themes also play an important role too and concentrates on the likes of torture, sexual deviancies and murder – particularly Japanese murderers, considering two EPs are based and named after the infamous Issei Sagawa and Tsutomu Miyazaki. Gnaw Their Tongues is not for the faint-hearted.
That out of the way, “Eschatological Scatology” is a previously unreleased album, written and recorded in 2008/2009 and only seeing the light of day now. Although this means that he hasn’t ‘changed’ direction, this release sees a more direct black metal approach. Despite being noise-orientated, the pace in comparison to some of the other releases is faster with blastbeats, tremolo picking and muddied screeching vocals.
The album opens with the title track, a blistering and distorted blastbeat-orientated machine, with a very atmospheric and depressive guitar progression along with Maurice’s tormented and unintelligible vocals. The constant changes throughout the song keeps you on your toes and never really gives you a chance to fully absorb a section before you’re flurried by the next, the organisation being brutal by itself.
Fourth track Lash Cultus begins with a dizzying mix of these rising and discordant horns, with the drums kicking into full speed with a ridiculously distorted and buzzing bass. Again, the constant changes are ruthless, demanding attention and really puts you through interesting paces and settings. In The Golden Alter Burns, we’re given a nod towards a more traditional black metal state, generally a lot more ‘friendly’ in comparison to the rest of the album. The tremolo riff especially resonates a Blut Aus Nord and Thorns vibe, but muddied in distortion.
However, the rest of the album pretty much keeps to the same as Lash Cultus and Eschatological Scatology in nature and so considering that the album is just over 51-minutes in length, the constant punishing attack on your senses can feel sickly at times – and while being a fan of Gnaw Their Tongues, it’s admittedly a tiring album for a complete, uninterrupted sitting.
However if you’re looking for extra harsh, noisy black metal then “Eschatological Scatology” is definitely worth checking out and if you’re already a fan, then this should be sit right for you. Brutality in sonic form.
Favourite tracks: The Golden Alter Burns, Eschatological Scatology, The Atrocious Angel Of Scatology.