Lost Torso Found
Review by Tomek on January 22, 2008.
Sweden’s Degrade simply knocked me down on my ass. I can’t say unexpectedly, because all the signs were there. So, my guess is that I just didn’t prepare myself for what was coming my way.
“Lost Torso Found” is packed with high energy Brutal Death Metal. Some bands in this genre can get quite boring quickly, but Degrade manages to keep their metal very interesting from the first pig squeak to the last growl. Intense guitar riffing with tons of fast unrelenting parts, start-stop chugging, lots of slow or mid-paced groove and plenty of headbanging-friendly breaks are only few things that kept my eyebrows raised. Excellent drumming not only complements guitar and bass work, but also shows lots of character and is full of those little tasty throw-ins. All very tight, skilled and awesomely recorded. Vocals, that may as well be one of the sickest out there, are crushingly low and guttural with some maniacal screams and sporadic pig squeals – it’s all just gut-wrenching and definitely can raise the hairs on your back.
Permeated Records can be proud of themselves; they’ve picked up one of the best out there. Degrade is a solid firm, definitely worth investing time and effort to get them promoted and definitely worth sending out there to play more gigs.
As far as the last words, I’d like to say it as Degrade sings it “Audial torture to some, soothing therapy to others.”
My session only began.
Rating: 7.6 out of 10