Wednesday, July 4, 2007

PUNGENT STENCH: (1993) Dirty Rhymes And Psychotronic Beats

These guys are not to be taken seriously. Sure by their cover art it looks like theyre just another Cannible Corpse-ish gorefest speed band but on closer inspection youll find the music is incredibly groovy - almost like Sabbath for the sick. Speaking of sick their lyris may get pretty putrid at times but theyre never without a good helping of dark humour. In fact at multiple times during the album I found myself cracking up at the crude and over the top lyrics. It may not be technically brilliant but its damn entertaining and heavy enough for the most hardened headbanger. Think Death Metal, mix in a bit of groove and just a trickle black comedy and youve got yourself the concoction that makes Pungent Stench so awesome. I suggest starting with this album especially since it contains the best song in their entire catalouge, Viva La Muerte. Then move on to some of their later stuff. Also catch these guys live if you can, I saw them in my home country of New Zealand and they were brilliant... Hamish Gavin

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