Mindless Torture - Self Titled EP
Thanks again to Gaz for the CD and apologies for the delay in posting
this review. Thought their overall sound was a bit thin live, so how
does the studio version compare?
The songs are lengthy and well structured with good tempo changes. The
addition of a second guitarist will help them achieve live what this CD
promises. Overall works well but the guitar tone needs a slight tweak
to add an extra degree of menace. Only slight though; in general this
is well put together and an enjoyable, punishing, listen.
- Ashes. Killer opening riff reminded me of vintage
Dream Death before slowing to doom speed. Quiet before the storm,
unleashes violently shortly afterwards. CD is well produced/mastered
with a crisp and heavy snare and overall drum sound. Guitars are overtracked
and the band's fuller sound suits them.Vocals are surprisingly clean
too. A well structured song with tempo changes galore.
- Amputate. Starts off as a mid-tempo thrasher with
great sounding bass (dare I say almost bass groove?!). Initially reminded
me of Death, genuinely nasty and menacing before the blast section
kicks in. Closing section reminded me of Sepultura.
- Ready Or Not. Can't add much really to previous
comments. Loads of tempo changes with individual sections having death,
sludge and doom moments. The repeated song title at the end got slightly
irritating to be honest, but otherwise a solid track.
- My Cross. Unusual opening riff. The kick drumming
during one of the slower sections works well too. The title of the
track is screamed viciously. Feedback laden outro was a nice touch.