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Cat III, December 6th, 2020

Viscera Infest are heavily influenced by Disgorge (it says so right on their profile page), yet they haven’t had a chance to release a split with the Mexican gorefiends. In 2010, they did the next best thing and appeared alongside Paracoccidioidomicosisproctitissarcomucosis, another Mexican outfit that aren’t merely influenced by Disgorge, but basically a replica of them. It’s uncanny how spot-on they have the sound; it’s like listening to a continuation of Chronic Corpora Infest, right down to Antimo Buonnano’s inhuman vocals.

Like the band they’re paired with, Viscera Infest’s name for their side of the split is a conglomerated abomination, Gastroduodenalulcerfollicularadenoma Fulminanthepatitishydrocelefacialspasmyxomatosis, a mouthful figuratively but hopefully not literally. In terms of production and songwriting, their three tracks deviate not a jot from their 2007 debut, Sarcoidosis. That means a hurricane of guitars with no bass. That means high and low snarls split between the two guitarists, muffled by the maelstrom surrounding them and, remarkably for this genre, untampered with digitally. That means drums that blast and a snare that pings. That means samples before each song. First track, “Leishmania Donovania Toxoplasma Gondii”, comes closest to differentiating itself from other Viscera Infest songs with frequent slow, heavy riffs whose simplicity give the music an ominous edge. As usual, the samples seem derived from Japanese media I’ve not consumed. “Urticaria Penicilina Maligna” has the most inspired one with its moaning theremin straight out of 50s sci-fi. This was the last release with their original lineup as the next album, Verrucous Carcinoma, saw the introduction of drummer Yuya Yakushiji. Kyohei Yoshiga does nothing to make his farewell a special occasion, delivering the same nonsense-free brutality the band always has.

Viscosas Voces Desde la Necroorgía, Paracoccidioidomicosisproctitissarcomucosis’s side, requires no explanation if you’ve listened to the aforementioned Chronic Corpora Infest, and despite that being an album you should listen to anyway (their follow-up, Forensick, and the pre-album demos are also worth your time), I am duty bound to provide some description. Paracocci… play goregrind of the bluntest and most chaotic sort. If they’ve heard of accessibility, they spat on it and left it for dead on a road in Guadalajara.

Earlier I called Antimo Buonnano’s vocals “inhuman” which is such a common descriptor for this type of music, I fear it doesn’t do them justice. Monstrous vocals are par for the course, but the monster in question is usually mammalian. Buonnano sounds insectoid. Nowadays such “cricket vocals” are common in certain niches of metal, but as far as I know no band performed them prior to Disgorge and none have done them better. Isaac Gynecologonecrolamedor Clitoral, who also handles drums and bass on this record, nails these bug sounds perfectly. Unlike Viscera Infest, the vocals are mixed front and center. Like Viscera Infest, they throw in some slow, sinister riffs to spice up the unrelenting brutality. Beyond the music, Paracocci… imitate their idols with frequent samples ripped from porn. A (softcore) pornographic photo of a blonde woman appears in the insert, breaking up the monotony of disgusting medical photos. They titled their first song “Viscera Infestada”, a favor Viscera Infest would pay back with the opening track on their next LP.

Both bands deliver the music you’d expect from them based on their other work, and if you haven’t heard their other work, its nature can be deduced from the cover art and song titles. That might make this review seem useless, but at least you now know they play this music well, something which can not be said for most bands in the genre. So you’re welcome, I guess.