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Those Who Bring The Torture - Necromancer

Those Who Bring The Torture
by Gabriel “Svrtr” Zimmerman at 25 July 2017, 8:02 AM

Sometimes nothing beats some good old fashion regular Death Metal, by which I do not specifically mean old school death metal. Regardless of this though, even if they are not an OSSDM band they are a Swedish death metal band that is simple yet has blood curdlingly gruesome beats and riffs that are nigh impossible to not love. While technicality and drawn out finger destroying solos are a thing many people love, sometimes it is nice to put on something simple yet brutal and just relax, of course with complementary shredding (technicality and shredding do not equate). Today’s THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE are just that, and their newest album "Necromancer" could not do better to epitomize this ideal. Without further ado, let us dive into this bloody beauty.

The album opens with “Dead World Disorder”, and it certainly does not take its time to buildup. It has a good riff that lasts a while but remains somewhat constant for a while, largely acting as a buildup for a fair bit of time, and while it certainly loses points for the long buildup it does eventually become very audibly interesting with great guitar work all around. I have before said that variance and sticking to one riff is bad, and while this song is guilty of this early on it breaks out of this rut and becomes a great song to have running and just enjoy the beautiful simplicity of the song. Following into this is “Shotgun Lobotomy”, which does not suffer from the drawbacks of the previous yet still enjoys all the advantages. Though not over the top in terms of complexity, it never ceases to sound interesting and everything comes together seemingly perfectly. It is by no means highly innovative, yet is a great song to listen and unwind to. Yet of course how could I fail to mention some classic death metal shredding we get treated to.

“Relics of a Future Past”, however, is a song I feel everyone must have at least one listen to. Bordering far closer to old school Swedish death metal in its structure, riffs, and general progression the song is still one that is a great listen. It again is not overly complex yet consistently keeps your attention, never failing to remain interesting and again featuring some well-loved beats and degrees of shredding. Truthfully there isn’t a terribly great deal to say of the song, no special feature that makes it greatly interesting or different from the other songs in terms of aspects themselves, as the riffs and beats are interesting but nothing new. Finally I will talk about the namesakes of the song. This is undoubtedly the first time I have seen an album have 2 songs named after it, not including albums that operate in a chapter form. Oddly enough, the namesakes are the most relaxed songs on the album. The first includes a simple riff that almost sounds as if it were originally acoustic, one that is simple but has a very melodic and a bit melancholic. It still has some good beats and more intensive guitar riffs, yet this original sentiment is heavily doubled down on in part II. It has a lead guitar playing in a very lonesome and somber manner as a rhythm guitar plays a simple and far more melancholic tune, with the sound of a distorted voice and desolate wind blowing in the distance. One would not expect the song, or rather songs, named after the album to be the most mellowed yet “Necromancer” parts I and II are undoubtedly just that.

As I said before, this album is certainly nothing innovating or grossly unrecognizable in its sound, yet it is still good and a great album to have playing in the background and to unwind to. As such, I highly recommend this to anyone who wants something to relax to or just unwind and listen to classic death metal.

Songwriting: 9
Originality: 6
Memorability: 8
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Dead World Disorder
2. Shotgun Lobotomy
3. Parasite Tales
4. Relics of a Future Past
5. Necromancer
6. Equinoxer
7. Necromancer Pt. ii
8. The Morons Are Running the Asylum
9. Atlantis Interceptor
10. Humanity Has Left the Building
Rogga Johanson- Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Brynjar Helgetun- Drums
Dennis Blomberg- Lead Guitar, Bass
Record Label: Selfmadegod Records


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