|Review: A Tortured Soul - Lucifer's Fate|
Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: October 28, 2010
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
Rated 3.47/5 (69.33%) (15 Votes)
One of the better ways to create US Metal would be to follow in the footsteps of Milwaukee, Wisconsin's A Tortured Soul. Perhaps their style isn't 100% US as it shares a strong connection with the Danish Heavy Metal created by Mercyful Fate and King Diamond, yet it still sounds US. A Tortured Soul, along with Sweden's Portrait and a few other bands, create a twisted theater of darkness. Lucifer's Fate, their new album out on Pure Steel Records, exemplifies this epic, theatrical sound.
Behind a modern production, this band honors the 80s era with their riffs and melodies. While their lyrical themes center around mysticism and horrific incantations, A Tortured Soul do not mimic the King in any way. Musically, they are quite different, taking their influences from Heavy, US Power and Doom. Heavy as a hammerhead full of lead, fans of King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, early Candlemass, Cage and classic US Metal in general are in for an interesting ride.
Enchanting melodies, various types of beats and the occasional howls of singer Rick Black are the main advantages of A Tortured Soul's style. The other achievement, which more or less counters the lengthiness of some of the tracks, is the complexity of the stories. The band attempts many of the same things King Diamond does with his melodramatic roles. While not in the caliber of the King on Lucifer's Fate, it would probably take a live show to truly experience A Tortured Soul's take on darkened theatrics.
Lucifer's Fate is a true US Metal album with Danish Metal written on its brain. The toughness of the US style and the magic of the King's theatrics are both present. The unending melodies strewn across a sea of chunky riffs allowed the band to craft a classic to be.
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