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Vaginal Bear Trap - "Just the Tip" (CD)

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"Just the Tip" track listing:

1. Obliterating What's Left
2. Chopped and Screwed
3. The Revirginization Process
4. Sementour
5. Cockfest
6. Miss Meth Lab
7. Playground Prowler
8. Rape a Priest
9. Allergic to Sobriety
10. From Parts Unknown
11. Gnarcotic Overload
12. Missionary Impossible
13. Climaxipad
14. Danker Days Ahead
15. Slaughter of the Bowl
16. Menstrual Gravy
17. Abort Christian Children
18. At War With Scenecore
19. Al Goraphobic Nosebleed
20. Kill Your Mother
21. Bongzilla Vs. Japantera
22. The Devirginization Process
23. Fulfilling the Gaping Abyss

Reviewed by on November 28, 2012

"Instead of utilizing the anti-rape device of its namesake, the power trio looks to brutal, slamming loads of death metal, scummy grind and neck-wrecking thrash metal."

Vaginal Bear Trap (VBT) has scented and baited its snare to capture more ears with its second full-length “Just the Tip.” Instead of utilizing the anti-rape device of its namesake, the power trio looks to brutal, slamming loads of death metal, scummy grind and neck-wrecking thrash metal. The scent is a concoction of alcohol, pot, semen, feces and urine.

Without using a grand cinematic score, “Obliterating What’s Left” opens the album in a gradual fashion. A blitzkrieg of guitar notes and drum beats rises and falls before the group unites to destroy the senses in a continual manner. Screaming vocals (think A.C.) trade off with growling voices to form a noisy creation.

The vocals are the piercing sort that offer little in terms of lyrics, which might offend some of their sexually-offending listeners who want to hear the lyrics to songs such as “Sementour,” “Cockfest,” and, most of all, “Playground Prowler.” The samples somewhat take a role as lyricist, or at least tell the listener the song’s topic. “Allergic to Sobriety” features a cut from “Trailer Park Boys,” while “Gnarcotic Overload” reveals an unknown rocker talking about doing meth and guzzling illegal whiskey.

Even though VBT’s vocals leave a lot to be desired, their voices fit the style of music. While one could classify them as death or grind, there are plenty of thrashing parts on the album and even a few rap samples. Sure, the rap samples are tongue-in-cheek, but it works to show the inner machinations of this group. VBT focuses on groove, often falling into a doom-y or slamming death metal part. They also inject their music with speed to provide dynamics. “The Revirginization Process” begins slowly and foreboding, but soon transitions into a blizzard of blasting. Harmonics also play a large role in their music, often arising to enhance slower segments.

The vocals could use extra volume, but the recording is good in all other aspects. There are no muddy guitar tones; each instrument is loud, but not overbearing. Most of all, the sense of humor and catchy riffs make this an enjoyable listen. There’s no chastity harness blocking you from getting at their music, so grab a PBR, pack a bowl and play “Just the Tip” so loud you become sterile!

Highs: VBT subsides on meaty grooves and chugging thrash.

Lows: The vocals are hard to understand and piercing.

Bottom line: One of the more powerful and catchy death/grind albums around.

Rated 3 out of 5 skulls
3 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)