Three days and counting until New Year’s Eve, and to help get you in the mood to raise hell (even if you’ll be sitting at home and only raising hell in your head), we’re bringing you the title track from Into the Void, the debut album of the Chilean hellions Trastorned that’s now set for a January 27 release by Dying Victims Productions.
Thrash is the name of the game they play, and it’s a vicious but intricate game that pulls from a deep well of influences, including the likes of old Vio-lence, Forbidden, and Exodus, as well as prime Demolition Hammer and Morbid Saint. It’s a game in which riffs are trumps, and played on the clock, where speed counts — and kills. But as you’ll discover from the title song we’re premiering, Trastorned also put a premium on keeping their listeners off-balance as well as exhilarated.
In the new album’s title track, a few moments of ominous and eerie sound quickly create an atmosphere of horror, and then the band kick the music into racing gear, with drums maniacally hammering, the bass punching hard, and the guitars darting and cavorting in an ecstatic frenzy while the throat-cutting ferocity of ravenous demonic howls echo off of crypt walls.
But you’ve got to stay on your toes to keep up as the band rapidly swivel and swirl, shifting the rhythmic patterns, the riffing, and the tempos, creating haunting supernatural sensations that seem to wail and drift like spirits. Booming drums underlie screaming guitar torture, the unhinged vocals keep coming for your jugular, and the music surges again into a final frenetic frolic.
Trastorned don’t waste time, rushing the listener through eight songs in 30 minutes on Into the Void, and there’s no fat on this beast. It’s a swift and dazzling thrill-ride, executed with precision despite its heart-racing ferocity and head-spinning changes. As further proof of that, you can jump over to the Bandcamp page linked below and check out two more songs from the album — “Metal Violence” and “Insanity” — both of which live up to their names.
The album features suitably macabre artwork by Marcelo Miranda (aka Made In Darkness), and Dying Victims will release it on CD, vinyl, and digital formats.
Yes indeed, good fuel for a hell-raising New Year’s Eve, or any other time when you might need a devilish high-octane charge.