Profile: Torn Flesh
Greg Hudson , Lead and Backing Vocals
Aaron Brown, Guitars, Backing Vocals
Jayson Matthews, Guitars, Backing Vocals
Mike Holbrook, Bass, Backing Vocals
Jim Brown, Drums, Backing Vocals
- Crux of the Mosh, 1989
Back in the late 1980’s, I went on a Christian metal tear. Seriously, I have more Christian metal on CD than most people have CDs. There was a Christian bookstore on the other side of town, and I’d regularly weed through their entire CD selection, buying everything that remotely resembled metal. Somewhere along the way, I ended up with Crux of the Mosh.
Nothing can really prepare you for this album. From Metal Metropolis:
Considered by many as the worst Christian metal release ever.
And to be truthful, I can see why. This band had a lousy singer, horrible production, and musicians who sound like they just picked up their instruments a few days ago. And to top it off, the lyrics are pretty lame, too. But despite all this, I still find this album to have a certain charm. I can’t explain it really, but some of the songs sound catchy in my ear.
I bought it as a new release on cassette, but have since then upgraded it to CD. That was a much more difficult task than I first would have imagined. Considering the bad rap this CD gets, you would have thought that people would let you have it for free. But the CD is quite hard to find, so I guess most people just tossed it in the trash.
Torn Flesh mix together what can be considered thrash metal with a punk attitude. They can be compared to another Christian act, called One Bad Pig. (FYI: One Bad Pig.) I cannot disagree with this summary.
The album is horrible. The musicianship is excruciatingly subpar. The lyrics are – at best – second rate and, by themselves, each song truly sucks. But there’s something about this CD … When taken as a whole, the album is fun. If you don’t approach it as a snob, there’s a lot to love. Even the shitty lyrics.
While Metal Metropolis picked Torn Flesh (Crux Of The Mosh) and Gay Rights? as the standout tracks, the track that still lives on my iPod to this day is World Polution. I’ve carried this song with me, in one form or another, almost everywhere I’ve been for the past 22+ years. Here’s a sample of the lyrics from World Polution:
A chemical spill
Is in the land
Spewing from the heart
Of a self righteous man
Noah built the ark
And God cleaned the earth
But look at it now
What is it worth?
We protest about smog
Fog and other junk
But what about crack
and getting drunk?
Reread those last 4 lines. That’s poetry, baby. And seriously, I can’t speak to crack, but what about getting drunk? (Hint: It helps a lot when listening to this album.) I’d go so far as to say this CD is a landslide vote for intoxication.
Researching Torn Flesh is tough. They don’t even have a Wikipedia page. But, given that their official discography is comprised of one whole album, I guess that’s not too surprising. Here’s a letter that Greg Hudson sent a fan back in the day. Judging from the doodles and artwork, the time he put into the letter is impressive. I guess responding to thousands of letters wasn’t a problem the band faced.
Gay Rights? could turn out to be ironic because, according to this thread, Greg Hudson may run a record label geared toward gay artists. Anyway, it’s a really horrible but very fun album. If you can find it, grab it. It’s worth the hunt. It’s an album I have no intention of selling.