Fozzy’s the previous effort, Sin and Bones, turned out to be a turning point for the heavy metal formation. The record was received positively by the press and they gained a lot of new fans. Now, the American rockers, led by former professional wrestler Chris Jericho, are back with the album’s successor: Do You Wanna Start A War. Can this sixth full length meet the expectations that were set with the release of Sin and Bones? Read all!
It is almost two years since the last Grave Digger album Clash Of The Gods came out. So that’s about time for the band to release another one. Return Of The Reaper is album number sixteen since the band was formed in 1980. Obviously a highly productive band throughout the years. And in all that time they never really let us down. Read about that here!
Switzerland! The land of quality chocolates, overpriced cheese, pretty ladies and more than a few extreme metal bands.
Abinchova is one of them, but they’re a tidy bit different. When I was told about a “Folk Death Metal” band from Switzerland, the first band that came to my mind was obviously Eluveitie, which bear similar characteristics (Swiss, Death/Folk, a-lot-of-band-members, etc’) but at the moment Wegweiser, the band’s new release, started to spin – every similarity went to the bin, which is quite good since I feared I might find a clone. Read all
Naturbål – which, incidentally, is the third part in their four-album series about the natural elements. Jordpuls was dedicated to the element of earth, while Orkan focused on air; Naturbål is all about fire. What’s tripping me up here is the fact that Naturbål is so similar to its predecessors, and yet, it’s different in a myriad of ways. Read all
The third effort of the Brooklyn-based, post metal band Tombs successfully taps into the primal vibe that is at the core of metal music. This record, Savage Gold, has been getting raving reviews and the album has already been mentioned as a candidate for year lists. So, what is all the fuzz about?.. 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