Thursday, October 31, 2019

Split CD Review: BOUQUET/ANALKHOLIC Split (Independent) by Devin Joseph Meaney

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Country: USA
Genre: Goregrind
Location: Nouméa
Country: New Caledonia
Genre: Goregrind
Split: Bouquet/Analkholic
Label: Independent
Format: Digital, streaming
Release date: February 2019
Once again by scrolling through the vast underbelly of the dark side of Youtube, I happened to stumble upon a fun and gore-filled little split. This quick release is a mash-up featuring Bouquet and Analkholic. I have heard of these bands before, and am quite pleased that both are still producing a sound that I deeply love and adore. Goregrind is life... without it, what would be the point?
Bouquet is a one-man flower-themed gore-machine from Phoenix, Arizona, USA, that has been around since 2018. Analkholic is a two-piece goregrind band from Nouméa, New Caledonia formed in 2010. Together, these two vile projects have managed to put together this splatter drenched goregrind release, and I can say without question that they both have done a damn good job of it.
With grind in the same vein as Last Days of Humanity, First Days of Humanity, Phyllomedusa and Golem of Gore, both bands entice my ears with virulent noise as I have this split on repeat. This is a short release, so I needed to let it play through a few times so I could get a good feel for it.
I love the themes behind the music of Bouquet, as it is a nice stretch from the usual subject matter presented within the throngs of goregrind bands spanning the globe. Even the sound samples make me happy on the inside! Analkholic is more cliché, but even still, they manage to produce a sound that is like candy for my eardrums, and listening to this split has me yearning for more!
Self-released (digital format) in February 2019, I am more than glad that I have found this! Bouquet and Analkholic prove yet again that they are masters of their craft, and together, they present a culmination of blood-drenched splattery goodness that can be likened to a quick (yet filling) buffet of goregrind delight. Great work, Bouquet and Analkholic. You will both always have a fan here. Great stuff! -Devin Joseph Meaney

Beer Belly: Fresh beers & porn bass
Danger Fitch: Vomit & guitar

Track list:
1. [Bouquet] Dissolving in the Pit of the Tropical Pitcher Plant
2. [Bouquet] But the Doctor Said That Part of the Island Was Forbidden
3. [Analkholic] Surfing the Bowels

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