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Severe Torture - Fall of Despised - 2005 - Earache

Track Listing
1. Endless Strain of Cadavers
2. Sawn Off
3. Unconditional Annihilation
4. Consuming the Dying
5. Impulsive Mutilation
6. Dead From the Waste Up
7. Decree of Darkness
8. Enshrined in Madness
9. End of Christ
10. Fall of the Despised
Severe Torture, as their name and song titles would imply, are part of the insatiable horde still waving the tattered, bloody banner of Florida-styled Death Metal. It would not at all be surprisingly to learn that that group started out as a Cannibal Corpse cover band, so closely are the two related in songwriting, production, and image. But, obvious influences aside, Severe Torture are still a durable and well-constructed outfit.

Based out of the Netherlands, Severe Torture are nearly 10 years into their career, ‘Fall of the Despised’ being their third full length album. If there have been any significant changes since their 2000 debut, the foremost is production. ‘Fall of the Despised’ resonates deeply on all fronts; guitars, bass, skins, and vocals are all prominently featured, when appropriate, making for a well balanced and highly listenable experience evenly spread out over 10 tracks and 40 minutes.

Building upon this balanced foundation, Severe Torture have also varied their tempos more so than on previous recordings, now emphasizing slower groove rather than unbridled speed. This allows for some fairly interesting interplay between the lead and rhythm sections, instead of the standard harmonizing most employ in an effort to shake loose a few more of one’s teeth.

Severe Torture also shares a guitarist with the now famous Dew-Scented, Marvin Vriesde, whose thrash experience shakes up the standard formula, though the band’s riffs tend to be more lumbering than tremolo. In fact, the slower tracks here (or at least, those with slower sections), most notably ‘Consuming the Dying’ and ‘Impulsive Mutilation’ (which would almost fit on a Gojira record), are those that stand out the most, showing off both the production and the band’s effective and technical compatibility.

However, ‘Fall of the Despised’ treads rather familiar territory throughout, and song differentiation is not their strong suit, as is the tendency for the genre. The songs ‘Sawn Off’, ‘End of Christ’, and ‘Dead From The Waist Up’, for example, all begin with essentially identical drumbeats and riff cadences.

Regardless, fans of the New York and Florida schools of death metal will likely enjoy this, as well as a handful of less blood-spattered metalheads who will be drawn to ‘Fall of the Despised’s tasteful, albeit rare, soloing and occasional grooves.



--Etiam 07.19.06


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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