Torn the Fuck Apart [USA]
…The Dissection of Christ
Brutal Death Metal
Yet another band that one wonders whether to take seriously, Kansas City’s Torn the Fuck Apart this year releases their sophomore full length album, …The Dissection of Christ, following the themes of gore and anti-Christ that they have laid down with their previous release, Gods of Gore.
It is almost hard to tell the band’s style of music though with the intro of God’s Blood Turned Black, with a symphonic opening and a spoken sample that proclaims the band’s outright despise of religion. But with little warning, crushing riffs assault the ears of the listener, and one is immediately provided with an onslaught of at once brutal and technical death metal. The riffs of guitarists Nick and Michael are often complex and full of technical wankery, messing around with the listener’s head, and reek of influences from such bands as Suffocation and the likes. And while they aren’t engaged in some form of display of technical flair, the crushing, palm-muted chugging riffs provide all the entertainment and the grooves in the music, giving it some sort of catchiness amidst the insanity that goes on at the same time. The hyperactivity of the guitarists can be heard in the constant activity of the leads that are littered throughout the album, always playing at times quirky lead lines over the brutal rhythm guitars like on title track …The Dissection of Christ.
Bassist Deaffy also gets his time to shine throughout the album, often doubling the crazy riffs unleashed on the guitars, reminding one of bands like Defiled with his high presence in the mix of the album. The entire energy on the album is provided by drummer Jake who punishes his instrument relentlessly. The band also ensures that things don’t get too monotonous by the constant shifts in musical styles that are on the album, such as the sudden shift in the middle of Our Serpent Savior, and it is indeed rather surprising how easily the band manages to move in between rather drastically different styles. The weird-fuckery is most prominent on the instrumental track Purgatorium, where the band displays the unexpectedly melodic side, despite it lasting only a mere minute.
While the included sound samples that are on the album start off being pretty entertaining (such as the Louis CK one at the start of Father of Filth), these start to outstay their welcome pretty quickly, with the band ending up sounding as though they were trying too hard to include something funny yet blasphemous at the same time on every track, causing things to backfire instead. As the album progresses, these samples are even included in the middle of songs, further adding to the slight irritation. Other than that though, …The Dissection of Christ can be a rather entertaining album to listen to for the casual death metal fan.