From the ancient city of Augsburg, Bavaria, Deadfreight of Soul unleash Tortured Puppets. Originally formed in 2007, this death metal quintet features Flo R on lead guitar, Flo H on rhythm guitar, Jacob On drums, Stephan on bass guitar, and vocalist Andi.
The intro song, “Exorcism,” is just what it states, complete with a demon-possessed person spewing forth curses. “Angeli Apostatae” delivers blast beats and beastly growls. “Strain Relief” features crunching guitar and bass riffs, and I appreciate the cyclical drumming beats on “Grautoene.” One standout is “Under Sentence of Death”with its crescendo of bass/guitar fretwork paired with a continuum of devilish drumming, including a notable downward tone in the midst of the song. “Imbalance” evokes immediate energy with something almost tribal midway through. “Delusion or Reality” has a haunting intro, as if walking into a paranormal scene and getting aurally assaulted.
The production on Tortured Puppets is relatively crystalline. You don’t hear a lot of fuzz noise. That said, it’s not particularly original for this genre, although certain elements make it engaging.
Tortured Puppets is out now on Kernkraftritter Records. Buy it here!