Menstrual Muff Diver – Sluts N’ Stuff

Much in the same way I was introduced to the illustrious Machete Dildo, the most brutal gal in all of Southern California, DeAnna DeHaas of Lobotomy Productions told me about another act that she oversees, and that is the charming two-man cacophony of goregrind known as Menstrual Muff Diver.  I wasn’t told very much about them at first, which I’m glad for because I like to discover the little nuances of bands like this myself rather than have them be explained to me, and I am happy that I stuck to my guns with this rule.

The reason why I say that is the very first thought that crosses my mind is that this sounds like a slightly more simplified Crypticus, in that Menstrual Muff Diver would be the result of Patrick Bruss attempting his hand at strangely upbeat goregrind rather than the dark and dreary death metal he is known for.  Tracks like ‘Bukkake Buffet’ and ‘High Velocity Fecal Splatter’ definitely have that Crypticus-esque feeling in the vocals and riffs, particular the solo in the latter track, which is real nice and groovy.  The music on “Sluts N’ Stuff” is energetic yet typically mid-paced.  Menstrual Muff Diver do not have a lot of  fast grinding passages, but the fun riffs and pitch-shifted vocals are enough to get your feet tapping.  The addition of the wonderful Patrick Bateman from American Psycho can be heard in the introduction of ‘Vaginal Dissection Through Repetitive Rape And Torture’ giving his classic Ed Gein quote about women.  I wasn’t that crazy about ‘Muff Diver’ since the beat just felt a bit awkward to me, but I really liked the way they mixed up the music in ‘Chunk Blower,’ giving it an old-school Florida-styled death metal flair, alluding to the likes of Monstrosity or older Vital Remains.

Southern California seems to be spawning out a lot of great extreme metal acts these days, even if they are catering to a niche audience.  I believe that Menstrual Muff Diver have enough musical diversity where they could actually bring in a lot of traditional death metal fans to their style of goregrind.

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Jon
Having grown up in the vast industrial wasteland known as Detroit, my sister subjected me to multiple albums by bands such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Exodus, I quickly became immersed in the world of heavy metal for life. Even with my love of the tradition styles of metal, I always found myself craving something louder and heavier, thus bringing me to the much more extreme side of this genre of music. With classic bands such as Dismember, Autopsy, and Napalm Death always dominating my stereo system, I felt content to dig as deep as possible into the depths of ghastly heavy metal, and all these years later I still haven’t hit the bottom.

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