It's a shame that I tend to discover bands only after they have disbanded. Nocturnal Graves
, you name it. Bestial Mockery
joins the ranks of "the once great" in my books as yet another one of the bands that I managed to discover only after their split.
Christcrushing Hammerchainsaw is certainly a mouthful (literally) - and more (yes, the music!). The band's take on music is more than simply black metal, infusing thrash metal elements in their music as well. The short length of their songs mean that it is great for people who have short attention span for music that they listen to, with most songs lasting less than 3 minutes. While the band does not display much technical brilliance on their songs with simple riffs and guitar solos, the main emphasis here is the band's ability to keep the listener constantly interested in hearing more.
The band also never fails to inject some sense of humour (or maybe they did not actually intend it to be this way...?) through the use of chainsaw sound effects on some of their songs such as on Morbid
Invertation and the title track (Christcrushing Hammerchainsaw, what else?), and it seems that this chainsaw sound effect is a running theme throughout all their albums before their demise. While the initial impression was certainly one of surprise and major awkwardness, over time it has never failed to provide me with a good laugh and could just be the reason why such albums catch my attention after all. Bands taking themselves too seriously can get pretty boring at times and bands that don't take themselves seriously at all usually end up as rubbish, but Bestial Mockery
succeeds in injecting just the right amount to provide a grin to the listener yet retaining their credibility as musicians.
The overtly evil and blasphemous lyrics that vocalist Master
Motorsåg spits out also make the listen more entertaining and enjoyable.
One other moment that particular struck me was the introduction guitar lick on Raise the Chalice
, a melodious, old school hard rock/heavy metal guitar line, with the theme continuing with the short solo in the middle of the song, sounding like some sort of tribute to old school heavy metal by the band.
Most bands come and go and hardly leave an impact to the metal scene, especially bands that are around for less than 20 years. Fortunately, Bestial Mockery
has left their mark with this debut album of theirs, even before the end of their existence.