Turmion Kätilöt – Perstechnique ( 2011 )



Industrial Metal








Turmion Kätilöt, which literally means “Midwives of Destruction” or “Midwives of Perdition” is one of the weirdest music projects I have yet to encounter. Born in 2003, the Finnish industrial metal band consists of six members: MC Raaka Pee, B. Undertaker, Spellgoth (who is also the lead vocalist of Trollheim’s Grott), Master Bates, RunQ and DQ. The main thing that instantly caught my attention was the fact that the band adopts a look that is in no way characteristic for the industrial scene, appearing to be more of a black metal band than anything else. Corpsepaint, spikes and chains lead to an almost grotesque aspect of the band members. Still, don’t let this detail fool you! Turmion Kätilöt has nothing to do with the Nordic black metal movement, being a truly interesting industrial metal act.

Turmion Kätilöt combines the best parts of bands like Strapping Young Lad, Hanzel und Gretyl,  Ruoska and KMFDM, creating a style of its own, a very bizarre one if I might add. Released in 2011, the band’s newest material, “Perstechnique”, is a very pleasant surprise for their fans. What makes this album stand out is the fact that the band seems to have moved away from the Rammstein influences obvious in other previous materials. Turmion Kätilöt has grown, developed its own musical style, charged with terror, sexuality and a symbiosis between metal and electronics which sounds simply awesome. I love the fact that despite the loud guitar riffs and the general metal-ish feeling, the synths really stand out through sounds and beats reminding of trance, electronic and even drum&bass on certain areas. The seemingly danceable backdrop is contrasted with the tortured screams of front man MC Raaka Pee. All in all, the album tends to confuse the audience who doesn’t really know how to perceive it because of the so many different elements combined in 10 tracks.

One downside of “Perstechnique” is the fact that only 2 songs, “Grand Ball” and “Hellbound Earth”, can actually be understood by the English speaking public, since the others are entirely in Finnish. Still, maybe there is a good part to this, because you can actually focus on the sound itself instead of the message. And I tell you, the sound itself is mind-blowing.

“Perstechnique” is strange, even sick… which is why it’s totally worth listening to! The bizarre qualities are enhanced due to the near perfect matching of elements which should never fit together, the trance portions being, by far, my favorite ones. The album is powerful, energic and it has the potential to be a great starting point towards a new, individualized musical style for Turmion Kätilöt.



~ by laurieind on September 25, 2011.

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