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Sworn Vengeance

Severe Torture

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Album Review

At the start of their career, Holland's Severe Torture seemed to care more about grossing out their listeners (à la Cannibal Corpse) than wowing them with high grade death metal, but they've come a long way since then, as their fifth album, Sworn Vengeance is sure to prove. Here, the band continues on their march towards tightly regimented instrumental brutality, having relinquished much of the unchecked savagery of those gore-obsessed early efforts and shifted their lyrical focus towards much more refined, real life cynicism and all-purpose misanthropy, to boot. In other words, there's a lot less blood spraying in every direction, but even more legitimate emotional catharsis to be found in odious, high-speed assaults such as "Serenity Torn Asunder," "Fight Something," and "Dogmasomatic Nausea." These tend to bask in the punishing technicality of, say, Immolation without going overboard into Morbid Angel exotica, but death metal fans with a hankering for actual melody will have to shop elsewhere, since Severe Torture only mess with such fluff during their infrequent guitar solos, and the occasional disturbing harmony like that heard on the title track. Nevertheless, songwriting dynamism still prevails thanks to highlights such as "Countless Victims," which shifts the momentum with a memorable opening riff and slower temp, and the Sadus-like bass flurries introducing "Buried Hatchet," which also features guest gurgles from Misery Index's Jason Netherton and Born from Pain's Ché Snelting. Two cover songs — the Cro-Mags' "It's the Limit" and Entombed's always terrifying "Eyemaster" — wind down Sworn Vengeance's American edition with more fireworks than would the unspectacular instrumental "Submerged in Grief," but the overall result still makes for a very impressive album, recommended to those seeking brutal, take-no-prisoners death metal.

Customer Reviews

One of the Top 5 Death Metal Albums of 2007!

Severe Torture have really outdone themselves on their new offering, Sworn Vengeance. One of the most underrated bands out there! This album is up there with Behemoth, Nile, and The Black Dahlia Murder's releases this year. Sworn Vengeance is everything you could ever want in a Death Metal album. Dissonance, melody, and brutality come together beatifully throughout the album. Every track stands out, my personal favorites are Serenity Torn Asunder, Repeat Offender, Buried Hatchet, and the title track. I would suggest looking for the special edition, as it features two amazing covers of It's the Limit (Cro-Mags) and Eyemaster (Entombed).

Decent

Like fleshcrawl, but not as good. Old school type of death, decent. Vocals are pretty poor. Generic, and pretty boring overall. Not for the tech-death fans. In their category of this sub-genre, the competition is much better. Decent though, and if you like this type of DM, then grab it. Get fleshcrawl instead, atleast they have a couple real good songs.

standard death metal

This album is solid dont get me wrong. Its not like its disappointing or anything...just nothing new. Its modern old-school DM. Kind of like Blood Red Throne but not as experienced or brutal. Plus the singer doesn't have anything on Tchort. Anyway its a decent album. Headbang worthy for sure.

Biography

Formed: 1997 in The Netherlands

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Appearing in 2001 with the brutally heavy Feasting on Blood, Severe Torture took the metal world by storm with its thunderous approach and razor-sharp riffs. Although relatively new at the time, the band followed it up with another awesome split disc with established...
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