|SEVERE TORTURE started in 1997 with the following line-up: Thijs/guitars, Seth/drums, Erik/vocals, Jelle/guitars and Patrick/bass. With this line-up they recorded "Baptized...", a 5-song demotape/CD produced by Vincent Dijkers (Sinister, Houwitser), in 1998. SEVERE TORTURE spread 600 copies all over the world and got a lot of good reactions but no good offers from records labels.
After the release of the demo Eric left SEVERE TORTURE to join Dutch death metal masters SINISTER. Also around the same time Seth and Patrick joined the Dutch band CENTURIAN to complete their line-up but continued playing in SEVERE TORTURE, their priority band . Eric got replaced by vocalist Dennis and with this line-up SEVERE TORTURE recorded a 2-song promo CD just for labels. After getting a lot of good reactions SEVERE TORTURE played a gig with IMMOLATION and this caused the leaving of guitar player Jelle.
Meanwhile DAMNATION RECORDS released the 2-song promo on 7 vinyl called 'Pray for Nothing' and was limited to 500 handnumbered copies. At this moment the 7 is sold-out.
SEVERE TORTURE continued as a 4-piece band and signed a contract for 1 CD with FADELESS RECORDS. After a couple of months Wilko of FADELESS RECORDS joined the HAMMERHEART RECORDS team and started up the sub-label THE PLAGUE. Meanwhile SEVERE TORTURE appeared at the NO MERCY 2000 festival in 013/Tilburg with CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE, VADER, HATE ETERNAL and VOMITORY and SEVERE TORTURE did their first tour, 9 days across the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Belgium and Holland with DAMNATIONand the last 3 gigs also with PYAEMIA.
After this mini-tour SEVERE TORTURE started the recording of the full-length 'Feasting on Blood' at Franky's Recording Kitchen with producers Berthus Westerhuys and Robbie Woning. The artwork for the album was done by Joe Maloney. Feasting on Blood was released on October 9th 2000 in Europe and was released in the USA through HAMMERHEART AMERICA in February 2001. The CD was also released on picture vinyl limited to 500 copies and was sold out 3 months after the release.
SEVERE TORTURE did a European tour in January 2001 together with MACABRE(USA), BROKEN HOPE(USA) and DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER(DE) called Masters of Murder 2001. During this tour THE PLAGUE released the 7 Lambs of a God; 2 unreleased tracks ('Taking Down the Descender' and 'Lambs of a God') on green vinyl limited to 500 copies. At this moment this 7 is sold out.
February 2001 THE PLAGUE changed into HAMMERHEART RECORDS and offered SEVERE TORTURE a contract for 1 more full-length and a option for 2 more.
April 2001 was the month SEVERE TORTURE invaded the USA live. SEVERE TORTURE played the OHIO DEATH FEST together with EXHUMED, DEEDS OF FLESH and many more, and played two gigs with PESSIMIST and BURIAL, in the process exposing
their music in the States.
After this US trip SEVERE TORTURE started writing for the next album. Again the album was recorded at Frankys Recording Kitchen with Berthus Westerhuys and Robbie Woning. The recordings were finished in March 2002 and right after SEVERE TORTURE went to the USA for a second time. They did a tour called 'Bloodletting North America Part III' together with DEEDS OF FLESH, DISGORGE and DISAVOWED. Also an appearance at the New England Metal & Hardcore fest and at the Ohio Deathfest + 5 shows in Canada were part of the tour.
Next up was a 5-week European tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEW-SCENTED and VIU DRAKH in September/October 2002. During this tour SEVERE TORTURE met Marvin who played session guitar in DEW-SCENTED and also guitar in BLO.TORCH. A few months after the tour he was asked to join SEVERE TORTURE as second guitar player and since spring 2003 SEVERE TORTURE are a 5-piece.
Now the band are ready to unleash their devastating new recored 'Fall of the Despised' via their new label, Earache Records. Scheduled for a September 2005 street date, the band will immediately hit the road once again to bring their brand of Death Metal madness to the masses.