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T.O.M.B./ STEEL HOOK PROSTHESES


T.O.M.B. “Fury Nocturnus” 


STEEL HOOK PROSTHESES “Calm Morbidity”


By Dr. Abner Mality

In the last 6 months, there has been an avalanche of bands working the “death industrial” circuit. I don’t know what triggered the uprise but it might have something to do with Trump.  Most of the acts are boring and lacking any sense of songcraft, but there are a few who seem to know how to press a few buttons when it comes to angst.

T.O.M.B. (Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy) have been around a good long time and are super prolific so we’ll start with them. These gloomy freaks are in firm control of their sound and “Fury Nocturnus” is far and away the best of these death industrial outfits. The tunes have more than enough horror movie atmosphere, slaughterhouse sound effects and demonic vocals to satisfy their base, but their variation between tracks is what keeps them afloat. Also, these songs are teeming with a deep, dark bass sound that lends heaviness to their attack. Many of the cuts feature discernable riffs, with the best being “Belial”, “Ignite the Torch Again” and the tribal assault of “Hoards Rise Now”. Yes, it gets a little monotonous, but compared to most such acts, T.O.M.B. is a cut above and metal fans with nerve can explore them further.

Steel Hook Prostheses are also no newcomers to their chosen scene. This dismal duo leans more towards the pure sound effects side of the street. Most of “Calm Morbidity” is actually better described as haunted house soundscapes. Lots of dragging electronic drones and scrapings combined with super distorted howls, clanks and bangs. It’s the perfect accompaniment if you’re touring a concentration camp but as actual songs, it has much to be desired. Listening to this straight through would be quite the teeth-rattling chore. Riffs and hooks are not as important to these guys as they are to T.O.M.B. so the appeal to metal fans is much less. Still of interest if you’re contemplating murder, suicide or both.

It’s purely up to you if this kind of misery is up your alley. Gather your courage…