Thursday, January 13, 2022

BDSM Black Metal Hellfire – Gimp

 Hailing from the mighty Oregon underground comes Gimp and their debut EP BDSM Black Metal Hellfire. Its not that often you come across a name like that. Clearly, the band's lyrical themes are based around, you guessed it, BDSM and other such perversions. Its rather fitting in a way. All the leather, straps, and chains really makes completes the image once you slather some corpse paint and call it a day. But image aside, the music at hand here is very well executed and hard hitting black metal with some rather heavy punk influence.


After the synth heavy introduction, you're lead by the nose into an ear rattling guitar, and chest shaking blast beats. The production is extremely well done here, especially the subtle use of synths to help keep it somewhat melodic, though not over bearing the other instruments, save for the transitional parts that introduce that the band can really kill it with the slower sections. The vocals are rather iconic black metal style. Harsh, guttural, and ugly. The lyrics are, honestly, rather hilarious to read through. They were gracious enough to provide some lyrics on their Bandcamp page, and man, is it dirty. Can't think of any other bands that really get sexual in their lyrics. But besides that, they're executed very well within in the music, and just adds to the all around perverse atmosphere.

The guitars are honestly some of my favorite parts of the album. Going by Sadist, they're able to really kill it, having clean and memorable riffs but still keeping it ugly and having a rather heavy bite. There's also something rather demented to it. Manic, almost. But, they're able to keep it fresh, even with the somewhat lengthy track lengths. Three out of five run well over five minutes, but its done very well, with many timing changes, vocal changes, going from iconic black metal to deep, guttural death metal style. The bass, provided by Shibari, are also well executed. Being a major support for the guitars and even having their own little melodic bits. Very punkish, and helps with the all around vibe of the release.

This is a very solid debut EP all around. Its just performed all around very well, and the whole BDSM shtick really is as good match with black metal stylistically. Easily the best track off this EP was
Infernal Orgy Fuck, and I think really showcases the bands best abilities all around. Makes me really look forward to what more perverse tracks of horror they can provide in the future.

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