TEMPEST OF TORMENT
A Swedish band emulating American death metal? How’s that for a twist? Ask the trio Relentless, whose nine-track growl-a-thon sounds as if it rose from the swamps of Florida or the cornfields of the Midwest rather than the confines of the most copied metal in recent memory. TEMPEST OF TORMENT is a nine-track manic ride, chock full of Cannibal Corpse-esque guitar runs and Obituary-like chop ‘em up rhythms. Tracks like the gore-infested “Scraped Off the Wall” and “Lethal Apparition” radiate the kind of foreboding elements that all death metal should involve, making this disc perfect for the connoisseur of death metal’s aural carnage.