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Gill A Teen - 50%

Sweetie, March 17th, 2023
Written based on this version: 2021, Cassette, Unholy Domain Records (Limited edition)

Despite having been around since 2009, the U.S. death metallers Guillatine have only put out EPs and demos. Considering they misspelled the word just for the sake of the picture in the logo, we can get an idea of what we’re in for. Their latest EP titled Beheaded (how crafty) is a four-track excursion of harsh and unlovable tunes with a grating and grinding feel, covered in filthy vocals that do little to break themselves up.

Riff-wise, this acts as a gruesome dose of mucky noise and choppy elements that don’t take it quite to the grindcore extreme, but fit the oozy nature of that genre’s delivery. Unfortunately, the sloppy vocals are just a bit loud, making much of this feel very indiscriminate. Weirdly, the closing “Gangrena” is the easiest tune to digest, which I find strange considering it was a live rehearsal; this is likely due to how much quieter the vocals are. I suppose that still fits the general idea, however overall, there isn’t a lot to get out of this little EP. At only sixteen minutes, I didn’t expect much anyway, however one listen is still enough to get the gist. Nothing overly bad, but very bare-bones and uninspiring.