Tortureslave – Tools Of Torture
The anthem driving tracks are where Tortureslave really shine. Crowds will be chanting the lyrics of tracks like ‘Wolf Without A Pack.’ Musically, it is a rather mediocre thrash piece, but lyrically it is brilliant and still probably the album’s stand out. ‘Fathers Of The Fourth Reich’ tries to follow suite in a similar fashion, but it just doesn’t quite hit the groove spot just right. Listeners will get back to speeding things up with ‘The Apex Sin.’ A bit more on the Dew Scented side with its driven rhythms this one hits a bit harder than the other tracks without much remorse. On the downside with riffs are a little bit uninspiring along with the drumming, but the vocals seem to have more ferocity as they keep up. ‘In The Mouth Of Madness’ brings a bit of the groove back, sounding a bit more like Lamb Of God with the riffs, but fans will hear that anthem driven power behind the chorus again. Then there is the closing ‘Quarterbound.’ Like ‘Wolf Without A Pack,’’ the riffs are slower, a little more repetitive, but the chorus is still the shining star of the track.
And like that the album is over. Despite the album’s ferocious appeal, it sounds like these five guys who have taken monikers like He-Man Powerblast (vocals) or Torturesepp (bass) had a lot of fun creating this album. Like most thrash albums, “Tools Of Torture” is very riff focused with some attention given to the solos, but the death metal influences here and there do help this album stand above the average Slayer/ Exodus/ Megadeth clone that so many bands out there tend to fall towards. While Tortureslave are not quite going to sound like the breakthrough band everyone might have been hoping for, their debut is strong and catchy. They may not have the driven hits to start a mosh pit, but with so many fist pumping tracks (despite being short), they will surely be an exciting act to hear at live shows for sure. Here’s to hoping they bring more awesome choruses and riffs to their next album.
3 / 5 STARS