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Spiritual Torment

United States Country of Origin: United States

1. Demonic Flesh Ritual
2. Total Destructive Wave
3. The Griseous Void
4. Dimensional Ripper
5. One Thousand Limbs
6. Spiritual Torment
7. Interlude
8. Primal Awakening
9. Surgical Worship
10. Parting Words
11. Finality

Review by Carl on January 28, 2023.

Nephilim Grinder is the band of two dapper gentlemen, namely Marvin Ruiz (Stabbing and a whole bunch of others) and percussive octopus Roman Tyutin (Esophagial and a whole bunch of others), and they released their first full length album, and I'm completely stoked to tell you that it's massive!!

Nephilim Grinder operates within that particular niche of brutal death metal where Brodequin is king, which means guttural grunts, technical proficiency and a massive share of remorseless aggression. It is a well-trodden path this day and age, but Nephilim Grinder delivers it with conviction, as well as some surprising additions.

The music has me thinking of like-minded acts such as Perverted Dexterity, Embodied Torment and even Atrocious Abnormality. Both musicians plow their way through the varied songs, that effortlessly maneuver between blasting aggression and bone-crunching slamming brutality. The down-tuned riffing is technically well-grounded without losing sight of the structure of the songs, and the whole package is held together firmly by the percussion of Tyutin, who delivers his performance with machine-like ability. By adding some original touches like a few Trey Azagthoth styled leads and the unsettling interludes between the tracks, Nephilim Grinder actually have somewhat of a face of its own. Personally I really dig the Morbid Angel/Angelcorpse-like parts that feature in a track like 'Dimensional Ripper' and the punkish parts in 'Spiritual Torment'.

As a minor point of critique, I'd have to say that it's a bit of a shame that some of the interludes are coarsely cut off by the cd player, because it would have been cool if the tracks would have flowed into one another. On the other hand, I'm glad the interludes aren't screaming women or the sound of crawling vermin for a change.

Blessed with a great production that does not sound lifeless or sterile, this is a massive offering of pulverizing brutal death metal, with even somewhat of a face ot its own. Playing is top-notch, and with 23 minutes it does not overstay its welcome. In for the kill and back out before it gets boring.

Recommended stuff for the brutal death metal throng for sure!

Rating: 9 out of 10