Wednesday 29 May 2019

Review: Tor Marrock - The Concept of Self

From the recommendation of the PR wire who provided this album for listening and reviewing, I decided to listen to the third opus by UK’s Tor Marrock entitled “The Concept of Self.” This Aberystwyth, Wales-based outfit are definitely hard to peg in terms of genre. Their style is heavy, doom metal with plenty of gothic atmospherics and death metal growling, and all these elements unified the band refers to as Cellar Metal. There isn't much in the way of riffing or pretentious, cheesy cliches. Tor Marrock are completely different, really, and they are here to win an uphill battle. 

“The Concept of Self” is an ambitious affair that is always interesting and spell-binding. Indeed, I think that is the most impressive aspect here: the music grabs, holds and doesn't let go. Tor Marrock builds a wonderful wall of sound using down-tuned guitar riffs, offbeat drumming with amazing fills, a refreshing bass work and plenty of atmospherics.

Track after track full of fireworks passes by, and the listener is blown away time and again by the fullness of the sound and the ease with which the band establishes an odd groove. This band has a penchant for creating groovy atmospheres that blow right over your head, but then come back and smack you in the spine with their genius.

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