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SEVERE TORTURE - Bloodletting Candlelight 2005

Track Listing

01. Feces for Jesus
02. Baptized in Virginal Liquid
03. Decomposing Bitch
04. Impelled to Kill
05. Mutilation of the Flesh
06. Butchery of the Soul
07. Carnivorous Forces
08. Misanthropic Carnage
09. Pray for Nothing
10. Lost Souls (Pestilence cover)
11. Till the End (demo '98)
12. Severe Torture (demo '98)
13. Baptized in Virginal Liquid (demo '98)
14. Lambs of a God (demo '98)
15. Taking Down the Descender (demo '98)
Here we have an album full of live and demo tunes as well as a cover song thrown in for good measure. Severe Torture have spent a fair amount of time in my player so I was pleasantly suprised to hear how tight their live performance was. The band rips through their tales of barbaric butchery with percise execution and conviction, giving a flawless performance. As stunned as I was at the high quality sound and performance of the nine live cuts, I was left equally dry over the virtually in-audible crowd noise and minimal between song banter of their frontman. While the songs played out, I felt like I was listening to the band in full-on rehersal mode in front of a few casual onlookers. All in all the performance is what matters and Severe Torture deliver the goods and then some.


Adjusting to the demo songs for the second half of this release came much easier than I expected, especially with the impressive "live" sound still ringing in my ears. The cover of Pestilence's "Lost Souls" might well have been saved for last because it steals the show from a playing standpoint but it was fun hearing the raw versions of "Severe Torture", Lambs Of God" and the grand master "Taking Down The Descender" (on the other hand...maybe that was a fitting closer...what a MONSTER tune!!!)

A solid release to end a record deal but now I'm wanting to hear the new music even more. Fans of the band will lick their chops over this and anyone into extreme metal would do well picking this up as it's a good intro to what Severe Torture is all about.


--Axeman 4.26.05

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: SEVERE TORTURE
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BloodlettingSevere Torture
2005
Axeman4/29/2005
Fall of DespisedSevere Torture
2005
Etiam8/5/2006
Sworn VengeanceSevere Torture
2007
Etiam8/22/2008
Sworn VengeanceSevere Torture
2007
Al Kikuras4/11/2008


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