(Avantgarde Music) Enslain Magazine Issue #8
Known for his vocals on Mayhem's "De Mysteriis Dom Satanas" and various other appearances throughout the black metal scene, Attila is back with his own project, the bizarre, trendless, Tormentor. The album is arranged almost like a symphony, beginning with guitar soloing atop an atmospheric intro, then segmented into intros to various songs, divided into a trilogy, and ending in an outro that sounds like part of the score to some fucked-up foreign horror movie. The intros are generally short, dark interludes, battle hymns or classical pieces which don't blend as seamlessly into the song as could be desired. The sound on the songs themselves is far from what could be expected. Quite grim, though looser production, the blackened sound of the guitars and replicating keyboards sounds more separated than ideal. And the demonic chants and screams and snarls and grunts are almost difficult to listen to. Having said that, there's actually a lot of skilled musicianship on here as well, and you can tell they know what they're doing here. Guitar solos interlace many of the songs, and some outstanding sound creations exist in many of the songs and intros. But it's all just put together in such an avant-garde sort of way, that the common listener won't get to the brilliant parts like the intro song to "Dracula," or "The Little Match Girl." And then again you have tracks like "A Hetszunyu Kaponyanyi Monyok" which has to be one of the oddest, most amusingly off-the-wall songs ever in a dark metal release, and makes me question all my previous statements. So, my consensus? This is much too unique, skilled, and screwy to be ignored, but don't blame me if it distorts your perception of 'serious' black metal or musical reality. You've been warned.
-- Lady Enslain