In my review of "Feasting On Blood", the official debut CD of SEVERE TORTURE, I concluded my review that SEVERE TORTURE is a great and very promising band, and that I was really interested in how they would develop their style. Well, pretty soon after I did that review, the new album, "Misanthropic Carnage", is in my CD-player.
It's no big surprise that the style of SEVERE TORTURE is Grinding Death Metal in the vein of bands like CANNIBAL CORPSE. What really attracted me in SEVERE TORTURE was the excellent technical skills on the debut CD and the great songwriting. No big changes can be found in that field on "Misanthropic Carnage", SEVERE TORTURE still delivers the powerful music that brought them in the spotlight. I guess that "Misanthropic Carnage" is the most logic follow-up to "Feasting On Blood".
There are two ways of looking upon that: Positive, as I gave it a pretty good grade (8.5/10), or negative, as they would be repeating themselves. But do not fear, "Misanthropic Carnage" is not just a copy of "Feasting On Blood". SEVERE TORTURE have not changed their style all that much (though I feel there are less "CANNIBAL CORPSE- songs" on the album, which is a positive point for me), but why change a great-working formula, and I feel that the band HAS moved on a bit an defined their own style just a tad more. In essence SEVERE TORTURE can be viewed as one of the best if not THE best band in their genre, and quite frankly I don't give a fuck if their style develops just a bit or by giant leaps (though that can be quite a dangerous journey too).
Songs like "Mutilation Of The Flesh", "Misanthropic Carnage" and "Your Blood Is Mine" will have many Metalheads tear of their heads of headbanging to this gore-fest. The only conclusion I can draw after this is that SEVERE TORTURE ,with the release of "Misanthropic Carnage", have secured themselves a spot at the top of the Death/Grind genre. Metalheads with affinity for Death/Grind can't leave this album out of their collection!! (Online September 2, 2002)