|I feel a bit uncomfortable writing this review, since I have the impression that I have already said a lot about this release when I reviewed the 'Torture Wheel/Uncertainty Principle Split' some time ago. 'Crushed Under...' is basically the same three tracks of Torture Wheel that featured on that release, with an extra one added (the self titled track). The added track is very much in the vein of the other three, with perhaps a more 'industrial' feel to it and a more 'basic' structure.|
For those who are not yet familiar with the sound of this band (which is a big crime), Torture Wheel can be described as an experimental/doom/industrial entity with a lethargic, mesmerizing drive. Think funeral doom with an aquatic feel. I have a bizarre feeling of being held under water when listening to this band, which I have difficulty explaining. Although their sound is obviously completely different, I can't stop thinking of Massive Attack when listening to this album, because they induce a similar feeling, but in a very different way (now I really screwed up).
Anyway, back to the more 'observable' characteristics of the band. Torture Wheel is the brainchild of Eibon (Wraith of the Ropes) and those who know him and his projects, shouldn't be surprised to hear that Torture Wheel has a completely otherworldly, unconventional sound. An underlying keyboard layer is omnipresent, as well as highly distorted guitars and even more distorted vocals that are mainly used as another instrument, adding bizarre 'sound effects' to the whole. All instruments are wonderfully compressed into one sole entity, creating a totally claustrophobic, suffocating atmosphere.
It was a very good idea of Firedoom records to sign this band, as they have already shown a rare potential for greatness, which is so much missed in these days where the tuning and the amount of distortion of the guitars seem to be the most distinguishing element in the 'extreme' doom scene. Look also out for their excellent self-released split with Moss.
1. Broken by the Wheel
2. Shadow Sect
4. Crushed Under...
Duration : Approx. 45 minutes
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