Torture Chain
Time is but a Doorway to the Incinerator


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
April 24th, 2012 | 58 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hope for the American Dream.

“”Here ye!! Here ye!! Behold the beast you’ve been waiting for. You paid good money for tonight’s show and we promised we will deliver! Dim the lights and let’s get this show started!””

Torture Chain is an American Black Metal band who quite plainly writes awesome music. With their fourth cassette/demo release “Time is but a Doorway to the Incinerator” [TIBADTTI] these guys show everyone how good music is written in the Black Metal genre. Clearly tedious amounts of time and energy must have gone into this release. Essentially the listener is taken through a one track experience of aggressive, yet delicate textures of solemnities. Beginning with clean, eerie, layered synths that slowly inch their way into your head, light entrances of serene, nylon stringed guitars dance in unison. Then, almost like an overtaking black cloud, the illustrious patterns of distorted guitars coupled with immediate drum blast beats show off their perfect bond of captivity. As various aspects of well fitted passages build off each other the perfect balance of dissonant, yet upfront shrieked vocals lay the final puzzle pieces. From this moment it’s hard not to fall into a trance.

Some notable aspects layered over the enjoyable levels of tremolos and blasts are the use of sparing solos. Used as an element to heighten faster tempos, the solo usage on “TIBADTTI” adds a bit of freshness as well as filling possible moments of stagnancy and void. With this purposeful emlement Torture Chain are fortunately smart enough to not overdo the usage of leads; thereby showing there implicit need to focus on emotion rather than wankery.

I couldn’t help but notice the “gelling” moment for me, the part that really brought everything into proper perspective and appreciation. This is the use of catchy chord transitions or what some would like to call the “riffs”. Sometimes you’ll find a harmonizing melody which gives the perfect balance of bliss, yet darkness. This is obviously due to the usage of sharps and flats in the typical guitar scales. At times you may hear melodies similar to early Dark Tranquility, then at others times you may hear a Middle Eastern pattern and even chromatic blending. Whatever the case may be it is more than apparent these guys took their time in making sure the riff transitions were smooth and cohesive to the overall nature of this 23 minute masterpiece. The journey you will experience with this release should be both enlightening and satisfying. You should be experiencing some of the best emotions you’ve felt in your life as well as some of deepest most personal emotions. It’s a gift when music can bring out such qualities within yourself. Torture Chain continue to make great meaningful music with their strongest release, which can only hint towards something greater and more special in the years to come.



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Evreaia
April 24th 2012


4258 Comments


I'll be checking this out for sure.

MO
April 24th 2012


19745 Comments


my singer told me about this, gonna check it

Shuyin
April 24th 2012


12458 Comments


the only good american BM band that i know of is benighted in sodom, ill check this one out.

nice review too, pos'd hard m/

Motiv3
April 24th 2012


8958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I downloaded this earlier and will listen at some point. Knew someone like Captain would review this soon ;).

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 24th 2012


19684 Comments


the only good american BM band that i know of is benighted in sodom


um

Digging: Tangerine Dream - Rubycon

Motiv3
April 24th 2012


8958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"the only good american BM band that i know of is benighted in sodom"



Fell Voices says hello.

Shuyin
April 24th 2012


12458 Comments


what

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 24th 2012


19684 Comments


there are quite literally hundreds of american black metal bands better than benighted in sodom

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 24th 2012


16138 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hope for the American Dream.




As if the USBM scene isn't by far the strongest at the moment.



Wouldn't call this their best release, but it's certainly great.



Not so sure about the Dark Tranquillity comparison...

Motiv3
April 24th 2012


8958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Basically there are a fair amount of great bands from the US scene (as well as bad).

BallsToTheWall
April 24th 2012


45358 Comments


New Torture Chain sweet.

Digging: Firewater - Get Off the Cross, We Need the Wood for the Fire

BallsToTheWall
April 24th 2012


45358 Comments


benighted in sodom


ughhhh

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 24th 2012


19684 Comments


i agree i still like Across Great Landscapes best but this is great

also say something about the intro music being the theme music from The Thing, because it is

Shuyin
April 24th 2012


12458 Comments


what! they're awsome, you guys just dont get all the trve kvltness and grimness.

seedofnothing
April 24th 2012


3425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I need to hear this. I thought your review was quite informative. Good job. POS.

BallsToTheWall
April 24th 2012


45358 Comments


Benighted is crazy yo, hailing from the frostbitten fjords of Ft Lauderdale, Florida, Matron Thorn puts out 30+ releases of the trvest most raw atmospheric black metulz in 5 years. What a luminary...a poet...a bard......a. visual and musical genius...

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 24th 2012


19684 Comments


hahahaha

and yeah captn i forgot about the editing thing, but i just thought it'd be a cool tidbit to put in there

Evreaia
April 24th 2012


4258 Comments


Damn this is gooooooooooooooooood.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 24th 2012


19684 Comments


Across Great Landscapes is better if you havent heard it yet

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 24th 2012


19684 Comments


i actually havent heard the first demo yet i need to though

and yeah ive seen The Thing about 50 times so i can recognize the theme pretty easily haha



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