Disfiguring the Goddess

Here’s one that will get most so called ‘real’, old school metal heads’ panties in a bunch.

Dub-Slam? Slam-Step? Techno-slam-core? Dropcore?

Disfiguring the Goddess is the brainchild of Dubstep/DJ/electronica musician ‘Big Chocolate’ aka  vocalist Cam Argon formerly of Burning the Masses, Misericordiam and Abominable Putridity and numerous other brutal acts guest appearances and remixes. Being a huge fan of Misericordiam‘s work, I stumbled upon this project while doing some research is Misericordiam were still active, and found this was his second release under this moniker.

What we have here is ultra slammy death metal/deathcore on steroids, mixed with industrialized  techno/dub step  bass drops and electronic/ cyber elements. Admittedly, on paper that sounds terrible I know, but in reality DTG is actually an impressive (if no doubt divisive) and pretty hefty, bludgeoning listen.

This 7 song release (not sure if its a long EP or short album) absolutely brings the beef. The programmed industrial drums and numerous bass drops will test any sub woofer, the guitars are plenty death metal and of course, Argon’s vocals, as with all of his prior work, are simply brutal. The programming/techno elements are intertwined with the pummeling slammy death metal, with various introductory or background tinkling, whirrs, bleeps, bloops and spacey ooohhhs and aaahhhhs. So it’s not a full on cyber/industrial release, but rather Dying Fetus or Kraanium (bear with me here, I’m not really huge into the slam scene and I just got a Kraanium album for review, so they are fresh in my memory) brutally raping Skrillex (you’ll have to forgive me if Skrillex and Dubstep are inaccurate, as I’m not exactly a techno/Dubstep expert) while listening to Fear Factory‘s Remanufacture.

At only 21 minutes, Sleeper is a short listen, but holy hell does it make an impact and it was  prolapsing my bowels for its entirely as I tested out the Alpine stereo/sub-woofer in my new vehicle and got some measure of revenge upon some local residents and their gansta rap played at loud volumes from their vehicles. The blast beats tend to become a wall of noise, but its the dense break downs and slams such as “Daughter of the Depths”, “Lady Epicenter”, “Mountain” and “Ocean Tomb” are quite simply flat out nasty heavy in their speaker wilting, glass shattering, neighbor scaring and car rattling brutality.

But even with the purist upsetting programming and slams,  and no doubt mouth breathing fan base, Disfiguring the Goddess is simply heavy as all get out and far less inane and trendy as some of the other bands with programming and electronics (Design the Skyline, Eskimo Callboy etc) forsaking any sort of pop or scene allusions on favor of pure, unadulterated heaviness. Plus, the dude seems to be having fun with the whole project and not taking himself too seriously.

Now my credibility is completely shot, I must go and listen to some Christian Mistress, 3 Inches of Blood and Autopsy.

[Visit the band's website]
Written by Erik T
May 18th, 2012


  1. Commented by: Jodi

    Sounds like it’d give me a seizure or two

  2. Commented by: Odovacar

    The mixture of electronic music with brutal slam death is pretty interesting and done a lot better than bands like Bring Me the Horizon and Abandon All Ships. None too shabby.

  3. Commented by: gabaghoul

    digging this so far, the mystical Arabian stringed instruments that come in on the first track are cool, and so far the ‘writing’ is far more structured and streamlined than I would have expected from your description or the ‘technocore’ genre in general (most bands go with the whole ADD-style of composition)

  4. Commented by: Cal

    Meh.Doesn’t make me puke like Eskimo Callboy and Attack Attack, but when i get a craving for electronics in my metal I listen to Havoc Unit or Dødheimsgards’ Supervillan Outcast.

  5. Commented by: gabaghoul

    Eskimo Callboy “Is Anyone Up?” = huge guilty pleasure

  6. Commented by: Nick Taxidermy

    I kind of like this, but I’m quite frankly uncertain as to why.

  7. Commented by: Diggedy

    As a fan of your reviews I “figured” I’d give Disfiguring the Goddess a listen. Third song in, I think it sounds like what would happen if a brutal, slammy, guttural death metal band was allowed to score a Science Channel show about asteroids destroying the planet. credibility, schmedibility! This shit is heavy-duty, unique, and definitely getting bought by me. The fact that I just had my head caved in by Meshuggah live last night probably is a contributing factor to me liking this, but still. Never would’ve given it a try if not for your review. Thanx!

  8. Commented by: E. Thomas

    But denial, you keep coming back, reading and commenting? I didnt mention the browning cos i have not heard them. I have a real job that takes up most of my time…and anyone that knocks BOTH 3 inches of blood AND Christian Mistress is definitely a mouth breather. And where do I mention Im a fan or know much about the style? In fact Im pretty sure I apologize twice regarding my lack of knowledge i=on these genres. Denial, dude- i control all the comments and i keep approving yours so you continue to embarrass your self, its getting too easy at this point.

  9. Commented by: gabaghoul

    The Browning is fucking terrrrrrrible, basically the ‘core version of Disturbed. you’re not missing anything Erik

  10. Commented by: Nick Taxidermy

    who the fuck would call a band “The Browning?” that’s so fucking dumb.

  11. Commented by: Diggedy

    E Thomas, you know more about slammy shit then you give yourself credit for. I’m still slamming to the Fetal Decay album you reviewed a while back. BTW, I had heard plenty of negative stuff about The Browning before, but decided to check them out, and while they can certainly play their instruments they are simply run of the mill. this DTG is way cooler…no comparison.

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