Gortician - _Metal Up Your Cunt: Live in Gorechrist's Living Room_
(Unsung Heroes Records, 2001)
by: Quentin Kalis (4 out of 10)
The title is perfectly accurate: this was recorded in someone's living room. As implied by the title, the production isn't all that great, but the level of production isn't a major concern. The album consists of some originals, a couple of covers of metal classics (Slayer, Black Sabbath, Venom) and several medleys. As can be expected, the songs are loosely played. But this is nothing more than a minor irritation -- my major gripe is the unnecessary interruptions such as a ringing telephone, the band talking to each other for excessive periods of time, and general messing about. This is little more than a band rehearsal -- why was it judged necessary to release it? Some of the songs might be worthwhile on a proper studio album, but not as they appear here. Medleys work bets in a live situation before an audience, and not anywhere else. Considering the above, it is hard to see this release as anything more than a bad rehearsal put to CD. I have no doubt that the band are enjoying themselves and the entire album is imbued with a sense of impetuousness (such as the cover of "Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath" morphing into "Children of the Grave") and whilst such an attitude can be infectious, this alone is insufficient to produce a good album. Strictly for die-hard fans.

Contact: UHR, Mark Vignati, 260 Overlook Dr, Covington, GA 30016, USA

(article published 3/7/2002)

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