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Torture Wheel
February 2005
Released: 2005, Firedoom Music
Rating: 2.0/5
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen

Surrealistic Doom from Ohio, USA, with a line-up containing only one guy named E.M. Hearst. A rarely used description “Surrealistic Doom” made me curious about them... let´s spin the album a bit next.

Hmmm ... (*scratching head, trying desperately to say ...!!). This is, no doubts, a zombie-motion, kinda depressive, occasionally even kind of creepy Funeral Doom Metal with both industrial and psychedelic elements thrown in. Everything done by E.M. Hearst, from playing all instruments to recording to mixing, so hats off for that particular achievement.

But then again, while I was spinning this disc in my CD player like only 2-3 minutes ago, I nearly fell asleep. I don’t know how much my long and exhausted day had to do with it, but Torture Wheel didn’t help my condition too much either.

To be honest with you, the type of Doom Metal what Torture Wheel represents simply goes a bit too much beyond my understanding. It´s just too much for me to handle. Therefore I need to raise both of my hands in the air for total helplessness and escape behind the corner, feeling ashamed and dizzy as I don´t consider myself that much of an expert with Torture Wheel´s somewhat abstract world of doom. I wish I could have said CRUSHED UNDER... has its moments, though, but unfortunately I couldn’t find them. Uuuhhh... so exhausting.
Track Listing

01. Broken by the Wheel
02. Shadow Sect
03. Mary
04. Crushed Under...


E.M. Hearst – All instruments, composition, recording and mixing

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