Koen S. : Genocide Pact is an American death metal band that started in 2013 and previously released a demo, a single and one full album, so 'Order Of Torment' is their second album after 'Forged Through Domination' from 2015.
The old school death metal of this trio is reminiscent of the work of some world famous bands, but cannot compete with it yet. The drumming is excellent, but the riffs are too mediocre to be an undivided success. The slow, heavy death metal is regularly interrupted by violent accelerations and these tempo changes ensure that songs like 'Spawn Or Suffering' and 'Structural Dissolution' do not become boring. There also seems to be a strange experimental edge to one of the songs (Absolved Ascendancy). ‘Order Of Torment' actually connect seamlessly with the debut album, only the production sounds slightly brighter this time. The previous record sounded a little more primitive and vital. Well, larger label, bigger budget?
Fans of compelling death metal with a doomy vibe, will like 'Order Of Torment', but labelmates as Incantation, God Macabre and Gatecreeper are still higher up the ladder. I also need to mention that the recognizable artwork is made by none other than Joe Petagno, designer of Motörhead’s 'Snaggletooth' and a large number of Motörhead album covers, but also designer of covers for Vader (The Empire, Tibi Et Igni), Krisiun (Conquerors or Armageddon, Forged In Fury) and Autopsy (The Headless Ritual).