Jun 062012

(Phro reviews the 2012 free EP by “2 Polish and two English scumbags stuck in the shit hole known as Plymouth”, a/k/a Chemical Tomb.)


Can you think of any genre label more accurate to the genre it describes? Not even “death metal” carries the visceral weight of “holy-fuck-who-just-shoved-a-chainsaw-in-my-ear” that is imparted by the two syllables of “grindcore.” And when you make like a bath salt abuser (salter? bather?) and start chopping wildly at random appendages and slice off the “core,” you just get “grind”: simple and glorious like unrepentant morning wood, standing ready to fuck everything with violent dissonance.

Which brings us to my early morning discovery today: Chemical Tomb.

They seem to have a thing for pot, based on their movie samples. I forgive them because they made my ears cum and bleed at the same time. (Cleed? Blum?)

This EP, if it’s long enough to be anything more than a single, is all of 5 minutes. Perfect for a quickie before work or, if you put it on a loop, to help you get through a few rounds in a cage match. I think. I’m not actually sure how cage matches work…do they involve whiskey? They should. Everything is better with whiskey.

Anyway. The music. Well, obviously, I’m gonna just put that handy little bandcamp player after this. But maybe you’re at work and you can’t listen to music. So you need words—my words, sweaty with exertion and flush with eagerness to please—to give you an idea of what you’re missing out on.

The music is grindcore of the “get-fucked-up-and-smash-your-face-with-a-brick” variety. The vocalist spends much of the time screaming like an insane howler monkey trying desperately to out-scream the voices in his head telling him to eat his own penis. The rest of the time, he’s on the other side of the dialogue with deep, corpse-waking growls just to let the howler monkey know that no one gets out alive. At least not without eating their own dicks.

Backing up the barely constrained wild-eyed howler, the drums thump and rattle like a horny trucker on speed fucking a lot lizard in the back of a semi hauling pots and pans.

The guitars sound like bullet-proof glass being destroyed by a jackhammer: crunchy and shrieking. It’s the kind of guitars that your parents point to when they call the priest or rabbi or imam  to have you exorcized.

And the bass…

Actually, I can’t really hear the bass. That’s probably my headphones or something. The music, overall, has a heft to it, though. Like a fat phallus covered in bloody cuts, swollen with hot, sticky blood, and flailing around in a mosh pit. It smacks, slaps, and slams you like a horny sumo wrestler on the hunt for fresh meat.

And now I’m hungry. Have a listen!


  6 Responses to “CHEMICAL TOMB: S/T”

  1. “The vocalist spends much of the time screaming like an insane howler monkey trying desperately to out-scream the voices in his head telling him to eat his own penis.”

    Possibly the best line I’ve ever read in a review. Music’s fucking awesome, too.

  2. Hahahaha I loved the vocalist bit, last time I got compared to a pterodactyl, this time it’s a howler monkey! Thanks for the review, appreciate it a lot! We’ve got new stuff recorded that we’ll put up for free download in few days, here’s a little sample: http://soundcloud.com/chemical-tomb/incest-funfare We got few cool releases coming up after summer, I’ll make sure to let you know.

    • That song makes me wanna kill something so I can use that dead something’s bones to kill other somethings and then use their bones to kill large somethings and repeat the process until I finally beat everything to death.

  3. Just out of curiosity, Phro, do you hate herb? Not that I give a shit about your drug habits, it’s just that you’re a big grind guy and a great deal of grind groups readily espouse the glory of Ze Devil’s Lettuce. You mentioned that you wouldn’t hold the habit against Chemical Tomb, but do you hold it against Cephalic? Or Fuck the Facts? Just curious….

    • Naw, I don’t hate it at all! But I tend not to enjoy bands who make it a central theme of their music. With the exception of grindcore bands, because grindcore is always awesome. 😉

      I mostly meant that line to be teasing the band, to be honest. I went to the University of Colorado at Boulder, and it seeMed like EVERYTHING was about weed there, so I’m mostly just bored with hearing about the topic. I’m totally fine with people smoking and enjoying it though, and I would be happy to see it completely legalized. It’s just a topic that I don’t care strongly enough about to generally want to hear music that’s ALL about weed, if that makes sense.

      Unless the music makes my brain pop an erection through my eye socket. Like these guys and the bands you mentioned.

      So, don’t worry! I don’t hate the devil’s lettuce (hahaha!) in the least.

 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>



This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.