In Torment – Sphere of Metaphysical Incarnations (Review)

In TormentThis is the third album from Brazilian band In Torment. They play Technical/Brutal Death Metal.

In Torment don’t take any prisoners. Indeed, they probably haven’t even heard of the concept of mercy if this album is anything to go by. It’s a relentless beating and an unrepentant assault all delivered in just under 34 minutes of compact and deadly music.

A professional recording yields a powerful sound that gives the band a strong foundation for their attack.

The vocals are deep growls accentuated with higher screams. The singer has a good voice and there’s no sign of weakness or faltering anywhere in the performance. The vocals have that very satisfying roughness to them that just seems to hit the spot deep inside.

The songs are bloodthirsty expositions on everything brutal. Technical riffs and chunky rhythms collide as the songs tear out of the speakers. There are a lot of good moments in these songs and overall the songwriting is of a good standard.

These are very strong tracks; a lot of thought seems to have gone into their composition. I like the way that the underlying rhythms are really good and they appear to have built the more technical aspects of the songs around this firm base. There are some really good solos on here too.

Sphere of Metaphysical Incarnations has enough brutality to gain your interest and enough technicality to keep it.

This is a solid Death Metal album from a professional band. Recommended for all Death Metal fans.

Defilementory – The Dismal Ascension (Review)

DefilementoryDefilementory are from Denmark and play Brutal/Technical Death Metal.

The album starts with a melodically-brutal intro that shows off some sludgy riffs with frenetic blasting drums. It’s an unusual piece and a welcome turn of events to the usual lacklustre album intros that a lot of bands peddle.

As the album unfolds it becomes clear that the intro is no mere anomaly and Defilementory are a band who are not afraid to throw in some more experimental riffs and atypical sections to their songs. Taking cues from an unholy mixture of bands like Gorguts and Severe Torture, this is a seamless blend of Technical Death Metal and wanton Brutality.

Atmospheric riffs rub shoulders with heavier, chugging sections whilst the drums and bass gel everything together into a rotting mass of putrid gore.

Bands like this are a joy to listen to as they’re taking the standard Death Metal template and invigorating it with good ideas; it sounds fresh yet at the same time staying true to what Death Metal is all about.

The singer is no slouch either; as the band riff and heave their way around the savagery he produces a very satisfying deep growl.

Sometimes the technicality/experimentation gets in the way of the actual song, but rather than this be a fatal flaw it merely refocusses the attention so that the atmosphere and mood of the tracks become more important than traditional song structures. This becomes even more apparent on subsequent spins; the warped melodies and twisted structures come into their own as you become more familiar with the material.

Defilementory have produced an interesting, ambitious and enjoyable record. May they continue on this darkened path less-travelled for many an album to come.

Favourite Track: The Mask of Anatomy. The different influences click perfectly into place on this.

Pillory – Evolutionary Miscarriage (Review)

PilloryThis is the second album by US band Pillory who play Brutal Technical Death Metal.

Fast, intricate and brutal; welcome to the world of Pillory. It’s a colourful world populated by an over-abundance of riffs and ideas, with spikes of melody and angular guitar heroics rushing to save the day.

The vocals are mainly gruff shouts but are varied in places with the singer showing he’s capable of more than just straight bellowing into the microphone.

The songs are busy entities with a lot being crammed into every second. If this was all the band did it would be impressive enough, but what’s really impressive is their ability to show restraint when needed. Sometimes you don’t need a million separate things happening at once; sometimes less is more and Pillory seem to know this as they also have entire sections in their songs where they allow a riff or idea to stabilise and develop for a little while before it once again mutates and goes off in a hundred new directions.

For this reason Evolutionary Miscarriage scores higher than a lot of Technical Death Metal as there’s more to it than just insane time signature changes or deranged guitar wizardry; yes they have giant bucketfuls of both but they also know about pacing and dynamics, which are far more important when it comes to longevity and depth of composition.

If you’re a fan of non-standard Death Metal then this is a creative and exploratory album that should suit you well.