Sunday, November 23, 2008

MOTD - Abysmal Torment: Brutal Death Metal Done (Malta) Right!

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Abysmal Torment
Song: Flayed Dismembered and Feasted Upon
Album: Epoch Of Methodic Carnage
Style: Brutal Death Metal
country/location: Malta
release: 2006

So while I don't really take traditional requests, I definitely take suggestions and such. Like for example, when I posted Animals Killing People, I was given the suggestion that I post Wormed or Abysmal Torment. After acquiring the latter, I decided that I should post Abysmal Torment! Many reasons for this: 1. They're from Malta which goes with my love of searching for metal bands from less well known metal scenes. 2. I had already heard Wormed and I wanted to hear something else. 3. They use a lot of generic elements of brutal death metal and make something totally awesome and strong with them! 4. They're a bit unique in the sense that they have two vocalists.

Abysmal Torment is about as traditional brutal death as you can get, with blasting snare drums, fast and chaotic guitar riffs, slamming brutal death breakdowns (NOT deathcore breakdowns), gory disgusting lyrics, and brutal in-your-face and inhuman vocals ranging from deep guttural sounds to the infamous pig squeals. I have a feeling that the latter part will turn away a lot of people haha. However, if there was ever a style where they were incredibly appropriate, it is in this band and it's ilk. I've always associated with that vocal style with the most brutal of bands and minus all the metalcore influences. Here, Abysmal Torment utilize two vocalists to provide maximum annihilation. Though I must admit there are only a few places where this works well. Both vocalists have slightly different guttural and pig squeal registers that when done together creates brutal death harmony (haha). However on their own, it's hard to tell the difference. The guitar work here is a mixture of headbanging riffs and some pretty technical licks. I have a feeling that this band will bring bipolar response with some people loving this and some people hating this haha. Personally I love these guys! They do their style incredibly well and they are completely unrelenting! Excruciatingly awesome would be how I put them!

Abysmal Torment - Flayed Dismembered and Feasted Upon

disclaimer: if you do have an suggestion, it may or may not be fulfilled right away (I was suggested this band last month. The next track was suggested last week and maybe or may not appear tomorrow or the next day or even the next day hehe). Just saying!