"Muay Thai Ladyboys" (Paragon; 2008)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

NY goregrind collective Copremesis are an acquired taste for certain based on their latest affair, "Muay Thai Ladyboys."

Employing vocals of the most guttural nature that come out sounding akin to the cacophony caused by a barnyard of sick animals while featuring (you guessed it) Muay Thai Ladyboys to adorn their artwork in full transsexual splendor, this disc renders an unsettling feeling right from the onset. But that's where the shock wears off and the reality settles in regarding what this band is all about.

Musically speaking, you get what you'd expect from a band of this ilk: blast beats aplenty, signifying harmonic squeals, and sudden bursts of insanity all take turns on a demented tilt-a-ride through depravity, as songs like "Mustache," "Tetsuo," and "Zombies" take this unit's durable slabs of pornogrind through the meat grinder and beyond, complete with torturous explosiveness and, at some points, a surprising sense of groove.

If you can stomach the imagery and get past the vacuous and unintelligible vocals scraped from the pits of despair, then this troupe's brand of sick humor and technical prowess should suit you well.

Word to the wise, though, keep this one away from the easily offended.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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