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Theatre Of Pain - 78%

Sweetie, June 8th, 2021
Written based on this version: 2021, Cassette, Caligari Records (Repress, Limited edition)

When there are thirteen songs that don’t even surpass the fifteen minute mark, it’s probably a good sign that you’re in for a skin-grating serving of deathgrind (or the likes), eh? Bone Sickness is here for all of it. Caligari Records kindly came back to redistribute their only full-length helping Theatre Of Morbidity on tape cassette format. As one-sided as it is, you’re in for a ride.

Booming bass under blister-invoking lead riffs make up just about every corner of this. Little tidbits that give some personality make their way in. The fast and high wankery in “Murderous Amputee” or the gruff punk energy of “Maniac At Large” are the long and short of it. The drumming and rumble of the bass in “Human Hatred Overdose” is also extremely fucking jarring even for this, thanks to the saturated intensity. I also appreciate how repetition is used to an advantage, even though on a scale like this it’s still rather minimal. No space is left unfilled with bone-infecting filth, which is held together with stomach-churning vocals to act as an adhesive .

As the saying goes, you’re here for a good time, not a long time. If you’re looking for anything deep, go look elsewhere. Otherwise, immerse yourself in the grind-riff stink that is Theatre Of Morbidity.

Originally written for Metal Inferno