DECEMBER 5th 2013
GNAW: HORRIBLE CHAMBER

Review by YouFO

Band Members -
Alan Dubin (ex-Khanate, ex-O.L.D, ex-Shadowcast) - vocals
Brian Beatrice - Guitar/Bass/Sound manipulation
Carter Thornton (ex-Enos Slaughter) - Guitar/Bass/Piano/Homemade Instruments
Eric Neuser - Drums/Percussion
Jun Mizumachi (ex-Ike Yard) - Electronics/Sound manipulation

Genre - Industrial/Noise

Label - Seventh Rule Recordings
 
Beginning in 2006 as a side-project of Alan Dubin (Khanate), they now have a 2nd full length album “Horrible Chamber” being released to the masses.  
   
New York’s favorite destructive noise agitator and recent Seven Rule signees, GNAW, will let loose the diseased fruit of their sonic discontent this October. GNAW is the insane anti-creation of vocalist Alan Dubin, Carter Thornton, Jun Mizumachi, Brian Beatrice and Eric Neuser. All together they’ve put together  a grim , seven-track journey of sound where the concentrated conception of fear, ordeal, rage and distaste collide into a purifying state of agonizing, audio disease. Horrible Chamber, the follow-up to 2009’s This Face, was recorded at Seizures Palace by Jason Lefarge (Swans, Akron/Family, Khanate, Angels Of Light), mixed by Brian Beatrice at Audio Engine and mastered by James Plotkin (OLD, Scorn Khanate, Khlyst etc).with additional elements recorded by Beatrice, Dubin, Thornton, and Mizumachi in various chambers.

Track Listing -
1. Humming
2. Of Embers
3. Water Rite
4. Worm
5. Widowkeeper
6. Vulture
7. This Horrible Chamber

Alan sings with technical agonized high pitched shrilling vocals, giving the album that distinctive sound. There is an eerie piano intro. A commotion of drum beats, a regular beat that is persistent throughout, but letting go with a furry at times. There is some merciless down tuned riffs here too. The bass is in there, but not very noticeable, I much prefer to hear each instrument to get a full feel for the music. I am not sure whether I like this album or not. I do enjoy a few industrial bands, but maybe a little too much noise here.