Epica is the band that introduced me to the metal scene and even though I have a taste for heavier, sometimes darker music now, I’ll probably always follow this Dutch six piece. Their previous effort, Requiem for the Indifferent, is one of my favourites in the bands career. Now let’s see how their sixth full length, The Quantum Enigma, measures up to that.. Read all!
Eternal Enemies is the latest release by metalcore band Emmure. An extremely heavy album from a unique band that tries to stay away from the cookie cutter, mass produced garbage of the mainstream music scene. This is the follow up to the 2012 Album “Slave to the Game” and it is sure to please fans of the metalcore/deathcore genre.. Read all!
Reviewing this album is like an early Christmas present for me to say the least. Catacombs of the Black Vatican combines all the elements of past Black Label Society albums and adds much more to it, giving the listener an experience unlike any they have heard before. Zakk Wylde was involved in every aspect of this album, from song-writing, producing and even mixing. he sound quality and mix of this album is second to none.. Read all!
It has been nearly two years since Delain released their We are the Others album and the band has been busy in between. Not only have they released the mini album Interlude, but since then, they have been touring all over the world. Now, Delain continues their journey with the new effort The Human Contradiction in which they still adress the “otherness” issues that humans cope with on a daily basis.. Read all!
With its first full length called Vinteroffer, the Norwegian black metal band Vredehammer wants to crawl from the underground, break its way through the permafrost and present their music to the worldwide metal scene. Backed up by a label as Indie Recordings and a pretty good debut album, they should have no trouble taking the first steps to world domination.. 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