Friday, January 24, 2014

Review: Basement Torture Killings - A Night of Brutal Torture

Arriving in time for the first quarter massacre of 2014 are Basement Torture Killings, a death metal/grindcore band from the United Kingdom. Indulging their serial killer obsession since 2007, the trio have unleashed a variety of blood soaked releases that include their self-titled demo, The First Cumming EP and ultimately their debut full-length 2010 release, The Second Cumming. The latter album found the group traveling and touring abroad with legends such as Deicide, Prostitute Disfigurement and most recently General Surgery; and needless to say their on stage antics have caused their name to spread like wildfire. Basement Torture Killings are now seeking out their next victims through their follow-up LP, A Night of Brutal Torture. Does this album make the cut, or is it headed for the slaughterhouse? 

Genre: Death Metal/Grindcore
Release Date: January 27th, 2014
  1. Progressive Depravity
  2. Basement Bitch
  3. Minus Fingers, Teeth and Toes
  4. Gorgasmic Movements in the Dark
  5. Car Trunk Caroline
  6. Suffocation
  7. Kept in a Hole
  8. Malleus Maleficarum
  9. Without Permission Forced Submission
  10. Kill for Satan
Total Playtime: 30 minutes, 47 seconds

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Rating: 6.0/10







Arriving in time for the first quarter massacre of 2014 are Basement Torture Killings, a death metal/grindcore band from the United Kingdom. Indulging their serial killer obsession since 2007, the trio have unleashed a variety of blood soaked releases that include their self-titled demo, The First Cumming EP and ultimately their debut full-length 2010 release, The Second Cumming. The latter album found the group traveling and touring abroad with legends such as Deicide, Prostitute Disfigurement and most recently General Surgery; and needless to say their on stage antics have caused their name to spread like wildfire. Basement Torture Killings are now seeking out their next victims through their follow-up LP, A Night of Brutal Torture. Does this album make the cut, or is it headed for the slaughterhouse?

Serial killers, gore, horror, murder... the themes don't get much better than that in my personal book of interests, so when I saw this album up for grabs I jumped on it. The cover art is even set up in the style of B-Grade horror bliss, done up in the style of Grindhouse, Driller Killer, Tales from the Crypt and so many other cult classics. But what lies under the cover is profound disappointment that deeply strikes the heart of the serial killer obsessed horror lover. The biggest flaw with A Night of Brutal Torture is that it tries too hard to be evil, so much so that the material breeds monotony for the majority of each song present; which is sad to say, the idea behind the content is enthralling yet poorly executed.


The material is filled with your standard death grind expectations; hyper sonic drumming surrounded by breakneck guitars and lack of bass. There are some instances of technicality chopped up and thrown into the recipe, such as the solos in "Basement Bitch", "Minus Fingers, Teeth and Toes" and "Gorgasmic Movements in the Dark"; let's also not forget the random pinch harmonics, whammy squeals and movie audio snips added in for zest. While there are some decent aspects to the content, the structures rarely deviate from the original prescription. Tracks like "Car Trunk Caroline", "Kept in a Hole" and "Suffocation" are the only real escape from the onslaught of same tempo tracks, little fret changes and stagnant drumming. The instrument work at hand does have potential, yet this aspect is covered up due to the excessive redundancy throughout the album.

Regrettably, A Night of Brutal Torture is much less brutal than anticipated. Overall the album is stagnant, the material tries too hard to be morbid and aggressive; as a result it falls flat at being either. Little deviation from a standard hack n' slash composure structure for the entire ten tracks will cause listeners to lose interest over time and grow bored, despite a few ear candies scattered around. Not recommended, but not to be avoided, if you love death grind then go ahead and give this one a shot; just don't expect to be astounded.

Review Originally Written for: The Metal-Observer
Digital Download Provided by: The Metal-Observer

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