Tchort - _The Heavens Are Showing the Glory of..._
(Raspudisc, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (9 out of 10)
I've always had a fondness for the music of Tchort and the Family Mantis (now just Tchort). They've been good to the metal scene here in Toronto -- being one of the most popular and a regular club act -- and they've always seemed to be moving in the right direction with their music. The band's debut disc, _Nightside of Eden_ [CoC #17], was composed of a pretty good assortment of stoner rock, doom-laden ditties that screamed the influence of such metal acts as Cathedral, Black Sabbath and Trouble. Two years down the road and a lot has changed, besides shortening the band name. Sure the band is still doom metal-based and still has some sonic ties to Cathedral and Black Sabbath (with singer Eric Coucke sounding more like Ozzy Osbourne every day), but for the most part _THAStGo_ is a beautifully executed mishmash of abstract ideas, rebellion and utter dismay, that jumps out at ya like a ravaging pitbull. It's still rockin', but obvious ideals of such great bands like The Misfits and The Ramones play a heavy part in dissecting the metal every now and then and going for the utterly raw approach. This is a weird record but most importantly, a record that works. Numbers like "Building A-Bomb for Tomorrow's Today", "Clopus Clan", "Wonderland Gospel" and "Beezelbub Pie" fit well together, really establishing a good flow of things to come. The guitar work of Les Godfree has never sounded more potent and drummer Michael Borges and bassist Nick Sewell have never been so vengeful and tight as the rhythm section. This is metal music in a "rough 'n' raw" shape and sound and I'm proud to have a copy. Show your respect and see what all the fuss is about. Yes! It's -that- good.

(article published 14/3/1999)

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