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Basement Torture Killings have a feature in the Fresh Meat section of the June 2011 issue of Metal Hammer Magazine, where Professor Kennith lets slip some details on their equal opportunities murder policy for non-consenting adults.

The same issue also sees James Hoare review The Second Cumming:

“Hard as nails UK death metal.

There’s a sense of quintessentially English horror to BTK that calls to mind The League Of Gentlemen – a death metal perversity in knitted cardigans, tweed and Hannibal Lecter masks. If you were lucky enough to order the original self released, then you’ll remember the fingernail, lock of hair and disturbing Polaroid that came with it. It’s the sort of attention to detail that makes this band so gripping and undeniably intriguing. It doesn’t hurt, obviously, that they sound like a combination of Scream Bloody Gore era Death, Cannibal Corpse and a dash of mid era Carcass.”


Basement Torture Killings have an interview in the Choice Cuts section of issue #209 (May 2011) of Terrorizer Magazine, where the band members delve into the deepest recesses of their serial killer persona’s. The same issue also sees Mike Kemp review The Second Cumming:

” ‘The Second Cumming’ in not some tedious pronogrind workout, but rather an impressive display of gore-splattered death metal, akin to what Carcass might have sounded like if they’d ditched the medical textbooks and headed to the ‘true crime’ section of their local library. It’s satisfyingly fast and furious, full of intense grind riffage and violently retched vocals, and with a handful of frantic Slayer-esque solos thrown in along the way.”


Yes, believe it or not, Basement Torture Killings have a superb album review in issue #130 of Powerplay Magazine. Who’d have thought that these depraved killers would grace a magazine with Whitesnake’s David Coverdale on the cover?

But it seems that the love of their crimes are not limited to the extreme metal press:

“This is the debut full length release from Basement Torture Killings and from label Arcane Productions and it’s a real statement of intent from all involved. The artwork, band identities, song titles and lyrics are all neatly tied into a serial killer concept – which has been nicely executed – but the main thing is of course the music itself and that’s top notch. As with Cannibal Corpse – with whom BTK bear comparison – the songs are strong enough to stand on their own two feet, the lyrical depravity being a fun bonus rather than the only weapon in the armoury. The actual musical performances are of a very high standard as you might expect when you hear that the mysterious Bertrand, Tarquin, Professor Kennith and The Fourth Killer have previously served time with the likes of Thus Defiled, Reign Of Erebus and Fleshrot. The production has a clarity which allows the aforementioned skills to be appreciated and that stops things collapsing into an indecipherable sludge of high speed violence. Indeed none of these songs ever degenerate into exercises in pursuing extremity for its own sake. They’re all possessed of quality riffs, well thought out song structures, strong hooks (unpleasantly jagged ones of course), great Slayer-ised lead work and stylish ear catching touches. All of that adds up to an album that flies by and has you reaching for the ‘play’ button again before you’ve had time to think. A powerful slab of quality death metal with an added dash of hatchet to the head humour.”


Basement Torture Killings have both an interview and an album review in issue #040  (April/May 2011) of Zero Tolerance Magazine.  The killers Bertrand and Tarquin take interviewer John Norby into the basement, show him the tools of their trade, and allow him to escape with his life to further document their crimes…

The review heaps glowing praise upon their unspeakable acts:

“Taking their cues from the death metal classics – early Death, Cannibal Corpse etc – and chucking in a few bloody chunks of modern brutality and velocity BTK have hit upon a violently potent formula. With riffs as catchy as rusted barbed wire and solos as electrifying as the chair the members may one day face ‘The Second Cumming‘ is several steps above the average grunt, squeal and bludgeon brigade. BTK never lose sight of the value of real song writing in the pursuit of extremity and that makes these songs worthy of repeated listening. Excellently produced for maximum impact ‘The Second Cumming‘ is a sick, merciless triumph“.


Arcane Productions have a feature in issue #040 (April/May 2011) of Zero Tolerance Magazine where we discuss the upcoming release of the Basement Torture Killings album, as well as shedding some light on us as a label.


Arcane Productions have a label profile feature in issue #207 (March 2011) of Terrorizer Magazine where we discuss the setup of the label, explore what makes us different from the myriad of labels out there, and look at what we are planning for the future.

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