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Review: Grotesque Hysterectomy - Piercing Through
Grotesque Hysterectomy
Piercing Through

Label: Anthology Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 09:40
Tracks: 3
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: September 18, 2006
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
Piercing Through

Rated 3.17/5 (63.33%) (6 Votes)

Brutal: (Broo'tal) 1. Extremely ruthless or cruel
2. Crude or unfeeling in manner or speech
3. Harsh; unrelenting: a brutal winter in the Arctic
4. Disagreeably precise or penetrating

It's a word that's bound around quite frequently in the death metal scene, but it is a particularly easy word to apply when the subject happens to be Norway's Grotesque Hysterectomy. Never before has a band's moniker been so fitting! Just one look at the cover art, and you'd be forgiven for reaching for the sick-bag which comes with this little beauty before actually hearing any music (yes, 'Piercing Through' comes with a sick-bag, I kid you not). Breathing life into the re-animated corpses of early Deicide and Cannibal Corpse rolled into one heaving beast is no mean feat, but these guys have managed to pull it off with evident ease.

The opening track of this 3 track E.P 'Pleasures of the Flesh' kicks things off with an eerie, echoing piano, which leads the listener down a dark alleyway to a false sense of security. Of course, this changes as soon as the track truly begins with such a vicious punch in the face that you'd need to shove a toothbrush up your arse to clean your teeth afterwards. A veritable torrent of detestable guitar torture flows forth, cutting through nerve and sinew, with each drum-hit shattering another bone in your body, leaving you for dead with no remorse. In fact, the actuality that it is brothers on the two main instruments shines through, are they are as tight as a nuns fanny when playing together. The psychotic serial killer vocals are simply the icing on this razorblade-packed cake, with their dry rasping tones adding weight to the hatred which is clearly in abundance throughout (in fact, vocalist Disfigured Chest has quite a heritage himself, with a link to Norwegian deathsters Blood Red Throne in his past). The next two tracks keep up the bad tempered cruelty excellently in the form of 'Erosion' and 'Fertilized in Autopsy', both tracks, similarly to the first, sounding as though they've been uncovered from some forgotten, dusty vault, after originally being recorded back in the early nineties.

All in all, my only gripe is that the E.P is so short (which in a way is a good thing, as it left me hungry for more). With their full length debut in the making as we speak, the future is looking very bright for the Norwegian death metal scene thanks to the likes of Grotesque Hysterectomy keeping the spirit burning strongly.

Other related information on the site
Review: Reek (reviewed by Lars Christiansen)
Interview with Disfigured Chest (vocals) on September 20, 2006 (Interviewed by Lars Christiansen)
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