Tortorum - Extinctionist
Label: World Terror Committee
Reviewer: Azmo Lozmodial - 2012-08-02
Highlights: Gloria in Extinction, Grace Of Hatred
Lets get away from all the melodic and the symphonic black and death metal releases for now and talk about a real underground black metal act that blows the Norwegian black metal scene with its debut album "Extinctionist", the pure unholy label "World Terror Committee" that has always been supporting real underground black and death metal releases is now granting us the band "Tortorum", so prepare your ears for some new grinding and crashing black metal record to shake the scene of this year.
Everyone in the world would imagine how much professional is this release when we know that the band is from Norway, because simply Norway was the place for inventing the current sound of black metal, the history repeats itself now in this record, the brutality of Marduk and the unholy riffs of Mayhem are already included in the spirit of "Tortorum". no matter how much this record is original and sound different, the essence and the influences of the music cant sound different than the old Darkthrone and Gorgoroth. The artwork of the album contains a corpse-painted man who looks like a reaper, the black and white colors and the high contrast of the artwork are classic, they reminds me of the great classic black metal albums "Black Metal Ist Krieg" and "Transilvanian Hunger".
The music of Tortorum is combining very interesting and pure elements from the early second movement of black metal, the 90s underground black metal acts affect this release perfectly, even the production reminds me of that era. The unholy chords of the black rhythm create a pure distortion sound that build a huge wall of sound in front of the lead guitars that try to reveal itself in this mess, the bass sound is buried beneath the wall of the rhythm guitar sound. The session drummer "Erik" did a pure work here, the blast-beating black metal efforts build a great base for the guitars to thrive upon.
Pounding tracks like "Gloria in Extinction" and "Fucking worthless" are really invoking the old days of black metal and mix them with the modern era of the underground black metal sound. The track "Aeonscourge" that begins its journey with some samples and a clean guitar section, is a great example of how to create a perfect black metal track that affect the ears of the listeners for years. Many tracks like "Grace Of Hatred " and "Kindling The World Conflagration" contain great vocals efforts, "Bargest" who did the vocals of this record has a misanthropic throat full of anger and blasphemy, and this is completely clear in the lyrical themes that the band try to invoke in this amazing record.
To sum all of my ideas up, the pure black metal movement are still alive and many unholy black metal acts are presenting pure black metal records, so if you are interested in the pure and the original sound of the black metal riffs that contain raw and cold production, this album will satisfy your needs, but if you are searching for a girlish black metal record that intend to sounds evil and dark, then go and kill yourself. This CD is waiting to be cursed, get your copy now and enjoy the real sound of underground sound.