Wartorn and Severe Torture…Posted on Monday, January 30th, 2006 @ 12:02pm » permalink
I gave an advance CD-R of Wartorn's debut, "The Sanctuary of Moral Turpitude", a full review on the old version of the site awhile back, but now that it's finally been officially released by the band I figured I'd give it another pass to try and get more people to check this shit out. These guys are one of the best metal bands to come out of Richmond in quite some time, and despite a few minor (and understandable) shortcomings with the recording due to budgetary constraints they crank out some awesome songwriting that cohesively combines just about every form of death metal you can imagine – from grinding blasts, to moshy grooves, to the classic chunkiness of both American and European styles… or contemporary fits of dissonance and frenzied technicality as well. Sadly the band's had a lot of trouble keeping a stable lineup in place, but they're still going strong, despite 3/5 of the members having been replaced since the time of this recording. But I really hope they start to garner some label interest, because a more fluid and in your face set of production values could allow these cats to unload a real whopper, and I truly believe that Wartorn has a lot to offer if they can just get the right opportunities in front of 'em.
The band's website seems to be down right now, and I'm not sure what they're doing in terms of mailorder at the moment, so if you like what you hear, get in touch via their MySpace page and see what you can do about picking up a copy.