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TORTORUM

TORTORUM
Extinctionist
(World Terror Committee)
44:33min

Bergen, Norway, does have some tradition for some quality Black Metal, doesn't it? Yes, from Bergen also comes this 3-piece Black Metal outfit called TORTORUM - and a funny thing is that 2 permanent members of TORTORUM, haven't even born in Norway. Skyggen on guitars, is originally Polish, and Barghest on vocals, is an English fellow. Both guys, however, do have a long experience with many other bands, such as DEAD TO THIS WORLD, AETURNUS, THUNDERBOLT and SPEARHEAD, just to name only a few out of their past and present bands. All this past and present musical experience reflects through them in TORTORUM in a good way. It's no wonder if one is able to connect this stuff to bands like THUNDERBOLT or early MAYHEM or GORGOROTH or early IMMORTAL - or just many other Black Metal outfits because it must be confessed that TORTORUM's blast-beat ridden Black Metal mayhem surely ain't flagging for originality's sake much at all but mostly and primarily for pure, blackened aggression's and hate's sake instead. In any case, "Extinctionist" is a relatively good biopsy taken from the vast Bergen Black Metal scene, having some very misanthropic and soul slaying elements entangled to it. Even if TORTORUM's stuff is mostly very fast-paced and viciously moving cavalcade of murderous riff fests, blasting drum beats, deranged vocals of Barghest and such, it never gets messy at any point, which is an achievement in itself, I think. A good production on the record also helps to keep this ugly monster's head above the surface of the most blackest hordes. So, can it be read between the lines that this record might even be worth checking out? Yep, it surely is indeed. Band contact: www.facebook.com/tortorum, label contact: www.w-t-c.org

Luxi Lahtinen

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