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Grace Of Hatred - 70%

lordazmolozmodial, July 14th, 2012

Lets get away from all the melodic and the symphonic black and death metal releases 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 releases 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.

The history repeats itself now in this record because the brutality of Marduk and the unholy riffs of Mayhem are already included in the spirit of Tortorum. no matter how much original is this record, 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 riffing create a pure distortion sound that builds a huge wall of sound in front of the lead guitar that tries to reveal itself in this mess, the bass sounds 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 structure of the tracks.

Some pounding tracks like "Gloria in Extinction" and "Fucking worthless" are invoking the old days of the black metal era 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 affects the ears of the listeners for years. Many tracks like "Grace Of Hatred " and "Kindling The World Conflagration" contain great vocal-lines, "Bargest" who did the vocals of this record has a real misanthropic throat, its full of anger and blasphemy and actually this is completely clear in the lyrical themes that the band try to invoke in this amazing record.

Overall, the pure black metal movement is 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 sound 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 black metal.

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Tortorum - Extinctionist (2012) - 70%

Asag_Asakku, June 11th, 2012

Is it possible that a place holds any dark power that can influence behaviour of some of its inhabitants? This question comes spontaneously to mind when listening to Tortorum debut album, a band founded in 2010 in Bergen (Norway), a city which gave birth to countless black metal bands. These have indeed developed a very particular musical aesthetic, which rubbed off heavily on Extinctionist (2012). What is even more funny is that the only permanent members of the band are not even Norwegians (Skyggen is Polish, while Barghest is English). Our two fellows are still displaying a fair amount of experience, as they are also members of other groups, such as Spearhead, Dead To This World and Aeternus, but their first album is firmly rooted in Bergen’s common heritage.

This evidence jumps to the ears from Aeonscourge, opening track, which borrows its ambience from Taake’s musical universe. But Immortal remains unquestionably Tortorum’s main influence. Many songs, sequences of or even riffs are evoking Abbath and Demonaz career’s second half, particularly on Kindling the World Conflagration, that you would swear having it heard first on Sons of Northern Darkness (2002). Despite all references observed - audible only for a black metal maniac - the proposed outcome remains interesting. Titles like Fucking Worthless and Mother Infirmity, inspired by Gorgoroth’s first records, are dry, raw, and hit directly on target. Quality of the whole is undeniable, recording and mixing are both excellent, but anyone looking for some originality in substance may pass.

The rich Bergen black metal tradition inspired yet another band that released an album like so many others. I remain puzzled, however: do obscure metal artists who live and compose in this region can overcome its past history? Can they write music that was not inspired by their illustrious predecessors? Tortorum members should perhaps think on these issues, to eventually provide a more original product. 7/10

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