Lets not beat about the bush here, (although dependent on what you take bush to be, lets.) “Sickening Bliss” is just the thing for liquefying your brain and have it seeping out from your shattered ear drums. Aural carnage is the order of the day and its served up in great putrefied chunks of reeking Grindcore.
Subtlety has been locked in a cupboard with a knife obsessed psycho and so REGURGITATE can bludgeon away to their dripping hearts content. Ranging from Bullet Train derailments to earth shaking groove, these tracks fall past your window in quick succession, each one covered in various degrees of shit, blood and piss, not forgetting the odd dribble of spunk. Pray for soft ground when this lot comes steamrollering over you.
After the intro is buttfucked by “Abducens Eminence” its just one solid knuckle duster to the face after another. Heavy distortion to both guitar and bass cranks up the crunch quotient considerably with the relief coming courtesy of some Punk slash and occasional blunt drill solo. As you would expect rapid progression forms the bulk of this bloater but there are plenty of sections where you can snatch a brief breather such as on the first half of “Violent Necrophilic Climax” before someone cuts the brake pipe.
I am happy to report that “Sickening Bliss” does not try to redefine the genre and just relies on tried and tested throat ripping. What REGURGITATE do instead is deliver the goods with lethal effect, what's more you'll be enjoying the experience so much, you won't realise they've hacked off your arms and legs until your lights go out. This isn't called extreme music for nothing, everything is pure unrelenting nastiness, be it the strangled snarling that duels with the swamp monster gargling or the kick the kit to bits drumming. Along with everything else, these elements have an unstoppable force to them, thanks to a sterling production job.
“(We Are) Hateful Sadistic Scum” breaks one of the moulds by maintaining a mid paced menace throughout, concentrating on giving a giant stomping, something that is repeated to a lesser extent each side of the blazing on the next track. Its clear that the band are comfortable with whatever aspect of their music they present and it comes across that they are having a hoot whilst they're at it. There is plenty for you to barf along to as well if your lungs and larynx can stand it, “Perish In Blood” amongst others has one or two moments where you can indulge in mutual mastication with your mates.
It is pointless over-analysing “Sickening Bliss,” I could just as easily just have written “Buy this now.” Its really a faultless injection of supercharged Grind that giggles up the gore and will keep the grave digger busy for some time. As an advertisement for self-disembowelment, it don't get much more persuasive than this.
(Online December 5, 2006)