MONUMENTAL TORMENT - Element of Chaos
GENRE: Death metal
COUNTRY: Russia / USA
LABEL: SFC Records
YEAR: February 7th, 2011
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: SFC Records
Monumental Torment is a Russian / American three-piece. The music is contemporary, technical and brutal death metal in the vein of Hiroshima Will Burn, Beneath The Massacre and Viraemia.
At first the music felt like a blur of guitars and drums because of the pace, but the more I listened to it the better it became. And obviously the music is a lot more diverse than it seemed at first. There's a bit of piano used now and then, and it does add positively to the music. So do the closer "Last Voice of Future" which is four minutes of disturbing noise.
The songs that work the best for me are "Mental Slavery", "Paradox" and the titletrack. These have some good riffs and parts that make them stand out among the other songs. Another thing I like is that the bass get a bit of room. It does profit the music.
The band has no drummer. Instead the trio uses a drum-machine and it's actually easy to hear, but it's not something that spoils the music. Overall I think that guitarist Artem Gultaev has done a fine job in programming the drums.
The production is kind of dry, but also clean. It fits the music well and allows you to hear what is going on. Element of Chaos is not something out of the ordinary, but it's a good effort that I'm sure will please anyone who like Beneath The Massacre, Origin and bands similar.