Sunday, September 29, 2013

Review: Nuclear Torment - Emo Headshot

Nuclear Torment went from being a three piece to a five piece thrash metal band in the span of the couple of months between their two 2010 demo releases. Thrash It Up marked their first demo, and the Swedish group followed up with Emo Headshot later in the year. How does the change in the line up affect the band?

Genre: Thrash Metal/Crossover
Label: Self-released/independent
Release Date: November 2010
  1. Emo Headshot
  2. The Duke
Total Playtime: 05 minutes, 00 seconds









Rating: 2.0/10




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Nuclear Torment went from being a three piece to a five piece thrash metal band in the span of the couple of months between their two 2010 demo releases. Thrash It Up marked their first demo, and the Swedish group followed up with Emo Headshot later in the year. How does the change in the line up affect the band?

The material heard within the two track demo is as low grade and tasteless as the album cover, and sadly the content is embarrassing for all involved; the audience and the band alike. Many of the lyrics make one cringe with just how badly written and cheesy they are. For instance in "The Duke", which is a song entirely dedicated to Duke Nukem, the excessive references to bubblegum due to Duke Nukem's early 90's catchphrase, "It's time to kick ass and chew bubblegum!" is just unflattering. There are also over-blatant references to Cannibal Corpse in "Emo Headshot", but that song is a completely different story of crude embarrassment by itself; mostly about killing posers and emo kids, which is ironic since one of the band members had an emo haircut at the time. The two songs are written with an unflattering high school mentality.


As for the instrument composure, both tracks feel directly ripped off from various other bands and meshed together; a little Municipal Waste here, some Havok there... mostly from the newer generation of playful party thrash metal. You have your galloping blast beats, crazed palm muted guitars, minor punk style solos and commonplace thrash vocals. There is little to no innovation to any of the content here, and to add to the fiasco, the instruments are tracked sloppily. This is attributed mostly to the drum track, which fails to harmonize with the guitar track and sometimes sound rushed to catch up.

Overall, a very poor attempt for a demo. Emo Headshot tries to come off as funny and witty, with thrown in references such as to Cannibal Corpse's "Hammer Smashed Face" and a slight play off "Skull Full of Maggots", and of course the Duke Nukem audio snippets... but instead of being witty or funny it all sounds beyond childish due to the poorly written nature of the content. Perhaps if the instrument compositions were more original it could salvage the lyrical content. But alas, the two coming together is just a train wreck. If you really want to give the album a go, visit the Nuclear Torment Bandcamp for a free download. Otherwise return from whence ye came.

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