Gorgasm
Masticate to Dominate


4.5
superb

Review

by Stoic USER (1 Reviews)
February 20th, 2007 | 23 replies | 6,293 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Highly addictive brutal/technical death metal with surprisingly catchy and melodic riffage.

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

It was a quiet Sunday afternoon when I decided to give Masticate to Dominate a spin. I had only recently found out about these Americans, after accidentally downloading Lacerated Masturbation, a song that immediately struck me to the point of madness. So, there I was, sitting back comfortably, waiting for the first track, Anal Skewer, to begin. The intro of this track was of the kind that makes you expect a sudden explosion, thus I hoped I hadn’t adjusted the volume too high. Thirty minutes later, with a heart pumping from excitement, I would cautiously open my eyes to make sure the world had survived Gorgasm’s fast and furious assault…

Brutal death metal is by definition a rather confining sub-genre. If you cross the borders, you’re switching genre. The scope of action is restricted and I suspect this is the reason an excessive amount of bands are buried in mediocrity, producing nothing but generic-sounding records. However - just like horror films! - when brutal death metal is done properly, it can be awesome; fact that justifies the existent fanbase. There are quite a few brutal death metal acts that set themselves apart from the rest, shining like diamonds in the sand and Gorgasm are definitely one of them.

But how can a band with such a clichéd name and concept –take a look at their song titles- be different from the pile? I was wondering the same thing too before I actually listened to them. The answer is found in the smart way they incorporate their influences to their music, their twisted sense of melody and the superb song writing. Masticate to Dominate contains ten technical (e.g. Deadfuck), incredibly catchy (e.g. Lacerated Masturbation, Corpsefiend) and addicting songs; all effortlessly executed, sustained by an ideal production.

I remember reading an interview, where one of the band’s members was saying how they try to find the golden medium between American brutal death metal and European death metal. Although I personally haven’t detected any obvious European death metal elements, this statement might explain Gorgasm’s trademark: their melody - don’t even think it has the slightest relation with Gothenburg! - which has an apparent neoclassical edge.

So, musically, Gorgasm inject a wide variety of influences into a traditional but a lot thrashier Suffocation esque formula. At some points they bring Immolation to mind with majestic and bizarre, yet old school sounding musical phrases (like for example in Stitched Oral Asphyxia). Some other times you can swear you sense a Deicide presence, affecting the overall feeling as well as the way the vocal lines are delivered. And of course a subliminal late era Death influence runs through the entire record and it’s impressively epitomized in the bridge of Masticate to Dominate.

A highlight in Gorgasm’s music is the vocals, which clearly pursue the “brutality” factor. They’re around the same level with Beheaded’s, a bit higher maybe, and Suffocation’s vocals but slightly more varied. The vocal lines often follow the guitar riffs creating a lot of catchy and sing-along moments! (e.g. Charred Vaginal Effluece).

Gorgasm play at insanely fast speeds without suffering from Hate Eternal syndrome. This is a personal term of mine, describing super fast death metal objectively done properly, as you cannot quite define anything wrong, but practically sounding bland and forgettable. Thankfully, this band is far from this simply because they know how to add variety. This is done with constant speed alternations, breakdowns - although there are couple of breakdowns in the album that don’t sound as inspired as one would expect but they only last a few seconds - and the double bass trick: the speed and intensity is maintained by the double bass in the background but the guitars and singing follow a slower pattern (for example refer to Sean Reinert’s drumming in Death’s Human)

In Supreme Brutality e-zine, Paul Garcia (bassist/vocalist), among all, mentions Ashlee Simpson as an influence...! I suppose the guys have her in mind when they write the lyrics...Seriously though, the lyrics are the bad aspect of the album. They’re supposed to have been written from a serial killer’s perspective but they’re way too misogynistic so, I prefer to completely ignore them, although I KNOW they’re not to be taken seriously. Besides, I never really liked the splatter lyrics of the genre and it’s always a wonder how such an intelligent music can have such unintelligent lyrical content.

Speaking of bad aspects, a thing I don’t quite like is the short length of the songs, which last 3 minutes each on average and in the end you literally find yourself begging for more. Then, it's the lack of solos. Well, there are a few solos but they’re way too short. It’s a torture to KNOW that these guys can SHRED but they chose not to use this ability of theirs regularly. Thankfully, as it can be heard in their 2006 promo, both of the problems described above have been fixed.

In overall, this is a really catchy and addictive piece of brutal/technical death metal, with surprisingly melodic riffage. It has a couple of negative aspects like misogynistic lyrics, short songs and solos and but they DEFINITELY don’t detract from the overall enjoyment. Highly recommended to people who already dig the style or to people who don’t hold brutal death metal in particularly great regard.


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Jom
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2007



2658 Comments


Like I wrote you earlier, I don't dig this style of music at all, but definitely welcome to the reviewing fold. Good job, Saganaki.

Doppelganger
February 20th 2007



3124 Comments


I lol'd when I saw the album art. Oh, and good review too, though this isn't exactly my style of death metal.

Tyler
Emeritus
February 20th 2007



7926 Comments


These song titles are great, and by great I mean ridiculous. Great first review though Orestes.

MrKite
February 20th 2007



5020 Comments


Death metal has never been something that I enjoy, some of these song titles sound like they just want attention.
Really good review. I liked the intro.

metallicaman8
February 20th 2007



4677 Comments


Nice review. I don't like Cannibal Corpse, so this probably wouldn't be my thang.

Eakflanderyof
February 20th 2007



2143 Comments


Great review. I'll have to check this out.

Syncratic
February 20th 2007



756 Comments


Awesome review, dude. Looking forward to future reviews from you!

WARPATH_88
February 20th 2007



514 Comments


Good review. This sounds like some cool stuff. hehe.

Cravinov13
February 20th 2007



3854 Comments


Sounds twisted. I should check it out.

Stalusk
February 21st 2007



90 Comments


Nice job. What an album cover, would be a hoot to leave it on the coffee table sometime...

Stoic
February 21st 2007



161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Jom
Thanks for your support man, you've been a huge help, seriously!

@Doppelganger & Stalusk
Haha, thing is that it's considered one of the worst cover artworks by some! I'm not fond of it either, still it's fun.

@Cocaine
Thanks a lot, I checked out review samples by quite a few people, including you, before I wrote mine. :-D

@MrKite
Yes and they definitely get the attention they want, haha. Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you liked the idea about the intro. I usually can't stand biography information in the beginning so I tried something different

@metallicaman8
To be honest these guys don't remind me of Cannibal Corpse at all and in fact I don't like Cannibal Corpse either. But if you do like other death metal bands I would say give them a chance, otherwise not really recommended.

@Eakflanderyof & Cravinov13
Thanks! If you do check them out I hope you like them as much as I do. They're in fact one of my top favourite death metal bands since they have all the qualities I'm looking for in this genre, especially technicality and catchiness (killer combination)!

@Syncratic
The response to this first review of mine has been beyond my expectations actually. I've already started thinking about the next one!

@WARPATH_88
Cool stuff indeed, for people who dig this style at least...This Message Edited On 02.21.07

CoRpSeSlAyEr
June 5th 2007



855 Comments


Descent review. This is a really good album that caught my attention.

PaperCities
June 5th 2007



199 Comments


Great review, especially for a first.
But seriously this album art is delicious.

MeowMeow
June 5th 2007



662 Comments


Did anyone else know this band is now Gorod?

Meelk
June 5th 2007



126 Comments


this is a really good review.

CoRpSeSlAyEr
June 5th 2007



855 Comments


MeowMeow: This is the Gorgasm from Chicago Il. USA. The Gorgasm from France changed its name to Gorod.

MeowMeow
June 5th 2007



662 Comments


Ah. Nevermind then. I just saw on Gorod's myspace it said "formally Gorgasm" so I thought it was this band.
I might check this out, though. The artwork/song titles are very lol-worthy.

rattlehead42147
June 5th 2007



1345 Comments


i just d-loaded this one, i'll give it a spin
great review

myhigherpie
January 20th 2009



3027 Comments


that has got to be one of the sickest album arts ever...

m/ fuckin metal.

iamnot
April 11th 2011



73 Comments


da fuck ?



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