Lots of changes have taken place in the Green Death camp since my review of 2015’s Manufacturing Evil. While they lost their lead guitarist late in the year (they have a live replacement), they also signed with David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group. It’s about time Green Death have a run at the top of the metal genre, and they are working hard to take advantage of this opportunity.
Pure Torture, their new four-song EP, is a taste of Green Death‘s direction in the last year or so. It’s heavy, dark, and brutal, and the mix and production are stellar! Vocalist Sol Bales exhibits his versatility once again, going from guttural, throat-ripping lows, to Rob Halford-like highs. The EP opens with what sounds like a Gregorian chant entitled “Vinculum” before the band rips into the title track. It’s a fast and furious lesson in modern thrash. “Reaper” is darker and heavier, and the vocals will make you snarl in defiance. “Sickle and Scythe” may be one of their best songs yet. It starts slow and brooding, and builds to a magnificent crescendo. Clayton Cagle from Hatchet throws his hat in the mix with a guest guitar solo that will rip your brain apart. The chorus is a gang-style shout out that will have you singing it for weeks. I can’t wait to hear this song live!
Green Death‘s Pure Torture is another stand-out recording that I’m told is a precursor to their next full-length release. I have loved everything these guys have done from day one, and I couldn’t be more excited to hear what’s coming!
Pure Torture is out June 2 on EMP Label Group. Buy it here!