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Genitorturers @ Blender Theater at Gramercy (11/17/2009)

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Artist: Genitorturers
Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY)
Opener: Sex Slaves, Nassau Chainsaw
Date: 11/17/2009
Label: Retribution Music

Although I remember reviewing a CD or DVD release or two in the past from the Genitorturers, I had to admit that they were never really my thing and I was more focused on the blazing Power Metal or the crushing sounds brought on by those dark Norwegian powers that be. Of course there was a certain amount of curiosity about how they did their stuff in the live sense and fortunately when the group came through town to promote their latest album “Blackheart Revolution” I felt it would be the perfect chance to learn. The show would be at The Gramercy Theatre and have Nassau Chainsaw and Sex Slaves as the openers. I wanted to see what everyone was like tonight so I made sure to arrive nice and early. Here is how the show went down for those who are wondering.
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“Flesh Is The Law” by The Genitorturers

Artist: Genitorturers
Title: “Flesh Is The Law”
Label: Retribution Music
Release Date: October 30, 2007
Genre: Industrial
Rating: 3/5

How can you not find some love for a female-fronted industrial band named Genitorturers? Their self-described ringleader and “instigator of Official Debauchery,” Gen, brings to mind a seething cheerleader Orc in the process of getting Saruman’s diabolical troops worked up into a murderous lather before they’re unleashed to put the boot up a bunch of far-wimpier fantasy characters, her voice doing an appropriate post-Wendy O. Williams snarl. That may sound kind of goofy, but the music is about as far from humorous as it can get, and female vocals paired with such crunchy nastiness is a mix that goes together like peanut butter and chocolate.
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“Live In Sin” by Genitorturers

Artist: Genitorturers
Title: “Live In Sin”
Label: MVD Visual
Release Date: 11/20/2007
Genre: Industrial Metal
Rating: 3.75/5

The Industrial Metal vibe that the Genitorturers deliver in concert is quite intense and clearly not something that the pure at heart or chaste of body and soul would very well appreciate but who cares what they think in this case. The DVD film “Live In Sin” captures The Genitorturers in concert and appears to be their first effort in the medium – it’s also the perfect way to learn what they are all about from the safety of your home if you ever expressed interest in seeing them perform but had prior reservations for whatever reason. Before this arrived I had only heard about the level of intensity maintained during their shows in terms of the overall spectacle and graphic sexuality that is depicted during them. I had read that it was shocking, scandalous and outright profane at times and these descriptions definitely hit the nail right on the head when it came to what I would find featured on the DVD. Some of the scenes made me wonder how they were even able to release it with only the standard “Parental Advisory” as a pre-emptive warning but here we are. In the musical sense they are quite good and very heavy with a vibe that was somewhat reminiscent of old Rob Zombie and perhaps a little touch of Marilyn Manson thrown in for good measure. They do stand on their own and their groove is pumping on more occasions than it is not. The DVD gives us ten songs to enjoy and of the bunch my own favorites fell to “Flesh Is The Law”, “One Who Feeds”, and “Liar’s Lair” but to be honest the entire presentation offered a lot of interesting things to see and riffs to enjoy.
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