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Torman Maxt


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1.58 | 38 ratings

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1 stars Only for compulsive completionists

In order to leave some perspective I left some time pass between the release of "The Problem of Pain: Part I" by TORMAN MAXT and this review, being that the album was so strongly bashed by most reviewers, so lets go to the album directly.

"Overture" is a pretty decent opener with good guitars and keyboard, the drumming is bellow the average but still sounds good.

Holy God, who told this guys they could sing? I honestly believe this is the worst vocal work I ever heard, not only the lead singer (who is really terrible), but even the backing vocals are bad. The music of "Job's Song"? Well it seems the guys have only learned a couple of chords, because the track sounds almost exactly as the "Overture" and the drumming is going from bad to worst.

"The Angel's First Song" starts soft and nice, but as soon as this guys open the mouth, the effect is ruined, the chorus are not only bad, but also annoying, the music lacks of imagination. I believe this guys have the skills to do something better, but sadly seems they don't know.

"Satan's First Song" starts incredibly similar to the previous, but again the vocals ruin any chance of the song to be consider barely good, the drumming is very rudimentary, the guitar solos are predictable, still not a terrible song, because they borrow a lot from IRON MAIDEN. Except for the loud and annoying sounds in the middle, the drumming and the infamous vocals, another acceptable track for the standards of the band.

"Job's Initial Shock" is a total disappointment, after a terrible drum intro, comes a loud but inefficient guitar chord that keeps repeating itself and of course the vocals which seem to grow worst as the album advances, little to comment, simply terrible.

By the point "Job's Resolve" and "Job's Commitment" start, I'm absolutely bored, seems the drummer can't play two different sequences and the vocals get even worst (If this is possible), but the main problem is that all the album sounds almost exactly the same, lacks of variations and versatility.

"The Angel's Second Song" starts promising with an organ intro that creates expectations, but as soon as the drummer and the guitar join, it's hard not to notice it's more of the same, slightly better than the two previous tracks, but the vocals totally ruin anything positive, at least it's short.

"Satan's Second Song" is not so bad if you expect a bland metal track, but that's not what we can expect from a supposedly Prog album. "Job's Second Response" starts promising again, and as a fact it's a pretty good acoustic track, but it lasts only 1:18.

"Job's Second Response" and Job's Wife" are more if the same Metal - Prog hybrid with awful drums and worst vocals, no need to comment them.

"A Great Silence" stars very acceptable, until it reaches the middle when becomes...lets say cheesy, with some noises that seem like bad New Age, weak closer.

My first reaction is to rate the album with one star, but there are a couple nice moments, even when not enoughtoi save the album, so I'll go with my instinct and rate it with 1 star because there's no 0.5 stars.

If they want to release a "Problem of Pain: Part 2", TORMAN MAXT needs to improve a lot.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 1/5 |


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