|Review: Severe Torture - Misanthropic Carnage|
Label: Hammerheart Records
Year released: 2002
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 21, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
This is the first I have heard from this band out of The Netherlands and from my first few spins of this disc I am actually quite impressed. The band formed back in 1997 and this is their second full-length release with "Feasting on Blood" being their debut.
The band charges forth with some pretty extreme pure death metal with blast beats being the order of the day and vocals that sound like cookie monster with a severe cold. If that was all there was to this band I would simply write them off as something that only serious fans of the genre could appreciate. The thing that changes my mind on this one is simply the breakdown sections thrown around within each song which really gives it more depth. These guys can very obviously play their instruments and that is really showcased in these breakdown sections. The production is also worthy of note since all the instruments are clearly heard. If there was one thing I would like to see different it would be the cookie monster style vocals. I couldn’t understand one word this guy was singing but that is pretty normal for this genre. I just think the band would stand out more without the growling vocals. I am not saying get a power metal vocalist but rather to lighten up on the deep guttural growling and to go for more of the screaming style of melodic death metal. Musically the band is excellent and this small change could really push the band out into the spotlight. There you have it some more advice from a critic…lol.
Overall this album actually surprised me with some absolutely killer breakdown sections that brings out the much better than average musicianship. Fans of the brutal style death metal such as Cannibal Corpse, Vital Remains and Deicide will certainly enjoy this one. Recommended.
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