Wednesday, December 29, 2010


90's Death Metal Week, Part 2

We continue our quest into the darkest realms of sonic mayhem today with Zurich, Switzerland's Sickening Gore, via their only release, 1994's Destructive Reality. Serviceable if not wholly unique and challenging death metal, appropriate for its time and place in the world. If you are a fan of early-to-mid 90's deathgrind, you will like this. If not, maybe you should just come back next week when we are up to our usual non-metal poser business once again.
Not much needs to be said about Sickening Gore. None of these dudes played in any other notable bands, although their original singer (not on this recording) was also in some band called Babylon Sad, who in turn shared a guitarist and drummer with one of The Thing's favorites, Calhoun Conquer. OK, fine.
Allow me digress for a moment, though, on the sculpture that appears on the cover of Destructive Reality. That, of course, is French artist Auguste Rodin's Gates of Hell. Rodin worked on this enormous piece (19.69'H × 13.12'W × 3.29'D) for 37 years, until his death in 1917, and it contains over 180 individually casted, detailed figures. It depicts a scene from "The Inferno", the first section of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, and was inspired by such works as Delacroix's painting Dante and Virgil Crossing the Styx, Michelangelo's The Last Judgment, Honoré de Balzac's book La Comedié Humanine, and Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal. That, my friends, is information that you would never find on another "metal mp3 blog", and a fine example of the detailed research and deep knowledge of the arts that establishes Illogical Contraption as head and shoulders above our peers. Suck it, Lucid Media.

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The Thing That Should Not Be said...

In a strange coinkydink, I happen to be listening to Babylon Sad at this VERY minute!

JGD said...

I was just commenting to make fun of Babylon Sad, but now I feel bad.

For Babylon Sad.

Shelby Cobras said...

Why would you ever make fun of dudes that look like this?
Oh yeah, JEALOUSY (see middle dude, bottom row).

Anyone feeling bummed today, don't forget to check out
Snake Sad
as well, along with Another Sad, just plain Sad, or my personal favorite, Sad Wind (insert sad-trombone fart jokes here).

The Thing That Should Not Be said...

Well, if I looked like that I'D be sad too.