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7.5/10 Mladen
 

TORCHIA - Ending Beginning - CD - Independent - 2015

This album is a killer, if played at the right time.

To this writer, this Finnish crew saved the night. After casual YouTubing to check what's going on in his native Croatia, and realizing everyone "popular" is still trying to sound like a simplified version of something between Pantera and melodic death metal, just like 10 years ago (Ed note: Mladen, you should actually appreciate that; other countries' charts are much pure Pop oriented), I played Torchia, and bingo! This is how it is supposed to be done. Even better, there's no Pantera in it.

This is classy, melodic death metal. No stone left unturned, no riff neglected, no excuses made. Just a three-track demo, but, you can listen to it with headphones, several times in a row, and still enjoy it. There's just so much detail in it; even the simple, thrashing parts are finessed. There's adrenalin but it is never cheesy, and the solos are like real solos should be - memorable.

Originality? Torchia can be put in line with At The Gates or Dark Tranquility in their early days. Furthermore, whereas the two referred bands just threw anything in their songs to make it "progressive" Torchia only threw the good stuff in, and in a wilder manner. Of course, it's still some redundant stuff thrown in, but it is hardly noticeable in the context of this three song recording. Here's hoping Torchia can make a full album out of this - all it takes is some more refinement of the compositions. But please keep the craziness! (7.5/10)

 

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ISSUE 78
ALBUM REVIEWS

(A-B)  (B-D)  (D-G)  (G-K)  (K-M)  (M-P)  (P-S)  (S-ST)  (S-W)  (W-Z)

SUMIA
Until We Shine

TOR MARROCK
Destroy the Sou

TORCHIA
Ending Beginnin

VEHEMENCE
Forward Without

VHOLDGHAST
Lat Oss Forbrin

VISIT, THE
Through Darknes

VON TILL, STEVE
A Life Unto Its

WAKE THE NATION...
Sign Of Heart

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