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Mental Torment - On The Verge

Mental Torment
On The Verge
by Spyros Stasis at 25 April 2013, 2:02 PM

So here we have the debut album from the Ukrainian Doom / Death band MENTAL TORMENT. This is going to be quite straightforward: if the hair at the back of your neck stands straight with the typical MY DYING BRIDE atmosphere but you also wants that SATURNUS-esque melody and all that with a hint of MOURNING BELOVETH thrown in the mix, well then… you will also appreciate “On The Verge”.

The intro of the album, “The Path To Shining”, sets the mood quite nicely here and from the beginning of “Maelstrom” you can feel the waves of influence coming from SATURNUS. The album in general is quite melodic, the work on the lead parts is done really nicely and with great care, the growling vocals (with the occasional use of a few clean ones) and the slow tempo which at points can get almost Funeral-Doom-slow for instance about three minutes in “My Torment” are working together splendidly.

There is definitely heart and technicality put into the songs in this album and genuine appreciation for the subgenre of Doom / Death in general, with tracks such as “Unspoken Word” with the great groove on the drums and the amazing leads on the guitar (especially on the part with the clean vocals), and especially the highlight of the album for me “Cold Rusted Flame” (even though the title still makes no sense to me) with the heavy distorted guitars setting a pace with the drums and the keyboards lifting the track just as much as it is needed without them being distracting, the cleaner part about a couple of minutes in the track with the spookier vocals acts like a really well designed break, it does occurs in some other instances giving some variety to the album.

I usually prefer my Doom / Death a bit dirtier and meaner but if you prefer the more melodic side of Doom / Death, and some of your favorite bands are SATURNUS, MOURNING BELOVETH and OFFICIUM TRISTE then MENTAL TORMENT should be your next logical step. “On The Verge” is a strong first release; let’s see where they take it from here.

3 Star Rating

1. The Path To Shining (Intro)
2. Maelstrom
3. My Torment
4. Unspoken Word
5. Cold Rusted Flame
6. I See This End
7. Tragedy
8. The Drowned Man
Gaw - Bass
EP - Drums
Miha Esp – Guitars
Ross – Guitars
Crutch - Keyboards
Mad -Vocals
Record Label: Solitude Productions


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