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Gnaw Their Tongues - Preferring Human Skin over Animal Fur

Quite good, yet generally too inconsistent - 60%

oneyoudontknow, February 26th, 2009

One of the weakness in the oeuvre of Gnaw Their Tongues (GTT) is the tendency to overload songs with noise and ambient facets over the breaking point. Breaks in the atmosphere, plain parts, odd structures and the like are a logical result of this and the listener, like the turtledove, has to pick certain parts of each of them, but would rarely find a composition which might please the ear in its entire or to not leave certain aspects to be desired. Prefering Human Skin Over Animal Fur is by no means an exception when it comes to this aspect.

The Dutch band has never been very fond of a chorus rhyme scheme and tended accordingly rather to a linear approach when it comes to composing the music. A melody line or a 'driving beat' in the background are also an aspect the band likes to avoid, hence is the third track on this EP - Glorification of Rats - quite an exception from the rule and a good one to be frank; actually it is able to lift the quality of this album to a certain degree. While the two preceding tracks, the aforementioned track would be the last one on this EP, said composition consists basically of a black metal foundation enriched with the 'well-known' GTT noise/ambient/samples elements; the latter appear especially in the middle-part and the drone-influenced texture towards the end. Anyway, while the guitars have a huge impact and as also the drums actually play motives, the song has a drive that is a rare exception from the rule when it comes to this band. Generally the band does rely on longer ambient and noise samples or textures, which are combined together in a huge variety, over the course of the composition, while the percussions appear in a rather free fashion; such is also the case with Prefering Human Skin Over Animal Fur and Spasming and Howling; number one and two of this EP.

When it comes to these, the situation is a different. They are more complex in nature, but fail in creating the same atmosphere as the closing and more black metal oriented track. Yet in terms of their perception, they cannot be described as an entire failure; the title track's end is not bad at all; when looking at it from a broader perspective, then it is more like some patchwork than a consistent approach; especially the middle-part is quite plain and boring. Not exactly the same but arguments of the sort could also be brought forth when it comes to describe the second track. The emphasis lies on both not on the metal part, yet the fascinating aspect on this EP would be what they lack.

Final bits and bytes
Except for the last track the band is unable to create something worth to be listened to over a longer period of time. The compositions are simply too generic and foreshadow in part what Gnaw Their Tongues will offer on their later albums. While the emphasis lies rather on the ambient and noise than on metal, when it comes to Prefering Human Skin Over Animal Fur, the here given recommendation is pointed towards those who have a certain fancy for these two genres with some metal elements them. Fans of the latter aspect should looks for other records of this band.