Kettle Cadaver: Among the Damned: DVD

Nov 19, 2008

Do you want to see some dude hammer nails through his penis, slice up his flesh, and jack up his body in other exciting ways? Then I recommend that you skip this music video collection and move straight to Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist. Why? Because Mr. Flanagan had a philosophy. Hurting himself was his way of keeping control over a body that was fighting hard to see him lose control, a body with cystic fibrosis. He made self-mutilation into something very compelling. On the other hand, if you just want to see hypodermic needles stuck into scrotums and you would rather pass on philosophy in favor of some pedestrian heavy metal, you might want to pick up this DVD by Kettle Cadaver instead. The self-induced bleeding here is accompanied by some fun scenes of the dudes in the band playing around with animal carcasses, as well as lots of stuff being smashed. It’s shock for the sake of shock and it’s been done before. Danzig and NIN both have great music videos with scenes of penis torture. They also have a key feature that Kettle Cadaver lacks: good music. Still, amidst all the contrived shock videos, Kettle Cadaver manage to succeed despite themselves, if only for one three minute segment. “The Crack of Dawn” is one of the most impressive Mad Max tributes I’ve every seen. The band drops the gore schtick for a moment and gets post-apocalyptic. The care put into the battle scenes, the dusty car chases, and even the song blow everything else on this disc away. For a brief period of time, we see that this band actually does have some heart. Too bad they spend the rest of their time hiding it under a cover of gore. –MP Johnson (Horror Rock)