Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Water Torture "S/T" EP

Bass-and-Drum Powerviolence... what could possibly be more appetizing? If your answer to that question was "Nothing!", then Water Torture from Buffalo, New York, will satisfy that hunger.

Malicious, punishing, and destructive are all words that summarize the sound Water Torture display over the course of these nine tracks. From the down-tuned bass riffs to the blistering blasts, there is not a second of peace throughout this entire release. At one moment the duo will display their speed and precision, and the next everything will slow to a mammoths pace, devouring anything in sight. To "top it all off", the vocals are tormented, twisted, spiteful shouts that leave the hairs on the backs of necks standing straight, and beads of sweat trickling down even the most collected of faces.

No need to worry about "over-production", this output is incredibly raw, yet remains highly audible. At no point does one component overpower the others, rather, each piece of the puzzle interlock in all the right ways, at all of the right times.

 The verdict? Water Torture is a force to be recognized, so don't sleep on this. Wake the fuck up.

Check out the entire release here.
Support the band here.

- EE 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Lento "Icon"

Crushing. Devastating. Haunting. Three words that can be used to accurately describe the second output by Lento, entitled "Icon". Bred in Italy, Lento release 10 tracks of spine-curling instrumental mysticism into the world with a passive, yet abrasive force. Songs crawl in-and-out of existence, leaving trails of mist in their wake. Organizing Sludge/Doom-style riffs with that of Post-Rock, nothing is conventional, nothing is predictable, but everything flows gently from one-to-another without a single snarl. 

Heavily relying on the eerie-production to give it the desired atmosphere, Lento mold songs into malevolent, yet beautiful landscapes. Twisting and turning from moments of Drone-esque monotony, to dazzling displays of reverb-filled soundscapes, it seems that no boundaries had been set on this release, and it works. 

Words cannot completely describe what a masterpiece this truly is, as it speaks for itself. It remains soothing even at a peak, and continues to destroy even when all is calm. Falling into this record is a mesmerizing experience. Anyone with an interest in traveling to a new place beyond the realm of reality, check this out. 

Enjoy the album here.
Purchase the album here.

- EE