I really didn't care for Crypt of the Devil where I think they got hounded for not being " tech" enough so made a more tech album and lost all the band's charm Is that the word I'm looking for? They have the grooviest death metal out there and on this album, they hit a stride, other than a few hiccups I'll talk about now. The guitar work and vocals are what you'd expect from this band.
Some new and unique vocal patterns. A great note about the drums is that hailed veteran Marco Pitruzzella Brain Drill, Vital Remains, Faceless recorded all the drums in one take with no triggers. Just raw familiarity with the material and being a pro. This album has the fastest and slowest music 6FU has released, partially due to his drumming, I'd wager.
Most of the album keeps a nice middle-ground, though, to facilitate the groove. Now let's talk about that bass! The bass guitar on this album is amazing; It's fully distinguishable in so many enjoyable instances and is a real treat to focus in on. Keep your ears peeled Unplugged? Speaking of which, "Sacrificial Kill' is by far the best track and may favorite single track from the first-half of The funky groove on it is so catchy and infectious.
It's a perfect Six Feet Under song for me and what I want from the band Just ignore the fact that there is a song or two who emulate that fell, which is totally fine by me. If you can't tell already, I really liked how this albums plays out and the writing is what supports it. Do keep in mind that there are some low-points, and by that I mean forgettable. There are no bad songs, but when compared to the enjoyment I got from some of the other tracks, certain songs seemed lackluster.
Specifically, "Schizomaniac", "Obsidian", and "Exploratory Homicide". Again, not bad songs, just not as unique as the others.
Despite it's Bleeding-era, trilly little fakeout riff, "Sacrificial Kill" is hands down one of the dullest album openers I've had sitting on my review pile in quite some time, and although it tries to pick itself up with a hustling end section, the riffs being meted out are the kind of low caliber, Six Feet Under material that one would all too quickly delegate to the dustbin as soon as possible, the boredom that at least half this band's albums in the past have choked themselves to death on.
Thankfully, elsewhere, Torment gets a little peppier, marginally more ambitious, in that it offers up some more energetic simpleton death metal infused with some groove and nu- metal sequences, but the songwriting overall is just not on the level that they hit with their rare gem Undead or the previous full-length, Crypt of the Devil, which was solid if only because of the temporary roster involved with it.
Speaking of interesting guests, I was interested to hear that ex-Brain Drill bassist was contributing more here than he did on the last one, and once more impressed that he was able to chill out and maintain such a level of restraint throughout the mind numbingly boring half of this disc which is comprised of about songs where the idea is to contrast repetitive, barebones primal mugging death metal riffs with the slightly more tech side revealed on Crypt.
He doesn't get nearly as flashy as he would in his alma mater, of course, this music couldn't support it, but unfortunately I felt like the content of Torment is just so dry and lacking in real inspiration that it's all for nothing. Other than that, there weren't many tracks I enjoyed through and through.
Chris sounds better here than on the previous year's Graveyard Classics IV compilation, where he did an abysmal job of covering Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson with his grunting. Here the battering, bludgeoning timbre of his voice cedes itself to the concussive drumming and viler riff selection a lot more than when he's trying to front such classic riffs; and there are more than a few stylistic nods here to The Bleeding, his finest moment in Cannibal Corpse, but infused with the stoned groove style of riffs that dominated early 6FU recordings like Haunted or Warpath.
The mix of the album is quite straightforward, a little dry and doesn't really lend itself well to atmosphere unless Hughell is filling in the blanks with some busier bass lines, but this is par for the course for much of the band's career, and in the end you've got a product here which is the least composed or interesting of their post works, an era in which they finally seem to most closely have flirted with and even dated some level of quality.
Undead, Crypt of the Devil or even Unborn would be more worth your time, but it's not a complete dropping of the ball, just a near-fumble. It's no secret that Six Feet Under and Chris Barnes have a knack for never waiting too long before releasing a new album. For better or worse, barely 2 years after "Crypt of the Devil", I find myself here listening to the 12th original SFU album. After noticing a fair, but not huge amount of negative ratings for this album, I can agree that this album does indeed have a few flaws that let the music down in some places.
Most obvious of this is Chris's vocals, which to be short, are sometimes a little inconsistent, and he can be heard struggling on some occasions, not doing justice to the rest of the music. However, overall Chris has, in my opinion, once again managed to deliver a good performance with his gravelly rasping growls, fitting the grooves and blast beats of the songs very well. Age and smoking hasn't been kind to Chris, but one can at least give him credit for soldiering on and giving the odd number of pleasant surprises despite being The second main noticeable flaw of this album and my only main gripe, other than the vocals, is how thin the bass production in particular sounds overall.
Compare songs from this album to what was seen on "Undead", "Unborn", or "Crypt of the Devil", and you'll find it sounds a lot more hollow on this album and this unfortunately takes away some of the kick and heaviness the bass has overall. Despite this, I feel Jeff performed his bass parts very well, even if it was given less priority production wise.
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