Monday, December 03, 2012

Berlin Bruisers...

The Trollenberg Terror - Orchid/Dahlia (2012)
Fancy destroying your eardrums for a few days? Well, Germany's The Trollenberg Terror may have just the tonic, or should I say tonic's because the trio have actually offered up a couple of head crushing albums this year alone.
The first, from back in May is Orchid, a relentless blitzkrieg of an album dropped to a tuning evidently devised by Satan himself... Or Agoraphobic Nosebleed. Stomping a path through a variety of genres, the guys never really set up shop in any particular one for too long. With a clear and present respect an appreciation for sludge and all subgenres, it's easy to get lulled into a sense that you're listening to another down tempo NOLA kind of act. That thought is quickly washed away with torrents upon torrents of grindcore, hardcore, doom, stoner rock and good ol' plain metal (to name just a few elements). Managing to stay within the confines of 'varied' without straying into 'confusingly convoluted' is a difficult line to tread when doing this but they just manage it, by the skin of their teeth. The result, in most places is actually bloody impressive, especially within the moments of riff heavy breaks overlapped with screamed vocals.
The second and most recent offering Dahlia treads in very much familiar footsteps. All those same combinations of elements are there in all their glory, but this time around they seem to have a slightly more focused and metal like finish to them. What ever your prefer taste maybe you'll find it here. The wider your tastes, the more you'll dig The Trollenberg Terror, that much I can guarantee.
~ Jay

For Fans Of; Soilent Green, Discordance Axis, 3 Stages Of Pain, Gore Beyond Necropsy, Siege