corrosive Italian Thrash/Death aggression! TORMENT is a relatively new Thrash Metal effort off Milano. They recently released "The Damage is Done", an all-in-all old school Thrash assault that had more than a few good songs up its sleeves. They have raw talent, coupled with tasteful mastery, yet they never fall into the pit where typical, generic, yet technique-talented bands go to die with their 6/10 records and accumulated wealth lying around them. Their relatively underground status and freshness has spawned a creativity that is very novel in its own sense. It’s like listening to a genius friend improvise on his guitar when you're both chilling out. The entire album feels greatly close to home, very garage, intensely real, and therein lays their selling point.
The vocalist has a very interesting tone, it’s like Black mixed Death mixed Thrash mixed something else Metal. It’s new, and it might not be for everyone, but with their new take on vocals, TORMENT can only go upwards as a band that doesn’t let record company demands quash their uniqueness. It was interesting for us to discover that in their early years, the band covered SLAYER, POSSESSED, and DESTRUCTION – Thrash bands with a Death Metal leaning. And the influence can certainly be heard, most apparent being DESTRUCTION with the buzzing riffs and chuggish way of playing them. Overall, the band is a little new in the metal world. But that’s what’s so great about them: they’re fresh. They’re special. Listen to it if you like nice albums!