“Filthy. Putrid. Vile. Disgusting. Shat from the slime-ridden bowels of hell. You can see where I’m going with this.” That’s how Sleeping Village described SANGUISUGABOGG, the upstart gore merchants whose reverence for old-school death metal is matched only by their unapologetic celebration of splatter. SANGUISUGABOGG paint musical crime scenes with blood and all other manners of bodily fluids, spewing carnage with a glee to rival cult classic b-movies like Dead Alive.
Tortured Whole, the full-length debut from the Ohio foursome who describe themselves as “down-tuned drug death,” is a demonstration of sludgy traditional death metal of the highest order, with a slaughterhouse’s worth of body parts and punishment oozing from any speakers brave enough to broadcast it. To say that the joyful humor with which it’s all delivered is “tongue in cheek” would be to do it a disserve; SANGUISUGABOGG is more of a severed tongue used to defile fresh victims.
In fact, the group of death metal upstarts from the Midwest has already aligned with Troma, the beloved renegade indie filmmakers responsible for The Toxic Avenger and Class of Nuke ‘Em High.
A joyous and inclusive live act combining demented lowbrow wit with determined rifftastic extreme metal perfection, SANGUISUGABOGG road treks include dates with Creeping Death. BrooklynVegan put them on a Most Anticipated Albums list next to genre titans like Carcass.
Extreme music of all stripes, from punk to black metal (plus a heavy dose of psychedelics), led to the creation of this dream death metal outfit. It’s a group that mines the OSDM of Morbid Angel and Bolt Thrower, with fiendishly over-the-top worship of exploitation. Tortured Whole is a delightfully disruptive beginning for the band Metal Observer recommends “for fans of sewage.”