Welding Torture – EP 2011


This EP is not my first run-in with Welding Torture.  A few months back I happened to come across this video for the track ‘Three Victims For The Price Of One,’ which appears as the first song on this EP.  Besides the crab walking, I thought that Welding Torture had a very catchy and groovy brand of brutal death metal on their hands, and now with this EP in my possession, I am able to see if the rest of the music can stand up to my test.

As I mentioned above, Welding Torture play a very catchy and groovy brand of brutal death metal, combined with their semi-technical prowess and engaged song-writing abilities, the four tracks that are on this EP are ridiculously chock full of talent.  Musically, I can see a lot of similarity with Severed Savior, Gorgasm, and Viral Load, particularly in the drumming.  Speaking of Viral Load, I sometimes get the impression that Vladey is trying his best to impersonate Shawn Whitaker at times, as he does a low-bellowing growl and transitions into his gutturals pretty well.  Roman’s guitar tone and riffs are pretty standard fare for brutal death metal most of the time, but the way that he integrates many different techniques is what really catches my ear.  Victor’s bass-chops are right up front and center in the music, with the tone of his bass being really full and thick, giving the music a much-needed crunch.  Max’s drum work seems to be mainly focused on double bass and blastbeats, but he has a very diverse repertoire and is not afraid to show more intricate works, especially in ‘My Burden, Recycling Cancer Tumours, Like You’ and ‘Shout How Many Will Get.’  I was really blown away by what Welding Torture has recorded on this EP.  It is by no means anything original, but the way they play everything is unique to them.  A solid mixture of standard brutal death metal and slam.

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Having grown up in the vast industrial wasteland known as Detroit, my sister subjected me to multiple albums by bands such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Exodus, I quickly became immersed in the world of heavy metal for life. Even with my love of the tradition styles of metal, I always found myself craving something louder and heavier, thus bringing me to the much more extreme side of this genre of music. With classic bands such as Dismember, Autopsy, and Napalm Death always dominating my stereo system, I felt content to dig as deep as possible into the depths of ghastly heavy metal, and all these years later I still haven’t hit the bottom.
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