OVERTORTURE was formed in the second half of 2011 by Magnus Martinsson (lead guitar), Fredrik Widigs (drums), Joel Fornbrant (vocals) and Jonas Torndal (bass), known from bands like Grave, Coldworker, Demonical, The Ugly and Witchery. The group immediately sat out to unleash their own brand of heavy yet semi-melodic death metal upon the unsuspecting masses.
In October, after a period of intense songwriting, the ensemble put the finishing touches on eleven demo tracks and started looking around for label interest. Of the demo songs, only a rough version of ”Slaves To the Atom” ever saw a public release, but nonetheless managed to raise some interest in the burgeoning death metal troop.
The following months were spent tweaking the songs and putting some away for future use, as well as writing a couple of new ones. At this point the ensemble felt that the gathered material was indeed strong enough for a full album release. Yet some issues still needed resolving, like filling the vacant second guitarist position as well as finding the right label.
Headway was finally made in March of 2012, when Andreas Hemmander, previous band mate of Martinsson’s, joined OVERTORTURE as second guitarist, thus completing the lineup. An album deal was shortly afterwards inked with Apostasy Records, and Overtorture was now ready to take the next step on the path out of obscurity: Recording their first album.
Said and done, the group cut their debut effort, sinisterly dubbed ”At the End the Dead Await”, during May and June of 2012. Produced by the band itself, the album was recorded at several locations before being handed over to Ola Englund of Six Feet Under/The Haunted for mixing and mastering. The album cover was made by the talented Gustav Germann, who had also previously worked with OVERTORTURE in designing the bands logo. Containing ten songs of both brutality and catchiness, the effort was scheduled for an early 2013 release.
In the fall of 2012, unexpected change came to the OVERTORTURE camp in form of the departure of bass player Jonas Torndal, who felt he did not have the time to commit fully to the band. He was replaced Joakim Antman, who also played with drummer Fredrik Widigs in The Ugly. With the release of ”At the End the Dead Await” just around the corner, as well as a Stockholm debut gig supporting the mighty Hypocrisy, OVERTORTURE is dead set on cementing its place in the legacy of Swedish death metal. The rest is history of a time to come…