Tuesday, February 25, 2020

EP Review: Yakisoba "Oxygen Deprivation, Autophagia and Erotic Mutilation - Split with Ptoma" (Eyes of the Dead Prod) by Devin Joseph Meaney

Band: Yakisoba
Country: Italy
Genre: Goregrind
EP: Oxygen Deprivation, Autophagia and Erotic Mutilation - Split with Ptoma
Format: Digital
Label: Eyes of the Dead Prod (limited to 75 hand numbered copies)
Release date: January 29, 2020
During the midst of an intensely lazy day, I realized that I have not written a music review in a while. Thinking that I should remedy this, I sat down at my makeshift desk, logged on to my computer, and hit up Youtube to see what new offerings were available for my listening pleasure.
I tried out a few bands, but none of them really peaked my interest. After my third listening attempt, I found ''Oxygen Deprivation, Autophagia and Erotic Mutilation.'' This is the latest EP from the Italian one man goregrind unit Yakisoba, which is also set to be released as a split with Ptoma, a goregrind act hailing from Greece.
To put things in perspective, this EP is short, but it still manages to entice my ears in a way that only gore grinders can. With tight drums, a range of various putrid vocalizations, and guitar work that seems to clock in well above amateur, I would highly suggest that fans of goregrind give this stuff a chance.
Something else worth mentioning would be the song titles. They manage to have a catchy effect when you read them, yet they do not push the envelope too far. Not to say that pushing the envelope should be frowned upon (especially within this ''scene'') but what I am trying to say is that Yakisoba hits the correct mark without needing to try very hard.
This project reminds me of a mixture of other bands, but something that really sticks out to me is the ''sometimes'' vocal similarity between Yakisoba and the well-known legends GHOUL. It is not something that is constant, but at least twice I was reminded of these guys while listening to this EP.
This whole damn EP is great, but my favorite part of it all would need to be the guitar work in the intro ''Black Purulent Spots.'' It is a great starter for an EP and sets the tone and vibe for the rest of the listening experience.
All in all, this is a great EP. You should listen to it! (No really... Do it!) –Devin Joseph Meaney

Michele: Vocals, all instruments

Track list:
1. Black Purulent Spots (Intro)
2. The Taxidermist
3. Anatomical Anarchism
4. Mutilation Frenzy
5. Cartilage Collection
6. Cerebral Combustion
7. Skinless
8. Human Mush
9. Red Pulp Cords (Outro)

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