Just like Dennis Rader himself, Bind Torture Kill‘s Viscères is unforgiving and deadly.
Armed with blackened sensibilities and volatile instrumentation, this Lyon-based trio pays homage to the metallic hardcore of old while modifying genre elements to fit their brooding and devastating style. The result is a menacing and frenetic brand of chaotic hardcore that will equally appease the modern hardcore crowd, as well as those who lean more towards the mathcore side of things. Bind Torture Kill‘s music is angular, dissonant and unforgivably vicious, aiming to rip listeners limb from limb with copious amounts of razor-sharp riffs.
Only a few moments into the band’s sophomore full-length, Viscères, does it become clear that these Frenchmen mean business. The opening one-two punch of “Fléau” and “Au fond du trou” sets the stage for the rest of the album to come and issues a few bruises as well. “Fléau”‘s sprawling, dissonant dirge pulls listeners into BTK‘s dark and sinister world, creating a feeling of unease. “Au fond du trou”, in contrast, aims for the throat and grasps listeners in its jaws and commences to shake them around violently. The track cycles back-and-forth between noisy, hammering chords and disfigured grooves before launching into a full-scale assault of blackened hardcore malevolence, sliding, angular ugliness, and throat-searing vocals.
As the record progresses, its dynamics and intensity progresses with it. Tracks like the shape-shifting “Sanguinaire” employ both unbridled aggression and tension-and-release as its methods of attack. The track stampedes out of the gate with bouncing hardcore stylings that give way to an array of spiraling flourishes and piercing dissonance, bringing the likes of Converge to mind. During the middle of the track the riff salad slows to a crawl and the song builds back into a climax of gloomy, destructive proportions.
Slow and steady is the name of the game in the album’s nearly eight-minute centerpiece, “Pestilence”. The track slowly lumbers along, conjuring towering, venomous riffs with each sludgy second. The track relies on hypnotic repetition for the bulk of its duration, trapping listeners in a punishing state of claustrophobia before releasing the tension in a cataclysmic conclusion. In other parts of the record, however, speed and vitriolic rage are at the forefront, such as in the ripping hardcore of “Perte et Fracas” and the disfigured madness of “Abject”. Fast or slow, BTK remain a monstrous force.
With its pervasive darkness and complex and compelling songwriting, “Viscères” proves itself to be the first great hardcore/metalcore release of 2018.
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Label: WOOAAARGH/Troffea Records/HELL-J Industries
Favorite Tracks: “Au fond du trou”, “Sanguinaire”, “Pestilence” and “Abject”
For Fans Of: Reproacher, Gaza, God Mother, The Secret and Converge