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Sadistic Torment
Unearthly Horrors (Wild Rags Records)

By: Jeb Branin

In spite of less than perfect production on "Unearthly Horrors," SADISTIC TORMENT are in top form. Their technical death is reminiscent of the infamous Florida sound but with a distinctly yankee flair (the band hail >from Maryland after all). Their tornado of tinnitis is built around the shredding guitar work of Sparky Voyles and Jake Tatarakis who keep things moving with plenty of innovative and crushing riffs. The bass and drums suffer the most from the production shortcomings (especially on the first five songs) but are solid performances nonetheless. The last five songs were recorded at a different studio and the rhythm section fairs much better although the songs themselves are older and not quite as distinctive. Handling the microphone is Vinnie Mathews who is without a doubt one of my favorite death/grind vocalists. He records with (at least) three different projects, all of which are top notch. He is always warped and sick but at the same time has an uncanny ability to adapt his voice to the needs of the material. This CD is worth your investment for his contributions alone.
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