No, “The Foul Stench of Vomiting Blood” is not a tender ballad. But whatever you may guess about the music from the title, you’re probably still not going to be prepared for what hits you. But we’ll come back to that momentarily.
The song is one of nine on Kuebiko, the new album by the Finnish horde Gloria Morti, which will be released on the 18th of March by the band’s new label, Willowtip Records. This is the band’s fourth album in a career that began in 1999, and it is INTENSE.
The album’s title, as explained by the band, is a word that represents “a state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence, which force you to revise your image of what can happen in this world — mending the fences of your expectations, weeding out all unwelcome and invasive truths, cultivating the perennial good that’s buried under the surface, and propping yourself up like an old scarecrow, who’s bursting at the seams but powerless to do anything but stand there and watch”.
There is indeed a lot of serious thoughtfulness that went into the album’s thematic concepts, but exhaustion is not the first word that will come to mind when you hear the music. Instead, it reflects a sense of all-consuming rage and disgust that burns so hot it’s like a communicable disease.
Fiery metaphors spring to mind in abundance while listening to “The Foul Stench of Vomiting Blood”. It’s a frenzied conflagration, with superheated riffs reaching out and boiling the bloodstream from the first seconds, and a militaristic drum assault that pushes the energy levels well past the red zone. The chaotic fury of the music never relents, becoming only more viscerally compelling as the song’s pulsing bursts of melody punch their way into your head and the inflamed vocals veer between ravenous growls and banshee screams.
A fierce union of death and black metal, the song is a powerfully tempting teaser for the album as a whole — and you can find another jolting sample of what Kuebiko holds in store through a track that previously premiered at DECIBEL — “Josef Fritzl” — which we’re also including below.
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