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I’m not sure what first set in motion the trend in certain strains of death metal for bands to adorn their music (and their lyrics) with imagery of women being sexually violated, tortured, and brutally murdered, or when that started, or why. Undoubtedly, metal historians have investigated… but I haven’t.

 

The Wrathrone video you’re about to see is in line with that trend… up to a point… and then it ends in a way you wouldn’t see coming (except now you’ve been alerted), because this particular victim returns from a watery grave to mete out vengeance.

 

It appears from the video that death doesn’t succeed in claiming Wrathrone either, given their own gore-splattered appearance as they hammer out the delicious piece of death-metal mauling and romping that provides the soundtrack to the short film.

 

The song is “Throne“, and it appears on the band’s new album, Reflections of Torment, which will be released (CD and digitally) on April 23rd by Satanth Records (Russia) and The Void Records (Italy), with vinyl and tape editions projected for release in September by Cimmerian Shade Recordings.

 

For those who might be encountering Wrathrone for the first time, they came together in Finland in 2008 and so far have released a pair of EPs (Burning Hatred in 2011 and Left Unburied in 2013) and a debut album (2016’s Born Beneath), and have honed their murderous skills over the course of about 70 shows in multiple countries.

 

You’ll get a hint of the brand of death metal these barbarians prefer by gazing (longingly) at the new album’s cover art, created by Pierre Perichaud of Business For Satan. And you’ll get a further vivid sign by listening to “Throne“.

 

 

 

It becomes obvious from the track that Wrathrone have embraced the deathless old school stylings of such bands as early Entombed, Bolt Thrower, Dismember, and certain progenitors from the Finnish death metal pantheon. The double-guitar attack discharges beefy, chainsawing riffs that wrap themselves around the reptile part of your brain; the rhythm section brings a grooving drive that just as effectively takes command of a listener’s motor neurons; and the vocalist delivers the kind of deep, heartless growls that call to mind images of a brutal serial killer.

 

I suppose it goes without saying, from what I’ve already said, that the song is as communicably infectious as it is ghastly. If you have a taste for old school death metal of the kind launched by those names mentioned earlier (and I sure as hell do), I can pretty much guarantee you’ll eat this up with both hands.

 

http://www.nocleansinging.com/2018/04/04/an-ncs-video-premiere-wrathrone-throne/

 

Vuosikymmenen kypsään ikään ehtinyt Wrathrone nappasi ekan levyn (Born Beneath, 2016) jälkeen sopparin venäläiseltä Satanath Recordsilta. Tämän yhteistyön hedelmänä syntyi Satanath Records/The VOID Records -yhteisjulkaisu, Reflections of Torment. Reilut kolme varttia kellottava levy iskee pöytään melodista vanhan liiton death metalia.

 

Vivahteita löytyy niin vanhan Amorphisin kuin Dismemberinkin suuntaan ts. tässä soitetaan örinälaulettua kuolonmetallia reilulla melodiakirjolla. Tempo kallistuu enemmän reippaaseen kuin keskitempoiseen, mutta blasbeatia tarjoillaan maltillisesti. Siellä tällä mukaan on päästetty kireämpääkin ärjynää, jonka ansiosta levyssä on lievää black metal -sävyäkin.

 

Vaikka varsinaiset heikot lenkit on jo jätetty treenikämpän lattialle, varsinainen killerikama levystä uupuu. Levyn soljuva dynamiikka puhuttelee, eikä soundipuolesta löydy itkun aihetta. Perusasetelma on siis ihan hyvä ja yksityiskohtienkin tasolla löytyy kiinnostavia ideoita. Silti, sitä jotain maagista jää levystä kaipaamaan.

 

Osin ongelmana on se, että monet ideat hukutetaan nopeampien kohtien varjoon ja toisaalta sekin, ettei kappaleissa kuuluvaa hyvää melodiatajua ole hyödynnetty loppuun asti. Näen bändissä potentiaalia a-sarjalaiseksi, mutta tällä levyllä sinne ei vielä päästä. Vaan kun käyntiin lähtee esimerkiksi By Dawn They'll Hang -lopetusbiisin alkumelodia, kuulija tietää olevansa jonkin hyvän äärellä. Toivotaan, että bändi jatkaa tästä kehittymistään. Reflections of Torment on lopulta kuitenkin ihan hyvä levy!

 

https://www.impe.fi/reviews/1/18980

 

 

Wrathrone play Old School Death Metal (OSDM). Fans know what that means: Death Metal with a chainsaw running through the amps and a bass sandpapering the ears of the listener. While the full in force HM2 pedal made me initially think of a Swedish band Wrathrone are from Laitila/Finland.

 

Subject of this review is their second full length album following up on “Born Beneath” only two years after that one saw the light of day. While their first effort has been released by Inverse Records they joined the roster of Satanath Records to bring out “Reflections of Torment”. As I am not familiar with “Born Beneath” I am not able to comment on any progression made during these two years but have to judge this album all on its own.

 

Although the first track “Throne” starts with some atmospheric and acoustic sounds it does not take too long until the musical onslaught gets on its way. The two guitarists Vili Mäkinen and Lauri Holm have massively down-tuned their instruments to provide that classic sound that will make fans of Swedish OSDM feel right at home. Together with the rhythm section consisting of bassist P. Wärri and drummer Mikael Ruoho they have forged a massive, groove laden album that brings to mind some of the famous work by cult heroes like Grave and Entombed. While all riffs can be found in the textbook of Swedish Death Metal they are put together in a way to feel coherent and diversified at the same time. The combination of the atmospheric main themes and short lead melodies played at the same time often provides for great atmosphere.

 

In my amateurish opinion Mikael is a fantastic drummer working with various rhythm and tempo changes without hurting the flow of the songs. There are some moments where it seems as if his fills are slightly delayed creating chaotic momentum for a few seconds just to drop back to the stoic and stomping main beat of the verse again. Another positive aspect is that the bass is audible and Wärri gets some short moments to shine as well. What makes this album a winner is the great variation of faster songs and slower ones. The chronological order of the tracks is chosen in a way to keep the attention of the audience over the whole 47 minutes.

 

Once in a while Wrathrone leave their comfort zone dipping their toes into other genres like Melodic Death Metal before stepping back to their Old School trademark sounds. While the music can get a bit more technical in a few sections as well consistent songwriting seems to be the main focus for the band and follows the classic verse-chorus structure for major parts of the album.

 

The filthy production is fitting the music like a glove causing a rotten overall atmosphere. If I had to express any complains it would be the fact that the vocals seem to be a bit buried in the mix. As Matti’s growling is pretty low pitched it is not easy to understand what the lyrics are about. On the other hand we are talking about very traditional Death Metal so one just needs to read song titles like “Failing Flesh, Enduring Spirit” to have an idea what they are all about. Adding to that Old School feeling is the cover artwork. As I am a sucker for black-white covers in combination with that kind of OSDM this is another plus in my books. Wrathrone did not try to be innovative in any way on “Reflections of Torment” but proudly wear their influences on their sleeves.

 

“Reflections of Torment” got everything I am searching for in that genre: The massive mid-range buzz, burly throbbing bass, the bellowed vocals and the perfect balance of catchy gallops, heavy blasts and thick monster grooves. Anyone who cannot get enough OSDM of the Stockholm school should give Wrathrone a try. Chances are good that you will end up adding “Reflections of Torment” to your collection.

 

https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Wrathrone/Reflections_of_Torment/705578/

 

 

 

There’s long been a tendency to lump death metal acts into one of two grossly oversimplified clichés. The first of which being tiresomely derivative displays of mindless brutality or, worse still, slick and lifelessly overproduced modern posturing.

 

 

 

But from the moment Wrathrone’s writhing multitude of smouldering, blackly majestic guitar accents erupt in a gargling cacophony of screams, it fast becomes apparent that any such attempt to label or pigeonhole these lawlessly inventive Finns would be doomed to spectacular failure. From gargantuan slabs of sinewy bass to lacerating licks that sting the senses with scalding extremes of aggression, ‘Reflections of Torment’ palpably reeks of the genre’s most classic and instantly recognisable trademarks. Indeed, with its dissonant strains of scalpel-edged tremolo and exhilarating blastbeats that accelerate wildly atop grave-scented layer upon layer of chugging grooves, ‘Gut Goddess’ is particularly rich with evidence of this deathly legacy.

 

 

 

But for all ‘…Torment’s’ gloriously visceral, genre-defining character, the intoxicating depth of complexity and tautly controlled execution displayed here in spades is equally teeming with electrifying freshness and originality. Take, for instance, ‘End of Your Sanity’s’ crushing slew of rhythmic blasts whose artfully engineered pacing and restraint leaves us breathless with anticipation before unleashing a brain-liquefying deluge of sleekly agile solos. Or the densely muscular, contorted twin guitars and ghoulishly sustained scream that opens ‘Bloodline’ in spectacularly adrenaline-fuelled fashion. With our attention rapt within moments of this wickedly abrasive display, low-slung lines of inky, reverb-laden guitar unravel restlessly beneath an intricate array of scalding licks and notey symmetries whose dizzying, accelerative energy leaves the synapses crackling with adrenaline.

 

But it’s ‘Dead Inside Me's’ deft intermingling and splicing of knife-edged aggression and crushingly immersive doom that makes for perhaps the most varied and inventive of these relentlessly captivating, pitch-black titles.

 

Transitioning seamlessly back and forth between violent fits of battering hyperblasts and lusciously expansive, Paradise Lost-flavoured layers of smouldering fretwork, this darkly diverse standout finds the Finns at the crowning pinnacle of their compositional powers.

 

 

 

Dizzyingly electrifying, darkly imagined and wondrously suspenseful at every whiplash-inducing, exhilarating turn, this is, unequivocally and without question, a work of compositional brilliance.  

 

https://www.darkmatterwebzine.com/single-post/2018/05/27/ALBUM-REVIEW-Wrathrones-Reflections-of-Torment

 

 

 

Video review.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MRtaN6ZC2k

 

 

Depois de em 2016 ter lançado o seu primeiro álbum, Born Beneath, a banda da Filândia, Wrathrone, acaba de lançar, Reflections of Torment,.

Death Metal, por vezes cru e noutras, cheio de melodia, levando aquele Death Metal sueco, o dito de Gotemburgo, At the Gates, In Flames ou Dismember.

É um álbum muito nostálgico, não trazendo nada acrescentar, dá muito gozo em ouvir, por isso acho, para quem gosta do Death Metal dos anos noventa, aqule que era criado na Suécia, vai adorar este,Reflections of Torment. 8

 

 

After in 2016 have released their first album, Born Beneath, the band from Finland, Wrathrone, just released, Reflections of Torment ,.

 

Death Metal, sometimes raw and in others, full of melody, carrying that Swedish Death Metal, the Gothenburg saying, At the Gates, In Flames or Dismember.

 

It is a very nostalgic album, bringing nothing to add, it gives a lot of enjoyment to listen, so I think, for those who like the Death Metal of the nineties, the one who was raised in Sweden, will love this, Reflections of Torment. 8

 

http://osdiasaosom.blogspot.ru/2018/05/wrathrone-reflections-of-torment-2018.html

 

 

Laitilan viemäreistä ryömivä death metal –yhtye Wrathrone on julkaissut toisen täyspitkänsä ”Reflections Of Torment”. Bändi luottaa ulosannissaan vanhan liiton kuolometalliin. 10 vuoden kokemus sekä aktiivinen keikkailu kuuluvat varmaotteisessa soitto- ja sovitustyössä.

 

Yhtyeen death metal soi pääosin nopeatempoisena sekä likaisen soundimaailman saattelemana. Wrathrone nostaa esikuvikseen Entombedin, Dismemberin sekä Bolt Throwerin. Viimeksi mainittu kuuluu lähinnä vokalisti Matti Vehmaan Karl Willets –vaikutteisessa örähtelyssä, muuten kumarretaan nimenomaan Entombedin alkuaikojen musiikille.

 

Nykyisen Entombedin tylsääkin tylsemmäksi käyneestä ojan kaivuusta Wrathrone pysyy onneksi kaukana. Mukana on satunnaisia käännöksiä melodisempaan ilmaisuun, eivätkä kaikki sovitusratkaisutkaan noudata niitä perinteisimpiä kaavoja. Pahuutta huokuva ja tasaisesti tunnelmaansa kasvattava avauskappale ”Throne” sekä armottomasti eteenpäin raivoava ”When All Light Died” nousevat muusta materiaalista esiin erityisinä kohokohtina.

 

”Bloodshroud” ja ”End Of Your Sanity” ovat vielä perinteisen väkivaltaisia ja brutaaleja rutistuksia, mutta jälleen levyn loppupuolen ”Last Journey North” sekä ”By Dawn They’ll Hang” -kappaleissa kuullaan selvästi kierompaa ulosantia. ”Reflections Of Tormentilla” soi myös piano ja näiden tehokeinojen myötä Laitilan ylpeys erottuu muusta massasta edukseen.

 

Kappalemateriaali muutamaa tasapaksumpaa hetkeä lukuunottamatta säilyy läpi levyn vahvana. Albumin tunkkaiset soundit haikailevat 30 vuoden takaisiin tunnelmiin, mutta mielenkiintoiset sovitukset vaatisivat kiistatta selkeämpää äänimaailmaa. Nyt riffit soivat valitettavan tunkkaisina ja rumpusoundikaan ei ole paras mahdollinen. Tämä ristiriita syö väistämättä voimaa levyltä ja tätä myötä kiitettävälle tasolle ei aivan ylletä.

 

Yhtyeellä tuntuu olevan halua ja kykyä viedä musiikkiaan teknisempään ja jopa progressiivisempaan suuntaan tinkimättä samalla lainkaan raskaudesta. Jatkoa ajatellen ulosannin edelleen monipuolistamisella ja tuotantopuoli kuntoon viilaamalla puhutaan jo ehdottomasti kotimaisen death metallin kärkikastista.

 

http://metalliluola.fi/wrathrone-reflections-of-torment-2018/

 

 

I was on tour with my own band and at one of the shows I got the album from Mikael Ruoho, the drummer of Wrathrone. I expected it to be straight up continuation to their debut album Born Beneath, but instead the band has gone to a whole new level!

 

Reflections Of Torment shows a whole new side of the band. Where Born Beneath was straight forward and in your face kind of blasting and torment, the new album takes that to a new level and adds something that has not been there ever before in Wrathrone´s music. Extremely tasty melodies. Now don´t be fooled. They have not gone full Bon Jovi or anything. If I would have to use a band to describe their music, I would say they sound like Entrails, but better and Finnish. Vocals have also taken a step forward on this album. I actually had to get up from my chair and pause my intense gaming session and check if I was still listening to Wrathrone! The song that was playing at that moment was ”Bloodline.” Check out at least that track. My only concern about this album is, that will it get the attention it deserves? Album is released in co-operation by Russian Satanath Records and Italian The Void Records. Labels that don´t, at least for now, posses the means to shove this album down the throats of every Death Metal fanatic there is. Let´s hope for the best. Wrathrone deserves it.

 

Overall I feel this album is the next step the band needed to take. What does the future hold for Wrathrone? I remain and observe.

 

https://stenchfromthegrave.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/review-wrathrone-reflections-of-torment/

 

 

Once again we get assaulted by Finnish brutality – and this time Wrathrone made sure that I feel it into my core. Reflections of Torment will make you realise that the Finnish Death Metal scene is all but dead.

 

From the first track on the album, Throne, you will definitely know that you are listening to the extreme arts here. The soothing intro releases hell onto you in an instant with incredible riffs, and vocals that gives you goosebumps.

 

This is followed by my favourite track on the album – End of Your Sanity. They couldn’t have named it anything better. The catchy melody and amazing riffs pushed me to my edge, craving more and more of this incredible music.

 

Another highlight when it comes to brutality is Gut Goddess. From the first moments that the guitars start howling, you will feel like you are in for a treat, then all of a sudden to vocal attack makes you jump. This, this is what I like in my Death Metal.

 

Listening to the song, Dead Inside Me, was definitely an experience worth writing over. I honestly did not expect the level of guitar skill and ingenuity with the riffs as I have heard in this track. Very few modern Death Metal bands keep this age old skill like that. This song is perfectly executed. Raw and heavy.

 

My favourite example when it comes to conveying a feeling of darkness on this album, is most definitely Bloodshroud. The intense drumming and jagged vocals feels absolutely perfect for this slower, more aggressive track. This will have you banging your head in no time.

 

The album ends of with what I believe is something out of this world. By Dawn They’ll Hang is once again a perfect example of the immense musical skill that all the instruments together clearly show. Not only do the instruments work perfectly together, but the vocals makes sure you that you know what you have just experienced. Death Metal in it’s truest form.

 

In Conclusion –

Wrathrone proves that Death Metal is alive and well in the cold and morbid northern lands. Reflections of Torment is definitely worth adding to your playlist if you are a cold hard Death Metal maniac. This album sets the mark high for Wrathrone and I am sure their future releases will live up to this standard.

 

In recent times I have heard people talking about the Finnish Metal scene being in decline overall - I struggle to believe it. With bands like Wrathrone and solid releases like Reflections of Torment, we definitely have a lot to look forward

 

https://www.nordicmetal.net/wrathrone-reflections-of-torment/

 

 

Czy potraficie wyobrazić sobie dzień bez wiatru, słońca, chmur na niebie? Dzień bez zapachu, dotyku, smaku czy choćby minutowej komunikacji z drugim człowiekiem? Ja nie potrafię. Wiem jednak, że takim dniem będzie ten, w którym okaże się, że w Finlandii nie ma już żadnych ciekawych zespołów do poznania. To będzie ten rodzaj uczucia. Pustka. Bo w tej chwili świadomość nieprzebranych zapasów metalowych tego kraju jest właśnie chmurą na niebie, promieniem słońca czy podmuchem wiatru. Codziennością. Normą. 

 

 

 

 

 

Kraj, który ma ledwo pięć i pół miliona mieszkańców, jest jak kraina rodem z książki fantasy. Wędrujemy pomiędzy zagubionymi wśród lasów i jezior miasteczkami i wsiami a w praktycznie w każdej z nich skarby. Oczywiście metalowe ale dla nas bezcenne. Tym razem, dzięki uprzejmości Aleksa z Satanath Records, los rzucił mnie do miejscowości Laitila, położonej na południowym zachodzie kraju. Niewiele ponad osiem tysięcy mieszkańców, lodowisko i browar. No i Wrathrone. Zespół powstał w 2008 roku, czyli posiada pewien staż. Cóż z tego, skoro ja poznaję go dopiero teraz i podejrzewam a wręcz mam pewność, że wielu z Was również. Wydali do tej pory EPkę i dwa pełniaki. Ostatni w kwietniu tego roku ukazał się nakładem rosyjskiej Satanath Records. I pewnie leżałby sobie tam pomiędzy lasami i jeziorami jeszcze kilka lat gdybym sam musiał go szukać. Na szczęście, jeśli chodzi o Finlandię, dobrze mieć znajomych. Samemu nigdy nie odkryjecie wszystkiego. Aleksey przysłał sporo płyt, lecz poprosił by ta była jedną z pierwszych o której napiszę. I jestem mu za to wdzięczny bo to bardzo fajny materiał. Tak, fajny, nie ma tu pomyłki, bo nie jest to żaden modny ostatnio gruz, żadna ponura dawka zniszczenia wypełzająca z piwnicy. To po prostu jest death metal zabarwiony sporą ilością melodii. Jest w tym trochę Szwecji, trochę Holandii, trochę Anglii nawet. „Reflections Of Torment” trwa czterdzieści siedem minut i zawiera dziesięć utworów. Nie nudzi się jednak ani trochę tylko fajnie buja do przodu. Czas płynie szybko i ani się obejrzałem a album się skończył. Bez namysłu odpaliłem go jeszcze raz. Bo najzwyczajniej w Świecie jest to relaks dla uszu. Wiele razy miałem ochotę skakać jak wariat i coś zdemolować, ale są tu też zwolnienia, przynoszące dawkę ciężaru, dobrze równoważące tę lekkość galopady. W takich momentach Wrathrone brzmi bardzo klasycznie, powiedziałbym, że amerykańsko. Ale jak najbardziej w pozytywnym znaczeniu. No i te melodie, o których już pisałem. Słychać, że gitarzyści odrobili lekcje, wiedzą jak trzymać instrumenty i jak zbudować tym co grają ciekawy klimat. Zespół w tekstach porusza między innymi tematykę Wikingów i melodyka albumu z nią współgra. Panowie decydują się również na solówki, momentami dość niekonwencjonalne, ale ciekawe. Nie chcę jednak, byście pomyśleli, że „Reflections Of Torment” to płyta na romantyczną kolację czy spotkanie z babcią. Nie. Jest tu sporo agresji i mocy, brutalności i siły, wszystko to jednak jest dalekie od zasypywania piwnicy gruzem i stąd posiada w sobie pewną dawkę lekkości. Jest tu dużo przestrzeni i nastroju co dla mnie jest miłą odskocznią od dzisiejszych trendów.

 

Nie jest to, podsumowując, żadne epokowe czy wielkie dzieło. Nie będą o nim pisali potomkowie naszych potomków, bo płyt na tym poziomie mieliśmy setki. Jest to jednak dobra pozycja, by po powrocie z pracy wyciągnąć się na kanapie i po prostu zrelaksować. Dzięki Aleks za możliwość poznania Wrathrone. Teraz muszę zapoznać się z pozostałymi ich wydawnictwami.

 

Warto wspomnieć o estetyce wydania płyty, która jest na bardzo wysokim poziomie. Cieszy oko, cieszy ucho, czego chcieć więcej?

 

https://przyszloscprzeszlosci.blogspot.com/2018/07/kraina-relaksu.html

 

Wrathrone play Old School Death Metal (OSDM). Fans know what that means: Death Metal with a chainsaw running through the amps and a bass sandpapering the ears of the listener. While the full in force HM2 pedal made me initially think of a Swedish band Wrathrone are from Laitila/Finland.

 

Subject of this review is their second full length album following up on “Born Beneath” only two years after that one saw the light of day. While their first effort has been released by Inverse Records they joined the roster of Satanath Records to bring out “Reflections of Torment”. As I am not familiar with “Born Beneath” I am not able to comment on any progression made during these two years but have to judge this album all on its own.

 

Although the first track “Throne” starts with some atmospheric and acoustic sounds it does not take too long until the musical onslaught gets on its way. The two guitarists Vili Mäkinen and Lauri Holm have massively down-tuned their instruments to provide that classic sound that will make fans of Swedish OSDM feel right at home. Together with the rhythm section consisting of bassist P. Wärri and drummer Mikael Ruoho they have forged a massive, groove laden album that brings to mind some of the famous work by cult heroes like Grave and Entombed. While all riffs can be found in the textbook of Swedish Death Metal they are put together in a way to feel coherent and diversified at the same time. The combination of the atmospheric main themes and short lead melodies played at the same time often provides for great atmosphere.

 

In my amateurish opinion Mikael is a fantastic drummer working with various rhythm and tempo changes without hurting the flow of the songs. There are some moments where it seems as if his fills are slightly delayed creating chaotic momentum for a few seconds just to drop back to the stoic and stomping main beat of the verse again. Another positive aspect is that the bass is audible and Wärri gets some short moments to shine as well. What makes this album a winner is the great variation of faster songs and slower ones. The chronological order of the tracks is chosen in a way to keep the attention of the audience over the whole 47 minutes.

 

Once in a while Wrathrone leave their comfort zone dipping their toes into other genres like Melodic Death Metal before stepping back to their Old School trademark sounds. While the music can get a bit more technical in a few sections as well consistent songwriting seems to be the main focus for the band and follows the classic verse-chorus structure for major parts of the album.

 

The filthy production is fitting the music like a glove causing a rotten overall atmosphere. If I had to express any complains it would be the fact that the vocals seem to be a bit buried in the mix. As Matti’s growling is pretty low pitched it is not easy to understand what the lyrics are about. On the other hand we are talking about very traditional Death Metal so one just needs to read song titles like “Failing Flesh, Enduring Spirit” to have an idea what they are all about. Adding to that Old School feeling is the cover artwork. As I am a sucker for black-white covers in combination with that kind of OSDM this is another plus in my books. Wrathrone did not try to be innovative in any way on “Reflections of Torment” but proudly wear their influences on their sleeves.

 

“Reflections of Torment” got everything I am searching for in that genre: The massive mid-range buzz, burly throbbing bass, the bellowed vocals and the perfect balance of catchy gallops, heavy blasts and thick monster grooves. Anyone who cannot get enough OSDM of the Stockholm school should give Wrathrone a try. Chances are good that you will end up adding “Reflections of Torment” to your collection.

 

https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Wrathrone/Reflections_of_Torment/705578/Edmund_Sackbauer/402292

 

 

Laitilalainen Wrathrone on saanut valmiiksi järjestyksessään toisen kokopitkän albuminsa, jolla vedellään armotta turpaan vanhan liiton death metalin hengessä. Bändi on ollut kasassa vuosikymmenen ajan, ja jäsenillä on taustaa myös muissa yhtyeissä. Studiolivenä taltioitu ”Reflections of Torment” ei myöskään unohda lisätä vanhan, Ruotsista tutun tyylin mukaisia melodisia mausteita musiikkiinsa.

 

Groovahtava death metal -poljento tuo vahvasti mieleen Entombedin siinä, missä yhtyeen melodisempi ote vaikuttaisi olevan paljosta velkaa Dismemberille. Tässä vaiheessa on myös todettava, että limainen old school -tuotanto toimii likipitäen täydellisesti luoden mielleyhtymiä suoraan 1990-luvun alkuun. Äänimaisema on erityisen maukas varsinkin soolokitaran osalta. ”Reflections of Torment” on historiankirjamainen esimerkki kaikista niistä puolista, joita pohjoismainen ysäri-death metal piti sisällään. Oikeaoppisen visvaiset vokaalit möyryävät matalalta ja välistä rääytään jopa black metal -tyyliin.

 

Kuinkas on sitten itse biisien laita? Pyörää kun ei ole varsinaisesti lähdetty keksimään uudestaan, ei bändiä voi syyttää liiasta kekseliäisyydestäkään. Kappaleet toimivat kaikin puolin mallikkaasti, mutta ne ovat kuitenkin sen verran tavanomaisia, ettei ykkösliigaan ole vielä asiaa. Kokonaisuuden kannalta variaatioita on kuitenkin aivan riittävästi, eikä puutuminen uhkaa kuuntelijaa missään vaiheessa. Biiseistä on erityisesti nostettava esiin ”Bloodline”, jossa kaikki bändin elementit lyövät saumattomasti kättä. ”Last Journey North” heittää soppaan vähän black metal -mausteita, ja ”By the Dawn They’ll Hangin” myötä albumi saa arvoisensa lopun.

 

Yhteenvetona todettakoon, että ”Reflections of Torment” on tasaisen tappava levy ja tyylitietoinen sekoitus 1990-luvun death metal -soundeja, melodiaa ja groovea. Hyvä levy lajissaan mutta A-ryhmään on vielä jonkin verran matkaa. Albumi on julkaistu yhteistyönä venäläisen Satanath Recordsin ja italialaisen The Void Recordsin kanssa.

 

http://kaaoszine.fi/wrathrone-vanhan-liiton-death-metal-turpaanvetoa-melodiaa-unohtamatta/

 

Wrathrone is a death metal band swarming from the gutters of Laitila, Finland. They’ve been around for 10 years now, and this year they strike hard with their sophomore album fittingly entitled Reflections Of Torment. It is safe to say that their overall style is quite traditional and old-school death metal with a few but significant sickening twists.

 

Reflections Of Torment arrives two years after the release of their 2016 debut Born Beneath. Like its predecessor Reflections Of Torment is sick, perverted, extreme and brutal death metal, in a good way obviously! Thus, this is one of the darkest, extreme and most unpleasant bestial death metal offerings I’ve heard in a while. From the first track on the album, “Throne” (see video below), one definitely understands that we are dealing with the extreme arts here. Having said that, my absolute album-favorite is the track called “End Of Your Sanity” mainly due to a catchy melody and amazing edgy riffs throughout the song! Another of album’ highlights is definitely “Bloodshroud” this time due to some intense drumming and jagged vocals.

 

There’re some aforementioned twists here and there, but also some groove, rumbling double guitars, low-grinding bass with blasting drums topped with insane goosebumps giving growls. There’s also an increased amount of extremely tasty melodies squeezed into some of their songs, but it just serves the album perfectly.

 

Esp. the addition of melodies is the main difference between the two first albums. Where Born Beneath was straight forward death metal assault, this new record takes that to a new level and adding those nice melodies.

 

Wrathrone sure deserves more recognition and attention than they’re getting right now – so it is time for a change! With the release of Reflections Of Torment this hard-working combo will get a chance they deserve. Esp. recommended for worshipers of Bolt Thrower, Entombed, Dismember, Entrails and some of the acts from the 90s Finish death metal scene.

 

https://www.metal-revolution.com/reviews/wrathrone-reflections-of-torment

 

 

Да се питају данашњи српски (мада ни остали не заостају) „новинари” наслов изнад ове рецензије би могао гласити: „Финци пребегли у Шведску и нећете веровати шта се онда десило”. Као и обично, испод би писало да се ништа посебно није ни десило. Снимили су албум. Добар албум, али ни то нису вести које су ван уобичајених. Ипак говоримо о Финској, а тамо никад није мањкало добрих албума.

 

Петорка из града Лаитила у Финској прославља декаду постојања другим дугосвирајућим материјалом. Горе постављена референца на Шведску углавном стоји. Углавном... Пре свега када говоримо о звуку који је итекако шведски.

 

Wrathrone свира death метал у старинском духу - барем у основи. Препознатљиви моменти који су прославили Гетеборг (барем ектремном метал свету) током деведесетих година прошлог века су свеприсутни у стваралаштву ових Финаца. Прљаве, мелодичне гитаре, спуштен штим, чврста ритам секција и бруталност без којих овај жанр не може постојати. Тек ретки делови овог албума подсећају на ону сурову тежину којом су се одликовали бендови из домовине овог састава. Осим тога, ReflectionsоfTorment уме да повуче у неколико праваца. Упечатљиви су готово doom метал моменти, посебно када се темпо умири, а у причу укључи клавир, најчешће у позадини као тек атмосферични додатак звучном зиду.

 

Са друге стране, ваља обратити пажњу на песму Last Journey North где је баш тај клавир остављен да води готово главну реч (на почетку и крају нумере). И то чини изузетно добро, што неће признати само они најзагриженији фанови који ће и само присуство тог инструмента сматрати врхунцем бласфемије. Много чешће Wrathrone прелети у thrash метал, те изазове оно што се данас назива death 'n' roll. Могу се пронаћи и модернији мелодични упливи током ових 47 минута што је још једна ствар коју им неће опростити окорели љубитељи правца. Но, ову екипу то не би требало да забрињава. Све те различите утицаје бенд је успео да сасвим добро укомпонује. Добијен је компактан албум, изузетно енергичан и који, иако се јасно чује сва инспирација којом су се послужили, задржава солидну дозу оригиналности која ће их издвојити из масе клонова.

 

Суштина је да је ова екипа направила заиста добар албум. Можда не најбољи али сасвим добар. Уосталом, ово им је тек други тако да време свакако ради за њих. Већ на трећем би могли да заузму сасвим добру позицију на глобалној сцени.

 

https://ciklonizacija.blogspot.com/2018/10/wrathrone-reflections-of-torment.html

 

Z odsieczą przychodzą Finlandczycy z Wrathrone. Swoją muzyką nie próbują wymyślać koła na nowo ale prezentują przyswajalną porcję death metalowego grania z lekko rock’n’rollowym klimatem. Dobrze słuchające się przytupańce mieszają się tutaj z ciężarem i mięsistym brzmieniem co daje na prawdę niezły efekt. Czuć echa szwedzkiego death metalu ale pachnie to również nieco nowocześniejszym podejściem do metalu śmierci. Dużo chwytliwych i zadziornych riffów, gdzie trzeba jest również solidniejsze przykurwienie. Wszystko okraszone dość głębokim, czasem lekko monotonnym growlem. Przyjemna, nie zmuszająca do rozkładania muzyki na czynniki pierwsze, płyta.

 

http://limiter.com.pl/symbol-of-domination-production-satanath-records-cz-6-2018/

 

Wrathrone delivers a heavy dose of old school death metal with their own spices on their new album Reflections Of Torment. Once again we get assaulted by Finnish brutality. Reflections of Torment will make you realize that the Finnish Death Metal scene is all but dead. The song Dead Inside Me, was definitely an experience worth writing over. The level of guitar skill and ingenuity with the riff is very nice. This song is raw and heavy.

 

 

 

Reflections Of Torment contains plenty of darkness and intense drumming and jagged vocals feels. End Of Your Sanity contains catchy melody and amazing riffs and immense musical skill that all the instruments together clearly show. Wrathrone proves that death metal is alive and well in the cold and beautiful northern lands. Reflections Of Torment is definitely worth adding to your playlist if you are a cold hard Death Metal maniac.

 

http://permafrost.today/2018/09/10/wrathrone-cold-hard-death-metal-maniac/

 

We’d previously covered their Born Beneath and shall we say, weren’t exactly happy with the production and overly busy approach.

 

Well, I still question the production somewhat, but I’m happy to report

that these Finns have toned it down and reined it in quite a bit, working far

more of a straightforward death metal sound* this time around.

 

* though admittedly one still too often peppered with black metallish

blastbeats and tremelo riffing for their own good…even so, it’s a huge

improvement.

 

Even the grindcoreish vox have been tightened up, sounding less

expansive and sloppy than usual, with dual vox only showing up as

punctuation at choruses and suchlike.

 

I can’t tell you how much better these guys have gotten, or at least how

much they’ve marshalled their inner death metaller fortitude against the

pernicious influences of more modern and blackened nonsense, except

to recommend you go give this one a listen and see for yourself.

 

Huge improvement, guys. I liked a whole hell of a lot of what you’re

throwing down here.

 

For newbies, ignore the comparison to their last album, and take it as

yeah, it’s pretty good.

 

https://thirdeyecinema.wordpress.com/2018/08/21/hark-hence-cometh-another-august-september-descent-into-fall-roundup/

 

Wrathrone’s most recent release, Reflections of Torment, is my current frontrunner for 2018 Album of the Year. This is the second full-length release from these Finnish death metallers, and it is an ass-kicking ten-track slab of old-school death metal.

 

In style, it reminds me more of early 90’s Swedish death metal than the typically-more-chaotic older Finnish stuff. There are a number of spots where other influences stand out, from the bits of Cannibal groove in Gut Goddess and the Ghoulish bass and guitar breaks in Bloodline to the Ares Kingdomesque thematic leadwork of Dead Inside Me. Then there’s Bloodshroud, which is pretty much a Bolt Thrower clone (this is a good thing).

 

The tempo and pacing of the songs are quite varied, avoiding the monotony that can otherwise develop. Good use of tempo changes keeps the individual songs engaging as well; really solid riffing helps here too.

 

Performance-wise, everything here is aces; design-wise everything is by-and-large in keeping with old-school Swedeath: a largely d-beat-driven rhythm section with occasional blasty or rock-style passages, supporting tremolo-picking-heavy riffing that is accented by reverb-drenched thematic leadwork and rifflets. Primary vocals are an excellent deeper growl, alternated occasionally by a more blackish raspy snarl.

 

Production is cleanish, and about typical for the style. If you love old Entombed, Dismember and Grave, this can’t miss.

 

https://oldmanmetalsmusings.wordpress.com/2018/07/28/wrathrone-reflections-of-torment-2018/

 

Death metal da Finlândia que não nos surge na forma de melodia ultra polida é algo cada vez mais raro e por isso mais interesse nos provoca o segundo álbum dos finlandeses Wrathrone que apresentam um death bruto e rude no som, bem ríspido e até aproximando-se da vertente sueca que tanto impacto teve (e ainda tem) no mundo da música extrema. Simples mas bastante eficaz, os Wrathrone poderão não ter argumentos suficientes para consigam sair do underground mas pelo que ouvimos aqui, não é propriamente o seu objectivo. E ainda bem. Certos sons merecem ficar puros.

 

http://worldofmetalmag.com/

 

Death Metal troops from the murky lands of Finland, Wrathrone, have been at it since 2008 and have kept an almost a stable line-up through those 10 years, only changing one of their guitarists once. During that time, they also released a couple of studio albums. Their debut, Born Beneath, came out on Inverse Records in 2016, and its follow-up, Reflections of Torment, was released at the end of April 2018 as a cooperation between Russian extreme underground Metal label Satanath Records and Italian The Void Records.

 

This is some of the most rotten, murkiest and most pleasantly and idea-rich Death Metal that I have had a pleasure to hear in quite a while. Sure, the band knows how you churn out your typical, dead limb-heavy and utterly dark Death Metal, often in pretty fast tempos, but they also understand what it means to take a little distance from the masses when it comes down to creating more your own sound. There's an increased amount of melodies squeezed into their songs that add a couple of spoonfuls of extra twists. What's also pretty noticeable is that the songs are structured in a similar way to that of British legends Bolt Thrower (R.I.P), with this ominous and dangerous, and sort of calm-before-a-full-scale-attack feel. In fact, "Bloodshroud" is nearly 100% Bolt Thrower worship, whereas "Last Journey North" introduces a more Black Metal-ish sound. It's nice to mix ketchup with a black mustard every once in a while, as after that everything tastes much better, right?

 

http://www.metalcrypt.com/pages/review.php?revid=10704#

 

Attivi da una decade, i finlandesi Wrathrone arrivano con questo "Reflections of Torment" alla pubblicazione del secondo album, licenziato da Satanath Records. Dediti ad un Death'n'Roll che molto prende soprattutto dall'old school svedese, i Wrathrone sono uno di quei gruppi che, a quanto pare, non amano perdere tempo.

 

E' difatti la martellante "Throne" a darci il benvenuto in quelli che saranno quasi 50 minuti di ritmiche serrate, riff taglienti ed una marcatissima attitudine rock'n'roll, che trova una valvola di sfogo soprattutto nei brani più rapidi come "End of your Sanity". Ed è proprio quest'ultima componente a rendere in un certo modo divertente l'ascolto di "Reflections of Torment": non brillerà per originalità, ma bisogna essere onesti e dire che i pezzi che compongono questo disco hanno decisamente un gran tiro. Pezzi come "Got Goddess", "Last Journey North", "Bloodline", insieme alla già citata "End of your Reality" hanno la giusta dose di cazzimma - non saprei quale altro termine usare - per avere una presa grandiosa on stage. Lo stesso si può dire per tutti gli altri pezzi, con menzione particolare per "Bloodline", canzone con un basso che ti prende a schiaffoni dal primo all'ultimo secondo. L'unico neo è che forse il growl di Matti Vehmas è un po' troppo profondo - si notano somiglianze con lo stile di Chris Barnes, vocalist che non ho mai apprezzato più di tanto a dirla tutta -, ma è tutto sommato una singola goccia in un album il cui ascolto lascia soddisfatti.

 

http://www.allaroundmetal.com/component/content/article/26-releases/5186-dalla-finlandia-il-buonissimo-death-n-roll-dei-wrathrone

 

 

For those who might be encountering WRATHRONE for the first time, they formed in Finland, thy cold and morbid northern land in 2008 and so far have released a pair of EPs (“Burning Hatred” in 2011 and “Left Unburied” in 2013) and a debut album “Born Beneath” in 2016. WRATHRONE strikes lethally this time with “Reflections Of Torment”, which was released in collaboration with Satanath Records (Russia) and The Void Records (Italy), with vinyl and tape editions projected for release in September by Cimmerian Shade Recordings (USA). It’s easy to get a hint of the sort of Death Metal these barbarians prefer by gazing deeply at the new album’s cover art, created by Pierre Perichaud of Business For Satan. And here you’ll get a further vivid sign by just exposing to the initiator ‘Throne’. “Reflections Of Torment” shows a whole new side of the band, whereas their previous record was straight forward and pummeling kind of blasting and torment, the new album takes to the rotten level and adds obscenity and bestiality into WRATHRONE's music. If any particular band's sound came close to describe their music that would be ENTRAILS, but more in depth and Finnish. The ominously catchy melodies, goosebumping riffs from the netherworlds, howling and guttural progressions and darkness infested brutality all sums up this creation from initiator ‘Throne’ to the ending ‘By Dawn They’ll Hang’. The engrossing and potent musical skills and song arrangement manifestation of the souls behind WRATHRONE is truly praiseworthy and absolutely Finnish to its core. This record is a definite recommendation for fans of old AMORPHIS, BOLT THROWER, DISMEMBER and 90s Finnish Death Metal.

 

http://www.voicesfromthedarkside.de/Albums-EPs-Demos/W/WRATHRONE--11728.html

 

Born in 2008, this Finnish quintet has a stable line-up even since 2009, and this is incredible within an extreme metal underground where the musicians are used to come and go continuously from most of the bands. So, you can already understand that you are in presence of a very compact and very tight-knit band that released some months ago an outstanding second album through the usual Satanath Records along with the Italian label The Void Records (that I didn't know before even though it's Italian!).

 

 

What can you expect from a band admittedly influenced by "bad people" such as Dismember, Bolt Thrower, Entombed and Vallenfyre? But nothing than OLD-SCHOOL DEATH METAL! In fact, Wrathrone play basically a death metal characterized by a gloomy atmosphere (also thanks to a murky production full of chainsaw guitars), an excellent interaction between the two axes (this means that the lead guitar puke often not only additional riffs so to support the work of the rhythmic guitar but also nice solos), and some thrash metal influences that help to create more intensity. More importantly, the band show a great inventiveness throughout the 10 songs of this "Reflections of Torment", so expect to listen to an album which is even able to surprise a lot the listeners by offering unpredictable solutions.

 

To show to you this versatility and also the different skills possessed by Wrathrone, I can mention my favorite numbers. So, let's start with "End of Your Sanity", that's surely the most thrash metal-oriented song, and it's so intense to be perfect for the moshpit. A promotional video was made for "Bloodline" (below you can find its official video while, above, you can watch the clip made for the opening "Throne"), that show a more dynamic sound also by playing some funny groovy solutions. Instead, the following "Dead Inside Me" is an amazing combination between fury and melody, surprising everyone, at a certain point, with a very atmospheric part in which there aren't only some delicate piano notes but also a melancholic guitar solo, before to slay everything through a totally brutal restart. After that, there is a massive mid-tempo with some great riffs called "Bloodshroud", an excellent example of how Wrathrone are good also with slower songs. Other memorable pieces of death metal are the last two tracks: the more black metal-oriented song "Last Journey North" (that starts with a dark intro where there is a piano) and the closing "By Dawn They'll Hang", in which the pace is more focused on sinister and apocalyptic mid-tempos. So, tell me, did you understand the compactness of this band?

 

Do you think that all this worth attentions from the death metal maniacs? FUCK YEEEEAH! This because Wrathrone offers an old-school death metal played with great versatility and fresh ideas (also taking inspirations from other metal genres, especially thrash metal) but without losing anything in fact of wickedness, darkness and apocalyptic feelings. Finding flaws into this album is very difficult, since, at most, there are less engaging tracks like "When All Light Died". But the fact is that "Reflections of Torment" belongs to that category of albums which can contains some good surprises in every song, so it's a big pleasure listening to this album, and the final result is that I consider it a modern masterpiece of old-school death metal! Some comparisons? I think the Swedish death metal à la Dismember/Entombed, the Finnish death metal à la Abhorrence, and surely Bolt Thrower. If you want some more modern bands similar, in some features, to Wrathrone, then I could mention Venefixion (for the thrashing and dark tunes) and Tomb Mold (for their sinister mood). At this point, considering that Wrathrone are very prolific as regards the live activities (in addition to sharing the stage, some time ago, with bands already reviewed here like Cryptic Brood or Lubricant, they have recently toured in the Baltic countries and also in Germany), I hope that, soon or later, they'll manage to play here in Rome, Italy. Meanwhile, they'll celebrate their 10th anniversary on 1st December 2018 in a live gig in Turku along with  bands like Tomb of Finland and Funeralglade. Will you be there?

 

http://timpaniallospiedo.blogspot.com/2018/11/wrathrone-reflections-of-torment.html

 

Второй альбом смертельной команды из Финляндии. 10 лет на страже дэт металлического угара стоит эта команда, и видимо этим альбомом отпраздновала стальной юбилей (и футболками )) ). 10 лет - хороший срок и я ожидал, что в группе было немало смен состава... Нет, все более-менее чинно-благородно. Музыканты держались за свой коллектив и в нем реализовывали свои амбиции. А еще я заметил, что группа всегда рвалась на сцену и давала финского дэтового жару по полной программе.

Ребята признаются, что их влияниями являются Dismember, Bolt Thrower, Entombed, Vallenfyre. Но это что? - слова или истинная правда, мы сейчас и проверим.

В команде пять человек, два вокалиста основной и бэковый, два гитариста, и потому можно сделать вывод, что группа создает достаточно сложный вид дэта, качевого, напористого, устремленного в горизонт, давно выскочившего из финских булькающих болот и норовисто нарезающего километры на магистралях, ведущих в ад. На архивах указаны еще такие тэги Death 'n' Roll, и это чувствуется на компакте, который бешено крутится в дископриемнике.

ОСНОВной вокаллер очень ОСНОВателен в своем деструктивном гроуле и ведет свои партии наряду с теми, что от струнников, например. Его низкие частоты строительно обкладывают торфяными блоками тело композиции, а сотоварищ его дерзким оводом впивается в мясо более харшевым голосом, добиваясь необходимого диалогового конфликта.

И конечно, не зря два гитариста здесь: один вероятно обеспечивает риффовый тоннаж на этом диске, а другой выжигает солирующие партии (даже и акустические), которые, право слово, братия, не стремятся поразить нас прогрессивным взглядом на мироустройство, зато впиливают такие артефакты, что ложатся так идеально оструганными досочками в последние места упокоения. И даже в беснующемся, волнующемся Death 'n' Roll эти мелодические заготовки как здесь родились...

В траке 5 Dead Inside Me составлен даже целый мелодический мост, после центра, как и полагается, который массивно въезжает в остальную часть компо - как легкий самолет врезается в небоскреб.

Как в пресс-релизе, так и некоторые рецензенты, почемe-то делаюn акцент на Old School Death Metal. Все прекрасно, все мы любим Old School Death Metal. Но группа сделала от него шаг вперед - в проекции именно гитарного строительства. Не сверхтехничного, но заметного, акцентированного, ребята желают, чтобы мы заметили что они умеют исполнять некие вещи, а не только наш обожаемый олдскул. Но базисного его понимания у них не отнять, это само собой. На том стоят, за то и уважают.

Под 50 минут финского бронебойного дэт-металла — отличное приношение на алтарь нашего любимого стиля, обеспечивающего большую часть источников землетрясений в любом регионе планеты.

By Dawn They'll Hang — этим трэком формация видимо хотела всех как минимум поразить, как максимум довести до пароксизма))). Ну во-первых, он самых длинных - около 7 минут. Начиная проникновенными многотонными ударами ритм-секции и обвивающей гитарной партии... далее риффаж и низкочастотный рык, обложенный мигающими струнными легкими пробросами. Это только вступление. Далее в основном теле трека вокал начинает расщепляться, к нему примыкает другой его сотоварищ. Гитарное рубилово приобретает среди прочего галопирующий характер — все работает на созидание атмосферы (после середины) ночного лесного мрачного ритуала.

Присмотритесь к обложке, она очень детализирована, и не зря... альбом собираются выпустить или может УЖЕ выпустили на виниле.

 

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Finland is next door to Sweden and so Wrathrone plays glorious death that not only nods at its neighbour, but also delivers on the quality and standards of bands like God Macabre, Sacrilege, early Entombed and Dismember. To get it out of the way, there are a couple of impressive composers and instrumentalists on this album. The more one listens the more awed one is with the drummer, the guitar riffs and intermittent macabre melodies that hint at the band’s admiration for early Tiamat and Nirvana 2002, the distorted bass and the dual vocals that supply power and horror. Reflections Of Torment is good at both the slow to mid-paced interludes and the bestial dash to the finish line the speedier moments create. The group’s knack for melodious interludes could also be a hint at the very early Sentenced and Demigod too – or it may be a certain suggestive bias since the members, like those bands, are Finnish. The leads are capable and coupled with the mystic melodies Wrathrone can compose make Reflections an even better album. Unfortunately lead guitars are short. Oddly, they all appear towards the end of their respective tracks. Finally, the production is wholly suitable for the sub-genre. The music and vocals are audible, yet the band’s sound hints at early to mid-‘90s technology for that added authenticity feeling!

End Of Your Sanity could have been on Left Hand Path. The muddier sound here may be detractive, but elsewhere on the track the second vocals and screams add an element of interest to things. On Bloodline the guitars begin the assault before everyone else kicks in. There is a wicked bass sound on the song and a horrific growl. It is not unusual for Wrathrone to execute an interesting rhythm while the drum blasts forward autonomously. Through Desolate Passage has a winning rhythm, Dead Inside Me has some manic drumming and deeper vocals. Last Journey North begins deceptively melodically before blasting forth – and has a melody reminiscent of the piano in the film Eyes Wide Shut – and so it goes.

Wrathrone is a contemporary trip through time. This may be ironical, but as far as ironies go here is one: my bet is that most of the original Swedeath bands could not do today what Wrathrone does on Reflections Of Torment.

 

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No tak tohle je krutě dobrá várka smrtícího rock´n´rollu. Řekl bych, že tohle druhé plnohodnotné album se finské kapele WRATHRONE opravdu povedlo a mohlo by oslovit všechny fanoušky staré školy švédského death metalu. Zmiňovat legendy jako Entombed či Dismenber není tak trochu vůbec od věci. Jenomže… I když se WRATHRONE drží osvědčeného švédského smrtícího kopyta s trochou punkovosti i rock´n´rollovosti, tak ty písničky na albu „Reflections of Torment“ přeci jenom znějí trochu jinak než velí tradice. Prostě Finsko není Švédsko a tak jistá zvrácenost tradičních melodií jde trochu jiným směrem. A právě ta jakási jinakost melodií by pro někoho mohl být problém, a asi by trochu hůře rozcházel jinak naprosto luxusní údernej song „Bloodline“. Mně ta jinakost vcelku vyhovuje, i když to stejně ve finále smrdí klasikou švédského death metalu na sto honů. WRATHRONE se ale snaží být v rámci možností i vcelku nápadití a poměrně dobře se vyhýbají jisté rozmrzelé strnulosti, kterou vládnou alba kapel, které se chtějí co nejvíce tvářit jako ten nejstarší a nejvěrohodnější old school. Oproti tomu WRATHRONE jako by trošičku experimentovali i se zvukem. Kytary znějí hodně podlazeně, což má za následek, že albu nevládne tradiční chrastivý zvuk padajících řetězů na plech, ale písničkám panuje jakási masivní dynamická zákeřnost. V několika písničkách se objeví i něco jako kolísavý efekt, což umocňuje jakousi krutě zabijáckou efektivitu. V tomto ohledu na mě nejvíce zapůsobila skladba „When All Light Died“, ale hanit nějakým způsobem některou z deseti písniček si tedy rozhodně netroufám. Ono kolikrát, když má death metalové album čtyřicet sedm minut, jako právě toto, tak bývá vcelku problém se soustředit na jeho celý poslech bez toho, abyste se v něm trochu neztráceli. Zde je jakási nabubřelá jednotvárná monotónnost eliminována na maximálně možné minimum. I když teda ono asi jak pro koho. Rozhodně nemám ke konci alba „Reflections of Torment“ pocit z toho, že poslouchám nějakej dojíždějící setrvačník. Finská death metalová mašinérie WRATHRONE byla dosud pro mě neznámým pojmem a je vcelku záslužným činem, že se takovýchto alb a kapel ujímá ruské vydavatelství Satanath Records, z jejichž nadměrných aktivit při vydávání nosičů mě občas jímá hrůza.

 

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Can I just say holy shit this is some cool old school sounding Finnish death metal greatness and leave it at that? No I guess not. Well we'll have to reflect on history. So a few decades ago while Sweden, England and the US were getting all the attention as far as death metal goes. Finland also had a handful cool bands early on. It didn't last that long. You had some bands just calling it quits while others moved on to other sounds. Still that nation's DM footprint was made and I have a handful of releases to prove it.

 

 

Fast forward to the here and now which brings us to WRATHRONE a five piece act from Laitila who started out in 2008. This release here is their second full length. What this band has done is take that old school death metal sound and added some bludgeoning touches. It's almost a brutal DM formula with plenty of melodic riffage. There's dual vocals, one thick and gruff. The backing vocals are basically harsh painful screeches.

 

 

Musically on a whole it's a beaten down version of what the Swedes perfected long ago. Add in some melodic death doom style to give it an atmospheric touch. They have a thrashy side in the mix with plenty of lead work melodies to jar the senses. All in all it's a fantastic release.

 

https://scumfeastzineblog.blogspot.com/2018/11/wrathrone-reflections-of-torment-review.html

 

I waited for the continuation to the band's debut album "Born Beneath" (2016) very much. The Finnish musicians did a good job on the 10 songs of "Reflections of Torment", but as a whole it became less interesting as their debut record. "Bloodline" and "Dead Inside Me" are the songs I would definitely pick from the new stuff out, kind of unique tracks to me. The majority of the compositions have been influenced either by the ultimate kings of the Swedish Death Metal like NIHILIST, ENTOMBED, DISMEMBER, GRAVE, DESULTORY or the US gore-barons AUTOPSY. Then there is a piece called "Bloodshroud", which is a cut with a massive BOLT THROWER touch and feel. I don't blame them for being done their repertory so variegated, but too many bands to name when it goes to their "own" music in general. So I really wish them to find their unmatched approach and sound in the very near future. Let's hope they will do it for their third album. Death Metal is a style that has the best options to experiment, to create uniqueness and to widen the borders even further and beyond! So don't be a lazy ass, please!!!

 

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Drugi album ekipy z Finlandi, a dokładniej z malutkiego miasteczka Laitila położonego na południu kraju. Początki zespołu sięgają 2008 roku, a na swoim koncie mają jak do tej pory EPkę oraz dwa albumy. Ten opisywany dzisiaj, to najnowszy z 2018 roku. Muzyka, która wzięli sobie panowie na warsztat to Death Metal, który tu i ówdzie jest przeplatany wpływami Death’n’Roll. Jako, że nie znam poprzednich dokonań Wrathrone, dodam że wpływy te są na tym albumie słyszalne w małym procencie. Większość to jednak szkoła Szwedzkiego Death Metalu.

Skoro już nieco światła padło na to co Wrathrone robi na salach prób, teraz zagłębimy się co nieco w szczegóły. Album składa się z dziesięciu kompozycji i trwa około pięćdziesięciu minut. Trzeba przyznać, że chłopaki nafaszerowali te utwory bardzo dobrymi pomysłami, bo nijak się tutaj nudzić nie pozwalają. Rytmiczne, zapadające w pamięć riffy przeplatają się z melodyjnym tremolo potęgowane pojawiającymi się solówkami. Użycie tutaj słowa klimat może będzie ciut nad wyrost, ale utwory są świetnie skomponowane i wciągają słuchacza w owe Death Metalowe inferno. Bardzo dużym atutem tego albumu jest brzmienie, które daje po uszach charakterystycznym piachem gitar by jednocześnie uderzać basem i perkusją z drugiej strony. Tak, owa selektywność instrumentów, może nie zawsze pożądana w produkcjach Death czy Black Metalowych, tutaj sprawdza się wyśmienicie. Duży plus należy się również za wokale, głębokie growle które sporadycznie są wspomagane krzykami. Wraz ze wspomnianą motoryką materiału, nadają konkretnego ciężaru, nawet w miejscach zdominowanych przez melodykę. Kolejna rzecz, która bardzo mi przypadła do gustu, to fakt że Wrathrone nie wytyczył sobie ścieżki w swoich utworach opartych na ciągłych blastach. Taki zabieg zabiłby tą muzykę, a tym sposobem mamy wyważony dobrze i zagrany w średnich tempach materiał, który i zwalnia i momentami blastuje.

Drugi album Finów to naprawdę konkretny strzał na poletku Death Metalowym. Oczywiście, nie jest to materiał przeznaczony dla ortodoksów czczących jedynie smołę spod znaku Incantation. Jednak, ci z was, którzy lubują się w szwedzkim graniu i nie boją się sięgać po nowe nazwy, szczerze polecam ten album.

 

 

 

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As composições são furiosas, impiedosas, o disco é um verdadeiro furacão de brutalidade sonora, guitarras são cortantes, bateria muito pesada, baixo explodindo os auto falantes, banda indispensável na coleção de qualquer maniaco do death metal.

 

Grande revelação do death metal finlandês, com certeza uma das melhores bandas finlandesas dos últimos 10 anos, banda que pratica o death metal clássico influenciado principalmente pela cena sueca dos anos 90 e por bandas americanas como o Autopsy, Massacre, Obituary, fortes influências de grindcore de bandas como: Napalm Death, Terrorizer e Brutal Truth também são nítidas nesse grande Opus.

 

Wrathrone despeja toda a sua fúria sonora nesse magnífico material intitulado "Reflections of Torment", os vocais desse álbum são muito insanos, são viciantes, fazia um bom tempo que um vocalista não me impressionava dessa maneira.

 

https://questoeseargumentos.blogspot.com/2019/06/resenha-wrathrone-reflections-of.html

Let's go to Finland to learn about the deaths of metal deaths in WRATHRONE, and we will be happy to announce that we will be happy with the death of the extreme comedy rock and roll. Speed and vertigo is what you perceive when you listen to the album Reflections Of Torment 2018, to the single mind and car without brakes for an endless road where death is the safest. Fast and sharp riffs, a cement mixer voice and a battery that does not rest. A band that sounds very professional and that seems to have apains 11 years of formed shows that it is big of the style and genre new death. Here you can review the set list of the disc 1. throne 2. End of Your Sanity 3. Gut Goddess 4. Bloodline 5. Dead Inside Me 6. Bloodshroud 7. When All Light Died 8. Through Desolate Passage 9. Last Journey North 10. By Dawn They'll Hang If you want to know Wrathrone they are: Vili Mäkinen Guitars, Vocals (backing) Lauri Holm Guitars Matti Vehmas Vocals Pekka Wärri Bass Mikael Ruoho Drums I recommend a lot of things, and it's a lot of things to come up and down the ground.

 

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Although the band was formed in 2008, Wrathrone have not been that active actually. In Spring 2013 they independently released the EP Left Unburied, and in very early 2018, Inverse Records released the band’s debut full length album, Born Beneath. Then it took another two years for this Finnish band to release the second full studio album, Reflections Of Torment.

 

The quintet (vocalist / lyricist Matti, guitar players Vili and Lauri, bassist Pekka and drummer Mikael) recorded this new album live at the V.R. Studio (instruments) and the W-Studio (vocals), and the result got mixed and mastered at the Wolfthrone Studio by notorious master Owe Inborr (of Ondfødt / Dispyt / Gangrened fame). There are (were) 500 copies on CD, including a twelve-page booklet with lyrics (in English) and explicit yet enormously intriguing artwork, created by Pierre Perichaud (painter and tattoo artist aka Business For Satan).

 

What these guys bring is that kind of Death Metal that made our globe filthy, sordid and dingy decades ago. It is like Carnage breeding with Nihilist / early Entombed, or like a bastard child of Depravity and Autopsy, you know. This dirty Death Metal comes with a fabulous grooving performance and, despite the limitations of this specific style, quite some variation. The main lines are created around fast, grooving riffs, blasting injections and those typifying, abyssal-deep growling grunts, with some (blackened) screams and fat yells too, to make it all even more greasy and foul.

 

Great is the subtle contrast in between complexity and simplicity. The general structures are not too complicated at all, which gives the whole that no-nonsense attitude. That is, of course, not a bad thing, for it pays tribute to the scene where and when it all started. Yet at the same time, the different levels, and the excellent execution of bass lines, guitar riffs and drum patterns, shows the visceral intelligence behind this recording. It’s dainty in the hearing, yet still with well-thought depth and adventurous excitement.

 

The sound quality is of a very high level, even though it certainly does remind me of that typifying Swedish sound from many decades ago. The lead guitar riffs do have that buzzing, roaring sound of old, strengthening the old school vibe enormously. Also vocal-wise, the bellowed throat is very reminiscent of that glorious era, (more than) three decades ago. The only thing that might sound little more ‘modernised’ are the splendid drums (though, not all of the time). The faster excerpts, the chopping and blistering salvos are pure old styled, yet some more inventive patterns are 21st century’s in performance. In some strange way, it is catching.

 

Despite the evident direction, Wrathrone are able to make each single piece different from the others, giving an own face, an own character to each individual track. I do not want to dissect all compositions on Reflections Of Torment, but just as ‘teaser’ I’ll sum up some remarkable passages: a handful of grinding injections (listen for example to the groovy bass-laden intermezzos or the adventurous punky shouts in Bloodline), the sharp solos that are ingeniously executed throughout the whole of the album, the blackened atmosphere (like in Last Journey North, with these glorious melodies, victorious structure, a few blackened vocals, and that proud Unleashed / Amon Amarth-influenced elegance; there are even piano parts included…), the equilibrium in between brutality (both auditive and within the gore atmosphere / concept) and melody (sometimes even epic; listen to Dead Inside Me, especially as from half of the track, or to the opening riffing in Bloodshroud, to have an idea of this well-thought element), the close links to Thrash Metal (cf. the grandiose opening sequence of Bloodline or the basic structures in a piece like End Of Your Sanity) and Doom / Doom-Death Metal (Dead Inside Me, By Dawn They’ll Hang), the Paradise Lost-alike fragments in, for example, When All Light Dies, and so on, and so on…

 

Recommended if you like very early Entombed, Unleashed, early Amorphis, Purtenance, Putrid Evocation, Grave, Dismember, Genital Putrefaction, Demigod, Entrails, Ulcer, Vallenfyre, Abhorrence, and even Bolt Thrower, Autopsy / Abscess, Repulsion and that kind of nastiness…

 

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Más brutalidad finlandesa, de la mano de Wrathrone y su tercera placa discográfica. Riffs increíbles mechados con voces guturales y chillidos black parece ser el caballito de batalla del quinteto, sumado a esto que las melodías cercanas al death n’ roll nos invitan a disfrutar de una experiencia de headbanging asegurado.

Hay algunos giros modernosos, doble guitarras, y mucha habilidad en la ejecución, como no podía ser de otra manera.

Citar influencias es más que obvio: Entombed, Dismember, y lo más selecto del death escandinavo, pero cualquier intento de etiquetar o encasillar a estos finlandeses seria innecesario. No lo dejen pasar.

 

http://rockarollazine.blogspot.com/2019/07/wrathrone-reflections-of-torment-2018.html