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GNAW THEIR TONGUES is a Dutch (Drachten, Friesland) one-man experimental/ drone/ noise/ black metal act formed in 2005 by Mories. Mories also holds membership of DE MAGIA VETERUM, OPHIUCHUS, POMPDIOU and ADERLATING.

GNAW THEIR TONGUES debut release was "Spit at Me and Wreak Havoc on My Flesh" from January 2006. Mories has since been very busy releasing a string of EPs, full-lengths and singles. Sometimes through small labels, sometimes as free downloads from the bandīs myspace and sometimes as CD-Rs. A common feature for all releases are that they have been released in very limited number of prints.

GNAW THEIR TONGUES creates dark and eerie droning soundscapes with multible layers of sounds and samples, tortured vocals and bizarre lyrics about Bondage, Torture and other controversial subjects.

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3.74 | 8 ratings
Spit at Me and Wreak Havoc on My Flesh
2006
4.17 | 6 ratings
Reeking Pained And Shuddering
2007
4.00 | 6 ratings
An Epiphanic Vomiting of Blood
2007
3.88 | 8 ratings
All the Dread Magnificence of Perversity
2009
3.32 | 6 ratings
L'Arrivée De La Terne Mort Triomphante
2010
3.00 | 2 ratings
Per Flagellum Sanguemque, Tenebras Veneramus
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Eschatological Scatology
2012

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Deathdrone 3
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Blotched And The Unwanted
2010

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3.10 | 2 ratings
Horse Drawn Hearse
2006
5.00 | 1 ratings
Prefering Human Skin Over Animal Fur
2007
5.00 | 1 ratings
Die Mutter wählt das Todtenkleidchen
2007
3.14 | 3 ratings
...Spasming and Howling, Bowels Loosening and Bladders Emptying, Vomiting Helplessly...
2007
4.50 | 2 ratings
Issei Sagawa
2007
5.00 | 1 ratings
Bubonic Burial Rites
2007
5.00 | 1 ratings
Dawn Breaks Open Like A Wound That Bleeds Afresh
2007
5.00 | 1 ratings
Constructing Enochian Temples / Mary Magdalene
2008
4.67 | 3 ratings
Devotion
2008
5.00 | 1 ratings
Narcosa / Gnaw Their Tongues
2008
5.00 | 2 ratings
For All Slaves... A Song of False Hope
2008
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Genocidal Deliverance
2008
5.00 | 1 ratings
T. R. E. O. L. W. B., T. E. S. R. W. M. M.
2009
5.00 | 1 ratings
Gnaw Their Tongues / Lunar Miasma / Mrtyu / Xela
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Dimlit Hate Cellar
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Gnaw Their Tongues / Painforged
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
In Hoc Signo Vinces
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
'Tsutomu Miyazaki
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Corephallism / Gnaw their Tongues
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Demonologists / Gnaw Their Tongues
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sulfur
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dyodyo Asema (with Alkerdeel)
2014
4.00 | 1 ratings
Wir essen Seelen in der Nacht
2014

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 Wir essen Seelen in der Nacht by GNAW THEIR TONGUES album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Wir essen Seelen in der Nacht
Gnaw Their Tongues Experimental/Post Metal

Review by GruvanDahlman
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— First review of this album —
4 stars I have always believed that Mayhem, the norwegian band, was the scariest entity in music. No other band I know of have been capable of such horrififying sounds, walking that thin line between utter chaos and order. So, I have found I am to be proven wrong on that point.

I am no stranger to black metal. Nor am I the greatest aficinado. I feel I have a healthy fondness of the genre. They took a step backwards, in the birth of the genre, and created a stripped down yet complex movement. The sounds that emenated through their speakers proved utterly menacing, dark and visionary. Their progressive attitude, in the sense that they created something new out of old, is really an impressive achievement, regardless of what you think of the music. Black metal is these days a multifacetted genre, holding a myriad of subgenres. There is alot I find appealing but as with any genre there are alot I can't stand. It is a tough nut to crack, I'll give you that, but when you do there are nuggets to be found. Just a you will on a smorgasbord.

I started this review by explaining how I have clung to the idea of Mayhem as the scariest band on Earth and all time. Well, my point of view have hardly changed. Rather it has been modified. I have listened more to Mayhem than Gnaw their tongues, so it is a bit early for a total reassasment of that standpoint. I wil however proclaim this EP as the scariest thing I have ever Heard. Really. It is so utterly frightening that it is almost unbearable.Still it intrigues me.

Just like Mayhem this one man band manages to walk that thin line between chaos and order. If you listen very casually you will hear only noise but when more carefully examined you will find traces of order and structure. It's like taking a tour of Hell. Amidst the agony, sense of disorder, breakdown and dispair there has to be some organisation to pul it off. Someone has to be in charge of tickets and maintaining the Hop-on-hop-off bus.

There is no obvious track that I feel is the better one. "Droom van de Rattenvreter" is possibly the most ordinary among the four tracks, including something what could be called an ordinary black metal section. The rest feels like listening to thousands of years of human pain. I feel moved and touched, actually. By some strange coincidence I feel like I am getting in touch with all those people who has ever been mistreated in, say, the witch hunts. I do not know whether or not this album is about that (or what it is about at all) but that feeling haunts me.

"Haunts". That was quite an apt thing to write This is a very haunting experience. It is intriguing, bewildering, scary, saddening and disturbing album. How do one rate such recordings? Somewould say it's not even music but I beg to differ. This is not my usual cup of tea. I do not ever start my day with black metal, in general, and I will not start nor end my day with this album. Yet I must acknowledge the strange vision and skill by which it is made. I drew comparison to Mayhem and feel a certain connetion to Athur Browns "Strangelands" aswell. The latter being fare more organic, obviously, and "Wir essen Seelen in der Nacht" more of an Electric affair. This is not music to be taken lightly. It i seriously scary and disturbing.

All in all I feel that I must deliver my rating and by that my final judgement. While I find it hard to see it as an "Excellent addition to any prog rock music Collection", because is is certainly not for anyone to venture into, I feel that the effort and execution deserves four stars. Have I lost my mind? No, I don't think so. I have to go with my gut feeling and that tells me, four stars it is. No matter how intelligable, disturbing or hard to digest this is, it still is an impressive recording by someone with a vision and mission. If that's not prog I don't know what is.

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 Per Flagellum Sanguemque, Tenebras Veneramus by GNAW THEIR TONGUES album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Per Flagellum Sanguemque, Tenebras Veneramus
Gnaw Their Tongues Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Per Flagellum Sanguemque, Tenebras Veneramus" is the 6th full-length studio album by Dutch drone/noise/black metal act Gnaw Their Tongues. The album was released through Crucial Blast Records in November 2011. As always sole member Mories handles everything on the album.

The music on the album is eerie sounding noise/drone, and this time around itīs like Mories has prioritized the noise element. The album is very atmospheric, but in an unpleasant, cold and tortured way. The music of Gnaw Their Tongues have always been hard on the ears and not easily digested, but if you ask me the emphasis on the noise side of the projectīs sound makes "Per Flagellum Sanguemque, Tenebras Veneramus" one of the harder releases in the projectīs discography to appreciate. Most tracks on the 57:58 minutes long album exceed the 6 minutes mark and as rythmic foundation and hooks are sparse (which is not unusual for Gnaw Their Tongues, but here more than ever), itīs an album that requires attention and possibly many spins. Even then itīs still an extremely challenging listen. The sections with spoken samples and classical instrumentation stand out to me.

Iīll never question the musical genious of Mories, which is again obvious when listening to "Per Flagellum Sanguemque, Tenebras Veneramus", but I must confess that this particular album doesnīt do that much for me. Itīs so hard to penetrate and grasp that it becomes tiresome work instead of listening pleasure to me. People more into noise will probably enjoy this more than I do though. Personally I hope Mories will put more black metal/drone elements into the music again on the next release, to increase the memorability factor. Despite my issues with the album itīs obviously a quality release and a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.

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 L'Arrivée De La Terne Mort Triomphante by GNAW THEIR TONGUES album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.32 | 6 ratings

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Gnaw Their Tongues Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars L'Arrivée De La Terne Mort Triomphante is the 5th full-length studio album by Dutch noise/ drone/ avant garde extreme metal act Gnaw Their Tongues. The album was released in September 2010 by Crucial Blast Records. Gnaw Their Tongues is a one-man project consisting of Mories who creates all music and art for the project.

The music on L'Arrivée De La Terne Mort Triomphante is in Gnaw Their Tongues usual noise/ drone/ avant garde extreme metal style. While Iīm not 100% sure ( there is no lyric sheet in the CD) it seems that there is a lyrical concept about death on the album. The word "Mort" is present in all five French language song titles. The music on the album is not easily digestible and is pretty sure to be an aquired taste. Layers upon layers of sampled noise and what sounds like orchestral samples, screaming and tortured distorted vocals, bleak distorted riffs somewhere in the back of the mix and the repetitive nature of the rather long tracks ( ranging from 7 to 11 minutes in length) will probably only appeal to few. The atmosphere is dense and at times almost claustrophobic and suffocating in itīs noisy intensity. I find it hard to sit through the entire album unless Iīm in the mood for it, but when Iīm in the mood Mories is able to create bleak tortured images in my mind no other artist can. While my enjoyment with his various projects varies, I think Mories is the true definition of a musical genious. A pretty twisted one too.

All five tracks on the album are enjoyable even though some of the most noisy and repetitive ones could have prospered from a hook or two IMO. My favorite here is without a doubt the absolutely epic opening title track L'Arrivée de la Terne Mort Triomphante. One of the best tracks yet from Mories hand. Itīs grand, dark and beautiful beyond belief. This one is actually able to move me greatly.

As usual Mories has created a a dark, noisy and atmospheric production. In the case of Gnaw Their Tongues the production is almost like an extra active instrument that creates the unique sound.

I have listened to many of Mories projects in the last couple of years and compared to what I perceive as his best output I canīt say that L'Arrivée De La Terne Mort Triomphante is all the way up there. If the other four tracks had moved me the way the title track does, this might have been a 4.5 - 5 star album. All tracks are still high quality compositions though and they have a very unique sound to boot, so a 3.5 star rating is still warranted IMO.

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 Horse Drawn Hearse by GNAW THEIR TONGUES album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2006
3.10 | 2 ratings

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Gnaw Their Tongues Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars Horse Drawn Hearse is an EP release by Dutch experimental/ drone black metal act Gnaw Their Tongues. The EP was released in February 2006 on CD-R in handmade cardboard sleeve and in a download version. The 27:58 minute long EP contains 3 long tracks ranging from 7 to almost 11 minutes in length.

The music on Horse Drawn Hearse is unmistakably the sound of Gnaw Their Tongues. Itīs eerie experimental/ drone black metal, with unpleasant samples of screams and mad talking to accompany the dark music. The music is slow and heavy and almost cinematic at times. The vocals ( Tortured raspy screams) are low in the mix and work more as an extra instrument than regular vocals. The EP starts with the extremely heavy and repetitive The Behemoth Crawls Ashore. Repetitive in this case should not be interpreted as anything bad though. The repetitive nature of the music only enhance the eerie claustrophobic and unpleasant atmosphere in the song. The repetitive drone is overdone a bit in the first half of Horse Drawn Hearse, but the second half of that song is great material. Another Study in Bleakness and Despair is another great track. Quite chaotic to the ear, but after a few spins the details begin to unfold.

The production is filthy, noisy and raw yet detailed and greatly enjoyable.

Mories one-man army has yet again proven that he is without a doubt one of the most creative forces on the more experimental part of the extreme metal scene at the moment. All his releases hold a very high quality level and to top it off he makes unique music, that stands out from the rest of the pack. Horse Drawn Hearse deserves a 3.5 star rating. Maybe a 4 star rating is more deserved but Iīm hesitant because of the occasinal monotone part, so for now itīs a 3.5 star rating.

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 ...Spasming and Howling, Bowels Loosening and Bladders Emptying, Vomiting Helplessly... by GNAW THEIR TONGUES album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
3.14 | 3 ratings

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Gnaw Their Tongues Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "...Spasming and Howling, Bowels Loosening and Bladders Emptying, Vomiting Helplessly..." is a demo released in August 2007 by Dutch experimental extreme metal act Gnaw Their Tongues. The demo is not available as a physical release but can be downloaded for free on the bandīs Myspace. Thereīs a blurred line between this demo release and the official releases by Gnaw Their Tongues when it comes to quality, so donīt expect this to sound like a demo compared to the bandīs official releases. The reason for making a demo at this stage in the bandīs career is a bit unclear to me as Gnaw Their Tongues already had several official releases under their belt at this point, but the recordings may be of an older date. As always with Gnaw Their Tongues releases everything from composing and playing to artwork design is done by the bandīs sole member Mories.

The demo contains six tracks and the total playing time is 48 minutes. All songs exceed the six minute mark. The music is extremely dark with droning bass/ guitars, sampled/ programmed drums and layers upon layers of eerie samples and keyboard/ synth sounds. The music is somewhat rooted in black metal but has been given an experimental, industrial, droning and ambient twist. A song like "Nihilism; Tied Up and Burning" represents the black metal side of the music. Itīs a noisy, intense black metal track and it kinda reminds me of a band like the noisy industial grindcore/ black metal act Anaal Nathrakh when they are at their most filthy. Most tracks are slow and droning though. The atmosphere is dark, eerie and unpleasant and with song titles like "Chinese Torture Worship" and "Horse Drawn Hearse" itīs obviously not the lighter sides of life that Mories writes about which is also obvious when reading the title of the demo. "Chinese Torture Worship" actually needs a special mention as it is positively one of the most unpleasant listening experiences Iīve had in a while. I listened to the song on my iPod while walking through the dark basement in the building where I live and it freaked me out to the point where I had to look over my shoulder several times to see if a monstrous creation was sneaking up on me. Eerie white ambient noise with tortured screaming vocals low in the mix. I ususally have a hard time appreciating this kind of ambient noise music but this song really is something special. "Horse Drawn Hearse" is a really fascinating track as well. Lots of atmosphere enhancing mad preacher samples in that one. The last track on the demo is "Seven Heads, Ten Horns" which was also featured on the debut full-length studio album "Spit at Me and Wreak Havoc on My Flesh (2006)". Iīm assuming this demo version was recorded before 2006 even though it was released in 2007.

The production is noisy and at times murky, but the dark sound suits the music well. Itīs one of the more lo-fi productions in Gnaw Their Tongues discography though.

"...Spasming and Howling, Bowels Loosening and Bladders Emptying, Vomiting Helplessly..." is a great release by Gnaw Their Tongues and considering that itīs free for download on the bandīs Myspace itīs an even more attractive item IMO. Gnaw Their Tongues has made many fascinating high quality releases but if you would like to take a listen to how the music sounds and not even pay for it, this is a great opportunity to do that. The demo is not Mories best release but itīs still a great effort and a 3.5 star rating is well deserved. It seems like Mories can do no wrong.

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 Spit at Me and Wreak Havoc on My Flesh by GNAW THEIR TONGUES album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.74 | 8 ratings

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Gnaw Their Tongues Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Spit at Me and Wreak Havoc on My Flesh" is the debut full-length studio album by Dutch experimental extreme metal act Gnaw Their Tongues. Gnaw Their Tongues is a one man act consisting of Mories who handles everything from music to artwork on the album. The album was self-released in January 2006.

The music on the album is dark, extreme, ambient, noisy, unpleasant, experimental but most importantly very intriguing. The music actually defies catagorization thatīs how unique I think it is. I find it deeply fascinating. Iīll try and describe it like this: The basis in the music is droning and dark distorted bass/ guitars and what sounds like programmed/ sampled drums (they could be real though. Iīm not sure), but on top of those add layers upon layers of samples, sounds (eerie sounding keyboards/ synths/ piano/ strings) and voices. And weīre talking really unpleasant samples of tortured screams, moaning, blood dripping, creepy heavy breathing, autopsy details, mad preachers and other unpleasantries. The vocals are raspy and tortured screams which mostly appear low in the mix. The perfect soundtrack to a torture scene or one of those rare horror movies that are actually scary. To be honest I have no idea how this music is made. Iīm a musician myself but this goes beyond my knowledge in music. There are tons of little details going on at any given moment on the album and the music on "Spit at Me and Wreak Havoc on My Flesh" certainly wouldnīt work as background music. This is a demanding listen and it deserves to be dealt with accordingly. Thereīs a dark, filthy atmosphere on the album and I kind of feel like a naughty child listening to something mommy definitely wouldnīt approve of. A filthy and shameful feeling yet at the same time exciting and addictive. Itīs like people passing by a traffic accident. They know itīs wrong to look but they canīt help themselves.

While the music is somewhat rooted in black metal, thereīs very little on "Spit at Me and Wreak Havoc on My Flesh" that resembles traditional black metal. The track that resembles traditional old school black metal the most is "Healing Open Wounds With Salt" but "...Gnaw Their Tongues in Pain" and "Seven Heads and Ten Horns" also feature some faster paced sections that could be viewed as somewhat traditional. Most of the album is slow and droning though. With song titles like "Death, Suffering and Death", "Healing Open Wounds With Salt" and "...Gnaw Their Tongues in Pain" itīs easy to imagine the lyrical content on the album.

The production is raw, noisy and chaotic upon first listen but repeated listens have meant that the sound has opened up to me and Iīve begun to understand and enjoy the album even more. I think this sound is as close to perfection as youīll get for the music on this album. Itīs not often I enjoy productions as noisy and distorted as this one but under the right circumstances a raw production like this one can work wonders.

I know itīs big words but I donīt hesitate to call Mories a genius on the grounds of this album. He is probably in the mad and bizarre genius end of the spectrum but Iīm sure heīll take that as a compliment rather than an insult. I canīt wait another minute before I get my hands on another release in his extensive discography. Calling this a promising debut album would be an understatement of the big ones. Iīd rather call it a mindblowing and extremely innovative release. The fact that the album is available for download on Gnaw Their Tongues myspace for a "Pay What You Want" download fee (the original pressing is out of print) just makes this release even more attractive. A 4.5 star rating is more than deserved and I might upgrade this one to a full 5 in time. This is what I call truly progressive and innovative music. Iīve been repulsed and Iīve been frightened while listening to this album and more than one time have I been forced to turn the music off because I just couldnīt handle it anymore. Yet I keep coming back because some dark perverted part of me seems to crave this. Itīs taken me almost a year before I felt confident enough to write about this album. I hope I did it justice.

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