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Silent Torture - EP Review: Torn to Pieces

25 Jan 2017 // A review by Matt McGrath

Released January 28th, 2017

Back in October, we saw the release of a brand new single entitled Torn to Pieces said to be the title track off of the upcoming EP from Auckland death thrashers Silent Torture. After unveiling the gruesome and equally as awesome cover a couple of weeks ago from artist Tata Kumislizer, the wait was finally over and I was lucky enough to be one of the first to check it out.

Opening with the title track which I also reviewed a few months back, the relentless thrash hits you hard right out the gate. A truly scarring experience that sparks intrigue, especially when witnessed live. Exposing us to a particular sound that is unique to this band. It's easy to see why they named the EP after this killer track.

Smashing right on through to the next song with a barrage of blasting drums and rampaging riffs, our skin is already hanging from the bone. Bodies in the Sewers is a brutal example of the death metal roots buried deep within this talented five-piece. Unforgiving and explosive this is definitely my personal favourite of the four tracks.

Adding, even more, speed to the equation Trail of Corpses grinds us down to a pulp. The epic display of vocals is an onslaught that leaves us melted in our seats. The immense layering of brutal gutturals and painful screams, unlike anything we have previously heard from vocalist Liam Hand, push the boundaries for this band.

A murderous thrust into the final song, apply named Torture we are thrown back and forth between demonic power chords and skin ripping blast sections. Laced with slow burning bass and stomach gurgling vocals, further punishing the listener while providing a sinister dynamic of darkness to the whole EP.

Well placed and tight with great space between all of the instruments, the producer has done an excellent job honing in on the potential sound from the previous EP whilst keeping the energy of the live performance intact. As one of the first releases we've seen this year from the NZ metal scene, this one sets a very high standard and is sure to be a success to the band's already growing legacy. 

Be sure to catch these guys with an array of local brutality, this Saturday at the Kings Arms for their official release show!

-5 Stars -Matt Mutinous


About Silent Torture

Silent Torture is a death thrash band reigning from Auckland.

Influences are: Cannibal Corpse, Cattle Decapitation, Deicide, Vital Remains, Suicide Silence.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Silent Torture


Torn to Pieces
Year: 2017
Type: EP
Silent Torture Live
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Your Creation
Year: 2016
Type: EP

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