Severe Torture - Torn From the Jaws of Death

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Dutch brutal death metal act Severe Torture returns with the sixth album 'Torn from the Jaws of Death' out via Season of Mist on June 7th, 2024. Severe Torture is one of the bands that emerged in the early 2000s and became known in the Netherlands and European scene with their straightforward, brutal inclinations of modern and old-school death metal. The band’s lineup consists of Dennis Schreurs (vocals), Thijs van Laarhoven (guitar), Marvin Vriesde (guitar, ex-Dew-Scented), Patrick Boleij (bass), and Damiën Kerpentier (drums).

While the new album isn’t surprising considering the outright brutality of the band, the opening track ‘The Death of Everything’ offers robust Cannibal Corpse-styled growls; the classic method of Severe Torture thrives on the powerful blast beats and chunkier riffs. Like their countrymen Prostitute Disfigurement, Pyaemia and Sinister, they also take influences from U.S. brutal death metal bands like Hate Eternal, Suffocation and Dying Fetus.

The follow-up to the 2010 album ‘Slaughtered’ unleashes the frenzy violence that has become the signature sound of the band since their early albums like ‘Feasting on Blood’ and ‘Misanthropic Carnage’. The combining elements of brutality exhibit the technical facet of Severe Torture with the guitars utilizing plenty of chugging, tremolos, melodies and dissonance on tracks like ‘Marked by Blood and Darkness’ and ‘Hogtied In Rope’ offering punishing blast beats to the fans of extreme metal.

Undoubtedly, the Dutch squad displays a devastating portrayal of European death metal. The guitars combine fast riffing with a heavy bass tone and frantic solos that seem to explode like a typhoon with the rhythm sections sounding vicious. The album’s production has a much more polished sound as well and the vocalization is the tipping point of the album. With the inflicting guttural growls and textured solos Severe Torture brings an impressive grade of brutality.

On the other hand, the guitars provide a wide variety of technical and fast-pummeling riffs on the eponymous track ‘Torn from the Jaws of Death’. The kinetic, robotic drumming on the album is played at a breakneck speed. However, there are tons of double bass sections aided by the aural force of the bass guitar as if the guitars are on all full focus; executing every power chord and chugging riffs along with the nasty guttural growls.

Christ Immersion’ and ‘Putrid Remains’ lean towards technical brutal death metal. The band continues where they last left off. Therefore, the composition and songwriting remain intact while sounding fresh and brutal the guitars focus on the riffing cohesiveness with a nonstop barrage of fast tremolos and brutal riffing aimed to destroy your skull. The furious transition between the tempos perfectly matches the drumming speed. Even though the song begins abruptly, the whole album sounds like the raging fury of a brutal carnival. The riff fragments are carved with the song structure leaving no place for criticism.

The drums exploit its creative skills and speed bringing enough diversity to songs like ‘The Pinnacle of Suffering’. The pacing and transitional tempos are meticulously achieved in the mid-tempo passages. There is no excessive use of melodies or monotonous ambiance like other technical brutal death metal bands.

Severe Torture‘s method is installed on a firm foundation: the drumming performance is nothing short of amazing and you can expect to hear the trademark riffs intricately woven with technical riffs on ‘Through Pain and Emptiness’. The sixth studio album easily climaxes the complex and powerful sound of Severe Torture and most of the songs are bolstered by a brutal driving force of the riffing.

The final two songs ‘Those Who Wished Me Dead’ and ‘Tear All the Flesh off the Earth’ provide an imaginable scale of brutality where the drums take center stage and bludgeon you. The quality remains the same from start to finish by giving the songs equal devastating elements; the riffs are complex, tempo changes are rapid-fire, and the guitars do not falter even on the final song.

The guitar performance is outstanding throughout the album. Soaked in infesting gore and deep monstrous growling, the slow intro in the latter track captures the vivid production of the album as the drums begin pummeling with incessant blast beats, highlighting both the technicality of the guitar and the atmospheric layering.


  • Music / Songwriting 8/10
  • Vocals / Lyrics 8/10
  • Mix / Production 9/10
  • Artwork & Packaging 8/10
  • Originality 7/10

‘Torn from the Jaws of Death’ is a great comeback from these Dutch legends and Severe Torture surely will not disappoint fans of extreme death metal. This is a great follow-up to the band’s 2010 album.

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