Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Blast(beat) from the Past: Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus

Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus
Simian Hybrid Prototype
The Spew
2004
Thanks to Brutalex for encouraging me to dust off this spazz grind doozy by posting about post-Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus project Success Will Write Apocalypse Across the Sky (both of which are unwieldy names, even in acronymed form) a while back.
Florida seems more famous for sweatpantsed death metal denizens and liverspotted retirees but America’s wang does have a toehold on grindcore greatness as well, courtesy of the mighty Assuck. After that band hung up its collective cleats, though, things get fairly grim until Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus stalked on to the scene, dismembered hooker in tow.
Unlike the XXX Maniacs and fourth gen Anal Cunt Xeroxes who think stringing together a few dirty words constitutes some new extreme in transgression, frontman Joshua Vitale’s descriptive lyrics contained the kind of smart details and offhand evil that make Acid Bath and Pig Destroyer so psychologically rich on songs like “Fuck Her Like You Paid For It” and “Last Words Can Be So Cliché.”
BitGotA also get the blue ribbon for penning a ditty praising Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall’s cinematic masterpiece Mannequin (“Love Affair With a Mannequin”) years before fellow freakazoids Cretin hit on the same idea (“Mannequin”).
Throw in Scott Hull production, Paul Romano artwork as bonus points -- what more do you need?
I always thought Bodies were on the verge of unleashing something truly extraordinary during their abbreviated life span (a split with Despised Icon on Relapse pretty much rounds out the discography), but the band just couldn’t seem to hold it together. Vitale would forge a one album partnership with fellow Floridian bean curd grinders Khann before exiting stage left while much of the musical muscle behind BitGotA would find a new home in Success Will Write Apocalypse Across the Sky.

8 comments:

Shanetera said...

I saw these guys in Syracuse at a Hellfest after-party that Black Market Activites threw (Black Dahlia Murder headlined). They fucking blew my mind.

Rosemary said...

I should hook you up with a demo by the guitarist pre-BIGOTA, called The Orion Code. Tech metal grind worship (not at all related to Carcass worship), but you could see where dude was headed with BIGOTA and the post BIGOTA Nucealer Blast/James Murphy produced darlings.

Zmaj said...

Excellent album. Fucking ferocious.

And Rosemary, you should hook us all up with that, seriously.

P.S. Simian Hybrid Prototype's on Cephscope. :D Since August, too.

Rosemary said...

I'm digging the demo out of the vault.

Anonymous said...

"post BIGOTA Nucealer Blast/James Murphy produced darlings."
hahahhahaaha
yeah right...
darlings? FAR from it.
Besides the obvious horrible name.
Ever seen them live?
that bigota guy cant play his guitar to save his life. SERIOUSLY.
Go watch their "studio updates" on youtube and listen to the bs spewing out of his mouth.
Everyone rips him a new one in the comments.
It is quite hilarious.
Darlings...HAHA!

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