Released: 2015, Murdher Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
In-keeping with “Chaotic Delusions” sentiments, we'll cut to the chase here: this record is beastly. TORMENTION waste no time, don't pussyfoot around nor clutter up the record with meandering progressions or experimental influences. Cutting out these temptations where many newer band stray, leaves behind a lean yet hulking death metal record.
So often the difficult album, TORMENTION's sophomore is every bit the death metal record that fans of CANNIBAL CORPSE and NECROPHAGIST will appreciate: brutal vocals with meaty, grinding riffs, bombastic drums and the sort of solos that Steve Vai would offer a nod of approval to. “Burn” sets the band's stall out very early on and from there-on-in, it is a straight-forward affair: “Legion” offers itself up as the pseudo-epic with a delicate clean intro, before launching forward into a blood-soaked deluge of riffs; whilst “Schizophrenic” lives up to its' namesake with freneticism and terror.
It's an irrepressible listen and one that would please anyone of a heavier-disposition. By no means is it breaking a mould, or offering anything new but the sheer blunt-force with which the band see to delivering every note and riff; every line and beat is enough to endear itself in your mind. With that in mind, does every record need to break new ground or offering something new? It really aught not to, especially when delivered with such unforgiving conviction as displayed here. TORMENTION have successfully navigated the tricky sophomore album – well done, gents.
Review by: Lee Carter