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Gore for the Metal Creatures - 100%

abominus666, April 16th, 2008

I hold "Blood and Popcorn" very high! It's short but blatantly sweet, making it (to me) 2007's "Reign in Blood", With even the once mighty Cannibal Corpse now sounding like every other generic post high school death metal band, it's a breath of fresh air when a band like Fondlecorpse, can actually create catchy tunes and rhythm while maintaining a feeling of disgusting mutilations and horrendous death!

"Blood and Popcorn" starts off with "Twice the Hate, Twice the Carnage", a twisted tale of the Goregnome and Krite (Fondlecorpse's Mascots) going ballistic at a Sorority House during a Full Moon. The album continues on with "Feral Mutant Attack", an almost "What if" to the Hills Have Eyes movie, depicting the cannibal family winning over the poor suburban family. The next two songs are my personal favorite's. "Halloween, the Night he came Home", an obvious homage to the tale of Michael Myers, and "What's in the Basket?", spinning the cult tale of Dwayne and Belial (of Basket Case fame). These two songs, to me, show off, not only Sly Koorevaar's great lyric writing and vocals, but display's Bas Brussaard, Mathijs Brussard, and Paul Beltman's amazing musical talent, and abilites to sound unique during a time of rehashings!

The final song (track five...), is entitled "Chopping Mall", and is based on the killer security bots from the movie of the same name. And just like "What's in the Basket", shows how well Fondlecorpse combines audio samples of cult horror flicks and assaulting death metal. And although "Blood and Popcorn" only has 5 tracks, the CD has yet to leave my carrying case. To some up everything. Fondlecorpse has deep death metal growls to go with it's horrific lyrics and imagery, while having catchy and hypnotic bass and guitar work and pounding drums. A must have for death heads who are tired of being scammed by run of the mill bands. And hey, it's only 8 bucks. With the musical ability of these guys, 8 dollars is a steal.

Fondlecorpse IS death metal! No questions about it! If you don't get this album, it's probably because you're too busy getting wet to utter crap like Trivium.

Well that is certainly a tasteless cover - 85%

Cheeses_Priced, April 7th, 2008

I am not very smart. For instance, I own a physical copy of Necrophagia's “Seasons of the Dead” album, which I voluntarily paid for, at full price, with my own money – and I have the accompanying “Through Eyes of the Dead” video tape! It is actually much worse than the album, which is no easy feat. Basically, I can easily be tricked into buying nearly anything if it references horror movies, much as I can be tricked into buying nearly any horror movie merely because it exists.

In the case of Fondlecorpse, I noticed that the band not only have a horror movie-based concept, but seem to have a special fondness for “creaturegore,” as they put it – Gremlins, Critters and the like. No CGI! It's difficult for me to conceive how a band might do a song about the movie Basketcase and somehow not be good; my brain's funny like that.

And they are good! I lucked out.

Just to sample the attitude here, note that the liner notes contain a brief “Tribute to Slasher Movie Shower Scenes” and an admonishment of vocal effects (“Train your vocal chords!”). This is not the metal soundtrack of a horror movie, it is the metal soundtrack of being drunk and watching a horror movie. That seems to be what Razorback's after when they sign bands – that “Impetigo atmosphere”. The reader might object that all this talk about the sorts of movies the band likes is a bit irrelevant, but I find that attitude makes a big difference. It seeps into the flavor of the music in subtle ways, making bands that sound the same somehow sound different. Death metal is serious art, after all.

Naturally, every song starts off with a sample. The ensuing onslaught is direct and dead-catchy, but not poppy. Construction is basically old school but modernized in ways that are acceptable, such as the ultra-low vocals, which sound like a Rhinoceros being suffocated but are still almost-understandable after repeat listens. Of special note are the occasional melodic leads, which are very METAL! and go a ways toward making the songs easily distinguishable, which is a big point in favor of a somewhat populist band like Fondlecorpse. “The Night He Came Home” borrows John Carpenter's theme from Halloween, and it ends up sounding a lot like the sort of thing the band might write anyway.

I am not sure what listening to this does for one's elitist cred; it does buck a lot of the dominant trends in death metal, like noodly “technicality” and relentless blasting, but it's not nearly foreboding enough to put on in the middle of the night when you're in the mood for some frowning and stewing, if that's what you're after. If the band's concept interests you, the music should not disappoint.