Torture
Storm Alert


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (105 Reviews)
October 31st, 2012 | 69 replies | 1,922 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Obscure thrash band Torture's "Storm Alert" contains all the ingredients of good old fashioned thrash. A truly solid and atmospheric album.

Having only released one album in their entire career, it’s no surprise that Torture remains a relatively unknown band in the thrash genre. Little is known about them, but they’re from the United States and their one and only album “Storm Alert” is a an exceptionally good thrash effort. Released in 1989, the album is full of creativity and impressive instrumentation. It also has some rather slick production, especially for its time, so it still sounds as fresh today as it did over 20 years ago.

Torture displays solid musicianship throughout the entire album. Usually, when a band has songs clocking in at over 10 minutes they are taking quite the risk, especially in the thrash genre, but Torture aren’t just your average band. One of the album’s best tracks ‘Dwell Into Surreality’ is about eleven minutes long, but not once does it grow stale. It starts with an atmospheric opening with almost soothing guitar notes before it picks up the pace into a straight up thrasher. The song also has well timed solos and the drums are frantic, but the vocalist also brings a lot to the table, with some of his fiercest thrash growls on the entire album. His snarls are sure to please fans of Megadeth and they are a good fit for thrash in general. Due to the impressive instrumentation and vocal delivery, the song doesn’t feel anywhere near it’s actual length.

Thankfully, “Storm Alert” is surprisingly consistent and there are many other enjoyable songs aside from the epic eleven minute track. One thing that stands out about Torture is their ability to seamlessly mix atmosphere with their angry thrash sound. The intro track opens with organs and eerie chanting making it the perfect buildup to the album's best song. ‘Ignominious Slaughter’ is perhaps the most aggressive offering on the album which will likely melt your face off as it just refuses to slow down. Everything is top notch in the song, from the flashy guitars to some of the most demanding growls on the record. However, the band also throws some curve balls with songs like ‘Slay Ride’. If you think the song name is cool, just wait until you hear the clever intro which actually contains dialogue of Frosty The Snowman before exploding into a Christmas thrash song. It sounds nothing like a Christmas song, but it’s a truly unique song that contains the band’s own take on the Christmas story with a heavy metal twist.

Although Torture only released one album in their career, they prove to be just as good as many of their thrash peers. “Storm Alert” isn’t perfect, but it doesn’t have to be. The musicianship is solid enough to where each song stands out in a special way and there is much more creativity and atmosphere than one might expect from a thrash release. It’s full of heavy riffs, memorable vocals, and violent drums, making it an album worth checking out for anyone who fancies some good old fashioned thrash.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2012



18622 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Great thrash

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxZmDJWsDRI

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2012



11408 Comments


lol wats thrash?

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2012



18622 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

the best genre ever

XingKing
October 31st 2012



9073 Comments


This has some really solid production for being 89.

KILL
October 31st 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules yea

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2012



18622 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yeah i guess the production is pretty damn good didn't even think to mention that

KILL
October 31st 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hohoho my little children

XingKing
October 31st 2012



9073 Comments


Who does this vocalist remind me of?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2012



18622 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

not sure lol i said Megadeth in the review but if you can think of something better i'll edit it

XingKing
October 31st 2012



9073 Comments


No no.. Not Mustaine..

KREATOR! THAT'S IT!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjtH8m-B3m8

XingKing
October 31st 2012



9073 Comments


I changed my mind. Not Kreator.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2012



18622 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Lmfao was just coming here to say not Kreator. idk where's KILL, he'd know

Rastapunk
October 31st 2012



661 Comments


Good review, I will check out this album!

Might want to talk about the general atmosphere and sound a little bit more .

NoMeansYes
October 31st 2012



1012 Comments


ignominious slaughter is beastly. I'll need to listen to this again to rate, so listen again I shall. Sick seeing all these thrash reviews coming out of everyone's asses all of a sudden. m/

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2012



18218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Props for reviewing this, album rules hard.

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Rastapunk
October 31st 2012



661 Comments


Just listened to it, yeah not my type of thrash :D

KILL
October 31st 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not enougnh melodiez?

NoMeansYes
October 31st 2012



1012 Comments


thrash is thrash. thrash is m/

Rastapunk
October 31st 2012



661 Comments


I don't like the vocals.

NoMeansYes
October 31st 2012



1012 Comments


thrash harder



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