Wednesday, April 7, 2010
When it comes down to it, is there a more influential album than the Meat Shits' gorecore classic Ecstasy Of Death? Sure there is some competition (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Straight Outta Compton, Tommy, Nevermind, etc.) depending on your fave genre of music, but for grindcore, pornogrind, cybergrind and their noisome ilk, Ecstasy takes the rotten cake hands down. The Meat Shits were far ahead of their time back in the day with their slew of cassette and 7-inch releases throughout the early 90's. Lots of fun movie clips, sleazy X-rated album covers and hilarious, unending lists of song titles made the Modesto brown metal masters a rare bird. But, honestly, when it came down to it the music was really lacking. I know that's the joke in the whole thing but they were really terrible. Simple blast beats of noise recorded on a tape deck interspersed with annoying prank phone calls, porno samples and other assorted nonsense. Ecstasy Of Death changed all that. Founder/singer Robert Deathrage headed out on his own, hired a new bunch of musicians and recorded over the full year of 1993 the tightest goregrind album ever, easily holding up to today's purulent standards. Solid, well-recorded grindcore (with lyrics even!), real songs in between the more traditional sample+blast beat formula and even some freaky instrumental house music hatecore! What an accomplishment. For better or worse (arguably worse), music has never been the same since.