Tortured
Wasteland


3.5
great

Review

by Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration USER (56 Reviews)
February 6th, 2011 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Strap on those hiking boots, grab that old pair of ripped jeans, and avoid that white shirt at all costs: this will get dirty.

In short, what obscure American hardcore act Tortured have done with their Wasteland demo is taken hardcore punk, a genre already renowned for its gritty character, and crafted it into the dirtiest thing this side of your local garbage dump. Everything here is intense and unpolished as anything you've ever listened to. The 5-track EP, in typical hardcore fashion, has an average track duration of under 2 minutes, and clocks in at just over 8 minutes in its entirety. And thank God for this: the average human being would not be able to sit through more than eight minutes of what Tortured present here. Everything here is, as previously stated, really rough and unpolished. The guitar tone is virtually nonexistent, and while it could be described as sludgy, that descriptor just does not do suitable justice to the pure filth of the relentless barrage of noise with which Tortured assaults the listener. The bass is similarly dirty, and arguably plays an ever greater role in the music than does the guitar itself, making itself heard over everything else in the mix at all times. Everything about the vocalist is fitting with the band's name: imagine Infest's Joe Denunzio, except pushed back in the mix and yelling into a pillow, all with liberal amounts of added fuzz for good effect. There is nothing light or happy present in a single moment of this underground gem of aural torture, as Tortured's first demo truly is a wasteland. No melody, no respite, and no positivity are present here, leaving some of the nastiest, most unrefined, and dirtiest lo-fi hardcore you've ever heard free to pummel any positive feeling or semblance of mental cleanliness into submission for 8 straight minutes. Adrian Monk, you have been warned.



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wyankeif1337
February 6th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

really short review for a really short album.

band has it up for free on their bandcamp:
http://tortured.bandcamp.com/album/wasteland-demo

Apollo
February 6th 2011


10373 Comments


hahaha love your name man

good review.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2011


7321 Comments


Short, sweet, and super-effective. In the case of reviews as short as this one, I don't think I've doled out a pos with such gusto in a while. Good job wyankief!

wyankeif1337
February 6th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

thanks, bro!

Apollo
February 6th 2011


10373 Comments


YES A MASTODON BOHDRAN SOLO

pizzamachine
February 6th 2011


12572 Comments


Solid review, I don't have much else to say haha.

wyankeif1337
February 6th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i was expecting a 250-word critique, so fuck you.

Bitchfork
February 6th 2011


7584 Comments


came in thinking that this was actually tortured hooker

Bitchfork
February 6th 2011


7584 Comments


listened to a track of this off youtube and this is nowhere near as gritty as you describe.

wyankeif1337
February 6th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

imagine for a second that i'm a noob to really gritty hardcore, plz rec me something that's actually really fucking dirty

Defeater
February 6th 2011


5782 Comments


wtf you stole my keyboard solo line too

Bitchfork
February 6th 2011


7584 Comments


look into
trash dog's namaste
raspberry bulbs's finally burst... with fluid
tortured hooker-asshole play is her favorite
Aunt Mary- Almost Dead
Zouo-The Final Agony (not so gritty just essential)

Dryden
February 6th 2011


13284 Comments


^ such awesome albums

Bitchfork
February 6th 2011


7584 Comments


DRYDEN c:

Mordecai.
February 6th 2011


8282 Comments


"tortured hooker-asshole play is her favorite"

asshole play is my favourite too omg MUSICCCCCCC

danielito19
February 6th 2011


6720 Comments


too gritty for me, lol. I feel like I'd enjoy this with more production.

Tortured
February 6th 2011


1 Comments


WOW I just found this review! I play guitar in Tortured and thanks for reviewing this. The way you described the demo is exactly what we were going for. No jokes, thanks for putting us out there for people to see! This was a 100% DIY demo, so the fact anyone gives a shit at all is awesome. We really wanted a early Weekend Nachos, Harm's Way, Infest, Left For Dead feel to the demo. More things to come(with better production value). Thanks for the (in our opinion) nice words!

Mordecai.
February 6th 2011


8282 Comments



lol

TheSpirit
February 7th 2011


18001 Comments


Tortured Hooker isn't that good Austin : /. I've been on a HUGE hardcore(/thrashcore/powerviolence/basically every hardcore sub-genre ever) binge lately so I'll check this out. Definite pos on the review, I enjoy when reviewers get brief sometimes, and it seems fitting for this kind of album.

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accompliceofmydeath
February 10th 2011


4302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fuck you, I quit!

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