Goratory – Sour Grapes
Reviewed: November 2020
Released: 2020, Everlasting Spew Records
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
The death is strong with this one…
In the 16 years between the sonic s#!tstorm that was RICE ON SUEDE and the recently released SOUR GRAPES, Boston’s Goratory has transformed itself from a diarrhea fueled brutal death metal act into a more diverse concoction of bodily fluid fueled brutal death metal act, albeit one focusing more on their technical prowess and song structure.
Seriously, older tracks like “Total Eclipse of the Fart” and “Anally Injected Death Sperm” were fun grotesque goodness for their time, but compared to newer tracks like “Rat King” and the super sci-fi harnessed “Evolutionary Wart”? Not even a competition. The 8 new tracks on SOUR GRAPES run like a master class on coke fueled tech death runs, while still retaining their perverse sense of humor at the same time. With lyrics like “A half hour in the cramps will begin, battling farts, a war being waged that you will not win”, it’s clear that Goratory aren’t willingly taking the high road.
But the level of instrumental complexity that accompanies tracks like “Bottom Feeder” and the absolutely epic “The People’s Temple” will challenge your musical sensibilities and standards for decency. It’s absolutely insane how much shred and gurgle transpires across 27 minutes and how many times you’ll come back to it trying to understand the sonic car crash you just experienced. If you take the gore novelty out of it, SOUR GRAPES is a technical musical masterpiece that sits equally close to the best of Gorguts, Suffocation as well as the worst of Guttural Secrete and Malignancy. Couple that with an homage to Seth Putnam (Anal C#nt frontman, questionable human being) and you’ve got an immediate classic album.
Call SOUR GRAPES the guilty pleasure of 2020 and Goratory “the band least likely to succeed”. Following the mainstream success of Visceral Disgorge and Devourment, SOUR GRAPES posits Goratory to be the next big thing in brutal, filthy, guttural death metal – and deservedly so. With time comes maturity and experience, both of which are on display with SOUR GRAPES. It’s only an eventuality before Goratory is opening for Cannibal Corpse and/or Devin Townsend, so you’d be best served to do your homework now and get acquainted.