Broken Hope, Obituary, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide
July 30, 2021
Redefining Darkness Records
In the No Man’s Land of death metal, it takes something really special to stand out these days and stand out is exactly what Tombstoner achieve as the New Yorkers deliver their debut album ‘Victims of Vile Torture’.
‘Victims…’ is one of those rare albums where by just looking at the album cover, the listener is implored to pick it up, listen and take note. This may only be Tombstoner’s debut album, but they’ve left a big bloody mark on the death metal world as the band deliver an old-school death metal sound designed to reach into all these newer death metal offshoots and declare: “not today!”. Naturally, with a debut album, there is a lot of hero worship here and fans of Broken Hope, Morbid Angel and Obituary will be frothing at mouth when tracks like ‘Sledgehammer’, ‘Grave Dancer’ and ‘Armageddon’ force their way through the speakers and audibly rape your little lugholes. This is all wrapped up into a production that may not be the best out there, but it suits ‘Victims…’ down to the ground, it isn’t massively raw, but it is nicely medium-rare that will please both the audiophiles who like a clean production and those who sit in the non-hygienic camp who like their production with dirty needles and gangrene.
For Tombstoner, the band have delivered something that is actually excellent. ‘Victims…’ is hugely enjoyable and any death metal fan worth their salt should grab a copy.
any death metal fan worth their salt should pick this album up
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