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TORMENT
TORMENT
Pain Is Transient, Failure Forever
(Diabolical Constellation Productions)
49:44min

Yet another band with the name TORMENT. Formed in Belgium in 1999, this group is pretty outstanding, however. What we have here is some brutal blasting Death with ultra-polished digital production and triggered drums. The performances (most notably the drummer, of course) are quite strong. The vibe they put out is interesting at times and I hear a desire to offer something atypical from the stereotypical expectations of the genre. They saw fit to embellish the moments between songs with strange interludes, including something that sounds like a dance music buildup without the pay-off, David Lynch movie samples - including Frank Booth from Blue Velvet getting wild and that pail-faced oddball from Lost Highway - and many ambient keyboard effects. The impression of the group is very strong to start, and they ultimately achieve an interesting record, despite a weak moment where they seem to want to play a melodic rock song but with a Death Metal sound. Visit the band's website here: www.myspace.com/tormentbelgium

Leonard Likas

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