Torous

This year has been a pretty interesting and fast paced one for the Birmingham based band Torous and with the year being far from over, Music224 were pretty chuffed to catch up with frontman Marc Malone for a bit of a chinwag and catch up. And this is how it went:

Many readers will already be familiar with Torous but for those who are new to Torous and also those who just want to know a little bit more about you guys, can you tell us about the band and how it all came together – I’m also curious to know where the name originated from?

We all met in College. GMT (Bass man) and I (Singer/Guitar Player/Part time welsh speaker) got together for our first jam back in Oct 2010. I had a solo project on the go and we jammed on that for a while, but a lot more casually than what we’re doing with Torous. After Tom started jamming with us, many of the ideas that are now ’10/10 or 4 star singles or whatever’ started coming out and we realised it was worth forming the band and from the ground up and getting to work on it seriously.

Torous.

For a good insight into the name I’d recommend you watch the documentary on thrivemovement.com where they describe a ‘Torus’ (I came up with the way we spell ours) in all round digestible way – it can sound a little complicated on paper!

Your music has been described as Celtic Hard Rock with a metal edge, which is something that most of us don’t come across everyday – What kind of music has influenced you all over the years and if you could share the stage and play a fantasy gig with any other band, who would it be?

Being of Irish descent and spending some early years of my life in Wales, Celtic music was big on my radar and I always connected deeply to the music. As I did with Rock/Metal when my brother got me into Metallica at the age 7 or 8. The marriage between the genres came naturally to me, songwriting, so I stuck with it, and although it’s only a hint of Celtic sounds in comparison to the obvious Metal edge, those who are familiar with that music would hear it noticeably.

I’d love Torous to open for Tool. The guys would probably say Maiden.

Torous

I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing Torous play live on several occasions with each performance being a bit of a smasher for me due to Torous’ stage presence, some pretty fab music and of course, GMT’s hair lol – what makes a gig great for Torous and which ones have been your favorites so far this year?

I think what makes a great show for us is to be in our zone. When we are all on the same page energy wise, it doesn’t matter if there are 30 people or 300 people, we perform the same way – and that way is generally on point. We, unlike maybe some bands, expect the crowd to participate if we are not giving it our all. So that’s what we do and then the good response will take care of itself.

As for my fave gigs (or our performances in those gigs), this year have been o2 academy 3 in Jan, the EP launch and our most recent at the Giffard Arms in Wolves. The SOTS all day fest was a highlight tho too.

April, May and June were important months for Torous with time being spent in the studio, followed by the launch of your outstanding EP ‘Dried Bones’. The EP received some pretty impressive reviews from both media and fans alike – how did that make you all feel?

Yeah they were f**king busy alright. I swear I hadn’t slept between the recording and the release of the record in those 3 months. It has gone great and we are very thankful for the people who’ve supported us and enjoyed the songs, media and fans alike. The songs, and the band in general, is hardly foot-tapping ‘rock n roll’ but music that is an interaction between us and the listener so it’s nice to see people have dug it. But honestly, it didn’t really validate anything for us, even though I thought it might. Turns out we are just proud of it for what we did and that was really the best thing. We did something musically that is generally uncommon and didn’t flinch to conformity. (That may sound pretentious but I mean it sincerely!)

Torous - Dried Bones

There really has been no quiet time for Torous this year and I believe July was spent working on new material – how’s that coming along and when can we expect to hear some of the new songs?

You can expect the next release early 2016, can’t specify what date yet, but we are planning a LOT to go with the release so just stay in touch with us and you will know soon enough.

Autumn is on the horizon and approaching fast and that means we get to see Torous back out on the road again – and I for one, can’t wait! Can you tell us about some of your forthcoming gigs and also a little bit about how the ‘Breaking Boundaries Tour’ will work?

You’re too kind! Well our forthcoming dates are as follows, (note there are more to be announced for winter dates:

Sep 25 The Queens Hall Nuneaton, Coventry United Kingdom
Sep 26 Tower Brewery Burton Upon Trent, Derby United Kingdom
Oct 02 The Freebird Newcastle Under Lyme, United Kingdom
Oct 03 Torous – headline show: Muthers Studio Birmingham, United Kingdom
Oct 08 Scruffy Murphy’s Birmingham University Metal Society Event
Oct 10 The Haygate, Telford

Playing with fantastic bands ranging from Theia, Children Lost In Time and Quiet The Thief on the Breaking Boundaries shows, where each band will headline a date above and on the latter two dates we will be joined by Kataleptic, The Mighty Wraith and Martyr De Mona (and more). Set to be very strong nights so if you are a regular, you don’t wanna miss it! If you are new, then come and meet us and we will party together (after you arrive you might wanna teach us how to party).

And what about the fourth and most serious member of Torous – Angry Bird – will he be venturing out of the nest and joining you on the road this Autumn aswell?

After the Angry Bird was saved from the clutches of Drayton Manor’s corporate grasp he has been at most of our shows so we will continue to follow suit with this. If you don’t come to a show for us, do it for the bird.

Many thanks going out to Marc for taking time out to speak to us and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Interview by Sue Wardle and Photography by Billibee Creative

Hils Ovation

O2 Academy3 Birmingham 25th July 2015.

There are some intriguing band names on tonight’s bill with none more so than first band of the night, Opheon! What exactly Opheon means, I don’t know but I can certainly confirm that it boasts four pretty impressive musicians in the shape of Liam O’Sullivan (Vocals & Guitar), Josh Warhurst (Guitar & Vocals), Daniel Jervis (Bass & Vocals) and Jonathon Potter (Drums). And when the opening band are as good and as captivating as these guys were – then you know that you’re in for a good nights gigging!

Opheon

Our second set for tonight came from Secrets Of Mariana who describe themselves as ‘A female fronted rock band from Birmingham, combining metalcore and alternative rock to create a unique sound of their own’. First impressions of the band confirm this to certainly be the case as lead singer Amy Wyatt manages to combine both of these vocal styles in such a striking and fearless way, that a lasting impression was made for sure. Go check the band out and take a listen to ‘Chinese Whispers’ as it’s one hell of a track.

Secrets Of Mariana

Hailing from the Coventry area and marking the midway point of the evening were the groove/hardcore metalers, Inthroes. Their set tonight easily caught the attention of the O2 Academy3 audience, with its body of powerful vocals and brutal tuneage and I believe that a new EP is imminently on the cards from Inthroes aswell – so note made to self to keep an eye open for that one.

Inthroes

Our penultimate band for this evening were Vexxen and boy oh boy, do these guys know how to cook up the most perfect of metal storms. Their set tonight was intensive in both it’s composition and delivery and it’s the contribution of bands such as Vexxen that really does make the West Midlands metal scene as great as it is. Definitely a band to go see live if you’ve not seen them before!

Vexxen

Our headlining band tonight were Slaughter Horse and quite rightly so as the past twelve months has seen this band working hard at making a name for itself through an evolution that has to be applauded for it’s own bravery. In it’s present entity, Slaughter Horse stands as a deep and brazenly dark persona that shakes a fist in the visual face of conformity and you really do need to see them to believe it.

Slaughter Horse ..

The stage tonight offered the audience an open door into Slaughter Horse’s world of intense metal and surreal poetry and was the ideal showcase for the bands progression so far. The recording and release of a new EP is also on the horizon for these guys, so I genuinely anticipate what 2015 will continue to yield a further rain of hell fire and success for Slaughter Horse.

Slaughter Horse

So, in summary of tonight it really has been awesome to acquaint myself with several new bands and also to see the continued and promising progression of others and for me, that is exactly what a great Hils Ovation gig looks and sound like!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Joe Satriani

European Tour With Special Guest Dan Patlansky

Joe Satriani has extended the dates featuring singer-songwriter and guitarist Dan Patlansky as special guest to 10 European countries on his Shockwave Tour 2015. Patlansky will support Satriani from October 9th to November 10th across 25 shows in 10 countries, and over the course of 33 days, taking in Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, as well as the UK.

Joe Satriani

Patlansky filmed a special announcement video for the extended tour here, which can be viewed below:

Says Patlansky; “Joe Satriani has been a massive inspiration in my life and to any others. He is the most forward-thinking and most inspirational guitar player of our time and I am extremely honoured and excited to be on the road with him.”

Patlansky’s first single, “Backbite” received 14 weeks of radio play rotation on Planet Rock Radio and the station has invited Patlansky to perform as one of the headliners amongst artists such as Rival Sons, Joanne Shaw Taylor, The Darkness at Planet Rockstock Festival on December 4th, followed by an intimate concert at London’s The Borderline with special guest Aaron Keylock.

Dan Patlansky

Photo credit – Tarryne Rautenbach

10 COUNTRIES / 25 SHOWS / 33 DAYS

Patria Hall, Budapest, Hungary October 9
National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria October 11
Sala Polivalenta, Bucharest, Romania October 12
Sala Polivalenta, Cluj-Napoca, Romania October 13
Aegon Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia October 14
Tipsport Arena, Prague, Czech Republic October 15
Werk Arena, Trinec, Czech Republic October 16
Torwar Arena, Warsaw, Poland October 18
Rock Cafe, Tallinn, Estonia October 19
Circus, Helsinki, Finland October 20
Circus Krone, Munich, Germany October 25
Laeishalle, Hamburg, Germany October 26
Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany October 27
Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany October 28
Salle Metropole, Lausanne, Switzerland October 29
Ruhrcongress, Bochum, Germany October 30
02 Apollo Manchester, Manchester, UK November 1
Birmingham Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK November 2
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK November 3
Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, UK November 4
Cardiff St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, UK November 5
Southend Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, UK November 7
Bristol Colston Hall, Bristol, UK November 8
Portsmouth Guild Hall, Hampshire, UK November 9
Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK November 10