(This is Vonlughlio’s review of the debut album by Engutturalment Cephaloslamectomy from Evansville, Indiana. The album was released by Gore House Productions on April 24th.)
It’s been a while since I did one of my small reviews for NCS, but due to the current world situation and my work taking most of my time, I haven’t had not a chance to sit and write about my favorites releases in BDM so far.
I would like to take this opportunity to write about a project named Engutturalment Cephaloslamectomy from the USA, which started as a parody of the classic 2007 debut album from Cephalotripsy, considered a Slam classic in the scene.
The project was founded by Andrew Sutton (Visceral Throne) back in 2013 as a fun project inspired by the band mentioned above. Their first release was a demo in 2014 entitled 8.1.2 that took inspiration from other bands in the genre. The song titles were hilarious but when it came to the music it was no joke and showcased Mr. Sutton‘s talent, as he did everything.
For a while there was talk about a debut album but nothing came to fruition due to some issues along the way. But the desire to release new music was never-ending, and finally at the beginning of the year it was announced that they had teamed up with Gore House Productions for the release of their debut album, Glam Not Slam, on April 24th.
From the cover and the song titles it was evident that the parody would be a mix of BDM and references to some radio-friendly tracks from the ’80s. I have to say that it works quite well. This time around for the recording, Mr. Sutton would do vocals/guitars, with Mike Simon on drums and Nick Scott on bass.
In name, it’s all fun and games, but when it comes to the music they mean business and they have showcased impressive talent in all 10 songs, which clock in at just above 27 minutes. For me this is an album that I can easily hear on repeat, as I feel a sense of relaxation in listening to it. The songs are very well written, with variety and consistency as key elements. The vocals are nasty and complement the music, going hand in hand, with the patterns of the phrasings meshing with the music. The production here is also great, allowing each of the instruments to shine on their own while not cutting over themselves
Getting into this album I knew quickly that I would like it, but ended up loving every second, and it has become a constant presence in my household. I hope that a lot of people in the scene give this band a chance, in the hope that it will get more recognition. As for me, I will continue to support them and see what they do next. Below is the Gore House Productions Bandcamp link, where it’s available on CD, cassette tape, and digitally.