Released: 2014, Grindscene Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
A Night Of Brutal Torture is BASEMENT TORTURE KILLINGS' second full length record, a collection of mostly short, brutal odes to serial killers and murder. The band hails from the U.K. and they play a Death Metal/Grincore style that may appeal to fans of Exhumed, Cannibal Corpse and General Surgery. There are many samples and sound clips detailing murder and bloodshed used throughout the album in order to contextualize the songs, which aid in creating an atmosphere of dread. The album's production is clear, although a little flat and dry sometimes, especially during certain sections where the drummer adds hyper-fast fills and drum rolls, which sound quite awesomely played yet because of the production sound a little artificial, like a drum machine. The bass is not as audible either. Other than that, the band themselves put in a good performance which even includes some technicality in their arrangements.
The album kick off with "Progressive Depravity", which basically lays down what is to be expected for the rest of the record: fast, face ripping guitars accompanied by inhumanly fast drums and vocals that alternate between low growls and high pitch screams. The song is also preceded by a short intro, as do all of the other songs on the record. "Car Truck Caroline" includes a mid section in which there is an interplay between growled and high pitched vocals, making it one of the highlights, along with "Suffocation" and "Kept in a Hole". The latter has some awesome drumming which alternates between mid tempo and faster stuff. Album closer "Kill for Satan" is a very aggressive track that closes the album on a high note. The rest of the songs, while effective on some areas, are a little bit interchangeable.
In A Night Of Brutal Torture, BASEMENT TORTURE KILLINGS have created an album that may not break any new ground but has some interesting stuff going on, even if it seems to fall short of the mark at times. I expected it to be a little bit rawer than it actually is and although the band seems capable to create nice arrangements, some songs seemed to incorporate the same techniques. The production may also be a factor why some of the music at times feels a little stiff during the duration of this record. Still, for fans of this genre, you could find one or two things to appreciate here.
Review by Titus Isaac