Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Mental Torment.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
MENTAL TORMENT: Mental Torment was formed in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2009 by Anatolii, Mad (ex-vocals), Mykhailo and Yaroslav. We started our first rehearsal in Anatolii apartments, tried to play some song drafts. Later, Angelus (ex-bass) and Bohdan (ex-drums) joined the band and we played our first show in 2010 (Summer Solitude Evening). After a few more shows, including Doom Over Kyiv (Saturnus, Mournful Gust, Autumnia, Vin de Mia Trix) Oleksii (ex-bass), Andrii(drums/bass) and Yevhen(ex-keyboards) joined the band and we recorded and released our first full-length album in 2012. To promote the album, the band embarked on their first tour in 2013 with Letargia band over 3 countries. After the tour band took a long pause, some members took part in different bands/projects. And in 2020 we decided to come back. During this year were recorded new songs for an upcoming album. This will be the debut for Roman, our new Vocalist. Hope everyone will enjoy our new work.
Today Mental Torment are:
Anatolii Doroshenko – Guitars
Andrii Avramets – Bass
Artur Myrvoda – Drums
Mykhailo Chuha – Lead Guitars
Roman Sagajdachnyj – Vocals
Yaroslav Mosiievsky – Keyboards
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
MENTAL TORMENT: For sure, all roads go to Black Sabbath, if we speak about music influence. And there are no doubts about it. But the main trigger to start everything was a huge desire to evolve Ukrainian extreme metal music to leave a mark within its history.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
MENTAL TORMENT: You can check out our first Album “On The Verge” on all existing platforms. This is a good old school Death-Doom metal and majestic guitar parts framed by light keyboards, rich atmosphere, which take you deep under menacing sea rudiment.
New release “ego:genesis” will include 7 tracks and cover the catharsis that a person goes through in a moment of despair and hopelessness, searching for answers to eternal questions, resisting the inevitable and final acceptance of their fate. The album will bring a fresh view on the traditional Doom Metal genre. From acoustic ballads and funeral vibes to sludgy and modern progressive music.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
MENTAL TORMENT: Loud and kickass metal act. Depressive and melodic, slow and monumental.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
MENTAL TORMENT: We see our band in BDSM latex suits, saving our planet from intergalactic sausage invaders (joke). Today everyone is facing hard times, and, of course, everything is changing so fast, that no one could be sure about what will be happening tomorrow.