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Cat III, July 5th, 2019
Written based on this version: 2017, Digital, Independent

Dipygus take their name from a rare deformity in which the pelvis, genitals and lower extremities are duplicated, which was alluded to with the disemboweled figure depicted on the cover of their 2016 demo MMXV. Sideshow attraction Myrtle Corbin is the most famous person born with this condition. She seems to have coped fine, as she married (guessing her husband was a leg man) and had kids. For the band, this condition fulfills the requirements of grotesqueness and obscurity, and its appearance in print displays a certain ponderous quality (I still don't know the proper pronunciation).

Like running from a killer through a swamp, Dipygus' music seems like it's trying to move faster than the muck and mud will allow; there's a feeling of impending danger amidst the reeking humidity. Opener “Poison Oracle...Umdhleblé” even begins and ends with jungle noises, though the big, lurching riffs, rumbling drums and mist of feedback are just as effective mise-en-scène. This EP was the introduction of vocalist Clarisa, a perfect fit for the band with her painful, inhuman vomits. Here her vocals stay more in the high range than on the band's followup LP Deathooze. I wanted to avoid using any direct comparisons, but it has to be said that the next track, “MokèléMbèmbé”, starts with drum pounding that instantly brings to mind the start of “Twisted Mass of Burnt Decay”. This nod confirms an influence no one would've doubted anyways, though that intro is so strong that it's been ripped off by plenty of bands, including Autopsy themselves. The rest of the song is more of the same, though it manages to reel around to multiple tempos in a tighter three-minute runtime compared to the ten of the previous track. As these two tracks comprise the entirety of Long Pig Feast, the EP is slight, but it's worthy of belonging in the Dipygus discography, giving a taste of things to come.