Tortorum – Rotten. Dead. Forgotten. (Review)

TortorumThis is the latest EP from Norwegian black metal band Tortorum.

This EP is on the longer side for such things, giving us 30 minutes of dark, occult black metal.

The songs are largely, (but not completely), slow-to-mid-paced, building on the band’s ability to create malevolent atmosphere and grim mood. Even when blast beats do appear though, the sense of atmosphere is retained.

Frosted guitars unleash blackened grooves and evil riffs, revelling in the malignant noise they create. There are some very enjoyably satisfying riffs spread out through these songs, and the band clearly know what they’re doing with the style.

Alongside the more obvious rhythm guitars, Tortorum inject subtler elements into the tracks, making good use of dark textures to inject additional depth into the music.

These songs are enjoyably bleak exemplars of malevolence and dark hatred. Well-written and with good structure and pacing, Tortorum have impressed with this release. If it’s half as good as this, their next album should be a monster.

Highly recommended.


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