Torak - _I Cracked the World_
by: Paul Schwarz (3 out of 5)
Torak centrally make it their aim to produce pummelling death laden thrash metal with incomprehensible vocalisations, but ones which nonetheless have character and definition. Though basic black metal guitar work occasionally plays a part, as do minor key melodic vocals and melancholic guitar atmospheres, _ICtW_ is for the most part a product of the death metal scene. There are considerable stylistic comparisons between the work of Konkhra, up 'till recently, and what Torak create, while sound-wise Entombed and Dismember's early outpourings play their part, though it is not an overwhelming one. Overall, _ICtW_ is a good slab of metallic devastation with a convincing interplay of guitars and drums which avoids both stagnancy and originality by relatively wide margins. With better production and time there is no reason why Torak couldn't produce something of note.

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(article published 9/12/1999)

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