TORTURE RACK: “Morning Star Massacre” From Ruthless Portland Death Metal Crew Now Streaming; Primeval Onslaught LP Nears June Release Through 20 Buck Spin

photos by Kendra Farber

“Morning Star Massacre” is the savage and succinct new song from ruthless Portland, Oregon-based death metal crew, TORTURE RACK. The song is the latest precursor of the band’s impending third album, Primeval Onslaught, set for June release on 20 Buck Spin.

TORTURE RACK, formed by members of Witch Vomit, Skeletal Remains, Aenigmatum, Weregoat, and more, exists for one reason: to pulverize skulls and grind bones through bludgeoning gore-soaked death metal depravity. As previously witnessed on Barbaric Persecution and Malefic Humiliation, the band’s new album Primeval Onslaught continues that bloodstained legacy, with a barrage of meat-torn-from-bone riffs and greased-flesh savagery.

Death metal for degenerates and desecrators might be the proper way to characterize TORTURE RACK’s uninhibited slaughter. This sort of derangement doesn’t care about some rational spin or greater purpose that might be found to rationalize its existence. Its goal is only to smother out a victim’s life, bury the body in the backyard and venerate the carnage.

TORTURE RACK’s songwriting and intent on Primeval Onslaught has been tightened like a garrote, filling each track with meathooks into the skin and precise, constant battering, rarely eclipsing the four-minute mark. And like the most successfully persistent maniac, it’s in and it’s out before there’s been time to comprehend the pile of bodies left in its wake.

Primeval Onslaught was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Seánan McCullough and Joe Anderson at Helvete Sound, and the album was completed with artwork by ROK of Australian legends Sadistik Exekution, layout by Dan Fried, and photography by Kendra Farber. The record is a prime slab for fans of Cannibal Corpse, Broken Hope, Rottrevore, Mortician, Morgue, Baphomet, Undergang, Anatomia, Witch Vomit, Cerebral Rot, and Scorched.

Stream TORTURE RACK’s savage “Morning Star Massacre” at YouTube HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

20 Buck Spin will issue Primeval Onslaught on LP, CD, CS, and digital formats on June 9th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.