Gnaw Their Tongues – Abyss Of Longing Throats (2015)

I’d never heard of Gnaw Their Tongues until I saw them live at Roadburn and I was almost instantly blown away by them (I say them – it’s just one guy making so much horrible music from his basement). A mix of black metal and noise would probably be the best way to describe this but then again so would two people screaming at you when the sound of the world ending at million miles per hour plays in the background. so when I got home pretty much the first thing I had to do was find the newest album by them.

Abyss Of Longing Throats is a more darker and restrained beast than I was expecting, with opener “Lick The Poison From The Cave Walls” going at not much more than a crawl. The music is mostly various horrible noises in the background with intermittent black metal style vocals. You have to wait until track 3 to get any blast beats, giving the music almost an illusion of being straight black metal but with an industrial hint.

The rest of the album doesn’t really deviate from that formula as such, going from slow horrible noise to, well, faster horrible noise, all the while having vocals screamed at you. But it’s amazing nothing else in the world really sounds like it so go give it a listen.