Bor•bo•ryg•mus: a rumbling or gurgling noise made by the movement of fluid and gas in the intestines. In other words, things are about to get nasty.
Seems like I’m always a release behind the curve when it comes to Wisconsinite goregrind one-man outfit Borborygmus. Bit of a bummer, really, as the self-appointed Hellsmasher consistently delivers delicious platters of still-warm viscera--”raw,” in other words. Ghoulish Goremet is a goregrind gorefest, with the trappings of such, from the horror-film samples, to the toilet gurgles, to the crashing percussion, to the wall-of-sound approach. And, of course: every implement and surface you encounter within this EP is coated in a thick patina of blood and guts.
Yet, while the majority of goregrind I have encountered tends to lean into the sphere of constant chaos, Borborygmus have a tendency to hold back a tad, letting the roars and gurgles coast above a tastefully thin guitar tone. There’s also a distinct and praiseworthy attention given to the riffage, which feels wholly unique in the realm of goregrind--these galloping leads, at times, seems ripped straight from the NWOBHM playbook. “Sickening Pathological Medical Malpractice”--a re-imagined version of the same track appearing on an earlier release--is a particularly strong example, featuring hooky axemanship along with the campy samples and prototypical gurgles. “Mutilation of the Epithelium Tissue” is similarly constructed around a driving riff.
Critically, there’s very little to say. Given the thin tone, a little heft would bolster the moments wherein the drums aren’t a-blastin’--but this is more a critique of the goregrind aesthetic in general. The title track fades out on a bassy note, and if there is one thing I wished for this release, it would be for that bass to make an appearance on more occasions. The production itself, while obviously raw and in-your-face, fits the atmosphere and the gimmick quite well.
Like any genre with “grind” lurking in it’s moniker, Ghoulish Goremet succeeds on the back of its brevity. With the average track landing under the 2-minute mark, nothing feels overwrought or overcooked. Catchy moments abound in the pauses between flesh-rending vocal expulsions and sonic overload, and in the context of grind, “catchy” seldom applies. Indeed, the ability to draw the listener back in for multiple rounds is one of the primary reasons I return to their work so frequently. Good damn stuff.
...And, in the process of righting this, I became aware that Borborygmus has already birthed a new damn release into the world--which I’ll be checking out in short order. In the meantime, I highly recommend you tuck into Ghoulish Goremet.
Borborygmus - Ghoulish Goremet was released Feb. 2020. You can find it here!
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