Archivist Reviews, 04
Artist: Monumental Torment (Russia)
Album: Element of Chaos (LP, 2011, Soulflesh Collector)
I'm always open to taking requests, but goddamn if I'm not wary. Albums like this are why.
Russia's two-man project Monumental Torment is kind of in that same vein of ridiculous technical DM as bands like #Origin, but maybe* with half as much of the fun.
As a matter of fact, the only thing 'monumental' about this album is how much of a chore it becomes to listen to halfway through the first song.
When did I miss the #techdeathhypetrain? Did someone forget to tell me that songwriting doesn't matter anymore, that it's all just about masturbating your goddamn 7-string until your YouTube subscribers buy all of your Custom Ink hoodies? Do people actually listen to this, or just play it off their phone in the background while online shopping for snapbacks?
But let's get to some *on-topic ranting, shall we?
In all fairness, I respect technical prowess, I respect that these guys have more guitar shredding skills than I EVER will, & I respect that they are making the music they want to and (presumably) having fun.
There's no life - if so, only the FAINTEST glimmers of it on "Element of Chaos". A couple catchy chugs here & there. But that's about it. A big deal has been made by some about the piano that appears on this album, though I seriously fail to see why. When I say 'appears on this album', I literally mean that it just APPEARS - sporadically chucked into the beginning or middle or ending of a track only to continue the same incessant weedling that the guitar was doing just as well. None of this is helped by the fact that their drum machine is programmed to crack-addicted Wally West levels of fast. It's the last nail in a coffin that was never even open. The kick drum literally defies the human brain's perception of speed and just becomes an inane pitch in your earbuds that you can't get rid of.
This band has been called the Russian #BrainDrill. I can enjoy Brain Drill, I like Origin, even #RingsofSaturn, but this?
In the end, the best way to describe my experience with this album, is simply the band's own name.