After a small line-up change, Adrenaline Mob is back with their second album. And how better to announce this, than starting your new album with an opener song which says exactly the same. Read all about that here..
Morbus Chron has surpassed the musical limits of their first full length effort, Sleepers In the Rift. A fairly straightforward and well-liked old school death metal record. With their sophomore record, Sweven, this Swedish quartet enters territory that often only veteran bands venture into after an X amount of years in service: the post/progressive side of the metal. Away from the defined genres and breaking new ground.. Read all!
Hero A Capella Metal. A lot of you probably don’t know what to expect from that. I will leave the neverending discussion about if metal “needs” guitars to be true metal for now and focus on this album that I have listened to quite a bit. The new Van Canto is out and it seems more diverse than ever.. Read all!
More Than A Thousand is a Portugal based Metalcore band. This five piece band was started in 2001. The band resided for 4 years in London, UK but ultimately relocated back to their hometown in Portugal. More than a Thousand has recently signed with Good Fight Records/E-one music and this release should please a wide array of listeners.. Read all!
Clear is the latest release by Washington D.C based metal band Periphery. This EP features a ground breaking concept that I think is genius. Each of the group’s six members wrote their own song from composition to production. This concept gives the album diversity that provides a high-quality soundtrack for listeners that appreciate music.. Read all!
Monumental Torment – Element Of Chaos
Band: Monumental Torment
Album: Element Of Chaos
Label: SFC Records
Release date: Early 2011
Monumental Torment is a technical death metal band formed by two members from Russia and one from the USA. The band was formed in late 2009 and they released an EP called Oppression Submission before this full-length. I read they use a piano and a drum machine. A piano is uncommon in technical deah metal bands and combined with a drum machine, which usually means insanely fast fills, is weird. I’m curious what this sounds like.
Element of Chaos doesn’t start off with an intro at all. Full speed and full volume right away. First with a little verse and then the vocalist stops. Then the insanely fast blast beats start and the guitar does some impressive technical sweeps. I like it more when the instrumental highlights are not interrupted with vocals. Otherwise it would sound more like chaos to me. Mental Slavery starts with a fast and impressive piano intro, but it doesn’t sound that well. Not very well produced, it has some little echos in it while the guitar sound very tight. This makes for a weird contrast. That’s not the only time the piano is used by the way, the piano plays along with the guitar several times doing sweeps. Too loud compared to the guitar though. The drum machine does, just as I assumed, some incredible fast blast beats. Which are really cool, as long as there are enough tempo changes in the rest of the songs. This is hard to say, they do switch often, mostly between fast and really fast. Though, there are breakdowns here and there, but not that often. The drum machine could have been more spectacular as well. It’s fast, but there are no interesting fills. Drum machines are usually limited by this because it takes a drummer to compose interesting fills and essential accents.
So, first of all, these guys are great musicians. Guitar and bass are very impressive. The piano could have been a plus if it was used more as a little background instrument the five times it has been used. During the title track for example; the piano plays along some several notes with the guitar and then the piano takes over to play the outro. That was actually a very nice add. The drum machine adds more brutality to the band, but for a technical death metal band, it would have been better to have an actual drummer. It’s a decent album with impressive riffs, some things that might have been done better, but still okay to listen to.
01 – Nameless One
02 – Slaughter House
03 – Lethargic Sleep
04 – Mental Slavery
05 – Oppression Submission
06 – Seek To Destroy
07 – Paradox
08 – Millennium Of Death
09 – Element Of Chaos
10 – Last Voice Of Future
Artem Gultaev – Guitars, Drum Programming
Lloyd Moore Jr – Vocals
Ioann Komkov – Bass, Samples, piano