Torchia – Of Curses And Grief
Izdavač: Concorde Music Company
Torchia is Finnish melodic death metal band formed back in 2010 with who I actually had the chance to review their demo Ending Beginning some two years ago and see them live the same year. First thing that struck me that the band avoids the tradition of relying too much on melodies in the material which happens a lot in most of the melodic death bands from Finland.
It’s more of a Swedish Gothenburg style of playing, paying homage to early In Flames, Dark Tranquility and definitely At the Gates with bit of a modern production in their disposal.
The debut Of Curses and Grief album here is continuation and an evolution of their past demos which were released in 2013 and 2015. Armed with better production where the bass pedal just thunders from the stereo, clear and razor sharp guitars the band has become more melodic but at the same time more aggressive.
Although the album starts a bit rocky, Face of Hate is possibly their weakest track of the album and opens the record after the mediocre intro. The same song that is actually the single for the album. Not that the song is bad but it’s just a melodic death track by the numbers which I can’t say for the rest of the songs. The whole album is pretty much a bag of tricks with a lot of minor elements of different genres; with fine acoustic guitar parts from song like Shame to balls to the wall death/black tremolos from songs like Headshot and Dark and Gold which just rips like old albums from the band Crown of Thorns.
What’s also very cool album the album that the tracks also very feel connected in between, once one song ends it leaves a bit of an intro for the next track that enhanced the whole album listening.
There are very few flaws here; it takes time to get in the vibe of the album because of the weaker tracks are put in the beginning of the album are their best tracks are actually the last 3 songs. Vocals are also a bit uneven, sometimes you have the feeling that they are in the background and sometimes are more in your face.
It’s that kind of an album that’s a slow burn but after a few tracks in grows on you and totally kicks your ass by the end. This is melodic death metal with balls, recommended.