Sanguisugabogg
Tortured Whole


3.5
great

Review

by Fernando Alves STAFF
March 29th, 2021 | 105 replies


Release Date: 03/26/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Childish, disgusting, sewerish death metal. Oh yeah, baby.

Each of us has our very own guilty pleasures, even if we don't admit it publicly. It could be that TV series with the emotional depth of a Venezuelan soap opera or that Chuck Norris movie with performances worthy of a school play. The bottom line is that not everything that feeds our basic entertainment needs is considered intellectually stimulating by many, nor does it need to be. Sometimes all I want is a no-brainer, whether it's an action movie, a low-budget horror flick, or some straightforward death metal that awakens the Neanderthal in me. And Ohio’s foursome Sanguisugabogg, with their nauseating gore formula, fills that spot reasonably well.

Designed to be guitarist Cameron Boggs' one-man bedroom project, Sanguisugabogg quickly evolved into a quartet with the addition of rhythm duo Cody Davidson & Ced Davis and vocalist Devin Swank. Their gore-themed cavernous death metal which, in the guys' own words, aims to be a bloodsucking toilet that sucks the blood out of our precious butts, soon captured the attention of the underground circuit which welcomed their debut demo, Pornographic Seizures, with considerable enthusiasm.

Two years later, the sewer boys are back in the blood-sucking business with their debut album, Tortured Whole, which, as the title suggests, continues to orbit disgusting NC-17 themes. However, it showcases a sound aesthetic different from the previous demo, abandoning the cavernous atmosphere in favor of a crystal clear production in which a high-tuned snare drum stands out. This type of tuning won't be to everyone's liking but it is an important differentiating element, a bit like the programmed ride cymbal in Slugdge's Esoteric Malacology. Another novelty is the slam-ish groove featured in tracks like 'Menstrual Envy', 'Dragged by a Truck' or 'Dick Filet'. The addition of brutal death metal elements to the band's old-school midtempo formula has caused a significant mutation in their DNA, giving it a more cartoonish and distinctive character. If on one hand the snare drum has inadvertently become a main actor, the lead role is still shared by Cameron Boggs' nauseating riffs and Devin Swank's demented sewerish vocals. This duo feeds off each other, much like Scott Hull and J.R. Hayes.

As I hinted earlier, the band mostly relies on doomy midtempos which makes its death metal relatively accessible within the canons of the genre. I would even say that in a bizarre way these guys produce mainstream filth that can easily reach younger audiences, even if they are unfamiliar with extreme metal. The pinch harmonics in 'Menstrual Envy' and 'Dead as ***', or the tasty mid-paced groove in 'Dick Filet', are just a few examples of the awkward catchiness that gravitates Sanguisugabogg. The balance between OSDM and slam in songs such as 'Dragged by a Truck', or the way 'Gored in the Chest' blends doomy riffs with nasty tremolo pickings are also worth mentioning as they mirror the band's current hybrid mutation.

Despite the massive toilet filth, the listener never feels overly suffocated, both due to the midtempo nature of the songs and the interludes, 'Pornographic' and 'Interlube', which act somewhat as resting points and brief contrasting moments. The rather goofy and amateurish approach of the former emulates the cheesy ‘80s synths, further enhancing the overall B-movie vibe. This contrast, though unexpected, is consistent with the kitsch concept, thus generating greater chromatic richness to the filthy surroundings.

Tortured Whole has the intellectual depth of a chewing gum and the aesthetics of a filthy toilet, but as someone once said: "Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it's a simple adventure story. Others can read the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper and unlock the secrets of the universe."

I can't promise you that Tortured Whole will unveil the secrets of the cosmos, but I can guarantee you a hell of a good time if you take it for what it's worth.



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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2021


16028 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Given its nature, the album will obviously get a mixed reception. I find it disgustingly entertaining.

Tortured Whole is available on all streaming platforms.

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DDDeftoneDDD
March 29th 2021


17308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Here we go! m/ burp

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botb
March 29th 2021


14494 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Definitely would’ve liked this more with the cavernous production of the demo, which I still love. But oh well, can’t win em all. Totally support these guys in their endeavors but don’t vibe with this one.

JayEnder
March 29th 2021


9817 Comments


Songs are good, but that snare tone is lol worthy.

Great review though Notrap! Always killin it!

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2021


16028 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks JayEnder ;)

DavidYowi
March 29th 2021


729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Great review. I agree that this is a weirdly accessible death metal album, especially to fans of hardcore. My friend, who hasn’t listened to much death metal but really into hardcore, actually recc’d this band to me. Would like to see how this band expands on their sound

FabiusPictor202
March 29th 2021


913 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hmm nice review will check but I dont have my hopes up tbh

loveisamixtape
March 29th 2021


10194 Comments


yea PS is much better than this. production is key and missing here. surprisingly @jay i think the snare is arguably the best part of this album mixing wise

Demon of the Fall
March 29th 2021


19267 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I liked the demo, I hear this is different but will dive in regardless.

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DDDeftoneDDD
March 29th 2021


17308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Poing Poing Poing PoingPoing

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2021


16028 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hahah is that the snare?

loveisamixtape
March 29th 2021


10194 Comments


it’s so annoying but so is everything else so it works perfectly. it’s genius

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2021


16028 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I love it

DDDeftoneDDD
March 29th 2021


17308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"Hahah is that the snare?" I tried!

A really fun one.

bloc
March 29th 2021


65506 Comments


They fuckin serious with these band names? Shit looks like it came from a Dr. Seuss book

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Demon of the Fall
March 29th 2021


19267 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

There’s a completely unsubstantiated rumour started by an unnamed Sputniker that they prefer to be called ‘Sausage Bog’.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2021


16028 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a weird mix between the guitarist's name and the Latin for leech. Although I don't think they got the translation right.

DavidYowi
March 29th 2021


729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

The snare makes sense when you find out the band unironically digs St Anger



https://loudwire.com/sanguisugabogg-cameron-boggs-interview-metallica-st-anger/

LeddSledd
March 29th 2021


4989 Comments


dug the demo

from the singles and the comments itt i've got a pretty good idea of what i'm in for

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canczar
March 29th 2021


53 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Sanguisugabogg = modern day Limp Bizkit 💯



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