THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE – Piling Up (CD)
Formed by a couple of members from Paganizer, Ribspreader and Bone Gnawer, musically Those Who Bring The Torture specialize in old school death metal with guttural vocals and down tuned guitars that’ll shatter the senses. “Piling Up” is the fourth release from this Swedish death metal band, and it is a very punishing record musically and vocally, indeed. The guitars have that old school Swedish sound to them, but in the case of TWBTT, they’re more rhythmic and harmony based. This is a good element as it keeps their songs interesting, not too long and not too short, the balance between the good, the ugly, and sinister is just perfect here.
These guys are not the most brutal of death metal bands, but the waves of negative energy their playing produces, it just makes you feel like punching someone in the face. This is not necessarily fighting music, but the kick in the gut from the extreme heaviness found here, makes for a very therapeutic release of all emotions. It’s mainly their music, not so much the deathly vocals, which makes all of their tracks one hellish of a reason to bang your head to while you go flying of the stage or your couch. Their level of songwriting is a lot more mature than their previous bands, and it clearly shows in the way they play their instruments and execute the delivery of the wall of extreme metal sound. There are ten choice cuts of bestial hell on display on “Piling Up”, and it is easy to feel the heat when their playing sets your speakers on fire. With interesting and thought provoking songs such as “Under Twin Suns”, “Piling Up”, “In Orbit”, “Lifesucker” and “A Dead Cold Space”, you get the feeling of watching a sci-fi flick like Aliens and Predator – it’s dark and heavy to the point of causing the listener a freakish and terminal meltdown.
This is not the most unique of extreme metal releases, but it is done with the highest level of perfection for a death metal record. [Selfmadegod] Sarjoo Devani