Released: 2015, Independent
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
At the back end of 2013, death metallers TORCHIA landed with their first demo, oNe. I reviewed it, and it sounded good; the five piece seemed to have the right passion and energy to breed hate in the future, even if the three tracks up for grabs weren't so instantaneous. A year and a half later however, and these Finns are still demoing, producing here another three tracker, this time entitled Ending Beginning.
It's a pretty explanatory title for this demo too; it begins, it ends, with not so much in between to rouse your from your seat. Like many extreme metal bands today, TORCHIA draw influences from a range of genres, but with a strong melo-death spine mostly formed by Alexi Laiho style lead runs and other Bodomisms. The title track shows flair however in some of the alluring opening riffs, which see guitarists Henri Heikkinen and Ville Rittamaa spread their fingers across the fretboard whilst keeping in steady touch with the double kick groove of Joonas Juntenen.
The intent behind "My Land Shall Burn" falls flat, possibly due to the dull production values of a demo, but it seems to me that TORCHIA haven't developed much since oNe, and could easily get lost in the vast European death metal scene. Nothing to get excited about.
Review by Jarod Lawley