Orb Of Torture: Stereolith
07/02/08 || Lord K Philipson
This demo (they’ll probably claim it’s an EP though) was supposed to be reviewed countless of months ago, but ex-staffer Ripper never got around to it for some fucked reason. We apologize for the delay. Actually, we don’t – who do you think we are? You should be happy we give a fuck about you in the first place.
Orb Of Torture is a nice surprise despite their fantastic name. Death metal, baby! Death metal. Hooray! I’m not being sarcastic (not yet anyways). Orb’s got some groovy shit going on within their US-influenced brutality. Wait, for some reason they don’t feel that brutal, really. It’s becoz they use a good amount of decent melodies (not necessarily the happy kind of melodies, but melodies nonetheless) and don’t get lost in Technical County, though they definitely throw in some of that “look at me, I can play quite hard shit sometimes” crap here and there. We are not talking Necrophagist wankery by any means, but they sure dig some smaller bits and pieces of more “mature” playing, if you will.
It would be a lie to say that Orb is a full fledged death metal act, they have a little more of an own sound to what they do. And I like that. This demo pleasantly surprises me over and over. I absolutely recommend Orb Of Torture to anyone who can bare with some semi-technical, quite groovy and half-brutal death metal. Obviously this demo is recorded in their rehearsal place. It matters not, coz the sound is all fine.
I look forward to hear something more from these fuckers.
- Released: 2007
- Website: www.orboftorture.be
- Lars Herbaut: bass
- Jense Philips: drums
- Ben Olbrechts: vocals
- Tristan van Dorsselaer: guitars
- Marlon Verbelen: guitars
- 01. Ten billion unique monoliths
- 02. Death’s solemn aura
- 03. The pathetic selector