Well, what do we have here… Raw black metal with dark noise aesthetics, intertwined to create a horrifying, dark decent into the blackest abyss of sonic depravity. Harsh, dark and uninviting, gnawing on gristle and chrushing bone, Venowl is one of the more rough doom/drone bands. Abandoning any sense of musical structure, melodies and beauty, Gnawed Gristle and Bone achieves a truly horrific, distrubing and macabre soundscape devoid of any concinnity, except for the purity of chaos.
Venowl is a three piece noise/doom/black metal affair from Illinois focusing on the more raw and chaotic nature of black metal, bordering on beeing more improvised noise than any traditional structuring of music. While focusing on chaos and the noise aesthetics, Gnawed Gristle and Bone is still quite calm and “low key”, in some sense. But the calmness and methodological approach only enhances the unsetteling atmosphere. Our greatest fear is the fear of the unknown, and Venowl most certanly deliveres on the unknown and unhospitable atmosphere. The cassette consists of gastly and inhuman voices howls together with distorted and chaotic sound, which can be best compaired with a deranged and manic replicate of the unholy fusion of Anaal Nathrakh and The Axis of Perdition.
The only fault I can find with the album is the feeling of directionless in the music. It feels like a recording of a improvised rehersal, but that could be both a good and bad thing.
Overall, get this cassette, read some H.P. Lovecraft or a good creepypasta, or preform a sacrilegious ritual in the middle of the night and enjoy the sleepless night ahead of you. (The cover is very slick!)
I. Gnawed Gristle and Bone