EP: Coup de Grace
Release Date: 29th March, 2019
Label: Self Released
Review by John
It seems like only yesterday since rising Devon trio Torqued unleashed their downbeat debut EP ‘Resurgence’. So, as the days get longer and the warm summer nights begin, what better soundtrack could there be than some down and dirty, crunchy metal goodness?
Building gradually, opener (and title track) ‘Coup de Grace’ seems to pick the perfect moment to explode into full life, and gives a great taster of how much the band have worked on polishing their sound since the debut EP.
‘The Revelation’ is next, and takes the listener through a tortured journey of sound, with some dark and dirty nu-metal riffs married perfectly to the agonised vocals.
‘Open Wound’ takes things a step further, as it crushes the listener with an almost nuclear blast of groove laden anguish. The technical artistry on display here is nothing short of breathtaking, and you discover ever more intricate layers with each listen.
As ‘Open Wound’ fades out on an eerie note, things come to a close with ‘The Darkest of Shadows’. Once again, the band hammer along, dragging the unsuspecting listener with them. With a sound that is equal parts crunch and bounce, things slow down halfway through, giving you the chance to briefly draw breath before the epic conclusion pummels your ears into submission.
It’s difficult to find any other band comparable to Torqued right now. With a sound drawn from several different styles, they are carving a niche all of their own – and doing a damn fine job of it.
If you want the perfect soundtrack to your summer evenings, this is not it.
But if you want an epically unique metallic blast of sheer anger, then this is the droid you’ve been looking for.
9 Out of 10 Flames
1. Coup de Grace
2. The Revelation
3. Open Wound
4. The Darkest Of Shadows